Five Golf Courses. Four Esteemed Designers. One Happy You.
There’s no denying that this is the summer of the road trip. Across the country, travelers are becoming reacquainted with the joys of the open road, an unending supply of snacks, and the conversations that only seem to happen on long car trips.
Here’s a suggestion for turning a fun summer road trip into one for the record books: Golf. Specifically, golf played on courses designed by legends and located in the verdant vistas of the Virginias. There are five remarkable courses just waiting for you to leave your mark, and you can visit each one on a road trip that clocks in under 700 miles.
First up: The “hardest mile in golf”
Test your abilities at the Golf Club at Lansdowne in Leesburg, Virginia, just 12 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport. Created by legendary designers Greg Norman and Robert Trent Jones Jr., the three courses at Lansdowne offer unique and challenging holes, including a demanding four-hole stretch dubbed “the hardest mile in golf.” Stunning views and rolling landscape along the Potomac River add to the gombiance (that’s golf + ambiance).
Where to stay: In addition to golf, Lansdowne offers a myriad of outdoor activities, a luxurious spa and elevated dining with signature Virginia dishes. Plus, the resort is located within a half-hour of more than 30 wineries in beautiful Loudoun County, designated one of “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations” by Wine Enthusiast magazine.
Next, head to “The River”
After a beautiful drive down Highway 81 to the Roanoke, Virginia area, you arrive at the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech. Selected as one of the best new courses in the U.S. by Golf Magazine, the Pete Dye River Course serves up panoramic views from every hole. This is a golf experience you won’t soon forget, with 2.5 miles of frontage on the New River and stunning views of the Allegheny Mountains. The passing of an occasional train enhances the beauty of the surroundings.
Where to stay: There are two great options for overnight accommodations. Stay on campus at the Inn at Virginia Tech, and enjoy beautifully appointed rooms and suites and award-winning dining at Preston’s Restaurant. Stroll the gorgeous campus and take advantage of all that makes Blacksburg a wonderful college town. Be sure to make time for a side trip to a local winery or brewery.
Or, check in to Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. With a 135-year history of welcoming guests, Hotel Roanoke knows how to deliver the best in traditional southern hospitality. This 1882 hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been awarded the esteemed AAA Four-Diamond designation. Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment and then experience the great food and culture of downtown Roanoke.
Finally, a consistent favorite of Golfweek
It’s time to head to the other Roanoke—the one in West Virginia. The Palmer Course at Stonewall Resort, an Arnold Palmer Signature course, offers a fun and relaxing experience for golfers of every level with multiple tee selections on each hole. Enjoy superb conditions, peaceful environs and an unmatched natural setting surrounded by nearly 2,000 acres of parkland. Oh, and there’s also a ghost tree.
Where to stay: After hitting the links, indulge yourself with a visit to Stonewall Resort’s Mtn. Laurel Spa followed by a dip in the pool, local cuisine at Stillwaters Restaurant, and a drink under the stars by the fire pit. You can also further your outdoor fun with a cruise along the peaceful waters of the lake on a pontoon boat or CraigCat mini boat from the resort’s marina.
Five courses, two states, and endless fun
Are you ready to upgrade your summer and golf the Virginias? Benchmark Resorts & Hotels has put together special offers to make your trip planning easier. So grab your clubs, plug in your coordinates, and swing your way into a spectacular golf road trip.