1 . The Boar's Head

Charlottesville, Virginia

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You don’t need a perfect swing or a low score to appreciate a round of golf at the Birdwood golf course at The Boar's Head. Virginia’s rich history shines onto the course and accompanies the unforgettable scenery. You’re sure to find this course challenging, majestic and loads of fun.

Before there were manicured greens, sand traps and tee boxes there were roaming cattle, fluffy sheep and prize-winning show horses. The 500 acres that is now Birdwood used to be the famous farmland that produced Virginia Hereford cattle. The University of Virginia acquired the land in 1974 and hired architect Lindsay Ervin to transform it into a championship golf course. Thanks to Ervin you can swing, chip and putt your way around this once-legendary farmland. The remarkable Birdwood golf course isn’t the only activity at The Boar's Head – not even close. You’ll also get to experience scenic hiking trails, paved bike paths, full-service spas and a remarkable fitness center. To top off your vacation you can dine at four world-class restaurants and relax in your luxurious suite.

Getting there

The Boar’s Head is located two miles west of Charlottesville, Virginia, just off Route 250 West.

Fun facts

The Birdwood Pavilion was constructed in 1819 by the same craftsmen who built the Rotunda at the University of Virginia.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Boar's Head offers 26 USTA regulation indoor and outdoor tennis courts.

2 . Kingsmill Resort

Williamsburg, Virginia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 832 - 5665

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The golf courses at Kingsmill Resort blew our minds! The four championship courses – covering 63 holes - were designed by golf superstars like Arnold Palmer. They weave around lush forests, tranquil rivers and historic plantations – it’s everything a golf resort should be!

When you enter Kingsmill Country Club you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store – which course are you going to choose first? The renowned River Course takes you along the sparkling blue waters of the James River. The Plantation course has large manicured greens and requires precision putting. The Woods Course combines both short and long holes and forces you to use every weapon in your arsenal – well, every club in your bag. The Bray is the smaller course consisting of nine holes, but brings huge excitement for families, beginners or if you need some practice with your irons. Kingsmill Resort didn’t make it to number one just because of the remarkable onsite golf courses – it’s your complete family getaway! Pry yourself away from the links for some relaxation at the full-service spa or gourmet dining at six restaurants. Your little tykes can find big thrills at Kid’s Kamp with sports activities, playgrounds and more.

Related Onsite Offerings

Kingsmill Resort offers state-of-the-art meeting, banquet and conference facilities to accommodate groups from 10 to 500.

Highlights

The Kingsmill Marina is open March through November

Total area

Kingsmill Resort covers 2,900 acres along the James River in historic Williamsburg.

3 . Keswick Hall

Keswick, Virginia

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Paved with a presidential past, this classic American relic stands as a modest reminder of a simpler time. Return to the once-was at this luxury, all-out Arnold Palmer signature golf course resort.

As the morning mist lifts you can peek into the past at the pastoral but presidential Keswick Hall. Past enchantment lives in the lush greens, fresh-cut fairways, and in the mystical old oak groves that stand as a testament to time. Remember your roots in this American classic golf resort. Where quality is king, luxury is expected, and modern marvels are a promise. Take the unique uphill approach and test your talent on Hole #5’s Gauntlet or #14’s Keswick Corner. Restore your natural balance with raindrop therapy or hot stone massage at the Spa at Keswick Hall. Design a dinner for two above the panoramic postcard of Southwest mountains and marvel at the majesty of this mystical mountain valley mansion.

Highlights

Step into a welcome respite and into Keswick Hall's kingly courtyard. A professionally-touted golf course comes complete with simply superior suites, spa, mountain top restaurant, and much more!

Related activities

At Keswick, the Blue Ridge Mountains don't take center stage, they're the backdrop to your next adventure! Try fly fishing with the Albermarle Angler, go beyond the map and see Virginia's countryside from a hot air balloon, or sink into the Horizon, at Keswick Hall's horizon pool, that is.

Fun facts

Keswick Hall has been named "Number 1 Top Small Resorts" in the Mainland USA by Condé Nast Traveler!

4 . Lansdowne Resort

Leesburg, Virginia

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Lansdowne Resort brings you three spectacular golf courses spanning 45 of the region’s finest fairways. It doesn’t matter if you’re a master golfer or just swing the clubs for fun, you’ll find a course for every skill level at Lansdowne Resort Golf Club.

The Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course will test your skills through 18 holes of long fairways and thick woodlands. The Norman Course was designed by legendary golf titan Greg Norman, and will challenge even the most seasoned veteran. The last four holes are exactly one mile long, and it’s considered the hardest mile in golf. The Shark Bite - a nine-hole course - was designed to mimic the Norman Course, but is substantially shorter. This is the perfect course if you’re looking for a quick warm-up or some family fun out on the links. After a day out on the course pamper yourself at the full-service Spa Minerale or just unwind in your lavish suite. From casual meals to luxurious dining rooms, you’ll find it all in the six onsite restaurants. The Aquatic Complex brings family fun to a new level with five pools, thrilling waterslides and more! Lansdowne Resort is a complete vacation under one roof.

