Golf Course Communitites & Real Estate

California

Andalusia Country Club -- Spanish treasure in the California desert


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Jeffrey A. Rendall ... LA QUINTA, CA – It’s a question I often ask golf architects, to describe their first impressions of the land that eventually becomes one of their course designs – and their answers are usually telling, if not descriptive.... “Flat,” replied Keith Evans,... Read More

Black Gold Golf Club – Southern California’s Oil for Golf Program


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. RendallYORBA LINDA, CA – It seems odd, with the current state of global politics and exceedingly high oil prices, that someone would think it more profitable to trade crude oil for green grass.But that’s exactly what they’ve done at Black Gold Golf... Read More

Lost Canyons Golf Club -- Meeting nature head on, and winning


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Chuck Rendall... SIMI VALLEY, CA – Whenever I’m asked why southern California is such a popular place to live, I always answer, ‘it’s got a little bit of everything – beaches, warm weather, great entertainment, great food, and it’s also close to the mountains or... Read More

PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course -- Memorable Piece of the Golden Bear


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Scot Rendall... LA QUINTA, CA – “As Jack often says, what ends up on the top of a piece of ground is a piece of him,” remarked Tom Pearson, Jack Nicklaus’ lead Design Associate at PGA West for the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course.... Any piece of... Read More

PGA West Stadium Course -- The Hardest Examination You’ll Ever Love


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Scot Rendall... LA QUINTA, CA – It isn’t often you walk off a golf course having struggled mightily and subsequently learn your troubles were exactly what the owners had planned from the beginning, but it’s not every day you see a layout like the PGA... Read More

The Weston Mission Hills Pete Dye Course -- Seeing a Gentle Side of the Master


 By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Scot Rendall...  ... RANCHO MIRAGE, CA – Pete Dye is known for designing some brutishly difficult golf courses, but his creation at the Westin Mission Hills Resort isn’t one of them....  ... When you mention Dye’s name in conjunction with the Palm Springs area, you’ll probably think first... Read More

Trump National Golf Club -- The Donald's inclusive exercise on the California coast


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Jeffrey A. Rendall... RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA – “One thing I like to tell people about this layout is, it’s a very inclusive golf course,” remarked David Conforti, Director of Golf at Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles, commenting on the nature of golf at... Read More

Delaware

Bayside Resort Golf Club – Golf from the inside looking out


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Jeffrey A. Rendall... SELBYVILLE, DE – It’s often the case in modern golf communities that the golf course serves merely as an amenity for the residents – a pleasant grassy environment providing a buffer between the houses and streets.... It’s less frequent that the golf course... Read More

Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club – From phragmites to golf paradise


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Jeffrey A. Rendall... OCEAN VIEW, DE – It’s not easy to turn phragmites into gold, but it’s arguable that’s what they’ve done at Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club near the eastern shore in Delaware.... For those unfamiliar with phragmites (as I was), Wikipedia defines it for... Read More

The Peninsula Golf & Country Club – Choosing Nicklaus in Delaware


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... MILLSBORO, DE – If there’s an important question in life that you just can’t seem to solve on your own, it’s always a good idea to ask Mom for her opinion....  ... Such was the case with Larry Goldstein, developer of The Peninsula Golf... Read More

Maryland

Atlantic Golf At South River Proves Not All Dirt Is Created Equal


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall... EDGEWATER, MD -- In today's world, many folks struggle with the concept of equality. Equality's deeply rooted in the written record of our republic, but it still seems there's always some representative of an interest group appearing on TV, telling us for... Read More

Cross Creek Golf Club -- Rocky Mountain High in the Baltimore/Washington Corridor


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeff Janas... BELTSVILLE, MD -- "We're always striving to create different looks with our work," remarked Tom Clark (of Ault, Clark & Associates), when asked about his firm's goals for the golf courses they design.  "And Cross Creek presented a genuine opportunity to do that. ... Read More

