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Bluegreen Communities celebrates grand opening of Fred Couples' golf course at The Bridges at Preston Crossings

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The course blends "extraordinary design, artistic creativity and uncompromising sensitivity to the environment." (Courtesy The Bridges at Preston Crossings)

GUNTER, Texas - On Oct. 11, North Texas will enjoy its first taste of a Fred Couples' Signature Golf Course experience with the Grand Opening of The Bridges Golf Club. The Bridges Golf Club is Couples' first North Texas golf course collaboration and is located within The Bridges at Preston Crossings, a 1,587 acre master-planned golf community developed by Bluegreen Communities. The celebration begins Oct. 11 with the official opening of The Bridges Golf Club, a VIP golf tournament and a ribbon-cutting ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. Bluegreen Communities is celebrating the grand opening of the golf course with an exclusive new property release of 12 prime golf course homesites.

"The Grand Opening of The Bridges Golf Club is the culmination of Bluegreen's commitment to deliver a superior lifestyle experience in North Texas at The Bridges at Preston Crossings," said Skip Davis, sales manager of The Bridges. "While we are excited about the golf course opening, we are equally excited about our new property release in which all 12 exceptional homesites are along the prestigious ninth hole of the golf course with incredible views that backs up to a winding creek."

The course was designed by Jeffrey Brauer, of GolfScapes, in conjunction with Fred Couples and developed by Bluegreen Communities. Brauer describes the course as "throwback and futuristic at the same time."

"It has a modern length at about 7,600 yards from the championship tees and some other modern features like fairway chipping areas," he said. "It also features many old-style design characteristics like square cornered tees and smaller steep banked grass bunkers. Many of the greens have great contours while others are protected by sharp banks rather than the traditional sand bunkers."

The 18-hole championship golf course has five sets of tees and extensive practice range facilities. The club also features a 6,000 square foot clubhouse with a pro shop, locker rooms, bar and grill.

The Bridges Golf Club is the third Fred Couples' Designed or Signature Golf Course that Bluegreen Communities has developed.

"Bluegreen is proud to have worked with Fred Couples since 1997 and we have created an outstanding golf course that we successfully maintained and enhanced the natural look of the land, all while offering maximum playability," said Daniel C. Koscher, president & CEO of Bluegreen Communities. "This exceptional championship golf course is a blend of extraordinary design, artistic creativity and uncompromising sensitivity to the environment."

The golf course and community are located in Gunter, Texas just north of Dallas on the site of the historic Double M Ranch, which played host to many political fundraisers, polo matches and charity events such as the Dallas Cattle Baron's Ball. Bluegreen Communities was selected to develop this historic ranch - with sparkling ponds, majestic oaks, and open pastures - because of its long history of developing with sensitivity to the environment and responsible land use.

"We are very excited about The Bridges at Preston Crossings, our first Bluegreen Golf Community in Texas," said Bluegreen Divisional President Tom Powers. "We have developed an incredible community with outstanding championship golf at its core. This will be the largest community we've developed so we were more generous with our amenities." Community amenities include an expansive 8-acre family recreation complex with a 1-acre swimming pool, playground, tennis courts and sports courts, paved walk and bike trails and a park and picnic area.

For more information, visit http://www.BridgesTexas.com.

*Free golf membership waives Initiation fee. Call sales office for details 800-658-7516.

About Bluegreen Communities

NYSE-traded Bluegreen Communities® has proven itself a reliable and experienced developer creating high quality, master-planned communities for over 40 years. Bluegreen Communities® has developed top-rated communities in some of our nation's most coveted areas. Bluegreen master-planned communities offer the perfect balance of country living and city convenience, with privacy and scenery paramount. Bluegreen has sold more than 55,000 master-planned residential and golf community homesites in 32 states and is an award winning green developer. The company's commitment to responsible land use, environmental protection, as well as to the safekeeping and conservation of its communities through reasonable protective covenants ensures that they can be enjoyed by generations to come.

Kristi Robinson
Tel: (972) 965-7994

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