A picture is worth a thousand words, but at Champion Hills in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, there aren’t enough words to describe the breathtaking scenery. But if you ask the residents and members what they like most about Champion Hills, they won’t hesitate to say it’s the people and the community they have created that make the difference.
That’s high praise indeed for the 727-acre property that boasts panoramic views of multiple mountain ranges and mature hardwoods; a mild climate that allows for year-round activities; an amenity package that most communities can only dream of; and, of course, a highly acclaimed golf course designed by the legendary Tom Fazio.
And word is definitely getting out. Champion Hills sold 22 lots and homes in 2010, and one of the leading regional developers has just broken ground on a beautiful new maintenance-free, townhome community called Azalea Ridge. The Azalea Ridge residences range from 3,150 to 3,600 square feet and feature main level living space, two-car garages, ample storage and a host of money-saving amenities, including tankless water heaters and North Carolina HealthyBuilt and Energy Star certifications. In addition, the Azalea Ridge community offers tree-lined streets with sidewalks and street lamps, as well as a common space with a gazebo, cookout area, fire pit and sitting area.
Most people think of Champion Hills as a golf course community—and who could blame them, as the property boasts one of the top ten golf courses in the state. But the residents see it more as a lifestyle community that also offers an award-winning golf course.
“Champion Hills certainly has everything you could ask for in a golf course community,” says Doug Miller, who has been a year-round resident at Champion Hills for several years. “But it’s not just a refuge or a place to escape everyday life for a while—it’s a vibrant, active lifestyle all year long.”
As proof, there are lighted tennis courts, numerous hiking trails, competition bocce courts, a swimming pool and hydro spa, short game practice area and a fitness center with cardiovascular equipment, weights, an on-site trainer and a variety of fitness classes from yoga to Zumba. In addition, there are countless groups you can be a part of, such as hiking groups, men’s and women’s tennis groups, skeet shooting, bridge groups and book groups, just to name a few.
And when it comes to pursuing a passion, there are endless opportunities. In fact, Champion Hills boasts a number of photographers, hikers, artists, woodworkers, cyclists, bridge players, fishermen, gardeners, musicians and more, not to mention all the residents who are active in charitable organizations throughout the region.
Venture outside the gates and even more social, recreational and cultural opportunities abound. Hendersonville, named one of the “Best Small Towns in America” by readers of Southern Living, is less than 10 minutes away, and charming Southern cities like Asheville, N.C. (18 miles), Greenville, S.C. (39 miles) and Charlotte, N.C. (104 miles) are an easy drive for shopping, entertainment, dining, world-class medical facilities, and regional and international air travel.
Tom Fazio’s Mountain Masterpiece
While the lifestyle options abound at Champion Hills, it’s the 6,527-yard, par-71 golf course that stands at the top. Named a top ten course in North Carolina by Golf Digest, the Fazio-designed course winds through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery around, including several ponds and rock-strewn streams, mountain laurel, dogwoods and rhododendron. And while it boasts a dramatic elevation change of 340 feet, its greatest asset is its playability, with 14 holes that play downhill and five sets of tees with generous landing areas to ensure that golfers of all levels will have an enjoyable experience.
A Place to Call Home
In the end, though, it’s the Champion Hills lifestyle and welcoming culture that has sold people on making this their home. In fact, nearly half of all residents live at Champion Hills year round. And why not, when you consider the variety of real estate options available, including cottages, townhomes, villas and custom homes, with prices ranging from $400,000 to more than $3 million? There are golf course and mountain view homesites available as well, ranging from one-half acre to more than two acres.
More importantly, though, it is a debt-free community and member-owned club, which means Champion Hills residents are in control of the future of the community and club. As proof, the residents just voted overwhelmingly to upgrade the clubhouse, add new dining options and expand the health club.
And if all of that wasn’t enough, Champion Hills is currently offering a limited number of Preview Memberships, which allow prospective members the opportunity to join the club at a $25,000 discount and have six months to experience the club, pay the initiation and buy property.*
The Right Balance of Everything
There is no doubt that Champion Hills is an established, financially sound community and club remarkably well-positioned for the future. And with an efficient governance system that balances the needs of the club and the community, Champion Hills will remain one of the most desirable places to enjoy life—and anything else you want to pursue.
* Champion Hills Club is a private, member-owned country club. Admission is member-sponsored and requires approval by the Board of Governors.
For more information, please visit www.ChampionHills.com.