"Golf courses seem like they would be easy because everybody loves them, but in reality they are difficult to develop properly." ~ Ben Hale, Jr.
hile everybody loves a good golf course, the truth of the matter is that these projects always involve complex zoning, environmental, and economic issues. Without proper preparation at the front end, a golf course with accompanying real estate development can turn into a land planning and financial nightmare. With proper planning and advice from seasoned professionals, golf course communities can become pillars of their towns and cities. Smith & Hale has a proven track record of providing such advice, as evidenced by their leading roles in the projects discussed below:
Muirfield Village Golf Club
Muirfield VillageSmith & Hale LLC represented Jack Nicklaus in developing the crown jewel of the world famous golfer's course designs, Muirfield Village Golf Club. Located in Dublin, Ohio, and ranked in the top 25 list of America's greatest golf courses as ranked by Golf Digest, Muirfield annually hosts the PGA Tour's Memorial golf tournament. The course is the centerpiece of one of the most recognizable residential communities in Central Ohio, Memorial Village, which contains nearly 2,500 homes.

Nicklaus engaged Smith & Hale to represent him in developing a special golf course and community near his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Having acquired a large amount of acreage in rural northwest Franklin County, the execution of this plan required creativity and expertise that only Smith & Hale could provide. The firm took on responsibility for most of the major issues facing the project, by providing valuable advice regarding the eventual master planning of the community, obtaining commitments to extend utility service to the development, and securing land entitlements that have provided the flexibility necessary for it to meet its full potential. Today, Muirfield Village is one of the most recognizable communities in the state.

New Albany Country Club
Located in the Village of New Albany, Ohio, the New Albany Country Club is the social epicenter of this upscale municipality. Smith & Hale LLC was and continues to be the lead consultant for Leslie Wexner, founder of the Limited Brands, and his development unit, The New Albany Company, as they have created one of the most unique upscale communities in the country. Being keenly aware that top-notch recreational and social amenities are important to any community, early-on in the process of developing his extensive real estate holdings Mr. Wexner made the development of a first-class golf course and country club a high priority. The New Albany Country Club is the product of this vision.

The golf course is surrounded by homes designed with Georgian architecture which are found on large estate lots. The quality of this neighborhood has gained it wide acclaim as one of the best master-planned communities in the country.

Ballantrae/The Golf Club of Dublin
As legal counsel for The Edwards Companies, one of the most respected real estate developers in Ohio, Smith & Hale LLC was instrumental in securing development rights for the residential community known as Ballantrae in Dublin, Ohio. The Golf Club of Dublin is centrally located in this large residential community consisting of high-quality homes with a mix of product types, including traditional single-family homes, condominiums, and patio homes. Ballantrae is a true master-planned community comprised of nearly 1,100 home sites nestled among 640 acres of "Irish" countryside, including rolling hills and approximately 62 acres of public and neighborhood pocket parks.
Other representative golf courses and golf centered communities:
The Medallion Club (Westerville, Ohio)
Little Turtle Golf Club (Columbus, Ohio)
Winding Hollow Country Club (New Albany, Ohio)
Turnberry Golf Course (Columbus, Ohio)
 Seabrook Island (Charleston, South Carolina)
Westchester Golf Club

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