Related Onsite Offerings

Lansdowne Resort offers a full-service health club complete with trainers.

Getting there

Lansdowne Resort is located less than an hour from Washington D.C., 20 minutes from Beltway and 15 minutes from the Washington Dulles International Airport. Lansdowne Resort can assist you with all of your transportation needs.

Related activities

Lansdowne Resort is located in the midst of Virginia’s beautiful wine country.

5 . Shenvalee Golf Resort

New Market, Virginia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 327 - 4420

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At Shenvalee Golf Resort, you are not limited to just 18 holes of golf. This 27-hole format features three unique nine hole stretches designed over 65 years. Golfing legend Bobby Jones christened the "Olde Course" opening in 1927.

The "Creek" and "Miller" courses were added in 1964 and 1992 respectively and the trio provide a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. Put together a stay-and-play package at The Shenvalee Motel! Choose from 42 rooms offering either pool side or golf side views. After 27 holes of golf, you are bound to work up an appetite. Shenvalee has you covered with the Sports Lounge located right behind the clubhouse. Unearth the history of this great course, and make your golf getaway a truly unforgettable experience!

Address

9660 Fairway Drive New Market, Virginia 22844

Population

New Market - 2,161

Fun facts

Steeped in history, the "Olde Course" was actually built on land where the Battle of New Market was held in 1864. In 1944 the U.S. State Department took over the Shenvalee facilities and used them to hold Italian prisoners of diplomatic rank.

6 . Wintergreen Resort

Wintergreen, Virginia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 638 - 5595

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Some of Virginia’s golf resorts seem to sit next to the mountains and not venture through them. Not at Wintergreen Resort! With the highest golf course in Virginia and a 27-hole course at the foot of the mountains you’ll have an unforgettable golf outing at Wintergreen Resort.

Most people climb mountains, not golf through them. Devils Creek sits in the Blue Ride Mountains 3,850 feet above sea level. Throughout the course you’ll have views that stretch 50 miles in every direction. But we need you to stay focused! The narrow fairways have stolen too many balls and the hilly greens seem to kick you right off. At the bottom of the mountain you’ll find the 27-hole Stoney Creek Golf Course. The course was designed to wind you through the ancient Rock Fish Valley and use nature’s streams and forests against you. If you need more than those 45 reasons to visit Wintergreen Resort you’re in luck; they are also a ski resort. The 26 mountain slopes range in skill level from beginner to expert and you can get a few lessons from the knowledgeable staff. If skiing isn’t your thing then tube down the slopes – this is a perfect family activity!

Getting there

Wintergreen Resort is located next to the Blue Ridge Parkway in beautiful Central Virginia.

Related Onsite Offerings

Wintergreen Resort offers a full-service spa.

Highlights

Wintergreen Resort is known for year-round fun at both the ski slopes and golf courses.

7 . The Homestead

Hot Springs, Virginia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 439 - 1470

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Founded in 1753 The Homestead is one of Virginia’s many historical treasures. The three world-class golf courses also hold historical charm combined with breathtaking scenery - but don’t fall into a trance from the beautiful surroundings. You’ll need to concentrate on these challenging 54 holes.

You have to take a shot at the Old Course. Built in 1892, the first hole is the oldest in the nation. With wavy fairways you’ll have interesting approach shots onto the narrow greens. The Cascade Course is set around the lofty Allegheny Mountains. The narrow fairways force you to shoot the ball straight and the fast greens require accurate putting. At the Lower Cascade Course you’ll have huge wide-open fairways with strategically placed bunkers. The breathtaking scenery and challenging courses make The Homestead a splendid golf resort. Steeped in history and southern charm, The Homestead offers you more than just magnificent golf courses. You can saddle up for mountain horseback riding, fish the trout streams, roll strikes at the bowling alley, hike the Cascade Gorge and more. For a little relaxation you can visit the luxury spa or unwind outside your suite on your private sun porch. If you’re looking for non-stop family recreation, The Homestead is where you should be.

Related activities

The Homestead offers guests an Olympic-size ice skating rink.

Fun facts

The Homestead was built ten years before the American Revolution as a place to relieve the stress of everyday life.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Homestead has a 72,000-sq.-ft. meeting facility that can hold up to 1,000 people.

8 . Bryce Resort

Basye, Virginia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 821 - 1444

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Swing away! At Bryce Resort you’ll take a scenic golf journey through mountain landscapes, meandering rivers and lush green valleys. If you need some pointers visit the golf pro. He’ll give you the tips you need to blow away the competition.

Whether you’re a golf fanatic or a first-timer you’ll enjoy the magnificent landscape that surrounds Bryce Resort’s golf course. A small stream stitches its way through the fairways and the North Mountain wraps around the 18 holes. If you need to warm up take a few swings at the driving range, chip a few balls at the target green and practice on the putting green. If you forget anything, visit the golf shop; it’s fully stocked with quality equipment and apparel. Bryce Resort wasn’t named the mid-Atlantic’s most family-friendly resort just because it has a golf course – it’s the whole kit and caboodle. During the winter ski and snowboard down eight different slopes. When the snow melts you can still cruise the slopes with mountain boarding and grass skiing! Lake Laura offers family fun with boat rentals and grassy beaches. Bryce Resort has so many family activities we can’t even come close to covering them all!

