Golfers don’t need to choose between authentic “mountain golf” or the challenges of famed “Open Doctor” Rees Jones when they have the best of both worlds at Virginia’s Wintergreen Resort.
Combining the allure of the famed Blue Ridge Mountains with the countryside charm of the Rockfish Valley, Wintergreen Resort is the ideal destination for a golf getaway that feels like two trips in one – up to the mountains and out to the country.
Wintergreen’s 11,000-acre hideaway not only offers 45 holes of championship golf and golf academy, but a U.S. Top 50 tennis complex, The Spa at Wintergreen and Aquatics & Fitness Center, plus miles of hiking and biking trails. Summer is an ideal time for golf, and to explore nearby wineries and breweries, or to stop by one of the working farms nearby.
Devils Knob – the highest course east of the Mississippi at an elevation of 3,850 feet – is a legendary Ellis Maples design with majestic 50 miles vistas of the Shenandoah and Rockfish Valleys and pleasant summertime temperatures. Its supreme conditioning is unparalleled in the Mid-Atlantic.
Demanding accuracy from tee to green, what Devils Knob lacks in length, it makes up for with difficulty. Tight doglegs, sloped fairways and devilishly sloped greens create challenges from start to finish. Still, Devils Knob is a charming experience, attractive to various levels of golfers. Built largely on rock formations, Devils Knob features numerous natural stone outcroppings that give it a unique character.
Rees Jones’ 27-hole Stoney Creek Golf Course winds serenely through the historic valley landscape, using the mountains as backdrop. With its championship pedigree, Stoney Creek’s three nines combine for a variety of challenges year-round – which means during winter, both lift tickets and tee times are available.
Immaculate fairways wind through a natural mountain setting with panoramic views. Traditional in design, it incorporates natural springs and native habitat, including Lake Monocan and Stoney Creek, with all three nines offering generous landing areas, few forced carries, several effective elevations changes and large, deceptively contoured greens.
Jones designed each sequence of holes to be individually distinctive yet collectively cohesive, all blending into the natural surroundings that look up some 3,000 feet to the tips of the mountain range. The three nines are named the Monocan, Shamokin
and Tuckahoe, each observing the region’s Native American legacy. Monocan is the Algonquian word signifying a digging stick, or spade, possibly for those who worked the fruitful soil; Shamokin is linked to a meeting place for Virginia’s Saponi
and Tutelo nations; Tuckahoe was the name of an abundant freshwater root that was roasted to provide a valuable food source.
Wintergreen’s family-friendly golf programs include the popular “Try 3,” featuring easy-to-understand instruction, three holes of golf, cart and club rentals – with children age 15-younger free – at Devils Knob.
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Mountain accommodations include spacious, beautifully furnished suites, charming mountain villas and tastefully decorated condominiums. Resort dining ranges from casual to upscale, while seasonal recreation includes everything from the snow line to the zip-line.