When you offer arguably the premier golf experience in America, growing the game is in your bloodstream. And so, proudly, our clubs also walk the walk — proudly serving as the home course for the University of North Carolina at Asheville women’s golf team, as well as hosting of the annual LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Academy, which teaches girls ages 6 – 13 both golf and leadership skills.
At Mountain Park, old wine barrels become targets that echo the western theme of the range. On the range at Keowee Springs is a three-foot target circle 25-yards out. The pros are teaching muscle memory with every smile. We’re fortunate that each club at The Cliffs has a great practice environment — and that a single membership lets members use the facilities and work with the professionals at all seven . Then they can go out, take what they’ve learned and play at a different course that presents different challenges every day.
One thing is certain: The Cliffs’ golf professionals make sure that a day at the course is both fun and fresh for everyone. They find new ways to create learning moments where you don’t know that you’re learning. They make important routines anything but routine. And, they can build a pretty smooth golf swing out of some pretty ugly raw materials. The point is, everything is individualized. Young. Strong. Tall. Short. Junior. One size, one approach surely does not fit all. But the one common denominator is that golf at The Cliffs is fun. Even when it’s serious fun.
One of the unique aspects of wellness and sports programs at The Cliffs is the integration possible when a trainer at the gym is talking with the golf professional on the range. This way, two professionals are working in concert to improve strength, range of motion, to overcome physical limitations — all with a singular focus on achieving the members’ goals in a healthy way.
We also have terrific technology at The Cliffs, including The Golfing Machine (TGM), Morad, Stack and Tilt and particularly the FlightScope™, a Doppler radar we use to measure just about everything there is to know about the club and ball and their interaction. It’s an amazing set of eyes that tells us exactly what’s happening during impact, which makes the learning process go more smoothly and simply.
“If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.”
“I don’t have a particular method; I call myself a functionalist teacher. I appreciate all the different methods and I’m certified in most. But my goal is to understand how each player moves, not put them in a box. I want to change as little as possible so a player is comfortable. Each of our pros may communicate differently but our goal is to share the same message and that’s one of simplicity. The greatest enjoyment factor in golf comes from improving your game. That’s what makes it fun for members. But I think what I enjoy most is that I get to coach entire generations of families. It’s not just the individual who’s living here but their kids and their grandkids who are coming to experience the game and learn a game they’ll play for a lifetime.”
The Cliffs Director of Golf Instruction