Golf News for Friday, November 16, 2012 | Business

Old Palm Golf Club, International Sports Management partnership

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Old Palm Golf Club and International Sports Management (ISM) have partnered to create a North American home for star golfers Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Darren Clarke.

This highly-accomplished group of players will utilize Old Palm's 7,400-yard, Raymond Floyd-designed golf course and world-renowned 33-acre "Golf Studio" practice facility to hone all facets of their game while preparing for PGA Tour events.

Schwartzel, Oosthuizen, and Westwood have all purchased homes at Old Palm, each citing its exclusivity, gracious neighborhoods, award-winning builders and sense of community among residents and members. Clarke is a member and frequently visits Old Palm when his playing schedule permits, where he mingles with his contemporaries and other Old Palm owners.

"With its world-class golf amenities, club and convenient location, Old Palm is ideal for our North American headquarters," adds Chubby Chandler, founder of ISM. "Being the premier private club community in the Palm Beaches, Old Palm offers our leading European-based pro golfers and their families a magnificent lifestyle. The players simply couldn't ask for a more spectacular place to play or sharpen their game."

"We are excited to welcome Lee, Louis, Charl and Darren to Old Palm," says Timothy Bright, Senior Vice President with Clarion Partners, owner/operator of Old Palm Golf Club. "This group has collected three major championships, 80 wins world-wide, and could literally live anywhere in the world. ISM selecting Old Palm as its North American home is a tremendous honor."

Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, was first to move to Old Palm in 2011. He and his wife Rosalind are currently building a home in the Custom Estates neighborhood, spectacular custom estates on home sites that average one full acre.

"Living at Old Palm has been a wonderful experience and not just because of its exceptional golf facilities," says Schwartzel. "Old Palm makes for a relaxing lifestyle, so I can play my best when traveling throughout the United States for PGA Tour events. It allows for privacy when we want it, and when we're in the Club the members have welcomed us like old friends".

2010 Open Champion, Oosthuizen, recently purchased a home in the Golf Estates and resides at Old Palm when playing in North American PGA Tour Events.

"Old Palm is a haven for relaxation and enjoyment for me when I am in the United States," says Oosthuizen. "The world-class amenities, exclusivity and a sense of community provide a sense of comfort and home between Tour events."

Says Westwood, currently No. 4 in the World Golf Rankings, who recently purchased his Old Palm home as a year-round base:

"Old Palm is an ideal living situation for me and my family, and the convenient location and weather are optimal for my PGA Tour schedule. The phenomenal practice facilities coupled with the outstanding amenities and atmosphere make Old Palm the perfect home for us in the States."

The Golf Studio at Old Palm has earned a reputation as one of the best game improvement facilities in the U.S. It includes a spacious double-ended range, V-1 and Trackman equipped hitting bay, short-game area and three regulation practice holes - a par 3, 4, and 5 - on which golfers can replicate every shot and angle they encounter on the par-72 course.

Old Palm's tournament-caliber golf course presents an enticing blend of power and precision-oriented holes. The front nine is routed through sweeping savannahs and wetlands while the back nine is carved through indigenous palm and pine trees. Traditional square tee boxes give the course a classic feel, and large landing areas and subtly-elevated greens emphasize approach shot values.

Designed to mirror the intimate scale of a Palm Beach estate, Old Palm's Mediterranean-style clubhouse pampers residents and members with fine and casual dining, resort-style pool, and a luxurious spa and fitness facility. Just steps from the pool and clubhouse, Old Palm's Casitas are the perfect guest-entertainment venue with charming tropical décor and well-appointed suites.

For more information: (888) 882-1526, www.oldpalmgolfclub.com

About Old Palm Golf Club
Old Palm Golf Club stands alone as the premier private club community in the Palm Beaches with new estate homes ranging from $1.2 to more than $15 million. Situated in the heart of the community is a clubhouse with formal and informal dining, full-time concierge and attentive staff, Fitness Center, Spa, resort-style pool with private cabanas, Casitas for overnight guest accommodations, and other amenities. The Raymond Floyd signature championship golf course and Golf Studio reflect a passion for the game.

Ideally located in the heart of Palm Beach Gardens, Old Palm is close to an abundance of shopping, dining, entertainment and beaches. Palm Beach International Airport and North County General Aviation Airport (for private jets) are only minutes away. Old Palm is being developed by Clarion Partners, a leading real estate investment firm with over $25 billion in assets under management.

About International Sports Management
Founded by Andrew "Chubby" Chandler in 1989 who is recognized as one of the hottest golf managers in the world and a former European Tour golfer, ISM is a sports management agency based in Cheshire, England that represents leading figures from the sports of golf and cricket. ISM's clients include world-class golfers Louis Oosthuizen, British Open Champion; Charl Schwartzel winner of the Masters Tournament; majors champion Darren Clarke; as well as third ranked player in the world Lee Westwood to name a few.

More information about ISM is available at www.sportism.net

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Buffalo Communications
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Buffalo Communications
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