New Jersey. Illinois. Ohio. Carol Sherman, with Realtor One Group Freedom, rattles off some of the usual states sending new residents to Cherokee Valley. However, there are also several “not so usual suspects,” such as Texas, California and even Idaho.  

“The word has gotten out about Travelers Rest in Greenville County, and people love the beauty and setting of this area,” says Sherman, who specializes in all things Cherokee Valley real estate. “The cost of living is also well below the national average and significantly lower than the Northeast.”

Sherman, who lives, works and plays in Cherokee Valley, operates the onsite sales center across the street from the club’s Event Center. She’s a South Carolina native who has traveled the world but chose to move back to the area to help others discover their new Cherokee Valley lifestyle.

And what a lifestyle it is …

Cherokee Valley, by standard definition, is a golf course community. But there’s really nothing standard about it. Golf Inc. Magazine recently named Cherokee Valley the “Most Innovative” golf course in the U.S. 

Over the past three years, it has evolved into the social and recreational hub of the four-neighborhood development. In fact, the residents are the community’s heartbeat, lifeblood and expert “word of mouth” real estate marketers, according to Sherman.

“New residents are welcomed here with open arms,” she says. “We have a Facebook page and as soon as they are introduced to the group, they’re going to make friends quickly. People here have friends visit and the next thing you know, they’re moving here, too.”

While they don’t all play golf, those relocating from points north are drawn to the other activities and amenities offered at Cherokee Valley. Group hikes, holiday parties, cornhole tournaments and community outreach are wildly popular with residents.

And then there’s simply lounging by the pool in the summer or walking around the community with friends amid the blooming trees and shrubs of spring. Cherokee Valley offers both golf and social memberships with no initiation fees or food and beverage minimums. 

“My buyers appreciate the many different membership options, even for the non-golfer,” Sherman says. “There truly is a membership for everyone at Cherokee Valley.”

And there are also residential options for just about everyone, as well, at Cherokee Valley. The Summit and Woodlands enclaves have the majority of building sites offering golf course and mountain views.  

The Woodlands, Valley, Summit and neighborhood immediately around the event center occasionally have resale homes for those on a tight moving schedule, whether due to relocation, retirement or moving from within the Greenville area. 

Those who have the time and prefer to build can select from a stable of pre-approved builders or bring their own builder for approval. From groundbreaking to move-in, expect six months to a year depending on weather, home size and the builder’s schedule, according to Sherman.

As far as price points, they run the gamut from just over $300,000 up to $950,000. The wide range broadens Cherokee Valley’s appeal to a spectrum of buyers.

With the growth of North Greenville University, increased residential construction in the region and the quality of local schools like Tigerville Elementary, Blue Ridge Middle and Blue Ridge High School, Cherokee Valley has become particularly attractive to families.

“In many ways, it is what attracted us to the area,” says Cherokee Valley Course and Club owner Matt Jennings. “You basically have everything you need up here, and for what we don’t have, downtown Travelers Rest and Greer are 10 minutes away, and downtown Greenville is under a half hour.”

If anything, the area has historically had a shortage of dining options due to its low density. According to Sherman, the opening of Core 450 at Cherokee Valley this summer will be a true game changer for the area. 

A short walk or golf cart ride from surrounding residences, Core 450’s open kitchen concept will feature a diverse menu ranging from small plates and pizza to five course meals. Residents and golfers alike will have a place to relax, mingle and get to know each other. 

“Having a restaurant of that caliber at the heart of Cherokee Valley is going to be special,” Sherman says. 

For more information about memberships, golf packages and other innovative programs and amenities at Cherokee Valley, contact Associate Director of Operations Lauren Landreth at or (864) 895-6758 x2.  

To contact Carol Sherman about real estate opportunities, call (864) 884-4001 or visit Live in Cherokee Valley.

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