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Renowned golf architect revitalizes top PGA course to new standards of excellence

Smith Mountain Lake, VA (May 29, 2008) – The Water’s Edge Golf Course, hailed as one of the top mid-Atlantic courses by Golf Digest, reopened on Thursday following a $5 million renovation by renowned golf architect Richard Mandell and Aspen Corporation.

Details of the course renovations were showcased during a grand reopening ceremony and news conference held at The Water’s Edge Country Club. Members gathered with several regional PGA golf professionals to hear the details of the course directly from Richard Mandell who was joined by representatives from Richard Mandell Golf Architecture, Aspen Corporation, and Ronald L. Willard, President of The Willard Companies which owns the course.

“We are thrilled to reopen the Water’s Edge after a long awaited renovation,” says Willard. “There has been an incredible level of anticipation to unveil the designs and show-off what new challenges have been brought to the game on this course. The renovations done by Richard’s team and Aspen Corporation are truly remarkable and will undoubtedly bring an entirely new level of excitement.”

A par-72 course, the revitalized Water’s Edge now features faster and more durable greens with the addition of A1 and A4 bent grass. New irrigation systems were installed to help maintain the integrity of the greens and other improvements included the removal of several barrier trees, improved sand bunkers, and enlarged teeing areas.

Originally designed in 1988 by the late Raymond F. “Buddy” Loving, Jr., the 18-hole, 72-acre course has long been acclaimed as one of the most beautiful, challenging golf courses in Virginia. According to Richard Mandell, “Buddy’s golf courses hold a lofty position in the history of Virginia golf development and it is truly an honor to preserve his legacy through this project.”

Nestled along 13.5 miles of shoreline at Smith Mountain Lake, the course is known for a variety of unique obstacles from its signature island on the seventh hole to the 450-yard finishing hole.

“As a testament to Loving’s work, we strived to keep the initial designs as intact as possible,” says Mandell. “But by incorporating some of the most cutting edge golf architecture techniques and technology, we were able to take it to the next level, ensuring a truly memorable experience for anyone who has the opportunity to play.”

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May 29, 2008   Comments Off


Smith Mountain Lake, VA (May 23, 2008) – Pete Roberts, REALTOR® with Prudential Waterfront Properties received the Accredited Buyers Representative® (ABR) designation.

According to the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council website (, “The ABR® designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. This coveted designation is awarded to real estate practitioners who meet the specified educational and practical experience criteria established by the Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT Council (REBAC) of the National Association of REALTORS®.”

Roberts has extensive years of professional sales experience. Prior to joining Prudential Waterfront Properties, Roberts worked for Eli Lilly and Company for 32 years, working his way from field sales up to national sales manager for group purchasing organizations. The upward mobility necessitated numerous moves that brought the Roberts family to High Point, North Carolina, not once but twice. Because of the moves, Pete gained an appreciation for the real estate profession, and has had a North Carolina Brokers License for 18 years. Prior to his career with Eli Lilly and Company, Pete completed a tour of duty with the Army, then enrolled at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he graduated with a BS in Pharmacy. Pete completed an MBA at the Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating with concentrations in Marketing and Finance. During his career with Prudential Waterfront Properties, Pete became e-PRO certified and earned “Fine Homes Specialist,” conferred by Prudential Real Estate. Pete is also a member of the Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors and National Association Realtors. Roberts and his wife, Donna, have three grown sons and four grandchildren.

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May 23, 2008   Comments Off


Monday, May 12th, 2008

Smith Mountain Lake, VA (May 12, 2008) – Amelia Gerner, REALTOR® with Prudential Waterfront Properties received the Graduate of Real Estate Institute (GRI) designation. According to the REALTOR® website (, “The GRI symbol is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation. REALTORS® with the GRI designation are highly trained in many areas of real estate to better serve and protect their clients.”

Amelia is a native of Salem, Virginia and graduated from Roanoke College. After teaching school 22 years in Roanoke County – Amelia started a new career in real estate in 1999. She enjoys serving family, friends, and newcomers in acquiring property at Smith Mountain Lake and in the Roanoke Valley. Amelia has earned sales achievement awards from the RVAR and landed in Prudential’s Honor Society. In addition, Amelia earned the designation of Resort & Recreation Specialist recognizing specialized knowledge, marketing skills, and successful Resort property, second homes or vacation property experience.


Prudential Waterfront Properties markets property throughout Smith Mountain Lake and the surrounding areas. As members of the Multiple Listing Service, Prudential Waterfront Properties REALTORS® are able to assist buyers and sellers with all listed properties in a variety of price ranges and locations throughout the lake and surrounding areas. Prudential Waterfront Properties REALTORS® are consistent leaders in sales as well as customer and client service.

May 12, 2008   Comments Off