While most golf enthusiasts will insist that golfing is great during any season, it’s clear that spring is the perfect time to enjoy beautiful weather and budding trees out on the course. Just make sure not to hit any! As the weather gets warmer, feel free to take in the great outdoors, relax in the sun, and play in the sand while searching for an errant ball. After all, nothing lets you enjoy the warm weather quite like golf! Luckily for us, Charlottesville boasts some of the most tranquil and scenic golf courses around.
1.) Birdwood at Boar’s Head Inn
Birdwood Golf Course is an award-winning course that features 500 acres of stunning terrain right at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. To preserve this natural beauty, Birdwood places an emphasis on environmental stewardship and follows the best practices regarding environmental planning and water conservation. Throughout the year, Birdwood also hosts tournaments and charity events. Not only is this course gorgeous and fun to play on, but it has given back to and made itself part of the Charlottesville-Albemarle community. For more details, check out their website here!
(Birdwood at Boar's Head Inn)
2.) Meadowcreek Golf Course
Meadowcreek Golf Course is located in the heart of Charlottesville and in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With an abundance of natural beauty, this golf course is 155 acres of challenging holes and panoramic views. In fact, this amazing course was just recently named one of the “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest magazine! Meadowcreek is also a great venue for tournaments, outings, and weddings. And if the round of golf you just played tires you out, Meadowcreek offers a full-service bar and grill. To learn more about Meadowcreek, visit their website here!
3.) Full Cry at Keswick Hall
To play a round of golf on Pete Dye’s Full Cry course is to experience an interesting blend of modern golf course architecture and the bucolic countryside of Virginia. This tumbling terrain is situated just below Keswick Hall’s perch on the property’s high ground and offers a great experience for everyone. Playing between 5,000 and 7,000 yards from multiple tees, this course is enjoyable for golfers of any skill level. Like many of Charlottesville’s golf courses, Full Cry has been recognized for its innovation and named “Golfweek’s Best: State-by-State Courses You Can Play, 2016.” To learn more about Full Cry, check out their website here!
(Full Cry at Keswick Hall)
4.) Old Trail Golf Club
Just a short drive west of Charlottesville, Old Trail Golf Club is tucked comfortably into the Blue Ridge Mountains and features an 18-hole championship golf course, practice facilities and full service clubhouse. Designed to conform to the stunning, natural features of the land, Old Trail offers tees for golfers of all ages and abilities. That’s right, because Old Trail has junior markers on all holes, this is the place to train the next generation of golfers. Partnering with Kandi Comer Golf Academy to offer comprehensive player development programs for adults and juniors, Old Trail really is fun for everyone. For more information on Old Trail Golf Club, visit their website, here!
(Old Trail Golf Club)
5.) Spring Creek Golf Club
A nationally-recognized golf course, Spring Creek Golf Club is just a scenic 20-minute drive east of Charlottesville. This course was designed by Ed Carton and is a pleasure for golfers of any skill level. Bent grass fairways, beautiful greens and the natural contour of the land help make Spring Creek a unique, exceptional golfing experience. This golf course offers a lifetime of enjoyment and, well, golfing! It’s also a great venue for a variety of events, such as weddings and tournaments. To learn more about Spring Creek Golf Club, visit their website here!
(Spring Creek Golf Club)
Clearly, Charlottesville has some amazing golfing experiences to offer this spring. But, on second thought, why wait for warmer weather? This winter has been positively balmy! There’s nothing stopping you from strapping on that golfing glove and making your way down to those scenic Charlottesville area courses. For more information about all of the happenings in the Charlottesville region, be sure to visit our website when planning your visit! Relax in the surprisingly warm winter sun and—if weather permits—feel no compunction over dipping your toes in the lake while searching for that ball you “lost.”