The seven nationally-acclaimed courses of The Cliffs Golf Membership by renowned designers including Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player are known far and wide — yet they’re remarkably close to one another. In fact, if you’re feeling ambitious, you could choose to play 36 holes in a day. One round on a mountaintop. Another lakeside. Discover the award-winning attributes of each course through the span of a week, and be ready to start all over again.
At The Cliffs, this is not a game. It’s a passion. We simply love sharing the experience and the camaraderie. Cliffs Golf is above all else social, and our golf staff will make you feel right at home regardless of your level of play.
The Cliffs provides a modern experience for lady golfers, with no tee time restrictions still found at many private clubs. In 2016, the Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards hosted LPGA Tour Player Austin Ernst’s annual Pro-am charity tournament, featuring players like Michelle Wie, Morgan Pressel and Marina Alex.
Nowhere else in America offers this combination of year-round play, this diversity of experiences or this caliber of membership. No one else deserves to enjoy it more than you.
From mountaintop to lakeside to valley, these courses all belong to you, because you belong here.
South Carolina’s only mountaintop golf course, The Cliffs at Glassy course sits 3,000 feet above sea level, with majestic, panoramic 50-mile views. This Tom Jackson design is truly breathtaking. In fact, it’s been “ranked fourth most scenic in the nation” by Golf Digest, only behind Cypress Point, Pebble Beach and Augusta National. The signature hole at No. 13 says it all.
Most designers would have found taming this area atop Glassy Mountain daunting, but Jackson drew from his training under Robert Trent Jones and George Cobb to create a fun and challenging masterpiece that requires precise drives to navigate the bentgrass tees, fairways and greens through elevation changes, slopes and ravines.
Yardage: 4,694 – 6,805
Rating: 67.9 – 72.7
The latest, and much heralded, addition to The Cliffs’ diverse course offerings, the Mountain Park course was named one of the “Best New Courses” by both GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest. Step onto this Gary Player Signature Course and experience how this links design folds into the topography of the land around it. Winding along the banks of the North Saluda River with a mountain ridgeline backdrop, there are 13 acres of bunkering throughout. The diamond zoysia fairways, MiniVerde™ Ultra Dwarf Bermuda greens with native grasses and landscape materials throughout the course are all representative of Gary Player’s passion for conservation.
The Joust — an exciting Par 5-3-4-5 finish to the course — is inspired by Player, and offers an individual risk-and-reward challenge to the golfer who chooses to accept it. Aiming for a reachable par 4 and with well-executed shots, brave players can experience an exhilarating finish to their game.
The Mountain Park course also offers the exhilarating option of Golfboarding.The easy-to-ride, fully-electric vehicle lets you surf the earth from shot to shot that feels like snowboarding or surfing.
Yardage: 5,019 – 7,213
Rating: 67.4 – 74.0
Opened in 2005 with a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course at Walnut Cove was recognized by the PGA Tour as the only championship golf course to debut in tournament-ready condition. It’s been wowing golfers of all skill levels ever since. Nicklaus worked closely with The Cliffs to enhance the natural environment and create courses both challenging and enjoyable for players of all levels. The front nine holes wind across open fields of former farmlands, playing across soft ridges and featuring bunkers that create multiple risk-and-reward opportunities. The back nine plays into native woodland vegetation, crisscrossing over and around mountain streams. The course features five sets of tees, offering any player a perfect fit for a memorable round.
Walnut Cove is also site of the member-favorite, Walnut Cup, a yearly tournament open to men and women of all ages and abilities. The tradition includes “Trash Talk Week” parties leading up to the competition, and a year’s worth of bragging rights for the winning teams.
Yardage: 4,646 – 7,212
Rating: 68.3 – 76.0
No living course architect holds more credits on lists of America’s best courses than Tom Fazio. Specializing in creating courses that reflect the beauty of the natural environment, Fazio had a lot to work with here, in surroundings considered one of the most beautiful pieces of land in the world. In fact, Fazio himself considers this course as one of his ten favorite designs, and says, “Hole 17 is the most picturesque hole in the state of South Carolina.” The course is also considered our members’ favorite as well, the one they love to share with their guests.
Ranked among the “Best in the State” by Golf Digest, Keowee Vineyards features eight holes overlooking Lake Keowee and five showcasing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Navigate tree-lined fairways, ravines and coves on a course featuring Bermuda tees and fairways with Champion ultra-dwarf Bermuda greens. One round will win your heart and praise.
Yardage: 5,022 – 7,006
Rating: 68.8 – 74.2
Ben Wright’s Signature course at Cliffs Valley reflects his extensive knowledge as an award-winning designer, writer and broadcaster. The Parkland-style design is considered the heart of Cliffs Golf, tucked in the lush Blue Ridge Mountain valley and convenient to the other Cliffs clubs. Cliffs Valley offers a friendly, enjoyable round and is playable virtually every day of the year.
The land’s natural contours and elevation changes challenge members to play over and around streams, ponds and rolling hills. Combine this with consistent climate, the beauty of Bermuda grass tees and fairways and bent grass greens, and you’ll understand the enthusiasm for this course among our members — including The Cliffs Valley Ladies Golf Association, the largest group of female golfers in our membership.
Yardage: 5,036 – 7,050
Rating: 68.6 – 73.8
Named for Falls Creek, which winds its way through seven fairways, the 160-acre Keowee Falls golf course has been ranked among the “50 Best New Courses” by Golfweek and among the “Best in the State” by Golf Digest. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course spans mountain terrain with stimulating elevation changes and is considered the most challenging of The Cliffs courses with a slope rating of 129 to 144. Tree-lined fairways, streams, ponds and lengthy par 3s surrounded by woods and wildflowers, reflect the Nicklaus touch as he collaborated with The Cliffs to enhance the natural environment while creating a course to be enjoyed by all skill levels. These Bermuda grass tees and fairways with Champion ultra-dwarf greens are the home course for the Clemson Invitational, the premier event of one of the most storied NCAA golf programs in America .
Yardage: 5,154 to 7,171
Rating: 69.1 – 75.6
A challenging and rewarding experience for golfers of all ages and skill levels, the Keowee Springs golf course is one of Tom Fazio’s most scenic and uniquely designed courses, and was described by WorldGolf.com as “one of the most versatile designs in Fazio’s award-winning repertoire.” Completed in 2008, it incorporates three approachable loops of six holes and a set of family tees, designed to play six or 12 holes when time is tight (such as when you’ve got a date with some water skis later in the day). These more approachable courses are favorites for our groups of golf beginners at The Cliffs, who call themselves the Sassy Sixers (for ladies) and the Mac Daddies (for men). But PGA Tour Players also come here to improve their game as Keowee Springs features one of the Top 50 Golf Practice Facilities in America.
The course, ranked among the “Best New Courses” by Golfweek and “Best in State” by Golf Digest, combines Bermuda grass fairways and rough with Tif-Eagle tee areas and 007 Bentgrass greens across a gentle, rolling mountainside layout, with long-range views of Lake Keowee. Though it’s designed to accommodate families and beginning players, experienced golfers should be prepared: the back tees are every bit the championship golf experience.
Yardage: 4,600 – 7,200
Rating: 65.5 – 73.9