Have-clubs-will travel types yearning to get in touch with their American roots will soon have a novel destination to ponder. A new Pete Dye designed golf course is scheduled to open late summer at Keswick Hall, a luxury country retreat situated in the Virginia Hunt Country.
Keswick Hall is just minutes from Thomas Jefferson's bucolic Monticello, James Madison's Montpelier and James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland. Golfers would be hard-pressed to find a sojourn with more Presidential panache.
The 600-acre property will debut the Dye course as a signature amenity to its 48-room inn and club. The layout traverses rolling hills and guests of Keswick Hall enjoy expansive views from their newly refreshed guestrooms and suites. The Dye course plays between 5,000 and 7,000 yards and will be eminently walkable for club members and Hall guests.
One of the most influential golf course architects of the modern era, Dye credits include the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort and Harbour Town Golf Links at The Sea Pines Resort, highly-acclaimed sister properties of Keswick Hall.
The new Keswick Hall course is routed atop the original 1948 Fred Findlay design, renovated by Arnold Palmer in 1992. It is the centerpiece of the prestigious Keswick Club, an active private membership offering full golf, leisure, corporate and non-resident benefits including tennis, swimming, dining, and a year-round social calendar.
In addition to the aforementioned Presidential plantations, the region is home to the University of Virginia, wineries, a craft brew trail, hiking, horseback riding and so much more. Keswick Hall – centrally located -- is an easy drive from Richmond and Washington D.C. Charlottesville Albemarle (CHO) airport offers direct flights from six cities, including a new American Airlines route from New York City (LGA).
Jefferson once described the surrounding Virginia Hunt Country as the “Eden of the United States.” Keswick Hall is a haven for discerning travelers with its newly refreshed upscale accommodations, spa services, fine dining, and myriad amenities. Highly decorated, Keswick Hall has attained Condé Nast Traveler “gold” status, and is one of Travel + Leisure's 500 “World's Best Hotels."
The northern wing of the current inn contains historic Villa Crawford, once the Italianesque private estate of the Robert Crawford family built in 1912.
The property is home to the historic Keswick Club, a members club introduced in 1948 when renowned architect Fred Findlay added its first nine holes of golf. The course expanded to18 holes in the mid-‘50s and was renovated in 1992 by Arnold Palmer. In 2013, World Golf Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye was commissioned to create a new golf course over the existing routing.
The country estate is a property of Richmond, Va.-based Riverstone Group under its Historic Hotels of Albemarle division. The company also owns and manages The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Resort (S.C.), The Sea Pines Resort (S.C.), The Jefferson Hotel (Va.) and The Hermitage Hotel (Tenn.).
For more information: www.keswick.com, 434.979.3440
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