Easton Club – Leave The Cookie Cutter Expectations at Home


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... EASTON, MD – When it comes to playing golf, we’re hardly creatures of habit....  ... There’s nothing quite as boring or un-interesting as playing the same course over and over again, with the same basic pin positions, the same playing strategy and the same... Read More

Harbourtowne Resort – No Lighthouse, But Plenty of Dye Inspired Delights


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Photos By David Vier...  ... ST. MICHAELS, MD – Here’s a question for you golf trivia aficionados:  name a state where there’s a Pete Dye designed golf course named Harbourtowne, which is well respected and was one of his very first projects?...  ... A no-brainer, right?...           ... Well, if you guessed... Read More

Hollow Creek Golf Club -- Prosperity In A Competitive Situation


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Jeffrey A. Rendall... MIDDLETOWN, MD -- Most people, when faced with a competitive situation, respond in one of two ways -- they wilt, or they prosper (and if you remember this year's Masters, it's mostly wilt)....  ... It may seem unfair, but there's little middle ground when... Read More

Lake Presidential Golf Club – Bringing ‘the tree’ to the Mid-Atlantic region


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Photos by Jeffrey A. Rendall and Jeff Smith... UPPER MARLBORO, MD – “Anywhere you see the tree, it’s the same,” remarked Lake Presidential Golf Club’s Head Golf Professional, Nathan Presnal.... The ‘tree’ Presnal was referring to is the symbol that appears on Lake Presidential’s logo, which bears a... Read More

Links At Lighthouse Sound -- Making 'Em 'Like That,' Once Again


... By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... BISHOPVILLE, MD -- 'They just don't make 'em like that anymore.'  It's something you might hear from some kindly old octogenarian when reminiscing about cars back in the forties, or even from your mother when talking about the quality of potential mates... Read More

Swan Point -- Goin' To Swan Point In My Mind


SBy Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Aaron Frey... ISSUE, MD -- Three and a half decades ago, James Taylor recorded a song called "Carolina In My Mind," where he croons romantically of going to Carolina in his thoughts -- which certainly sounds like his version of heaven on earth. Taylor's vivid... Read More

Tournament Players Club at Avenel -- Culmination of Fine Planning


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall and Jeff Janas...  ... POTOMAC, MD -- We all love it when a plan comes together.  Maybe it's the work involved in preparation; maybe it's because the end result isn't always certain; or maybe it's because the arduous process makes ultimate success even... Read More

Waverly Woods Golf Club – Signifying the Age of Independence


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Joe McHatton and Bob Kubler MARRIOTTSVILLE, MD – There comes a time in everyone’s life when you realize it’s time to go out on your own… branch out… leave the nest… blaze new trails. How ‘bout starting a new career?  That’s a little tougher, at least... Read More

North Carolina

Cypress Lakes Golf Course -- Fayetteville's warmest welcome from the 'Home of the Floyds'


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Kevin Gaydosh... HOPE MILLS, NC – Everybody’s got to be from somewhere, and it’s always a bonus when that ‘somewhere’ happens to be someplace pretty nice – and that’s certainly the case for golf legend Raymond Floyd, who hails from a region of North Carolina... Read More

Dormie Club Near Pinehurst -- Less Is More


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Kevin Gaydosh... PINEHURST, NC – “I think that was it,” said a member of our group as we passed by a cedar fence with a driveway opening and a simple wooden sign (with a red flagstick symbol on it) adjacent to a rural road a... Read More

Forest Creek Golf Club (North Course) -- Golf at its best, down on The Farm


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Kevin Gaydosh... PINEHURST, NC – It’s often said that going first is never easy, but then again, going second is no picnic either – especially when the first bite at the apple turns out to be a smashing success.... That was the task Tom Fazio and... Read More

