Bright’s Creek Makes a Comeback


Bright’s Creek, a residential golf and sporting club community located about 12 miles north of Landrum, S.C., in Mill Spring, N.C., is relaunching this weekend with a new vision amid a series of events during the annual Block House Steeplechase May 2-4.

The 4,700-acre property, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, is being developed by Alianza Trinity Holdings LLC, whose principals include Omar Botero, Gilberto Iragorri and Pasquale Giordano, a real estate development team who purchased the property and remaining assets in August 2013. The original developer, Par Investments,  was unable to sustain the property during the economic downturn.

“It’s really a fantastic community in a very unique, natural setting,” said Botero. “An enormous amount of work had been done already and it had great bones when we acquired it.”

The community had an existing $100 million infrastructure already in place that included 18 miles of paved roads, and underground utilities including triple-play fiber optic cable, natural gas, water and sewer. Bright’s Creek also boasts more than 200 creeks and 75 waterfalls.


The Alianza team has re-envisioned the property as a family-friendly destination where residents of all ages can enjoy the existing world-class equestrian center, 15 miles of riding trails, hiking trails, a 19-hole Tom Fazio-designed, PGA-rated golf course, and a traditional lodge and club house.



Future amenities “are already in the works,” said Botero, and include a swim and fitness club, a wine tasting room and “one of the top VIP gun clubs in the U.S,” he said. A kids’ entertainment village is also underway with climbing walls, zip lines, a teepee village and treehouses.

“We recognize that while golf remains popular, second-home buyers today are trending younger and looking for an experience that captures the imagination of the entire family, not just the golfer or rider, “said Botero.” We’re working to create an amenity package for everyone to enjoy.”


The community has three property types available, including lots, cottages and condominiums/villas. Lot prices range from $150,000 to $600,000 and up. Cottages range from $600,000 to $750,000, and the villas/condos range $650,000 to $800,000 for two-bedroom units and $1.2 million and up for four-bedroom units. All will be fully furnished with upscale amenities, said Botero.

There are 143 fully developed lots available and eight condo/villas with 200 cottages also planned.

Bright’s Creek is located at 2222 Palmer Road in Mill Spring. Sales and marketing are being overseen by Beth Butler. For more information call 828-620-2552 or visit


Bright’s Creek opening weekend Block House Steeplechase activities

Friday, May 2 – “Denim and Diamonds” event at the property’s equestrian center, featuring a live country band, along with jewels provided by Hale’s Jewelers.

Saturday, May 3 –Tryon Hunt and Riding Club’s 68th Annual Block House Steeplechase Races; private tented VIP area for members and guests.

Sunday, May 4 – Champagne brunch with jazz music, property tours and an introduction to Bright Creek’s “Pony Ambassador.”




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