Only a year after the latest Gary Player Signature Design in the United States opened, The Cliffs at Mountain Park has set itself apart as high praise and honors are aplenty. The links-style course uniquely set among the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina most recently debuted at the number two position on Golf Digest’s listing for Best New Courses.
In addition to the Golf Digest acclaim, the Gary Player-designed track also placed on Golfweek’s Best New Residential Courses and Best Modern Courses rankings for 2015.
“I could not be more thrilled for the success of our design at The Cliffs at Mountain Park,” said Gary Player. “We knew that this was going to be a special course when we created a championship links layout in the beautiful mountain setting, and now to see all the accolades it has been receiving is wonderful.”
With a spirit of Scottish Links, Mountain Park is truly an experience for golfers in America’s Southeast as it incorporates abundant native grasses and environmentally friendly practices. The course is set among more than a million acres of State Parks and National Forests.
The 7218-yard layout was designed to the highest environmental standards, but also with playability for all levels in mind.
“The Cliffs at Mountain Park offers a fantastic experience that is very unique for the area,” said Scott Ferrell, Gary Player Design President. “The course takes full advantage of the beautiful, natural characteristics of the land in order to emphasize sustainability, but it also is a course that is enjoyable for all skill levels with its emphasis on links-style shot making, fast and firm conditions, walkability, and playability. I think all of these aspects have contributed to the success of Mountain Park.”
“It is an exciting golf course to experience,” said Jeff Lawrence, Gary Player Design Senior Designer. “In the design, we concentrated on shot options, wanting to bring the bump-and-run back, bring the contouring of golf back. Mostly, golfers will see that we spent an exceptional amount of time around the greens thinking and being creative.”
A challenge different from any of the other Cliffs’ six courses, Mountain Park continues to distinguish itself on a local and nation level as a course that is on any golfer’s must-play list.