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Failed Tiger Woods golf course tract back on market, $19 million for 550 acres

January 30, 2024
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Tiger Woods has 82 PGA Tour wins, 15 major championships and reportedly over a billion dollars, so it’s reassuring to know that he doesn’t win every single thing he does … just almost everything. One of his few missteps was an attempted golf course in western North Carolina back in 2007, which fell through due to the real estate market tanking and environmental concerns. Well, now, that property can be yours as long as you have $19 million and a love of the great outdoors.

The 550-acre property, which lies on the Swannanoa River mountains is up for sale once again, after South Carolina investors bought it for $15.5 million back in 2019. It’s described as Pure Carolina on its listing.

“Perfectly set atop a mountain plateau only 25 minutes from Asheville, this +-550 acre tract offers a special piece of Western NC that cannot be replicated," reads the listing under land broker Billy May. "The property was once the centerpiece of the planned Cliffs at High Carolina community, and the location of Tiger Woods' first planned N American golf course. Extraordinary long-range views can be experienced from most every location on the property. Elevations range from 3100' to 4300'.

“Abundant wildlife and quality timber can be found throughout the property. Potential for exceptional conservation value with past development plans on file. Other possible uses include private estate, residential development, retreat/wellness/events, equestrian, golf, land bank, mixed use, or your vision.”

What else could one need out of a nearly $20 million purchase? If you’re feeling cramped in your one-bedroom apartment, perhaps this is the way to really connect with Mother Nature and get some steps in. If it was good enough for Tiger, it’s good enough for you.

The area is steeped in golf history, along with Woods’ attempt at his first U.S. course. The nearby Arnold Palmer-designed Seven Falls course in Etowah fell apart at the end of the 2000s due to its site developer landing in prison. Keith Arthur Vinson was sentenced to 18 years behind bars due to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, misapplication of bank funds, wire fraud and money laundering in a complex financial scheme.

In lighter news, the neighboring Tom Fazio-designed Bright's Creek in Polk is still open. And, you now have a chance at 550 acres for a golf course of your own. Just make sure you have an above-board site developer on your side.