Named Among Best Modern Courses and Best Residential Courses, 2015
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. (March 20, 2015) – Today The Cliffs at Mountain Park was honored with its most impressive accolade to date, making the cut into Golfweek’s coveted Best 100 Modern Courses in America, 2015. Golfweek’s team of raters, many of whom played the course in the fall of 2014, placed the Gary Player Signature designed private course at No. 100 in the list the magazine released today. This is the first time any of The Cliffs’ seven championship golf courses have broken through the Top 100 – the very best golf courses in America, no matter private or public, opened since 1960. Golfweek also recognized The Cliffs at Mountain Park as No. 43 and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards No. 56 among the Top 100 Residential Courses of 2015.
“For such a new course, we are blown away and truly honored for The Cliffs at Mountain Park to be in such esteemed company,” stated Brian Peeples, The Cliffs’ Director of Golf. “We take great pride in keeping our courses in pristine condition for our membership and their guests, but the validation of outside professionals on the quality of the golf experience here really is significant for all of us.”
The Cliffs hosted senior staff and raters of Golfweek in late 2014 for several days. Their itinerary included playing three of The Cliffs’ seven courses: The Cliffs at Mountain Park (Gary Player Signature design), The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards (Tom Fazio design), and The Cliffs at Walnut Cove (Jack Nicklaus Signature design).
Henry Robinson of Golfweek commented on his experience by saying, “One: the courses [were] exceptionally in good shape. The greens [were] the best I’ve ever seen. The second thing is, the hospitality at The Cliffs is second to none. It was one of the best rater events we’ve ever had.”
Senior Writer and Course Architecture Editor for Golfweek Brad Klein, noted, “To go, for example, from [The Cliffs at Keowee] Vineyards to [The Cliffs at] Mountain Park, and then up to [The Cliffs at] Walnut Cove, it’s an amazing variety.”
Hillary Fordwich, a rater for Golfweek, noted, “I have played a number of courses here at The Cliffs, and they are simply spectacular. The scenery, the topography, and the hospitality were wonderful.”
The Cliffs at Mountain Park is an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Gary Player. Opened in 2013, it is The Cliffs’ newest of seven courses and is set along the banks of the North Saluda River, accentuating the ridgelines of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Both GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest recognized The Cliffs at Mountain Park as a Best New Private Course upon its debut.
The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards is one of The Cliffs’ three lakeside courses. Designed by Tom Fazio and named No. 7 among Best Private Courses by Golf Digest, it features eight holes directly on Lake Keowee and stunning mountain views.
The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, one of two Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses at The Cliffs, plays through the rolling fields and woodland vegetation just outside Asheville, North Carolina. Upon its opening in 2005, it was recognized by the PGA Tour as the only championship golf course to debut in tournament-ready condition.
About The Cliffs
The Cliffs is a collection of seven premier, private residential golf club communities located between Greenville, SC and Asheville, NC. Members of The Cliffs have access and privileges to all seven of The Cliffs’ clubs. The golf experience at The Cliffs includes seven award-winning, championship 18-hole golf courses, including two by Tom Fazio, two by Jack Nicklaus, and one each by Gary Player, Ben Wright and Tom Jackson. The Cliffs’ golf courses have been honored in the Top 100 in America by Golfweek, among the “Best of the Best” of America’s Premier Properties by LINKS, and in the Best New Private Courses by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. Homes at The Cliffs range in price from $500,000 to $4 million+; homesites, from $150,000.