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Cliffs Golf Course Opens In Upstate
A long-awaited golf course in the Upstate is finally open, but the future is still uncertain for a similar "Cliffs" project planned for Western North Carolina. Golf legend Gary Player was in the Upstate for today's opening at the "Cliffs at Mountain Park." The South African golfer's North American headquarters sit merely yards from the new course, which is the seventh in as many Cliffs communities across the Upstate and the Mountains.
The golf course originally broke ground about seven years ago, but the housing market downturn slowed its development. Last year, Jim Anthony--the founder and original owner of the Cliffs--took the company into bankruptcy when it became hundreds of millions of dollars in debt. Bankruptcy filings showed the company owed more than 10,000 creditors amounts exceeding $100 million. Last year, The Cliffs emerged from Chapter 11 with a new ownership group called Silversun Partners.
There were originally plans for an eighth community known as The Cliffs at High Carolina. The community was to be located near Swannanoa and had signed a deal with Tiger Woods in 2007 for his first golf course design in the US.
But the company's debt put the project on hold. After its emergence from bankruptcy, the Cliffs says plans for High Carolina are still up in the air. The Cliffs also said they do not know whether Tiger Woods would still be involved if the High Carolina project was resurrected.