The Coves At Round Mountain Names New Hale Irwin Signature Golf Course

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Representatives from The Archer Group announced today that the new Hale Irwin designed golf course at The Coves at Round Mountain will be named Round Mountain Golf Club. The naming comes just weeks after the announcement of Hale Irwin being designated as the designer of the highly-anticipated new course, which will be located 30 minutes south of Blowing Rock, N.C., in the town of Collettsville.

Representatives from The Archer Group announced today that the new Hale Irwin designed golf course at The Coves at Round Mountain will be named Round Mountain Golf Club.

The naming comes just weeks after the announcement of Hale Irwin being designated as the designer of the highly-anticipated new course, which will be located 30 minutes south of Blowing Rock, N.C., in the town of Collettsville. As with other courses he has designed, Irwin plans for Round Mountain Golf Club to be classic in nature and to utilize the natural terrain of the Coves community to influence the use of strategy and shot-planning by golfers. Construction on the new course is set to begin in Fall 2008, with completion tentatively scheduled for 2011, but the new course will be phased in to keep the majority of the existing course available for play during construction.

The team of Irwin and his son, Steve, will utilize their golf skill and insight to ensure that Round Mountain Golf Club course is the best all-around golf experience in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Since founding Hale Irwin Golf Design in 1986, Irwin has completed 18 projects, including three in North Carolina, with many more currently in progress across the United States and internationally. In addition to Irwin's involvement, Rick Robbins will also serve as the lead golf architect on Round Mountain Golf Club. Robbins brings more than 34 years of experience in golf course design, land planning and project management to the team, developing numerous courses throughout the United States and the Far East.

"When searching for a course name, we kept going back to the highest elevation point in the development, Round Mountain. We feel this reflects our plans for The Round Mountain Golf Club, to be one of the top courses in the area and a pinnacle for golf course living in North Carolina," said Tim Ritch, managing partner of The Archer Group. "The Coves is a very special and unique mountain community that will feature river amenities along five miles of river frontage, an equestrian center, a fitness center, a spa and wellness center, more than 20 miles of hiking and riding trails, fly fishing on the Johns River and Wilson's Creek, amazing recreational areas in the adjacent to Pisgah National Forest and breath taking views of Table Rock, Grandfather Mountain and The Blowing Rock. To compliment these great amenities, we're confident that Round Mountain Golf Club will be a challenging, but rewarding mountain course that will be enjoyed by everyone."

About Hale Irwin Golf Design
Hale Irwin, alongside son Steve, has been working side-by-side now for more than five years developing and creating new golf course properties across the United States. In late 2006, a dedicated focus to expand internationally also became a focal point for the designing duo. With more than 18 years of golf course design experience, Hale Irwin truly understands all facets of golf design and construction and knows what it takes to bring a course out of the ground the right way. His approach is no different than when he is on the golf course playing professionally. "To win with integrity. That's been my intention in every tournament I've played since turning pro in 1968. Now it also guides our work in course design, community development and joint-ventures across the U.S. and beyond. We create winning partnerships - projects where investment, residential and recreational objectives are achieved." - Hale Irwin.

Irwin's professional golfing career includes three U.S. Open victories, two U.S. Senior Open victories and multiple Ryder Cup appearances. Irwin continues to hold the record for the most victories on the Champions Tour with 45. For more information, contact Tim Ummel at Gaylord Sports Management at (480) 483-9500 or visit HaleIrwin.com.

About The Archer Group, LLC
Originally formed in 2003, The Archer Group board is managed by Greg Boree, Timothy Ritch and Nick Kavalieros. The Archer Group currently owns and maintains approximately 15,000 acres of land, selecting only the best for community development. These properties are exclusively located throughout the southeastern United States, and are highly focused in or around natural amenity locations such as coastal Florida and Georgia, as well as the North Carolina Mountains. For more information, call 1-866-429-4324 or visit thearchergrp.com.

About The Coves at Round Mountain
Consisting of approximately 3,600 acres and located 30 minutes from Blowing Rock, N.C. The Coves at Round Mountain boasts a complex combination of natural and man-made amenities. Over five miles of river frontage and long range 50-mile mountain views are combined in the development plan with Round Mountain Golf Club, a Hale Irwin signature 18-hole course, two equestrian centers, miles of hiking and walking trails, and plans for a 160-acre man-made lake. The project will be home to just 1,750 residences, with prices ranging from the $70,000's to more than $400,000. For more information, call 1-888-726-8362 or visit thecovesnc.com.

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