If you want to play golf on manicured‚ rolling‚ tree-lined fairways with pristine greens surrounded by concentration-shattering views – and who doesn’t – then you’ve come to the right place. Charlottesville is definitely for golf lovers.
Public‚ private‚ semi-private or resort‚ Charlottesville can meet the demands of discerning golfers on a year-round basis. With sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Piedmont foothills‚ meandering streams or stately lakes‚ golfers of all ages and skill levels will find something guaranteed to bring them back for more.
“That’s the thing about Charlottesville golf‚” says Andrew Blair‚ director of communications for the Virginia State Golf Association. “Because of the terrain‚ you never seem to play the same hole twice. There are lots of elevation changes on any course you play. It’s just a beautiful place to play golf‚ and for the most part you can play all year.”
According to the Virginia State Golf Association‚ there are nearly 20 golf courses in the Charlottesville area. Here’s a look at just a few of the courses golfers will fall in love with:
MeadowCreek Golf Course. Owned and operated by the city of Charlottesville‚ Meadowcreek is far from the “muni tracks” many cities offer. The 6‚050-yard‚ par-70 course features narrow‚ tree-lined fairways and unusually large‚ fast greens that are anything but flat. The elevation changes – and the five par-3 holes – make the yardage for Meadowcreek deceptive.
Birdwood Golf Course. Located at the Boar’s Head Inn‚ Birdwood has been rated by Washington Golf Monthly as one of the top courses in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The inn and course are owned by the University of Virginia Foundation‚ and the course is the home of the Cavaliers’ men’s and women’s golf teams. The par-72 course can be stretched to more than 6‚800 yards‚ and plenty of trees‚ water and astounding views await golfers‚ as well as an assortment of restaurants designed to please any palate.
Spring Creek Golf Club has quickly established itself as one of the area’s finest courses and an attractive real estate development. The par-72 course plays at more than 7‚000 yards from the championship tees‚ and features large‚ undulating (many two-tiered) greens protected by clever bunkers.
Wintergreen Resort. Offering 45 holes of golf on two distinct courses‚ Wintergreen has been recognized by <i>Conde Nast Traveler </i>as a top-50 golf resort. The Devils Knob Course‚ a mountaintop course‚ is the highest course in the state. The small greens are undulating and fast and the fairways narrow. Devils Knob plays to nearly 6‚600 yards from the back tees. The Stoney Creek Course is 27 holes playable in three 18-hole combinations‚ all with breathtaking views‚ and features several streams and Lake Monocan.
Glenmore Country Club. The more contemporary Glenmore Country Club course offers a combination of open and tree-lined rolling fairways with large‚ fast and multi-breaking greens. Reminiscent of a Scottish inland course with several water hazards‚ Glenmore is part of a private‚ gated community.
Other Charlottesville courses include Farmington Country Club‚ The Keswick Club‚ Laurel Ridge Golf Club and Old Trail Golf Club.