Virginia Is Not Just for Lovers; It's for Golfers Too
“Meet Virginia, I can’t wait to
Meet Virginia, yeah, yeah, hey, hey.”
Those are lyrics from "Meet Virginia," a song written and recorded by American pop rock band Train and yes, the song is about a lovely woman and we all that Virginia, the state, that is, is for lovers. But Virginia is not just for lovers. It’s for golfers too, and that includes West Virginia too. Thus, golfers will be serenading this once they realize the two states offer a wealth of exceptional golf layouts and destinations.
And we’re not just talking about The Greenbrier. While this historic place gets worldwide acclaim and is the site of an annual PGA TOUR event, there are other courses in both Virginia and West Virginia that also have garnered prestigious honors. One, in particular, was a site of a marquee professional event.
Best of all, these courses and resorts can’t wait to meet you and your golf group.
Classic Golf in Charlottesville
Keswick Hall and Golf Club is a historic 600-acre resort featuring 48 elegantly-appointed guest rooms. The acclaimed destination just received the coveted Forbes Five-Star Award again in 2016 for its exceptional level of luxury and service.
Keswick Hall & Golf Club has garnered significant accompanying accolades over the past year including its new Pete Dye-designed golf course, Full Cry at Keswick Golf Club, debuting at No. 47 in Golfweek’s “Best Resort Courses.” Full Cry was also honored in Golf Digest’s “2015 Best New Courses” list last Dec.
Full Cry will bring much joy, especially with the Pete Dye Golf Package. Starting at $319 (Monday – Thursday), the getaway includes a one-night stay in Keswick Hall’s elegant hotel, one round on Full Cry (plus complimentary daily replay), and “Grab and Go” breakfast. Perfect for a couple’s getaway, a second golfer may be added for $75.
A full complement of amenities and activities are available to guests, including golf, tennis, three swimming pools, croquet, nature trails, on-site vineyard, garden / historic tours, spa and fine dining. Off-site excursions include wine tasting, Presidential home visits, University of Virginia tours, clay shooting and more.
Keswick Hall is an easy two-hour drive from the Washington D.C. metro area and just over three hours from Baltimore. Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) is 30 minutes away. Richmond International Airport (RIC) is a 60-minute drive.
Ogling at Oglebay
Situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Wheeling, W.V., Oglebay Resort and Conference Center offers exceptional overnight accommodations, world-class amenities and 1,700 acres of year-round recreational opportunities. Among the activities: swimming, tennis, horse stables, miniature golf, fishing, miles of paved walking/jogging trails, shopping, and sightseeing.
Golfwise, Oglebay presents four courses, including two championship layouts at the Speidel Golf Club. The par-71 Arnold Palmer design is a modern links layout that takes advantage of the rolling terrain with strategically-placed bunkers, contemporary mounding, and ample-size greens. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., the Jones Course is draped over the hills and dales of a former dairy farm, and hosted the West Virginia LPGA Classic for 11 years. The resort also features the 18-hole regulation Crispin Course – Oglebay’s original layout – and a nine-hole, par-3 course.
Accommodations include the inviting, 270-room Wilson Lodge, quaint cottages and spacious estate houses. Beginning in May, Oglebay will unveil its Birdie Weekday Package. From $179 per person per night (based on double occupancy), the package includes a round of golf each on the Jones and Palmer courses, daily play on the par-3 course, lodging in the Wilson Lodge or golf cottages and a breakfast buffet.
Guests would be remised if they didn’t partake in the “Evening of Beef, Bourbon and BIG Golf Stories.” Starting at $89 per person, the dinner occurs at Caddy Camp, a former summer home of Crispin Course caddies. The menu includes thick juicy steaks, oversized bakers fully loaded with a farm-to-fork focus, regional cheese drizzled with honey straight from the hives located on the Oglebay links, and Bourbon pecan pie. The evening concludes with cigars and golf stories around an outdoor fireplace.
A Moseley Marvel
Named one of North America’s 10 “Best New” courses of 2015 by Golf Digest, Magnolia Green Golf Club in the Richmond suburb of Moseley is a Nicklaus Design in association with Tom Clark. Originally opened as nine-hole Westham Golf Club in 2010, iStar, developer of the master-planned Magnolia Green community, invested more than $3 million to build the final nine holes and unveil the full 18 a few years ago.
Nicklaus Senior Design Associate Chris Cochran oversaw the par-71, 7,150-yard design and construction of the final phase, expertly incorporating the area’s natural beauty with Bermuda grass fairways and bentgrass putting surfaces draped over undulating terrain. Managed by Billy Casper Golf, Magnolia Green is enjoyable for players of all abilities and a cornerstone of Richmond’s best-selling residential development.
Complementing the 18-hole course is a driving range with natural grass hitting stations, two practice putting greens and a short-game area. A $4.8 million, 15,500 sq. ft., craftsman-style golf clubhouse is slated to open in Spring 2017.