(PRWEB) March 24, 2005
BoarÂs Head InnÂs Birdwood Golf Course was recently renovated to continue challenging players and evolve with the changing game of golf. Birdwood, consistently rated among the top courses in Virginia and called one of the top Âmust playÂ courses in the Mid-Atlantic by Washington Golf Styles, is slated to re-open for play on April 2, 2005.
Every one of the bunkers at Birdwood Golf Course has been totally redesigned and reshaped by representatives of acclaimed golf course designer, Pete Dye, to improve play and continue to challenge players. In addition, all of the bunkers received new, high quality, white sand, providing for more consistent play.
According to Tim Liddy, an associate of Pete Dye, ÂBirdwood represents one of the most spectacular settings of any golf course we have worked on. The bunkering work weÂve done here emulates the Donald Ross old school, handcrafted look and harkens back to the early days of golf course design. The new bunkering will also place a greater emphasis on the golferÂs Ârisk/rewardÂ strategy.Â
In addition to the bunkering work, the approach area around all 18 greens have been re-shaped, re-mounded, and re-sodded with bluegrass. Along with the greens, bunkers, and improved drainage work to the course, Birdwood also installed and upgraded greenside irrigation on all 18 holes.
These renovations continue an ongoing project to Birdwood begun in 2004 with a major upgrade to the Birdwood Grill as well as to both the menÂs and womenÂs locker facilities.
Birdwood Golf Course is rich in history. Its verdant hills were part of a 1739 Âupland wildernessÂ land patent, one of the earliest in the colony. In 1819, Birdwood Pavilion was constructed by the same craftsman who built the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. Over time, the propertyÂs prized farmland became a top producer of Hereford cattle and prizewinning show horses.
The University of Virginia acquired the property in 1974, enlisting architect Lindsay Ervin in 1984 to transform Birdwood into the par-72 championship golf course it is today. Birdwood is home to the UniversityÂs MenÂs and WomenÂs Golf Teams.
BoarÂs Head Inn, a 170-room resort set on 573 acres in the Virginia countryside, offers Four-Diamond dining, a state-of-the-art Sports Club, tennis, championship golf, a luxury spa, childrenÂs programs, meeting space, and proximity to attractions such as Monticello, the Blue Ridge Mountains and wineries. BoarÂs Head Inn is owned and operated by the University of Virginia Foundation.
For more information on Birdwood Golf Course or to make reservations at BoarÂs Head Inn, please call 800-476-1988 or visit BoarÂs Head InnÂs website at http://www.boarsheadinn.com.