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Last Update :10/5/2017

Pumpkin Spice Golf!

 

 

Okay, okay...pumpkin spice golf does not exist. But it is pumpkin spice season, and we have been busy moving dirt on several projects. Here's a bit about what we've been doing lately at GGD...

 

Construction Progressing at Vestavia Country Club

 

 

"The goal of our project was to create the best product that suited the needs of our members," said Alan Coshatt, long-range planning chairman at Vestavia Country Club. "Lester saw more potential in our course than probably anyone at our club, and now that grass is hitting the ground his vision is becoming very evident. It's wide, fun, fair, and still a challenge for all levels of play. And the best part is it's sitting on one of the most beautiful pieces of property in our region! We have created something truly spectacular."

 

Read more online.

We're Renovating Blacksburg Municipal Golf Course (a.k.a. "The Hill")!

 

"For a golf course that really doesn't have a name associated with it, when it's done it's going to be a Lester George golf course," said General Manager Jeff Kepplin.

 

Along with the upgraded turf and bunkers, The Hill's project will include adding two new practice greens, both with bunkers, to allow for short-game practice, and enlarging all the other current greens.

 

While new grass is aimed at attracting avid golfers, the addition of new tee boxes for seniors, juniors and women is aimed at making the course more accessible to all levels of play

 

Read more online.

George Golf Design Is Proud to Once Again Have Several of Golf Digest's Top Ten Courses in Virginia 

 

# 1  Kinloch Golf Club, Manakin-Sabot

 

# 7  Ballyhack Golf Club, Roanoke

 

# 9  The Country Club of Virginia (James River Course), Richmond

 Read more online.

New Houses Are Popping Up at Ballyhack!

 

 

Photo by Erica Yoon

Ballyhack opened right as the housing industry went bust. The club eventually acquired a total of 57 home lots. Eighteen have been sold, but by the beginning of 2017 only two houses had been built. Now that number is changing. Almost eight years after it opened, Ballyhack is starting to see significant new home construction. 

 

Read more online

 

 

Photo by Jon Cavalier

 

Virginia True

 

 

 

We're in the preliminary design process of Virginia True, an 18-hole private destination golf club in Virginia's Northern Neck that also includes a 12-hole hotel short course. The name "Virginia True" was inspired by a poem by James S. Allen.

 

Between the yellow Rappahannock and the broad Potomac blue, 

There's a lovely bit of country down in old Virginia true. 

Just a narrow strip of inland. On the map it's scarce a speck, 

But it's Home to everybody in the good old Northern Neck.

You go sixty miles from nowhere down a winding country road, 

Past a picturesque old mill pond and a patriot's first adobe.

Yes, it's rather isolated, but I know when you reflect, 

You will surely want to linger in the good old Northern Neck.

You'll find many stately mansions of the true Colonial style 

Tucked behind old-fashioned gardens, filled with flowers all the while.

River views, with steamboat landings, everything you could expect 

Of Virginia's rich tradition in the good old Northern Neck.

The folks have got a charming way of saying, "Come right in."

There's smoke cured ham and batter-bread with potatoes in the bin.

The people still believe in God, and home is not a wreck.

And everybody's "Kith and kin" in the good old Northern Neck.

Sure, I've heard them sing of Heaven. Guess 'twas never meant for me.

But sometimes I stop and wonder how the next world's going to be.

But St. Peter needn't worry when I'm cashing in my check.

For my soul will stay forever in the good old Northern Neck.

 

 

We hope your fall is starting off well, and we look forward to catching up with everyone. 

Don't hesitate to reach out if you need us! 

 

 

 
 

Lester George, Golf Course Architect

 

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