Inside the ropes: News from Camp Creek and SouthWood

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. -- Arvida, one of the premier developers of master-planned residential and resort communities nationwide, today announces that the Tom Fazio-designed Camp Creek Golf Club has received certification in Environmental Planning from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System (ACSS).

ACSS is an international program administered by Audubon International designed to help landowners preserve and enhance the environmental quality of their property. The plan was developed by Camp Creek superintendent Larry Livingston, who is also recognized for his effort to plan for environmental stewardship.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses provides an advisory service to help existing golf courses develop effective conservation and wildlife enhancement programs. This worldwide effort is coordinated by Audubon International and is sponsored in part by the United States Golf Association.

"A golf course represents recreational and open space and is used not only by golfers, but is habitat for a variety of wildlife species," says Britt Greene, president of the Arvida West Florida Region. "The Arvida commitment to the environment and to managing Camp Creek with wildlife in mind is part of our mission to provide residential, resort and recreational spaces that blend seamlessly with and enhance their natural surroundings."

By joining and participating in the ACSS, Camp Creek Golf Club will be involved in projects that promote habitat for wildlife and preserve natural resources for the benefit of the local community. These projects may include: placing nesting boxes for cavity-nesting birds such as bluebirds and swallows, utilizing integrated pest management techniques, conserving water, and maintaining food and cover for wildlife.

"The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System benefits both people and wildlife," says Joellen Zeh, staff ecologist for Audubon International. "It's a great way for the managers of Camp Creek and environmental organizations to work together to become better stewards of land and natural resources."

After the environmental plan is approved, properties in the program may apply for certification in Wildlife and Health Management, Chemical Use and Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, Water Quality Management, and Outreach and Education by demonstrating that they have met minimum requirements in each category.

About Camp Creek

Camp Creek is the first of two championship courses being developed by Arvida, the community development arm of The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE), in Panama City Beach, Fla. The 18-hole, par-72, Fazio-designed championship course measures 7,151 yards and is accentuated by magnificent wetlands, woodlands, lakes, sand dunes and rolling contours.

Among the resources at Camp Creek are a driving range, short game area, practice putting green, pro shop, and snack bar. Future plans call for a second 18-hole golf course as well as a central clubhouse. Created for owners and guests at the nearby Arvida communities of WaterColor and WaterSound Beach, the course is currently welcoming daily fee play.

About Arvida

Arvida is one of the Southeasts premiere developers of master-planned residential, resort and business communities nationwide. Since the company was founded more than 40 years ago by Arthur Vining Davis, it has completed more than 60 planned communities comprising more than 40,000 new homes and 30 golf courses in Florida, Georgia, Texas, California, South Carolina, and North Carolina. For more information on Arvida, visit

About St. Joe

St. Joe, a publicly held company based in Jacksonville, Florida, is one of the states largest real-estate operating companies. It is engaged in community, commercial, industrial, leisure and resort development, along with commercial real-estate services. The company also has significant interests in timber. For more information on St. Joe, visit

Southwood Golf Club Celebrates Clubhouse Grand Opening

Tallahassee, Fla -- SouthWood, an Arvida master-planned community, today announces the start of a month-long celebration of the new, amenity-rich clubhouse opening at SouthWood Golf Club.

Culminating on September 28 with the clubhouse grand opening and the SouthWood Open golf tournament, the celebration also includes a chance for golfers to win Free Golf for a Lifetime,membership specials and, on Sept. 18 and 19, the Tournament of Champions for the Bobby Bowden /Arvida Golf Tour featuring winning teams from throughout the Southeast.

Offered as a special thank youto visitors and prospective members, the Free Golf for a Lifetime promotion is open to anyone ages 18 and over that visits the clubhouse from September 5-28 and fills out a registration card. A drawing for five finalists will be held at the conclusion of the SouthWood Open tournament. One grand prize winner will receive Free Golf for a Lifetime and four finalists will receive Free Golf for a Year.All prizes include greens fees only.

SouthWood was selected by GOLF Magazine as one of the top 35 public courses to open nationwide in 2002 out of 325 and has quickly established itself as the premier semi-private golf club in the Tallahassee area. The addition of the clubhouse to this already wonderful facility will further enhance its excellent reputation amongst a constantly widening customer base.

We pride ourselves on offering a complete golf experience,says SouthWood head golf professional Mike Cooney. With our great golf course and all that the clubhouse offers, that's what our members and daily-fee players take away from SouthWood every time they visit.

Designed by the Tallahassee-based firm Elliott Marshall Innes, the clubhouse features a bag drop attended by SouthWoods gracious and welcoming staff, a fully-stocked pro shop and a walk-up grille and bar. A special area members only lounge includes cherry wood lockers with bronze hardware, data ports and a large-screen television so you'll never have to miss the big game. There is also a reception hall seating approximately 150 that is expected to quickly become the place for weddings, parties and conferences in Tallahassee.

During the month of September, SouthWood is featuring a membership special for a group of four with the limited-time initiation fee of $750 for each golfer. Designed for both professional tournament play and as a teaching course, SouthWood meanders through low country, high country, secluded woods and open land. With five sets of tees on every hole, golfers of all abilities will find lengths that suit the demands of their games.

Individuals interested in taking advantage of SouthWoods special thank you can learn more or reserve a tee-time by calling SouthWood Golf Club at 850-942-GOLF.

About SouthWood

Set on 3,200-acres of land complete with hills, open pastures, natural lakes and towering oaks, Arvidas SouthWood is one of the largest and most comprehensively planned communities in Florida's capital region. SouthWood is located in Tallahassee, just four-miles from Florida's Capitol building, and includes Arvida-built and custom-designed homes.

SouthWood is a place where neighbors will be able to walk or bike to Town Center for shopping, dinner, or work, and currently enjoy the SouthWood Education Village for lifelong learning opportunities and other events. There also are abundant outdoor recreational activities including a newly opened community center and golf club complex, miles of paved walking and biking trails that wind through the community.

A Fred Couples/Gene Bates designed golf course that GOLF Magazine named one of the Best New Golf Courses of 2002. SouthWood is tucked among 1,000 acres of parks, lakes and ponds surrounded by massive Patriarch oaks that gracefully sweep the ground. An abundance of native wildlife creates an ever changing landscape for birdwatchers and nature lovers. For more information, visit

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