Forest Creek Golf Club (South Course) – Golf at its best, down on The Farm


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Kevin Gaydosh... PINEHURST, NC – “They originally wanted to call it The Farm,” said Chuck Cordell, Director of Marketing at Forest Creek Golf Club, speaking of the minds behind one of the country’s premier private clubs. Located on rolling terrain in the golf mecca that... Read More

Kilmarlic Golf Club -- Newly Minted Legendary Course Quickly Making A Name For Itself


By Mike Tanner, Photos By Steve Dandy...  ... HARBINGER, NC -- According to the printed card displayed on the front of my golf cart, I was about to "Play the Legend." Quite the boast for a course that opened less than a year ago, in the fall of 2002....  ... But as I found... Read More

Little River Golf & Resort – Crossing the finish line a winner


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Kevin Gaydosh... CARTHAGE, NC – Dan Maples has been involved with golf course design his entire life (let’s just say it runs in the family), so when he says a project was probably the most unique to build that he’s ever been associated with, it... Read More

Pinehurst No. 6 -- Golf's revival begins at Pinehurst


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Kevin Gaydosh... PINEHURST, NC – Many people would say the golf industry’s gone through a rough stretch the past couple years, but golf architect Tom Fazio says it was just as bad, if not worse, in the mid-to-late seventies.... Seeing as Fazio’s a historian in the... Read More

St. James Plantation's Members Club – You May Even Get a Member Bounce


By William C. Denfeld, Photos By William C. Denfeld...  ... SOUTHPORT, NC – Membership means belonging; being a part of something exclusive to the members.  Many memberships require an individual to pay for the privilege of membership.  While The Members Club at St. James Plantation has many dues-paying members, the general public... Read More

St. James Plantation’s Founders Club – Throwing Down The Gauntlet


By William C. Denfeld, Photos By William C. Denfeld...  ... SOUTHPORT, NC - In medieval times, knights wore heavy gloves, or gauntlets, to protect their hands and wrists from damage in battle.  These were noble times when challenges were issued to test the strength of one’s adversaries.  To issue a challenge to... Read More

St. James Plantation’s Players Course – Can You Give Me an Amen!


By William C. Denfeld, Photos By William C. Denfeld ...  ... Ed Note:  Photos were taken during an overseed period, so the course may appear a bit less green than normal....  ... SOUTHPORT, NC – There are many recognizable nicknames in golf.  Fans of the game have heard of “the Shark”, “the Walrus”, “the... Read More

Talamore Golf Club -- Uncovering the Land of Great Value


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Kevin Gaydosh... PINEHURST, NC – “Talamore is a Gaelic word that means ‘land of great value,’” explained John McDougald, Director of Golf at the resort of the same name.... Great value indeed, because if you’ve got a Rees Jones-designed golf course with a lot of money... Read More

Pennsylvania

Great Bear Golf Club -- Rock n' roll in the Poconos


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Kevin Gaydosh... EAST STROUDSBURG, PA – Everyone knows some things get off to a rocky start, but this was ridiculous.... In pinpointing the one aspect of building Great Bear Golf Club (in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania) that sticks out the most in his mind,... Read More

In the 21st Century, All Roads Still Lead to The Links At Gettysburg


Text and Photos by Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... GETTYSBURG, PA -- Some things happen by chance -- you could call it luck, or you might just as easily call it fate.  Having two 19th century armies meet in this small town in the middle of Pennsylvania farm country just across the Mason-Dixon... Read More

Penn National Golf Club's Founders Course -- Come Back And Play It Again


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeff Janas...  ... FAYETTEVILLE, PA -- 'I want to go play it again,' answered Penn National Golf Club's General Manager, Bill Klimkiewicz, when asked what impression he'd like players to leave with upon finishing a round on his club's Founders Course....  ... The return customer -- perhaps a... Read More

Penn National Golf Club's Iron Forge Course Proves Different Siblings Aren't Necessarily Squabbling Kinsmen


