The cliffs at Keowee springs: a lifestyle of Health, fitness incredible golf!

Tucked away in the heart of the Carolina Preserve mountain range between Asheville, N.C. and Greenville, S.C., The Cliffs Communities, founded in 1991 by Jim Anthony was created through one man’s vision to make wellness an integral part of people’s lives.

The Cliffs at Keowee Springs is what Jim Anthony has called “America’s first luxury family wellness resort.” This newest member of the Cliff ‘s family, The Cliffs at Keowee Springs will take Jim Anthony’s passion for health and wellness to a new level. Residents from the eight Cliffs Communities, as well as visitors will enjoy the Keowee Springs Lodge and Spa when it opens in 2010.

Over the last ten years, Anthony has been, as he calls it, “delivering wellness services to property owners.” Through the retreat concept, families can learn about wellness, participate in golf specfic fitness activities, work outs and instruction, under go health or medical testing, and learn how to change their lives permanently by interacting with some of the nation’s foremost health experts. They also receive follow-up consultation and encouragement even after they return home.

The Cliffs at Keowee Springs ( will occupy 150 acres of the 1600 acre private, gated Cliffs at Keowee Springs development. The mainstay of the lodge and spa is the 54,000 square foot medical and wellness center and 20,000 square foot spa. Those two buildings, currently under construction, will be the Springs International Wellness Retreat an ideal GOLF FIT GETAWAY!

Recently, the team at Golf Fitness Magazine was invited to be a part of the grand opening celebration of the newest Tom Fazio designed course at the Cliffs at Keowee Springs. Besides the fact that the course was phenomenal to play (especially when you are playing with the honor of discussing the course with Mr. Fazio himself), our team was treated like royalty in a place where the editorial vision of Golf Fitness Magazine truly comes to life! “Better golf, better health and a better lifestyle define The Cliffs,” explained Dr. E.G. “Nick” Ulmer, the Executive Medical Director and VP of Health and Wellness for The Cliffs. “We want to help change the lives of our residents for the better, no matter what that might be, if even simple daily modifications that will lead them to progressively more lifestyle changes, and eventually, total wellness. “That is our goal one step at a time,” explains Dr. Ulmer. And this “small step” theory is prevalent throughout the resort. For instance, we were delighted to see all of The Cliffs staff wearing pedometers emblazoned with The Cliffs logo. This is just one small example of the level of commitment that Anthony has to his team he wants everyone to be in the best shape and health that they can be. Employees are also given incentive programs for achieving different weight loss and exercise goals. Rewarding good health creates many benefits including healthy and happy employees, less sick time and lower insurance premiums, to name a few. It is no wonder that we were hearing from all of the great staff at The Cliffs about how much they loved their job and their work environment. Can you imagine if you lived there?

Within every community at The Cliffs are wellness facilities for everyone. Services at your fingertips include personal trainers, yoga, Pilates, golf-specific fitness classes, “fireside chats” about mental game improvement, clubhouses that serve exceptional meals with fresh, organic vegetables grown from The Cliff ‘s own organic farm, and a staff that is genuinely happy and healthy.

It is no wonder that this residential and resort paradise ( will be the future home of Gary Player’s world headquarters. Mr. Player, the patriarch of golf fitness, health and wellness, will also be joined by other big names like Tiger Woods, who announced in August of 2007, that he will be designing his first North American course at The Cliffs.

In addition to the wellness center, spa, resort, home sites, and the Tom Fazio course at The Cliffs at Keowee Springs, the International Institute of Golf will open around the end of 2008. The goal of the International Institute of Golf is to set up a holistic academy that encompasses all technique, physical conditioning, mental skill development and strategy training.

Endorsed by Steve Bann and Dale Lynch, two of the most respected and successful golf coaches in the world, this teaching facility is being categorized as one of the best in the country.

It is rare that you find a visionary like Jim Anthony that is so compassionate about good health and healthy living. Anthony’s passion rubs off on everyone he meets. And once you sit down and talk to him and learn about The Cliffs, his visions and his beliefs on diet, exercise and wellness, you are hooked.

His team is as compassionate as he is, and their healthy lifestyle and spirit shine through in the work that they do and the manner in which they speak of their job, their boss and their community.

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