Friday, September 7, 2012

Gary Player Design Announces Fall 2013 Opening of The Cliffs at Mountain Park

Gary Player Design and The Cliffs are pleased to announce that The Cliffs at Mountain Park Golf Course is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013. One of only a few golf courses currently under construction in North America and the seventh golf course in The Cliffs Communities, the Gary Player-designed golf course is part of the 5,000-acre Mountain Park private residential community on the southernmost edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

"I have a tremendous amount of optimism for the future of The Cliffs under the new ownership, especially our project at Mountain Park that will be open for play in the fall of next year," said Gary Player. "I continue to enjoy my relationship with The Cliffs and hope to enjoy many more trips to the area as the construction of the course continues."

Surrounded by more than a million acres of State Parks and National Forests, The Cliffs at Mountain Park Golf Course is set in a stunning wooded valley surrounded by mountains and divided by the Saluda River and was designed with the highest environmental standards. It was carefully routed to preserve the site's natural beauty and allow native flora, fauna, trees and grasses to flourish and cuts down on operating and maintenance costs by using organic materials and implementing eco-friendly design practices.

"In designing the Mountain Park golf course we paid close attention to making the fairways firmer, not use as much water, not use as much fertilizer and take full advantage of the natural characteristics of the land," said Scott Ferrell, President of Gary Player Design. "The setting is extraordinary and will prove to be a perfect showcase of our most recent design work, as well as a great base for our company's operations."

Beyond designing the golf course, Black Knight International's global headquarters are adjacent to the course which also border the Gary Player Estates enclave and The Player Residence, a stunning 8,000-square-foot home infused with artifacts, fabrics, furniture, light fixtures, reclaimed wood and rugs from various parts of Africa.

"We are happy to now call the Gary Player Estates home, and bring a bit of African infusion to The Cliffs," said Marc Player, CEO of Black Knight International. "The pristine mountain scenery has really given us the feeling of being tucked away in paradise, yet we are just minutes from the convenience of Greenville, South Carolina."

Gary Player Design expects grassing to be complete over the next several weeks with the course fully complete and operational by the 2013 season.


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