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeff Janas...  ... FAYETTEVILLE, PA -- It's strange how two siblings can come from the same family, yet appear and act so differently....  ... Likewise, it's somewhat odd how two golf courses can co-exist at the same locale, yet look and play very distinctly.  That's the case for... Read More

South Carolina

Haig Point Club – Love at First Glance


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Photos by David Vier... DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, SC – Haig Point Club is one of those “know it when you see it” types of places.... Sometimes you just know something’s going to be great from a first glance. You see Disneyland? You know it’s going to be fun. You... Read More

Heron Point by Pete Dye -- It's not what you remember, it's better


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by David Vier... HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC – Have you ever been someplace and thought, ‘I’m sure I’ve been here before, but it looks nothing like what I remember’?... If so, you could experience a very similar feeling upon visiting Heron Point by Pete Dye, a relatively... Read More

Memorable Moments At Sea Pines' Ocean Course


Text and Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC -- It's hard to imagine these days, but Hilton Head Island was once a sparsely populated and little known coastal island -- inhabited mainly by descendents of freed slaves and a variety of wild creatures....  ... In contrast, today it's a thoroughly... Read More

The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek – Privately Perfect


By Chuck Hancock; Photos Courtesy of Briar’s Creek Club...  ... JOHN’S ISLAND, SC -- Exclusive.  Acclaimed.  Elite.  Preeminent....  ... Pick one of these prior four words to describe The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek, located on Johns Island, South Carolina, and, guess what?  You’d be right.  And, if you are lucky enough to play... Read More

Virginia

Augustine Golf Club -- Role Model For Public Golf


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Jeff Smith....  ... STAFFORD, VA -- Augustine Golf Club’s named after a Washington....  ... No, it's not named after George, and it's not coined after the Nation’s Capital that's about 45 minutes north up I-95.  It's not even named after the State of Washington.  It gets its name... Read More

Ballyhack Golf Club - It was meant to be


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Mike Tanner... ROANOKE, VA – “This one was just meant to be,” said Lester George in prefacing his remarks on the building of Ballyhack Golf Club, the latest of his mid-Atlantic golf architectural masterpieces in the southwestern part of Virginia.... That’s what all the golf architects... Read More

Bay Creek Golf Club -- Classic Without Cobwebs


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeff Janas... CAPE CHARLES, VA -- I think you'd agree, in most ways, maturity's essential for success. It takes several years of aging to soften a great Cabernet Sauvignon; decades of study to attain a doctorate; hundreds, if not thousands of years to render a... Read More

Bay Creek Golf Club’s Nicklaus Course – Doubling the Classics on Virginia’s Eastern Shore


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Photos By Kevin Gaydosh...  ... CAPE CHARLES, VA – It’s a writer’s worst nightmare, basically needing to tell the same story twice, yet trying to find ways to make it sound different.  Many a lonely soul has retreated into the bottle or the realm of plagiarism when faced... Read More

Beacon Hill Golf Club Wins For 'Best Visual Presentation'


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Aaron Frey...  ... LEESBURG, VA -- Some people say art reflects life. That's probably why art takes many forms -- paintings, sculpture, photographs, etchings, motion pictures -- you name it, and there's a medium for it. If life is diverse, then so is the art reflecting... Read More

Belmont Country Club, Where The Past Meets The Present


By Jeffrey A. Rendall... ASHBURN, VA -- There's a certain timeless quality to examining historical sites. Maybe it's because they're old; maybe it's because they're rare. Or maybe it's because of who was there and what they did. History's more than just land, buildings and space -- it's heritage.... At the same... Read More

Brickshire -- The Golf Club At Brickshire -- A Solid Foundation For Success


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall... PROVIDENCE FORGE, VA -- There's no mistaking it -- when you're laying a foundation, you've got to go one brick at a time.  It takes patience, perseverance and courage to keep working -- resting only on the notion that one day all... Read More

