701 Club Drive,
Keswick, Virginia 22947
Office+1 (434) 979 3440
Pro shop+1 (434) 923 4363
Fax+1 (434) 923 4377
Golf proEric McGraw (PGA, Head Professional)
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Woodland and limited residential.
Original nine-hole design by Fred Findlay (1948); extended to 18-holes in the 1950s. Modified by Arnold Palmer (1992); complete redesign by Pete Dye (2013).
7.5 mi E of Charlottesville / 62 mi NW of Richmond.
Keswick Golf Club's "Full Cry" course is laid out in full view of the sumptuous Keswick Hall, which looks down on proceedings from its slightly elevated platform. You are unlikely to see the historic Keswick Hunt Club "in full cry", but you will be attempting to "run your ball to ground" (or at least into the hole) on this fabulous course. Taking its cue from the open links of Britain and Ireland, the layout represents a "toned-down" version of some of Dye's earlier and more dramatic designs. The accent here is on both style and golfing challenge.
The immaculately maintained layout, never unnecessarily penal or "tricked-up", offers many stylish holes. Deft touches of Pete Dye's consummate design skills are very much in evidence. Like an old-style links, there's not far to walk from green to next tee, and the terrain is pleasantly rolling rather than excessively undulating. Wooden flag sticks, square cut tees, and an abundant use of elongated pot bunkers, as well as a few classic Dye-style "trench" bunkers, complement the layout's open linksy feel. Well-sculpted rolling mounds often define the good-width fairways, while the greens are stylishly defended by mounds, bunkers and slick run-off areas.
Pick of the holes: The use of red-stone facings on some tees and around a few water hazards, adds another old-world touch to the layout. This is most clearly expressed at the long-par 4 18th, where a stone-lined pond must be crossed from the elevated tee. The panoramic view from the tee includes the Hall in all its splendour, set against the Blue Ridge Mountains. If Dye's intent was to sign-off with a hole to savour, then he succeeded admirably .... the icing on the cake of a superb golf course.
Stay&Play at Keswick Hall: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted.
Keswick (the British say it with a silent "w") is laid out in front of the impressive Keswick Hall, the historic wing of which was known as "Villa Crawford". The original mansion house was built for Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Crawford in 1912. Following Robert Crawford's death in 1919, the luxury private residence (and later clubhouse of Keswick Country Club) had several different owners, but gradually slid into a period of decline from around 1970.
The dilapidated villa was rescued in 1990 by Sir Bernard Ashley (widower of fabric designer Laura Ashley). "B.A." as he was known, started the process of transforming Villa Crawford into a top-end luxury hotel and golf facility, where guests would feel they were visiting a grand country estate. He spent over $25 million to expand the number of guest rooms to 48, naturally incorporating Laura Ashley's signature style within the renovation.
2019/20 Golf Digest rating: 15th best course in Virginia.
701 Club Drive, Keswick, VA 22947
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Located adjacent to the Keswick Club, beautiful Keswick Hall was built in 1912 as the original manor house of the estate (known as Villa Crawford). It now offers 48 luxuriously appointed rooms and a host of enjoyable activities including fine dining, tennis, fitness centre and three pools, extensive biking and running trails, archery, croquet, badminton, walking with the hounds and garden tours. The house has been restored and extended to create a unique and intimate luxury hotel. A member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts collection.
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