Nicklaus Design to Handle Course at Massive New Development

In February, the backers of a 25,000-acre project in Logan, N.M., announced they hired Nicklaus Design to oversee the creation of a new 18-hole course at Ute Lake Ranch. Planning is nearly finished on the lakefront resort community, with construction expected to start on the golf course in the first half of 2006.

“We wanted to work with a design team that would elevate our golf course to a higher standard, and there’s no doubt Nicklaus Design will help us to achieve that goal,” said Barry Freedman, owner and developer of Ute Lake Ranch. “The Nicklaus Design team of professionals will provide golf lovers with a course they will never forget, and one they will want to play over and over again. It’s a tremendous partnership, and with a name like Nicklaus behind our course, its value is enhanced and that value will only grow with time.”

The Nicklaus Design associate assigned to Ute Lake Ranch is Jon Garner, whose recent work with Steve Nicklaus at The Bridges at Black Canyon in Montrose, Colo., earned that facility spot in Golf Magazine’s “Top 10 New Courses You Can Play” list. The plans for the New Mexico track are expected to make it challenging and enjoyable for players of all skill levels, while maximizing the property along Ute Lake, a 13-mile-long water body.

In addition to the Nicklaus course, Ute Lake Ranch will feature a clubhouse, 26 navigable miles of water, a Mariner Village and beach club, an equestrian center and a gated community with as many as 12,000 homes. Prices in the first phase will range from $360,000 to $500,000.

“For those who are willing to look beyond traditional markets in Arizona, Nevada and other parts of the Southwest – where waterfront property is nearly impossible to find or costs two or three times more to own – our development is the perfect choice,” Freedman added. “People love to be on the water, and we’re giving them that option.”

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