Bristow Manor -- Virginia Countryside Meets Scotland at Bristow Manor


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Aaron Frey... BRISTOW, VA -- I don't consider Bristow Manor any further out in the country than some of the other upscale public golf courses in the Washington DC metro area. But it sure feels that way.... The country theme has its appeal though--and one of... Read More

Bull Run Golf Club -- Satisfy Your Daily Learning Quotient at Bull Run Golf Club


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall... HAYMARKET, VA -- There's an old saying that goes 'you learn something new everyday.'... When you think about it, you'd hope to understand at least one new tidbit each day, considering there're an infinite number of things to know, but a very finite... Read More

Colonial Heritage Club – Conquering the Hills of Williamsburg


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Photos by Kevin Gaydosh... WILLIAMSBURG, VA – “This used to be called ‘Windy Hill Farm,’ which is very appropriate, since there always seems to be a breeze here,” remarked Jon Sandelin, the Head Golf Professional at Colonial Heritage Club, one of Williamsburg’s newest golf offerings.... Traces of the... Read More

Creighton Farms -- Golf's positive impact in its purest form


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Photos by Jeff Smith... ALDIE, VA – Golf legend Jack Nicklaus says his goal in developing golf courses is simple: to do something positive on a particular piece of property – to make it look good, make it a place where people want to come and spend time,... Read More

Cypress Creek Golfer's Club -- Someone's 'Amen Corner' Of The World


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Kevin Gaydosh... SMITHFIELD, VA -- It's safe to say, if you're a golfer, then someplace, somewhere you've got your own personal version of an 'Amen Corner.'... Though most people associate the heavenly term with that famous stretch of holes at Georgia's Augusta National - holes 11,... Read More

Dominion Valley -- Dreams to Greens -- Golf Course Construction at Dominion Valley Country Club


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall... HAYMARKET, VA -- Standing on the first tee of most golf courses, you can't help but admire what you see. It might be a boldly shaped seaside landscape reminiscent of the old country; or a tightly contoured parkland fairway bordered by yawning... Read More

Dominion Valley Golf Club -- Mature As It Needs To Be


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall and Bob Kubler...  ... HAYMARKET, VA -- Just look around, and the young are forced to grow up fast these days.  They’re bombarded with adult level images in the popular media, tied down with lots more homework than we were stuck with at... Read More

Ford's Colony -- Pinehurst Meets Williamsburg At Ford's Colony's Blue Heron Course


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall... WILLIAMSBURG, VA -- Pinehurst.  There's something about the place that draws golfers to it like Muslims to Mecca.  That may be a bit of a stretched reference, because no piece of golfing ground could ever truly be considered holy -- yet if... Read More

Ford's Colony -- Weigh Anchor On The Blackheath Course At Ford's Colony


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall... WILLIAMSBURG, VA -- Water, water, everywhere.  Most of the time, having water surrounding you isn't a bad thing.  After all, folks pay large sums to live near the ocean, sail on a cruise ship or kayak down a raging whitewater river --... Read More

Ford's Colony -- Whispering Down A Well At Ford's Colony's Marsh Hawk Course


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall... WILLIAMSBURG, VA -- Secrets, everybody hates 'em.  Let's face it, you can't stand it when someone's got the dirt on you, and it's equally hard trying to keep it to yourself when you've got a juicy clip on someone else.  When the... Read More

Fredericksburg Area Golf – Still Geographically Desirable


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall and Jeff Janas...  ... FREDERICKSBURG, VA – By a trick of fate, Fredericksburg was stuck in the middle.  The year was 1862, and this small city in north central Virginia just happened to lie halfway between the capitals of warring ‘foreign’ nations (in... Read More

General's Ridge -- New Identity Breathes Life Into General's Ridge At Manassas Park


By Jeffrey A. Rendall... MANASSAS PARK, VA -- Identity is important -- and changing it can sometimes get you in trouble.... For a brand name, what you call yourself often means the difference between huge profits or Chapter Eleven. For example, Coca-Cola made a huge mistake in the eighties when it decided... Read More

