Restaurant: The Cabin
Golf Course: The Cliffs at Mountain
Location: Travelers Rest, S.C.
The Cliffs at Mountain Park opened its
Gary Player Signature course in 2013 to
rave reviews. But its restaurant, The Cabin,
has been even better received.
The 4,508-square-foot dining facility is
the busiest restaurant in The Cliffs portfolio of seven luxury mountain and lake clubs
in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. It
booked 32,308 covers in its first year of
operation and averaged 32 percent more
than other Cliffs venues in 2016.
“We did not want it to be like your
father’s country club,” said David Sawyer,
managing partner for clubhouses at The
Cliffs. “We wanted it to be casual, and to
embrace the mountains and the setting.”
It’s a restaurant where members can
wear jeans and bring their families.
“That’s what people want now,” Sawyer
said. “We are going in that direction with
our other facilities, removing tablecloths in
favor of more casual settings, and remov-
ing carpeting in favor of wood floors.”
Sawyer also focused on high-quality
food and hired chefs from acclaimed res-
taurants. Executive Chef Kevin Furmanek
and Sous Chef Scott Denomme are award-
winning chefs, and the staff includes 12
The menu is designed to provide club
classics for those who want something
traditional while also providing variety.
About half of the menu changes on a
Entrees include hazelnut-encrusted
Carolina mountain trout, southern seafood
cioppino and grass-fed beef tenderloin.
Starters include the Low Country jumbo
lump crab dip, crispy Brussels sprouts and
hickory-smoked pork belly. Sawyer says a
favorite is the fig and prosciutto flatbread.
The Cabin also has a party barn adjacent
to it. It is actually the cart barn, but the
club moves the golf cars elsewhere when it
is reserved for a wedding or other event. It
makes for a rustic setting that has proved
to be a popular attraction. They booked
18 weddings in the past year, some with as
many as 350 guests.
Restaurant: The Lodge at Country
Golf Course: Lakewood Ranch Golf
& Country Club
Location: Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club
opened its Lodge at Country Club East in
April 2016 to rave reviews from members,
and the new facility has provided a boost
to membership sales. The club sought to
create a casual restaurant and bar atmosphere while providing outdoor amenities
that take inspiration from the history and
natural setting of Lakewood Ranch.
The main dining room was designed
with exposed heavy timbers to create a
rustic theme, and with panoramic views
of the surrounding golf course. A covered
outdoor patio uses natural stone and heavy
An open kitchen allows interaction
between diners and chefs as meals are prepared in full view.