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The Cliffs of the Carolinas

Where golf reigns supreme in spectacular settings

Where golf reigns supreme in spectacular settings

By Bill Anderson

with Cheryl Alexander

Whether you enjoy being close to the water, up in the mountains or part of vibrant city life, The Cliffs — an extraordinary collection of resort communities straddling North and South Carolina in the heart of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains — offers something for your whole family to enjoy and perhaps the most comprehensive golf experience anywhere.

I recently visited The Cliffs, set among a million acres of protected national forest. What a treat! The highly acclaimed development has received numerous accolades, including “America’s Top 10 Golf Communities” by GOLF Magazine, “Top 10 Private Golf Communities” by Robb Report and “America’s 100 Premier Properties,” by LINKS Magazine.

Being an avid golfer, it was wonderful for me to be able to take a short two-hour flight from Houston Hobby to the Greenville Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) just outside of Greenville and play my first course only 20 minutes from the airport. I played a different golf course each day for three days, and honestly, I haven’t seen this kind of course conditioning on fairways and greens for a long while. The climate was cool with very little humidity. It was truly one of the best golfing experiences I’ve had.

While there I took some time off to tour their real estate properties. Besides great golf, The Cliffs communities are offering lots (starting at $100,000) and homes (ranging in price from $500,000 to $4 million) with mesmerizing views surrounding their fantastic golf courses. Members enjoy a temperate climate and breathtaking landscapes, and can choose from three regions — Mountain, Lake Keowee and Asheville — across seven spectacular communities.

On top of the innate features, membership at The Cliffs allows you and your family access to the incredible range of amenities in all seven communities, including bustling clubhouses, year-round golf, state-of-the-art wellness centers, miles of hiking trails and waterfalls, ample tennis courts, an equestrian center, an organic farm, a beach club, marinas, restaurants with imaginative cuisine, and a member of one community is a member of all communities. The quality of life, homes, home sites and views from these master-planned communities are second to none.

The Cliffs offers short drives to two of the South’s most interesting cities — Greenville, South Carolina, and Asheville, North Carolina. Greenville boasts an award-winning, revitalized downtown where more than 70 restaurants and pubs on Main Street and the West End beckon foodies and fun-seekers. Outdoor enthusiasts can get their fix on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, Falls Park and Liberty Bridge — all scenic and sensational.

Not to be outdone by her Southern sister, Asheville is home to America’s First Scenic Highway — the Blue Ridge Parkway — which affords 469 miles of meadows, mountaintops and endless views between. Asheville’s downtown is an energizing and eclectic mix of eateries, pubs, fine cuisine, art and music venues. America’s largest home, the Biltmore Estate, is open  for tours year-round and simply an amazing slice of Americana.

Everyone I met at The Cliffs shared the view that it’s not just the quantity of activities and amenities; it’s the quality. They reported feeling like they belong to seven country clubs. And there are plenty of leagues and groups to join for everyone. The newly announced Family Legacy Membership makes family golf time more enjoyable by encouraging multiple generations of families to visit and enjoy The Cliffs lifestyle, extending full membership privileges to parents, children and grandchildren.

Picturesque Lakeside Living

If you thrive near the water’s edge, you’ll be right at home at one of The Cliffs’ lake region communities. Embraced in the rolling magnificence of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lake Keowee’s 18,500 shimmering acres and 23 miles of some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever behold both invite and inspire — and serve as the stunning backdrop for three award-winning communities:

• The Cliffs at Keowee Springs — Welcome to the ideal family playground. Choose from the Tom Fazio Signature Golf Course, Beach Club, marina, hiking trails and the 40-acre Camp Springs. All found along the private shoreline of beautiful Lake Keowee.

• The Cliffs at Keowee Falls — If your passion is for nature, fresh water and untouched forest, The Cliffs at Keowee Falls will make an impression. Explore 2,500 acres of woodland, 20 miles of private shoreline and Falls Creek Waterfall, the largest waterfall on Lake Keowee. The golf isn’t bad here either: This Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course was named one of GOLF Magazine’s “Top 10 New Private Courses.”

• The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards — This community is quite rare, as many of the spectacular lake views are reserved not for homesites, but for the community’s Tom Fazio Signature Golf Course, member park, trails and lakeside restaurant.

Choose Your Elevation

Cradled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, these rolling hills, kaleidoscope of colors and mild temperatures offer a genuine connection to nature and are home to The Cliffs’ three mountain communities. Encircled by thousands of acres of protected forests, each offers similar, yet distinctly unique elevations and personalities. Three beautiful mountain retreats are within minutes of cultural and commercial centers:

• The Cliffs at Mountain Park— This community is really a 5,000-acre playground. Rolling ridgelines extend in every direction, as friends and family can explore the Supertrail system, celebrate at the Green Pond Pavilion or walk the fairways together on the new Gary Player Signature Links golf course.

• The Cliffs Valley — This jewel spans two states and numerous elevations. Explore miles of walking trails, exercise at the wellness center, play tennis, dine at the clubhouse, play the parkland golf course (Ben Wright’s first American golf course) or visit Greenville, only 25 minutes away.

• The Cliffs at Glassy — Fifty-mile views await you every morning, as do 3,500 acres of protected forests, clean air, numerous amenities and endless possibilities. This is true mountaintop living on Glassy Mountain — 1,647 feet above the world. Oh, and the golf course at Glassy was named the “fourth most scenic golf course in the nation” by Golf Digest, behind only Cypress Point, Pebble Beach and Augusta National.

The Best of Both Worlds

• The Cliffs at Walnut Cove — You wouldn’t know that Asheville sits only 10 minutes from your front door, a phenomenon that is often referred to by Cliffs members as “the illusion of seclusion” and can be attributed to the fact that the community is bordered by the Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Every day is different here, because there are so many opportunities: An 18,000-square-foot Wellness Center; a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course; an award-winning restaurant and tavern found in the heart of the European-inspired Club Village; hiking trails; a trout pond; a nature center; and more.

This master-planned masterpiece is one of nature’s most magnificent settings. I can’t wait to schedule another trip. For more information, visit www.cliffscommunities.com or call 866-411-5771.

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