Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Quick hits: Tiger's course boom and Boone's backyard

Tiger Woods to plot new course in WNC
"Tiger Woods will design his first U.S. golf course for The Cliffs at High Carolina, adding cachet to plans for the 3,000-acre exclusive community in Swannanoa and Fairview," writes the Asheville Citizen-Times.

"Woods and Jim Anthony, president of The Cliffs Communities, made the announcement at the company’s The Cliffs Valley community Tuesday, with the world’s top golfer promising a personal touch.

" 'I’m pretty detail-oriented, and I want to do things right,' Woods said. 'I’ll be up here as often as it takes to make things right.'

"Woods said he will own a home or property in the development and that he plans a walking course with a 'minimalist' design. ..."

Boone one of '10 great' small towns with big backyards
"Get a glimpse of the simpler life — and get in shape at the same time," writes USA Today. "Small towns can offer big outdoor adventures in the waning days of summer. Sarah Tuff, co-author of the new 101 Best OutdoorTowns: Unspoiled Places to Visit, Live & Play (Countryman Press, $19.95), shares her picks with Kathy Baruffi for USA TODAY. ...

"Boone has a built-in air conditioner for the summer months that turn the rest of the South sticky: the Blue Ridge Mountains, which keep temperatures at a lovely 75 degrees in August," Tuff says. "The town, 100 miles north of Asheville, stays hip, thanks to Appalachian State University. Get jazzed at Espresso News before heading into the Pisgah National Forest for hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing. Rafters rollick along the Nolichucky and French Broad rivers." 800-852-9506; visitboone nc.com ..."

1 comment:

Jason B. Graves said...

The Cliffs is a marketing machine in the NC Mountains where they have several exclusive projects. You can't get in without an appointment because the communities are gated and closely watched. The celebrity that Woods will bring with him should prove to be exciting (And expensive!)

I visited a "resort" in Tryon this spring called White Oak that was the most amazing I had ever seen. Self proclaimed Journeyman Golfer and winner of this years British Open Padraig Harrington has purchased a home in White Oak to serve as home base when he is touring in the U.S. Along with an Arnold Palmer designed course, there will be a social village, equestrian village, celestial observatory, 16 acre lake, vineyard, and the list goes on. There are even Red Coats buried there!