Golfing legend unveils new course near Travelers Rest
- Saturday, 28 September 2013
- Written by Celeste Hawkins
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C – On Friday, a new golf course designed by a legend of the sport opened in the mountains just north of the city of Travelers Rest.
Designed by nine-time major champion Gary Player, the Cliffs at Mountain Park Golf Course open to Cliffs member and their guests, becoming the seventh championship golf course operated by the Cliffs Communities. One of only a handful of courses opening in North America in 2013, the 5000-acre park is tucked into a wooded valley along the North Saluda River in the Blue Ridge Mountains, located off Highway 11.
"It is a particularly beautiful and environmentally-friendly course," said Player, who hosted a golf clinic yesterday morning and hit the inaugural tee shot in celebration of the park’s grand opening. "It’s a paradise, and we want people to come out and enjoy themselves and relax and get their batteries recharged."
Considered one of the greatest golfers in history, Player has also earned a reputation as a golf course architect, with over 325 design projects throughout the world. The Mountain Park campus hosts the headquarters for Player’s team of designers - the Gary Player Group - as well as the Mountain Park Golf Cabin, a multi-purpose facility designed for both cart storage and for use as an event venue, which, according to Cliffs leadership, will play off of the site’s Dark Corner setting.
The Cliffs invested $7.5 million to complete the Mountain Park campus, making a comeback from their bankruptcy in early 2012. Other recent changes at the Cliffs include implementing a legacy membership policy that makes children of members automatic members of the community, able to enjoy all the benefits of membership at every Cliffs location.
"We want to create a family atmosphere, a tradition at the Cliffs," Golf Director Brian Peeples said.
For more information about Cliffs membership and locations, visit CliffsCommunities.com or call (866) 411-5771.