Related activities

Bryce Resort offers a thrilling zip line tour. You’ll be suspended 65 feet in the air and cruise down 3,000 feet of cable at speeds up to 40 miles per hour.

Related Onsite Offerings

Bryce Resort offers a rock climbing wall and bungee jumping.

Getting there

Bryce Resort is located in the Shenandoah Valley. It’s a two hour drive from Washington D.C. and Beltway, a three hour drive from Baltimore or Richmond and only 11 miles west of I-81.

9 . Bay Creek Resort and Club

Cape Charles, Virginia

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The famed Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer rivalry lives on at Bay Creek Resort and Club. These two golf heavyweights bring you two different, but equally challenging, 18-hole courses in the midst of Cape Charles and Virginia’s eastern shoreline.

Measuring 7,417 yards, the Jack Nicklaus Course has smooth fairways and bent grass greens. The course challenges you with more than 100 bunkers – bring your flip-flops; you could be spending a lot of time in the sand. In the blue corner, measuring in at 7,204 yards, the Arnold Palmer golf course has five strategically placed tee boxes designed for golfers of all skill levels. We’ll let you decide the winner, but you won’t find a golf resort like this anywhere else in Virginia. Back at Bay Creek Resort and Club you’ll experience 19th-century beauty while you’re pampered with 21st-century amenities. The Aqua Restaurant offers casual lunches to world-class culinary delights. The marina guides you right into the Atlantic Ocean for deep sea fishing and ocean relaxation. The Bay Creek Resort and club offers your whole family the finer side of Virginia vacations.

Related Onsite Offerings

Bay Creek Resort and Club offers their own boutique village with five stores.

Getting there

Bay Creek Resort and Club is in Cape Charles 15 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and less than 45 minutes from Norfolk and Virginia Beach. For those traveling from Washington the Coastal Highway provides a scenic and relaxing drive.

Fun facts

Bay Creek Resort and Club marks the first time both Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer designed courses for the same resort.

10 . Kiln Creek Golf Club and Resort

Newport News, Virginia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (757) 874 - 2600

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No other course in central Virginia will test your accuracy like Kiln Creek Golf Club. The fairways are surrounded by thick forests and spotted with sand traps – no slicing the ball here! It’s a course that is bound to improve your game.

Designed by the respected architect Tom Clark, the 18-hole course stretches across 6,972 acres. Clark incorporated the dense forests and little creeks into his design – it’s almost like he bent the creeks knowing that you would hit your ball there. But you don’t have to worry about losing your balls with a full-service golf shop onsite. Here you will find everything you need to improve your game, repair your clubs or just splurge on some new equipment. The moment you step off the magnificent course you step into pure luxury at the Kiln Creek Golf Club and Resort. Grab some gourmet grub at the Manchester Grill, challenge a friend at the tennis courts or just take a refreshing dip in the pool. Before you hit the hay grab a night cap at the Manchester Grill – just don’t stay out too late. If you’re a true golfer, you have an early tee time!

Getting there

Kiln Creek is off I-64 in Newport News, VA, just 30 minutes from Virginia Beach and 20 minutes from historic Williamsburg.

Fun facts

Kiln Creek Golf Club and Resort’s eighth hole was ranked one of the best par four holes in the region by Tee Time Magazine.

Highlights

Since the opening of Kiln Creek Golf Club and Resort in 1991 they have entertained more than 5,000 group functions and special events.

11 . Mariners Landing Resort

Huddleston, Virginia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 203 - 3635

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Below the towering Blue Ridge Mountains you’ll find Mariners Landing Resort and the championship 18-hole golf course. The course was designed by renowned architect Trent Jones, Sr. who thoughtfully placed five tee boxes at every hole to accommodate all skill levels.

The par 72 course incorporates the beautiful Virginia landscapes into every hole. The Smith Mountain Lake sparkles in the morning sun and the Blue Ridge Mountains stand tall in the background. If you’re looking to shave a few strokes off your game visit the pro shop. Three golf professionals are standing by to help you with lessons, club repair and information on the latest golf gadgets. You can also improve your game at the driving range and practice green. Mariners Landing Resort is the perfect getaway for you and your sweetheart, a business trip or an exciting family vacation. The Pointe Restaurant serves fresh Atlantic oysters and gorgeous mountain views. Keep your daily workout regimen with Mariners Landing Resort’s personal trainers and full-service fitness center. Right down the street you’ll find the Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery and the Booker T. Washington National Memorial.

Highlights

Guests have enjoyed Mariners Landing Resort so much they have purchased real estate and become residents.

Related activities

Mariners Landing Resort has three different recreational pools onsite with waterslides, Jacuzzis and cabanas.

Related Onsite Offerings

Mariners Landing Resort offers 1,500 square feet of conference and meeting space overlooking Smith Mountain Lake.

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