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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Searching for the Right Golf Community

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A Week in…Upstate SC & North GA

        You may have a general idea of where you want to live in retirement, but putting together an itinerary of golf communities you might visit in a short period of time seems like a tall task.

        Not for us. If you would like some suggestions of how to spend a week, a weekend or longer exploring golf communities you might someday call home, please contact us. Better yet, fill out our confidential

If you would like us to build you a three- to seven-day golf community itinerary, fill out our online Golf Home Questionnaire.

Golf Home Questionnaire, and we will suggest those golf communities that best match your requirements. Click here to access the Golf Home Questionnaire.

        For a taste of the kinds of itineraries we’d be pleased to build for you anywhere in the South, here is one that begins and ends in Greenville, SC, one of the region’s fastest growing and most economically stable towns. This itinerary spans seven days and just 188 miles, and covers upscale, lake-oriented golf communities in northern Georgia and the upstate area of South Carolina. (By “upscale,” we mean real estate prices starting in the $400s and rising into the millions. We will feature other itineraries here in the future to fit a wide range of budgets. If you would like us to build an itinerary based on your requirements, or to customize the one below, contact us and we would be pleased to assist you; our services are complimentary.)

        Where a golf community offers a discovery package, we note that; contact us to arrange for the package or for more details. Through our real estate connections in these areas, we can also assist you in arranging a round of golf on member-only clubs.


Greenville – Currahee Club – Reserve at Lake Keowee -

Cliffs Keowee Vineyard – Greenville Country Club – Thornblade Club

Total Drive Time – 4 ½ hours, 188 miles

Starting at Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport

Day 1 & 2

Currahee Club, Toccoa, GA

Homes priced from $400s, lots from $50s

Discovery package available ($129/night)

Jim Fazio golf (18 holes)

Nearest town: Clarksville, GA

Intel: “Currahee is set to become one of the go-to upscale golf communities in the southeast.” If you like a challenge, the Jim Fazio layout is one of the toughest in the South.



Day 3

The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Sunset, SC

Homes priced from $400s, lots from $100s

Discovery package available (priced seasonally)

Jack Nicklaus Signature golf (18 holes)

Nearest town: Clemson, SC

Intel: “With one of the cleanest lakes in America at its doorstep, a huge community-gathering lawn that sweeps up from the lake to the large and rustic clubhouse (with an excellent Austrian chef at the helm of the restaurant) and the most inclusive club membership available (all direct members of a family have member privileges without fees or dues), there doesn’t seem much reason to leave the enclave.”



Day 4

Cliffs at Keowee Vineyard, Sunset, SC

Homes priced from $700s, lots from low $100s

Tom Fazio golf (18 holes)

Intel: “Keowee Vineyard (Fazio) is one of the best courses in the golf-rich state of South Carolina…the downhill par 3 17th hole requires driver or three wood from the back tee; the green is surrounded by sand and water.”



Day 5

Greenville Country Club, Greenville, SC

Homes priced from $400,000

Chanticleer Club, 18 holes by R.T. Jones (redone by Rees Jones)

Riverside Club, 18 holes by W. Langford (redone by B. Silva)

Intel: “The Chanticleer Club…has been hailed as one of the best in the east since it opened in 1970. Greenville Country Club’s other layout, the Riverside Course, was totally renovated in 2007 by noted architect Brian Silva and has been rising in golf course rankings ever since.”



Day 6

Thornblade Club, Greer, SC

Homes priced from mid $300s

Tom Fazio golf (18 holes)

Intel: “Not only is Thornblade a fine example of a 1980s Tom Fazio course, but it is also the breeding ground for such PGA Tour luminaries as Lucas Glover and Bill Haas (the Haas homestead almost hangs over the 5th green).”


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Larry Gavrich

This blog was conceived and is published by me, Larry Gavrich, a former corporate communications executive who founded HomeOnTheCourse, LLC, in 2005.  Our firm advises baby boomers and others seeking a lifestyle in which golf is a major component.  My wife Connie and I own a home in Connecticut (not on a golf course) and a condo at Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island, SC, on a Jack Nicklaus layout.  We began our search for our home on the course more than 15 years ago, and the challenges of the search inspired me to research golf communities and write objective reviews of them.


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