Heron Ridge Proves A Cornfield Can Also Be A Golfer's Field Of Dreams


By Jeffrey A. Rendall... VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- "If you build it, they will come," or so the ghostly voice whispered to Kevin Costner's corn farming character in the movie "Field of Dreams."  Costner had it easy, though -- all he had to do to fulfill the specter's prophecy was plow... Read More

King Carter Golf Club – Joining the Virginia golf family


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Photos by Kevin Gaydosh... IRVINGTON, VA – “We need more King Carter’s to help grow the game,” remarked Joel Weiman, Senior designer for McDonald & Sons, Inc. (of Jessup, MD) – and lead designer of King Carter Golf Club, which resides in Virginia’s Northern Neck area.... Taken alone,... Read More

Lansdowne Resort -- Growing The Toughest Mile


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeff Janas and Lansdowne Resort...  ... LANSDOWNE, VA -- Lansdowne Resort's expanding -- and for those familiar with the excellent quality of the existing product, that's certain to be a good thing....  ... For Lansdowne's (Managed by Benchmark Hospitality) long been known for offering one of the best... Read More

Lansdowne Resort’s Norman Course – Outside the Box Mindset Required


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... LEESBURG, VA – We’re all entrenched in the mindset we take to golf courses, especially the ones we’ve never played before.  Pick a set of tees, keep it in play, look over the yardage guide for the hole layouts and try to... Read More

Lee's Hill Provides Multi-Dimensional Golf Experience


Text and Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... FREDERICKSBURG, VA -- Few would dispute -- there's a timeless quality to historical sites.  Even fewer would contest the notion -- when you're at one, the past inspires the present.  Sure, history is dimensional, very much part of our perceptive human world of time... Read More

Old Hickory Golf Club -- Heading Frustration Off At The Golf Course


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... WOODBRIDGE, VA – Anyone who’s ever picked up a golf club and earnestly tried to golf a dimpled white ball into that tiny little hole knows the game is frustrating.  It’s the thrill of the chase that keeps golfers going back, time... Read More

Ospreys -- The Ospreys at Belmont Bay Proves Looks Are Often Deceiving


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeff Janas...  ... WOODBRIDGE, VA -- Believe only half of what you see, and none of what you read.  This assertion may be the ultimate pessimistic anthem, but when it comes to the Ospreys Golf Club at Belmont Bay, they're words to live by.  At first... Read More

Piedmont Club -- Doing A Double Take At Piedmont Club


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeff Janas...  ... HAYMARKET, VA -- The double take -- Webster's Dictionary defines it:  a delayed reaction to some remark, situation, etc., in which there is at first unthinking acceptance, then startled surprise or a second glance as the real meaning or actual situation becomes clear....  ... It's... Read More

Pleasant Valley and South Riding - Upgrading Performance


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall and Pleasant Valley... CHANTILLY, VA -- You hear it a lot these days, from athletes, corporate CEO's, celebrities -- everyone talks about upgrading their performance.... That's good. Nobody really likes the status quo, and it doesn't matter whether you're Bill Gates or the... Read More

Poplar Grove Golf Club – Knowing Sam Snead’s Mind, Then Building A Golf Course


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... AMHERST, VA – We’d all like to think we’ll get to know someone well enough to know his or her mind.  It can come through months of correspondence, years of companionship, or decades of observation.  But even then, there are always questions....  ... What... Read More

Providence GC -- 'Rain Man' Makes The Routing At Providence Golf Course


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Kevin Gaydosh and Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... RICHMOND, VA -- David Malone, Providence Golf Course's Director of Golf, says Golf Architect Lester George has special abilities - and Malone's even got a unique way of describing them:  "He's a great designer in all aspects of course... Read More

