Natural Beauty, History Await at Virginia’s Spring Creek Golf Club
Located just minutes from historic Charlottesville, Va., Spring Creek Golf Club is a gem hidden within the beauty of the Virginia mountains and countryside.
Established in 2006, Golf Week’s 2012 “Best Residential Public Golf Course in Virginia,” a par-72 played at an average of 6,300 yards, is a place locals come to enjoy 18 holes and out-of-towners come to experience southern hospitality at its finest.
Charlottesville is a community rich in tradition, with small restaurants and historic landmarks. It is situated within the upper Piedmont Plateau, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and at the headwaters of the Rivanna River. It is known for being the site of the University of Virginia, the “baby” of Thomas Jefferson.
“There is a small-town feel. The restaurants and the downtown area. It has a real historical feel to it,” Vinceo added. There are also quite a few wineries within the area, which gives the community a “mini Napa Valley” feel to it.
Vinceo said the club is committed to excellence, and so there are changes being made to the course and on the grounds, including the rebuilding of the bunker on No. 10 and a brand new clubhouse for guests that will open in 2014.
Spring Creek has also been the springboard course for professional golfers like Roberto Castro, winner of six professional tournaments who shot a 63 on the first day of this year’s The Players Championship to equal the course record set by Fred Couples in 1992 and Greg Norman in 1994.
Looking over the course, the natural beauty is what makes the experience of playing in such a historic part of the country, “special.”
“One of the great things about this course is that it was built around Spring Creek. The fairways stay greener all year round. Also, the rock walls are something our guests talk about.”
With the springs in view around most of the course and the mountains in the countryside, the course is as majestic as it is easy to play. It’s no wonder that Golf Digest has rated Spring Creek “No. 58 on its America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses List.”
Designed with both the everyday player and the weekend warrior or part-time enthusiast in mind, Vinceo said this is a course that can be lengthened or shortened to meet everyone’s needs.
While designed for every golfer in mind, the course does present its challenges. There are only 51 bunkers on the course, but Vinceo said they can be “dramatic.” But the benefit of being able to see every tee to green for 18 holes makes it a course everyone will enjoy playing.
Featured image courtesy of Spring Creek Golf Club