Travel + Leisure Names Jefferson Landing One of ‘America’s Top 100 Golf Communities’

Jefferson Landing, Wade Hampton and Bald Head Island Represent North Carolina in the Magazine’s Inaugural Ranking

JEFFERSON, N.C., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ — Jefferson Landing, an upscale golf community set between the New River and Mount Jefferson State Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains, has been named one of the top 100 golf communities in the United States by Travel + Leisure Golf magazine.

The inaugural list appears in the January/February 2006 issue of Travel + Leisure Golf, American Express Publishing Corp.’s sister publication to Travel + Leisure, the world’s leading travel magazine. The accompanying story by contributing writer David Rynecki, a longtime senior writer at Fortune magazine, described the ranking as an exclusive list of “communities offering sophistication and transcendent experience [to] draw not just locals but passionate golfers from elsewhere in search of second homes and places to retire.”

Jefferson Landing, whose golf course was designed by U.S. Open and two- time PGA champion Larry Nelson, was one of only three North Carolina communities to make the list, along with Wade Hampton and Bald Head Island. Jefferson Landing is easily the most accessible of the three.

“Among mountain communities, Jefferson Landing has long been the East Coast’s hidden gem, but T+L Golf has just changed that for good,” said Ed Rodgers, president of Jefferson Landing LLC. “When you consider that the other two North Carolina courses were designed by consulting architects to Augusta National, Tom Fazio and George Cobb, you know Jefferson Landing is in rarified air. But this ranking is about the community lifestyle as much as the golf experience, which bodes well for our property owners.”

Travel + Leisure Golf’s top 10 in order are Santa Lucia Preserve (Carmel, Calif.), The Bear’s Club (Jupiter, Fla.), Isleworth (Orlando, Fla.), Kiawah Island (Charleston, S.C.), Mayacama (Santa Rosa, Calif.), Wade Hampton (Cashiers, N.C.), Estancia (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Sea Island (St. Simons, Ga.), The Cliffs (Travelers Rest, S.C.) and Promontory Ranch Club (Park City, Utah). The magazine ranked 25 communities in order, then declared the remainder to be “tied for twenty-sixth” and listed them by state. The criteria were quality of golf, housing, community amenities and activities, location, and a “buzz” factor.

Jefferson Landing’s stature among the nation’s leading golf communities reflects the credibility and immediate impact of Rodgers, who purchased the Jefferson Landing Club and the undeveloped real estate around it at the beginning of 2005. A 25-year member of the PGA of America, he was previously vice president and general manager of the highly successful Bonita Bay community in Bonita Springs, Fla., which also made Travel + Leisure Golf’s top 100.

Since acquiring the community, Rodgers has taken Jefferson Landing’s golf course private, opened its clubhouse to year-round dining, and is selling off its lodge rooms individually as condominiums, thereby ensuring that only property owners, their renters, and club members have access to the community. He has significantly improved course maintenance practices and is planning additional upgrades throughout the 480-acre property.

As a result of these changes, Jefferson Landing enjoyed the strongest year of real estate sales in its 15-year history, with more than $11 million in sales in 2005. “I had been looking to buy a golf community in the Carolinas for many years, and Jefferson Landing was the first opportunity impressive enough to lure me away from Florida,” said Rodgers. “Between the sales results and the top 100 ranking, obviously I’m not the only one to notice there is something special here.”

Jefferson Landing is the premier gated golf community in northwestern North Carolina. Set beside Mount Jefferson State Park, this private, master- planned community features a Golf Digest 4.5-star course, an elegantly appointed two-story clubhouse with restaurant, and a new Riverside Park set beside a mile-long stretch of North America’s oldest river. Homesites are priced from the $50s to low $200s, while townhomes, condominiums and homes are priced from the $160s to $2 million. For more information, visit

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