Raspberry Falls Proves It's Cool To Be British


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Aaron Frey... Note *** Brad Cheney re-visited the course in June of 2006, and offers his ‘Second Opinion’ at the end of this article.... LEESBURG, VA -- It's cool to be British. And that’s not just because Austin Powers is from Britain, or because many of the... Read More

River Creek Club -- Providing a Sense of Permanence


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Jeffrey A. Rendall... LEESBURG, VA -- The Potomac, a storied river. Perhaps the only river in the United States more famous is the Mississippi. Along the banks of the legendary Potomac, George Washington lived; the Union and Confederacy fought; and the Nation's Capital resides.... The Mason-Dixon... Read More

Riverfront Golf Club – Feeding Yourself on Golf


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... SUFFOLK, VA – Ever walk out of an eatery wondering why you paid a hefty some for a half empty stomach full of blah tasting slop?...           ... That ‘walk away empty’ feeling equally applies to golf, and it’s something you’ll avoid when playing... Read More

Somerset Golf Club -- Not Just Back, But Better


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall... LOCUST GROVE, VA -- "I guess you could say it's almost like returning from the dead," remarked Somerset Golf Club's General Manager/Head Golf Professional, Bart Wolfe, when describing the short but eventful history of his golf club.... Somerset did just that -- return... Read More

South Riding Golf Club – Come Join the Community


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeff Janas...  ... SOUTH RIDING, VA -- “I want our golf course to engage the community,” answered South Riding Golf Club’s General Manager, Greg Nesbitt, when I asked him about his course’s goals for the future.  South Riding GC lies at the southern end of the... Read More

Spring Creek Golf Club – Monument to the value of teamwork


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Jeffrey A. Rendall... GORDONSVILLE, VA – Golf Architect Ed Carton said there were many things that stood out about his work at Spring Creek Golf Club, but what he’ll always remember was the team effort needed to bring it into being.... “I’ll always look back on... Read More

Stonehouse Distinguishes Itself From All The Rest


By Jeffrey A. Rendall... It seems like everybody's aiming for distinction these days. For example, automakers spend billions on research every year to design new four wheeled vehicles that won't be confused for another's. Or basketball players sport ever wilder tattoos and hairstyles to set themselves apart from their competitors. Even... Read More

Stoneleigh Golf Club -- Where Stone Walls Are Battle Tested


By Jeffrey A. Rendall ... Manassas National Battlefield has an equestrian statue of Stonewall Jackson placed near the spot where he reportedly was standing when he received his famous nickname during the First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run. Near the statue itself is a granite monument marking the piece of ground where... Read More

The Golf Club at Viniterra -- Come Share the Bountiful Harvest


By Jeffrey A. Rendall. Photos by Jeffrey A. Rendall... NEW KENT, VA -- Viniterra means “earth wines” or “land of grapes,” said Josh Speight, Head Golf Professional at The Golf Club at Viniterra, Virginia’s newest public golf offering on the historic peninsula (located between Richmond and Williamsburg) in the southeastern part... Read More

The River Course of Virginia Tech – Splendid way to consume time


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Mike Tanner... RADFORD, VA – John Norton is the Head Golf Professional at the River Course of Virginia Tech, but he’s also a philosopher.  “There’s a saying in the golf business,” Norton waxed poetically – “that we’re not consuming anything except time, and time is... Read More

The Tradition Golf Club at Stonewall Golf Club -- Standing Firm Against An Onslaught Of Expectations


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeff Rendall & Jeff Smith... GAINESVILLE, VA -- I'll admit, I've always found it curious when folks name someone or something after a famous individual. It's odd, in that it heaps instant expectations upon that person or 'thing' to achieve or replicate the notoriety of... Read More

Two Rivers Country Club -- Great Golf, No Bones About It


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Jeffrey A. Rendall... WILLIAMSBURG, VA -- The words Williamsburg, Jamestown, James River and history are synonymous. If there was a club for meaningful words, they'd be members. If consequential words formed a family, they'd be siblings. They belong together like peas in a pod.... But with... Read More

