An estate, property on par with locale

Text: R.J. Weick

To the perceptive eye, the nuances in a sense of place can be found in the architectural detailing in a neighborhood, the natural environment, or in the musical and lighting ambiance created in a small corner café. From the sweeping fairways of a golf course molded and formed harmoniously into the land, and the lolling sand dunes blanketing the western shore of the state of Michigan, to the grandeur etched into estate columns, the response each setting evokes in the onlooker—while it can vary from person-to-person—can create an emotional connection.

In the southwestern corner of Michigan, one neighborhood has sought to define itself as a premier residential community surrounded by the natural wilderness and ever-changing sand dunes, an 18-hole championship golf course, and close proximity to the downtown core of Saugatuck. The community, located at the Ravines Golf Club, is built along the nearly 7,100-yard course designed by Arnold Palmer Design Company. A representation of strategic and sustainable design, the Ravines Golf Course was created to be beautiful, fun, and inspiring through the company’s signature hands-on approach and philosophy.

Among the mature trees, wetlands, and bunkers inherent to the back nine, a stately residence comes into view nestled along the approximately 409-yard, par-4 fairway at the 11th hole. Designed and built by John Sexton, the four-bedroom, four-bathroom home is a picture of refined grandeur; front columns reminiscent of neoclassicism complemented by an exterior façade bringing to mind European chateaus and villas. Despite its 14-foot ceilings, the first floor is inviting with its mixture of woods, creamy hues, and vibrant red and gold accents found in the kitchen backsplash, area rugs, walls, and furnishings. Ornate detailing can be seen on the wood furnishings and unexpected elements such as pineapples adorning chandeliers delight the eye.

Ravines3_3468-Palmer-(2-of-42)The residence, along with the nearby 1.34-acre vacant lot on the 11th fairway, is among the two listed properties within the Ravines’ exclusive sponsor: Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty.

“The community is really unique for both properties, because the Ravines community, you are surrounded by the golf course,” said Kelsey Vredeveld, marketing director for Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty. “It is really private and kept really natural in the back. There are a lot of trees and it is exclusive and quiet.”

Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty is a Holland-based boutique firm specializing in luxury real estate services and focused on a relationship-based approach to brokerage. The firm represents luxury homes, vacation homes, waterfront properties, and investment opportunities throughout the West Michigan region from the state border through Grand Haven. Vredeveld noted the team has a great partnership with the neighboring city’s golf club and values the opportunity to represent a home and land with its location.

“You really can’t understand how magnificent this home is—and especially this property with the views of the land—until you are physically there in person,” Vredeveld said. “You can have a true understanding of how remarkable and incredible these homes are, and that is how you are going to see the features and be able to picture yourself in it.”

The grand estate at 3468 Palmer Drive and the property at 6122 Masters Lane are considered within the Ravines community and are also less than five miles from the dining, arts, and shopping scene in downtown Saugatuck. The vintage, small-town atmosphere of Saugatuck and Douglas meets freshwater coastline and a vibrant artisanal community along the Kalamazoo River and Lake Michigan.

“Not many recognize how amazing Saugatuck really is,” Vredeveld said. “[They can] experience that quality of life Saugatuck is known for and with both of these properties, it is location, location, location.”

To learn more about Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty and its property listings, click here.

To learn more about the Ravines Golf Club, click here.


Snow kidding: planning next year’s golf outing

Text: Greg Johnson

The snow may have begun to fall, but avid golfers look to the summer months to schedule 2018 great golf outings.

The golf has season just ended, snow is falling, and the clubs have been put away.

However, if you are planning a golf outing for a group of any size—to celebrate a milestone or even impress your boss with entertaining the entire company—it’s time to start working on it, even in December.

For trips, the summer months and prime dates fill up fast at the golf clubs with great reputations for running outings. In fact many outings set their return dates upon completion of successful events, so some days are accounted for already.

Once the dates have been figured out, the golf courses are more than willing to help plan the outing whether it is by online or phone means.

Consider the courses with great reputations, such as: Apple Mountain Golf Club in Freeland, Scott Lake Golf Course in Comstock Park, Buck’s Run Golf Club in Mount Pleasant, The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe in Grand Rapids, and The Lynx Golf Course in Otsego.

Jim Szilagyi, owner-operator of The Lynx said they will do all they can to help the outing planner get the most comfortable dates. They do around 35 outings a year, but there is room for more.

“Earlier planning makes a world of difference in how the event comes off,” Szilagyi said. “You get the facility you want and the time you want. We are first-come, first-serve, but we know the earlier we have your dates the better we will be in execution of the outing or event. We feel the hallmark of a good outing starts with how soon they contact you. We have the same goals as the customer—to have a great outing.”

Golf outings ebb and flow some with the business economy. Szilagyi believes they remain a great way to have comradery among company employees, vendors and customers.

“It is still a great way to meet somebody, get to know them, spend time with them, enjoy their company, and hopefully want to do it again,” Szilagyi said.

On the golf course facility side of things, Szilagyi said The Lynx will run your outing like it is a major tournament no matter the size.

“Whether it is a group of 12 or 120 [people], we are going to do the best we can to give everybody an equal and great experience. We put names on carts, make scorecards, do a scoreboard, give them a rules sheet, and really try to provide first-class treatment all the way,” Szilagyi said.

“Outings are a timing thing. We make sure people get around the golf course, then we feed people well, and we try to make every event at The Lynx the most important event of the year. We assume it is to that group, and we want them to feel that way when it is over,” Szilagyi added.

Apple Mountain, located to the northeast of Otsego-based The Lynx, provides a list of complimentary services online to help with early organization. These are the things one would not have to plan, such as: cart set-up, bag staff to greet the outing participants, the set-up of the room or pavilion for an event, tee assignments, personalized cart signs, scorecards, rangers to help with golf traffic, computer-generated scoring summaries and result sheets, tee signs, on-course signs, and more.

It might be December, but one can always start planning next year’s outing and have great help with it.

Check out Scott Lake to receive their free outing guide; note that Thornapple Pointe even lists some prices to help you think budget; and Buck’s Run offers testimonials and pictures from past outings on its step-by-step outings tab so one can see what the fun will look like on that special day.

For the best golf outing possible next year, it’s never too early to start planning.