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Mike Young breaks ground on new Central American golf course
April 23, 2012

The Montecristo Beach resort community, nestled along Nicaragua's Pacific Gold Coast, today announced that ground has been broken on a new 18-hole championship golf course designed by award-winning architect Mike Young.

The 7,060-yard, par-71 course is designed to take full advantage of its dramatic natural setting between Nicaragua's scenic Pacific Coast, Soledad River and a rugged mountain range.

Twelve of the 18 holes at Montecristo will feature panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. The front nine will wind along the relatively flat land between the river and the Pacific. The back nine will rise into the mountains, with more than 300 feet of elevation change. The result will be a course with breathtaking views and challenging terrain.

The course was designed and is being built by the award-winning MYD Golf firm of Athens, Georgia.  Owned by veteran course designer Mike Young, the company is renowned for its commitment to preserving and enhancing the natural environment of the courses it designs.

Young's resume includes more than 40 courses, as well as restoration and renovation projects. His courses include the Wolfe Creek Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia, Country Club Novo Hamburgo in Brazil, Westburg Resorts in India, and the Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club in Costa Rica.

"The Montecristo site is one of the best I've ever had to work with," Young has said. "The views of the water are breath-taking, as one would expect, but the inland vistas, looking across mountain ridges and sprawling valleys, can be just as dramatic. Add in the wind, which is certain to a constant factor at Montecristo, and you have a course that will be as challenging as it is beautiful."

Nicaragua's exclusive Montecristo residential resort community covers more than 2000 acres of stunning coastline, including dense forests, towering mountains, and some of the country's most spectacular volcanic soft-sand beaches. It is conveniently located less than one hour from Managua.

In addition to the Montecristo Golf Club, the community features six unique, yet cohesive neighborhoods, offering the best of every type of lifestyle. Residents can choose from luxury turnkey townhomes and casitas on the beach to spacious estate lots where they can build their own dream home.

"We believe Montecristo's new championship golf course will attract beginning golfers, accomplished amateurs, and top professionals from throughout the region and North America," said resort community owner Lori Estrada.

"Its awe-inspiring beauty, its challenging terrain, and its easy accessibility to nearly Managua airport should make it a must-play venue on any serious golfer's itinerary."

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