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Saturday, December 6, 2008

General Motors CEO's ultimate getaway home

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    Most Americans outside the auto industry probably had never heard of Rick Wagoner until he flew his corporate jet to Washington to ask for a few billion dollars to save the company he runs, General Motors.  Asking for money is tough work, and Mr. Wagoner looked exhausted this past week at the Congressional hearings as Chris Dodd, Barney Frank and others took him and his fellow Big Three CEOs to the woodshed.
    It made me wonder where a guy like the GM chief might go to rest his weary, outstretched arm and a psyche bruised by the relentless badgering of folks who know as much about auto manufacturing as they do about credit default swaps.
    And then it hit me:  I know where Mr. Wagoner goes to relax, and it is an ironic hoot.  Three years ago, during a tour of the golf community of Haig Point on Daufuskie Island, SC, my real estate agent guide pointed to a  vacation home under construction and told me Mr. Wagoner owned it.  I checked today and the property, which has an assessed value over $2 million, was built in 2003 and is in Mr. Wagoner's wife's name, according to public records in Beaufort County.
    Here's the irony:  Daufuskie is a true island, reached only by ferry (or helicopter).  No cars are permitted on the island, which should come as blessed relief to Mr. Wagoner once he has time to get away for a vacation.

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Larry Gavrich

This blog was conceived and is published by me, Larry Gavrich, a former corporate communications executive who founded HomeOnTheCourse, LLC, in 2005.  Our firm advises baby boomers and others seeking a lifestyle in which golf is a major component.  My wife Connie and I own a home in Connecticut (not on a golf course) and a condo at Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island, SC, on a Jack Nicklaus layout.  We began our search for our home on the course more than 15 years ago, and the challenges of the search inspired me to research golf communities and write objective reviews of them.