The Cliffs - Best Lake Community of the Year

Cliffs Keowee Lakefront Homes

While threats of Snowpocalypse blanket the Northeast, dreams of sun-drenched days floating on a shimmering lake provide a glimmer of hope to those who haven’t migrated south yet. Among South Carolina destinations for boating, Lake Keowee scores the highest marks for pristine beauty and unparalleled waterfront living. 

The 18,500-acre azure-colored, freshwater lake sets in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along a unique geographical area known as the Blue Ridge Escarpment. Here, the four seasons put on a brilliant display, temperatures are mild, and the people are as gracious as you’ll find. It’s no wonder that in an area historically coined the Land of the Waterfalls by the Cherokees, families from across the world are discovering their own piece of paradise. And there’s no better place to enjoy it to its fullest than The Cliffs.

The Cliffs is a collection of seven of the finest private club communities in the United States. Begun in the early 1990s, The Cliffs spans 20,000 acres in three remarkable landscapes, only minutes’ drive from one another: the lake, the mountains, and the city. Lauded for its club membership – where one membership gains you access to all of the amenities and services of all seven clubs – The Cliffs features a spectrum of first-class facilities, including seven championship golf courses, five wellness centers, two marinas, beach club, equestrian center, 21 restaurants, and a culinary, social and events calendar that offers something for literally any- and everyone.

Three of The Cliffs’ seven communities are set on the shores of Lake Keowee: The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards, The Cliffs at Keowee Falls, and The Cliffs at Keowee Springs. Together, this cluster of clubs is the Best Lakefront Community in the Southeast and one of the best luxury clubs in America.

Under the new, single ownership of Arendale Holdings, The Cliffs celebrated the highest sales in 2014’s fall season in five years. With a portfolio of investors that includes some of world’s finest luxury brands, The Cliffs’ new leadership has done a yeomen’s job in a very short span of time, introducing new amenities, renovating older facilities, and charting a plan for continuous improvements in member experience and amenity growth in the years ahead. 

Property owners recently expressed their heartfelt satisfaction along with a common thread of friendship found within the Cliffs golf course communities. Here’s an example of what we’re hearing:

“Seven times the fun and happiness! We are very happy and feel very blessed to have found this community...It is like living in a State Park with the activities of summer camp!”

“New fitness and wellness facility. Upgrade to the Cliffs golf course as well. People really seem to enjoy each other.”

“When I first moved to The Cliffs (after living in many similar communities) and went to Friday night social hour I said to my husband that it was the most awesome feeling that everyone we met was like an old friend, as there was none of the ‘getting to know you’ phase.”

“The membership, as well as the Club, has taken responsibility to welcome new members and assure there are a variety of ways they can feel included. We have gorgeous gathering places for all sorts of events - and especially love the expansive back porch of the clubhouse that faces our spectacular golf course.”

With three gated communities on Lake Keowee – all within an hour’s drive of one of the nation’s most acclaimed cities Greenville, South Carolina; within two hours of Atlanta; and 90 minutes from Asheville, North Carolina – The Cliffs are where you go to escape, or to engage – your choice. 

Named to The Robb Report’s Best of the Best list, The Cliffs at Keowee Springs, located a mere 15 minutes’ drive from Clemson University, has some of the most beautiful long range views we’ve seen from the knoll tops within the neighborhood. Its Beach Club could rival any Caribbean island resort. With 27 day docks, it’s easy for The Cliffs’ members to pull up by boat for a quick swim and burger. The Cliffs at Keowee Springs features an 18-hole Tom Fazio championship course that swept the Best New Courses category in 2009 when it debuted, earning top honors from Golf Digest, Golfweek, and GOLF Magazines. The Springs, as it’s called by members, is one of the few remaining places to find optimum land parcels to build a lakefront home. This spring, The Cliffs will introduce a new waterfront neighborhood – the first land release in several years.

Second among The Cliffs’ string of freshwater pearls is The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards – a bustling community with a striking, second lakefront Tom Fazio golf course sporting eight of the most talked about golf holes in The Cliffs’ course portfolio. Tom Fazio and The Cliffs took full advantage of one of the most beautiful pieces of land found anywhere in the world when they built this Cliffs golf course. Consistently ranked among the best golf courses in South Carolina by Golf Digest and the SC Golf Raters Panel, the Vineyards lives up to its legend, with Fazio himself calling its signature hole no. 17 “the most picturesque hole in the state of South Carolina.” The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards has 175 wet boat slips, a marina ship store, 10,000 square foot wellness center, outdoor pool and pavilion, tennis complex, equestrian center, clubhouse and Lakehouse Restaurant.

Third among The Cliffs’ trinity of waterfront communities is The Cliffs at Keowee Falls, which weaves its way along an expansive 20 miles of private shoreline and boasts the largest cascading waterfall on Lake Keowee at Falls Creek. This month, a 9,000 square foot Wellness Center will debut here, led by one of The Cliffs’ four GIFT Fellows – the most elite certification in personal training available and an extraordinarily unique concentration of health and fitness expertise among clubs anywhere in the world. Keowee Falls includes an award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, clubhouse with Golf Cottages for guests, the Keowee Falls Storehouse – an award-winning lifestyle boutique focused on lake living, and additional retail shopping just outside the gates for on-the-water necessities and sundries.

The Cliffs’ members at the three lake communities also have access to the amenities and activities at The Cliffs at Mountain Park, The Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Glassy, as well as those at The Cliffs Walnut Cove in Asheville. This change of scenery is built with ease into The Cliffs’ club membership, giving the lake lovers access to another four award-winning communities all with championship golf courses, including a brand new Gary Player Signature course rated among the nation’s best new courses of 2014 by Golfweek, a second Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, the Members’ favorite – a Ben Wright design – and South Carolina’s magnificent mountaintop gem by Tom Jackson. 

We chose The Cliffs communities as the 2015 Best Lake Community of the Year because it’s seven times the ‘wow’. There’s really no place like it. If you’re exploring South Carolina destinations for relocation, The Cliffs is a must see.

Contact The Cliffs directly at 866-411-5771 to arrange a discovery visit.

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