Real Estate Opportunities in Croquet Communities Near Highlands and Cashiers, North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Saturday, June 12, 2010

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Mallets on the Mountaintop

In a landscape well known for its natural beauty, a collection of communities revered for their family-friendly atmosphere, and an area that is steeped in history and time-honored traditions – families can find a recreational activity that celebrates a blend of all three of these elements dotted throughout the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. While golf, tennis and water sports continue to reign supreme as pastimes during the spring and summer months, the ancient lawn game of croquet is enjoying a resurgence of popularity. With origins that date back as far as the 1400’s, croquet first hit American soil in the 1860’s and took the eastern coast by storm. Today, there are several croquet lawns throughout the region; some are located in a handful of the most sought after communities on the mountain:

Chattooga Club Logo2004Chattooga Club
With two meticulously landscaped croquet lawns considered to be among the finest in the world, Chattooga Club near the resort village of Cashiers tops our list. These folks take their croquet very seriously – invitational tournaments are held here each year – drawing croquet enthusiasts from all across the nation. Chattooga Club is a United States Croquet Association (USCA) member club, and is the site of the upcoming Autumn Leaves Invitational September 23 through 26 – a USCA sanctioned tournament. The sight of friendly competitors and families playing croquet on the lawn against the backdrop of the beautiful and timeless natural scenery of the property’s 200 acres hearkens back to another era. But if croquet’s not your game, don’t worry – Chattooga Club offers something for everyone, from incredible homes to a wide variety of amenities. The Club’s Life Enhancement Center seeks to live up to its name by offering a variety of the latest fitness equipment, high energy aerobics classes and personal trainers, paired with a world-class spa featuring relaxing indulgent offerings like body massage, facials, manicures and pedicures. You may feel like you’ve taken a step back in time to a bygone era when you play on one of two beautifully maintained croquet lawns. Additional Club amenities include three Har-Tru tennis courts, heated swimming pool, fully stocked trout lake, active children’s programs, hiking trails and gourmet dining at The Chattooga Club Lodge. Club membership is by member referral and board approval only. To view homes for sale in Chattooga Club, click HERE.  To view land for sale in Chattooga Club, click HERE.

Lake Toxaway Country Club
Home of a lovely regulation-sized croquet lawn overlooking the lake (first opened August 2008), as well as the Lake Toxaway Mallet Club (established May 2009), Lake Toxaway Country Club puts a fun spin on the game of croquet with its “Wine and Wickets” events on Mondays throughout the season. The Country Club provides hors d’oeuvres while attendees are encouraged to BYOB (bring your own bottle) of their favorite wine to sip in between plays – a terrific opportunity to socialize with other club members and guests while enjoying a friendly competition. Lake Toxaway Mallet Club – a USCA Member Club – also hosts instruction for new players and free play for intermediate players. Reservations of the lawn are required and can be arranged by calling the tennis/croquet shop at 828-966-4262. Regular play begins at 9 a.m. and occurs in 1 ½ hour time slots. Lake Toxaway Country Club also features fine dining, access to the state’s largest private lake, tennis, swimming, fitness center and golf on an 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Kris Spence. Nearby Lake Toxaway Estates – the largest community on the lake – offers an abundance of of individual neighborhoods and outstanding amenities. Neighborhoods of this premier vacation home destination include Bear Wallow Springs, Club Colony, Deep Ford Falls, Hawk Mountain, Lakeside Mountain, Meadow Ridge, Panther Ridge, Sutton’s Cove and Toxaway Mountain. The settings for home sites in Lake Toxaway Estates vary widely – from a scenic view of either Lake Toxaway or Lake Cardinal, to the peace and quiet of heavily wooded forest, to the excitement of a golf course or the majestic scenery of a mountain view. To view homes for sale in Lake Toxaway Estates, click HERE.  To view land for sale in Lake Toxaway Estates, click HERE.

Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes
Another USCA Member Club, Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes hosts open golf croquet at their courts located on Club Drive in Sapphire on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through September. Established in 1983, Burlingame is a highly revered equity club and master-planned community. At the heart of the development,  Burlingame Country Club also features an exquisitely appointed Clubhouse with three dining rooms and two lounges, as well as a 24-hour fitness center, top-ranked championship 18-hole golf course, four Har-Tru tennis courts and one hard court, heated swimming pool and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Real estate opportunities in Burlingame range from scenic riverfront home sites and luxury mountain view homes to rustic lodge-inspired condos that line the golf course. To view homes for sale in Burlingame, click HERE.  To view land for sale in Burlingame, click HERE.

Chinquapin and Trillium Links & Lake Club
These sister communities share access to wonderful resort-quality amenities including  an 18-hole championship golf course, fitness center, indoor tennis courts, aerobics classes, massage studio and – you guessed it – croquet courts. While Chinquapin’s credo touts “Life as it was meant to be lived … Naturally,” Trillium Links & Lake Club is all about being “Where Families Belong”. Both communities offer stunning views along with imaginatively designed and  constructed homes, and both share a close proximity to beautiful Lake Glenville and the historic resort village of Cashiers. To view homes for sale in Chinquapin, click HERE.  To view land for sale in Chinquapin, click HERE.  To view homes for sale in Trillium, click HERE.  To view land for sale in Trillium, click HERE.

To learn more about these wonderful croquet communities, contact the dedicated team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group.  We can be reached by calling 828-743-1999, emailing info@ncliving.com, filling out our online contact form, or dropping by our Cashiers office in the Shoppes at CreekSide. We look forward to speaking with you, so grab your mallet and head for the mountains of Western North Carolina!

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