Golf News for Friday, August 17, 2007 | Real Estate

Tiger Woods picks The Cliffs at High Carolina for his first U.S. golf course design

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Tiger Woods has announced that he will design his first golf course in the United States at The Cliffs at High Carolina, the eighth community in The Cliffs' collection of private, master-planned residential developments.

It's the second confirmed project for the recently-formed Tiger Woods Design (the other one is slated for Dubai), and the PGA Tour No. 1 Woods said he intends to take an active role with the development of the master plan for The Cliffs at High Carolina.

"My goal is to design a handful of very unique courses around the world, and The Cliffs is a perfect fit for my first American design," Woods said. "Seeing what they've created with some of the world's best designers is very inspiring, and I'm looking forward to adding my own style into the mix."

Woods continued, "I chose The Cliffs at High Carolina because of the great people and the amazing location. I'm really looking forward to making it a premier destination to share with my friends and family."

Each of The Cliffs' communities is located in the Carolina Preserve, a quality-of-life corridor connecting Asheville, N.C, to Greenville, S.C, that features 14 state parks, three national forests and one national park.

When he first visited High Carolina, Woods said, the views are what impressed him most: being able to look out across 50-miles of the Asheville area and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

"When I got to the top of the mountain and looked across those meadows, I knew this would be the site of my first American design. I hope this will become one of the most talked about views in the country," he said. "The land lends itself to a walking golf course," added Woods. "Walking is integral to golf, and it will be very unique to have a walking golf course at elevations up to 4,000 feet."

Jim Anthony, founder and president of The Cliffs Communities, said: "What excites us about working with Tiger is the alignment of our visions to enhance the golf experience by working with the land, beauty and conservation --- an overall commitment to excellence."

"The Cliffs at High Carolina will offer the unique combination of an unparalleled mountaintop golf experience and convenient access to all that the city of Asheville offers," Anthony continued.

An acclaimed city nationally and even internationally for its wealth of cultural and outdoor offerings, Asheville has received myriad honors and distinctions from the most well-known publications and independent sources.

Tiger Woods Design will bring The Cliffs' line-up of championship courses to eight, with the additional seven unique designs located minutes apart and accessed by one membership. Resort Living Magazine
described The Cliffs' membership as "one of the most comprehensive and impressive club memberships in the world."

The Cliffs' members enjoy a golf experience unlike any other in the world, as a renowned group of designers has come together over its 16-year history to create an unrivaled collection of golf courses. Two Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses, one bordering Pisgah National Forest with views of the Asheville mountains and one situated along the shores of Lake Keowee, are coupled with two lakeside Tom Fazio designs: one with eight of its 18 holes boasting mountain-lake views and the second under construction at Keowee Springs Lodge and Spa.

The new Gary Player Signature "river course" under development at The Cliffs includes a layout with 14 of its 18 holes along the North Saluda River, while minutes away, a parkland Valley course designed by Ben Wright showcases an incredible amphitheater of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. The Cliffs at Glassy, a Tom Jackson design rated "Fourth Most Scenic in the Nation" by Golf Digest behind only Augusta National, Pebble Beach, and Cypress Point, is South Carolina's only mountaintop course.

"Our company's goal is simply to create the best place to live, work and play in America," Anthony said.

Founded in 1991, The Cliffs Communities is devoted to the sensible development of residential communities and other properties within the United States and around the world. The Cliffs' domestic properties include eight premier, private master-planned residential communities located in the heart of the Carolina Preserve between Asheville, N.C, and Greenville, S.C, collectively bordered by hundreds of thousands of acres of national forests and state parks in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ownership in any one of The Cliffs' eight communities carries the exclusive opportunity to become a Cliffs' Member, with privileges that include access to The Cliffs' international properties stretching from the marine preserves off the British Columbia coast to the virgin shoreline of Patagonia, Chile, and the beaches and reefs of the private island of Cornish Cay in the Abacos, Bahamas.

The Cliffs offers home sites from $300,000 to over $3,000,000 and custom homes from $700,000 to over $5,000,000.