Virginia Oaks -- Not Just the 'Other' Course on Lake Manassas


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Brad Cheney...  ... Note *** Brad Cheney re-visited the course in May of 2006, and offers his ‘Second Opinion’ at the end of this article....  ... GAINESVILLE, VA -- “I like to design hard golf courses,” said PB Dye with a chuckle when I asked him what his... Read More

West Neck -- Get the 'I took 'em' feeling at The Signature At West Neck


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall... VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- Ever walk out of a store after buying something thinking "Hey, I really took those guys for a ride"? It's a darn good feeling -- almost like arriving home and discovering an unexpected gift on your doorstep, or... Read More

Williamsburg National Proves Jack's Still Got It


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Jeffrey A. Rendall ... WILLIAMSBURG, VA -- Watching the Battle of Bighorn recently (2002), it seemed clear that Jack Nicklaus ain't what he used to be.... But despite some obvious age-inspired physical limitations, he played well through 15 holes and even contributed several valuable birdies to... Read More

Williamsburg National’s Yorktown Course – Worthwhile effort equals satisfaction


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Jeffrey A. Rendall... WILLIAMSBURG – There’s an old saying that goes, ‘Nothing in life that’s worthwhile is ever easy,’ which has certainly been proven true in nearly every instance, even if we’d all prefer a path that’s simple and satisfying without much sweat and toil.... The... Read More

Wintergreen -- The Devil Be Damned At Wintergreen Resort's Devil's Knob


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall and Jeff Janas... WINTERGREEN, VA -- Wintergreen Resort's original golf course is an Ellis Maples design that opened in 1976, known then and today as Devil's Knob.  It's a curious title, in that hell is supposedly hot and excruciatingly painful -- and... Read More

Wintergreen Resort – A Place to Go Back to


 By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by Jeffrey A. Rendall... WINTERGREEN, VA – Some places you just hate to leave.... Going on vacation is something we all look forward to, an opportunity to get away from the daily routine and experience some different surroundings.  It’s a way to shut things off for a... Read More

Wintergreen Resort – Preparing for the Canadian Invasion


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeff Janas...  ... WINTERGREEN, VA – In June, a little bit ‘o Canada’s coming to central Virginia, and we’re not just talking about vacationing NHL players invading after the Stanley Cup’s been fought over and won....  ... For the second consecutive year, Wintergreen Resort will host the Canadian... Read More

Wintergreen Resort's Stoney Creek Golf Club -- Natural Splendor In The Valley


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall... WINTERGREEN, VA -- "If you're standing on the tee, and can't see precisely what's called for on the shot, then you're not on a Rees Jones designed golf course" said Wintergreen Resort's Stoney Creek Golf Club's Director of Golf, Geoff Redgrave.  "Visibility... Read More

West Virginia

Glade Springs Resort’s Cobb Course – Lone Star State of Mind in West Virginia


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... DANIELS, WV – At Glade Springs Resort, George Cobb must’ve thought he was in Texas....  ... Vernacular included, there ain’t much that’s small in the Lone Star State.  Big ranches, big steaks, big politics, big sports, big talk – when you’re thinking Texas, better... Read More

Greenbrier Sporting Club’s ‘The Snead’ – Legend For Many Hearts


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Kevin Gaydosh...  ... WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV – In the history of golf, there’s never been a celebrity so revered as Sam Snead.  Perhaps because of it, the lasting ‘ownership’ of his legend has never been more in dispute -- amongst the many people and places... Read More

Stonehaven Golf Course at Glade Springs Resort – More Than They Bargained For


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... DANIELS, WV – Traveling around Glade Springs Resort’s new Stonehaven Course, you can’t help but marvel at its impressive scale, as well as its incredible natural beauty.  True to its name, the course offers continuing glimpses of the rocky sub-surfaces that support... Read More