CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA | The vistas immediately catch your eye. Birdwood Golf Course has always presided over a strikingly beautiful piece of property, but on a crisp, clear October afternoon with autumn color draped across the Blue Ridge foothills that surround the University of Virginia, the panorama across the course stands out more than ever.
Thanks to a complete redesign by Davis Love III’s course-design company, those vistas sweep in directions previously unseen – or at least underutilized. By clearing out hillsides of invasive brambles and trees, moving some dirt and incorporating every side of the existing ponds, Love Golf Design has opened up a sleeping giant of a golf course and turned it into a showcase for the University of Virginia as well as Boar’s Head Resort guests.
“When we went out for the first time, I was just amazed,” said Bowen Sargent, the longtime UVa men’s golf coach. “They did an unbelievable job putting in beautiful vistas of mountains and restoring the pastoral setting of the property. It’s always ...
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