On January 27, 2009, the Sapphire Valley Master Association (SVMA) purchased Red Bird Golf Course. Included in the purchase were about 30 acres of land, the pro shop building, carts, and other maintenance equipment. The SVMA also owns the Sapphire Recreation Center, the Sapphire Community Center, and the ski area. The association refinanced their existing debt and purchased the golf course with a new note in the amount of $3,153,853. According to the president of the SVMA, Mr. Walt Green, the association will save approximately $6,500 per month because of favorable interest rates.
Golf Digest magazine just published their annual list of top golf courses in the country. They list the top 100 private and public courses as judged by a panel of 900 men and women. Each course was rated on seven different criteria on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being absolutely perfect). The seven criteria and Wade Hampton's ratings areshot value (8.12), resistance to scoring (8.01), design variety (8.16), memorability (8.31), aesthetics (8.62), conditioning (8.26), and ambiance (8.45), for a total score of 66.05. This ranking positions Wade Hampton Golf Club as number 17 of the top 100 private courses in the country. A tribute to a lasting course design by Tom Fazio, the dedication of the members, and the natural beauty of Cashiers, NC. Congratulations!