Situated little more than a stone's throw from South Holston Lake and the majestic Jefferson National Forest on 538 acres of rolling hills, meadows carpeted in wildflowers, and unspoiled woodlands and hardwood forests, The Virginian Golf Club is distinguished by what LINKS magazine has characterized as a golf masterpiece.
In addition to great golf. The Virginian features a 3,800 square-foot Swim / Racquet / Fitness Center designed in the Victorian Farmhouse style of architecture, which contains a heated Junior Olympic swimming pool, tennis pro shop, snack bar, outdoor grille, veranda, comfortable lounge areas around a landscaped deck, men’s and ladies’ locker rooms and lighted clay and hard surface tennis courts. The Fitness Center features state-of-the-art exercise equipment.
A variety of homesites with views of mountains, lakes and golf and wooded forests of oaks and poplar can be found at The Virginian. Homesites range in size from ¼ acre Cottage lots to ½ acre Manor lots and ¾ acre + Estate lots. All homes are traditional in design and are detached single-family residences.
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In conceiving The Virginian, our ownership had two preoccupations: To earn the respect of those who appreciate an uncommonly fine golf course, along with a sense of history, tradition, fellowship and pride of ownership.
Here in the Southern Highlands of Virginia, there is a quality of life, and a sense of innocence and place, that owners feel obliged to pass on to their heirs. Thus, we carefully considered not only what is built here, but as importantly, what our ownership felt is not.
With rarely-found Zoysia grass fairways, bentgrass greens and bluegrass roughs, The Virginian is one of the most impeccably maintained golf courses in the U.S.
Between the 13th green and 14th tee, lies an example of the owners’ commitment to excellence. A stone tunnel, which connects the two holes, was constructed to hide the cement cart path to the 14th tee, where two megaton, eight-foot boulders stand tall by the tee. Thus no cement can be seen from the clubhouse a half a mile away; and a million dollars worth of real estate was left untouched as an amphitheater surrounding the 13th green.
A conspicuous symbol of The Virginian’s commitment to the principles of tradition, fellowship and pride of ownership, the new 30,000 square foot clubhouse sits atop the highest hill in the community, a confirmation of promises kept. Handsome, classic, elegant and absent of pretense, The Virginian’s Clubhouse is a distinguished reminder of the way things were.
Exterior materials include native field stone, cedar wood shakes, clapboard siding and weathered copper. Inside, a dry-stacked field stone fireplace in the dining room soars 44 feet to a cathedral ceiling of hardwoods supported by massive oak arches.
After Fazio completed the golf course routing, hardwood trees earmarked for removal were harvested, kiln-dried and used to craft the clubs lockers of solid oak and the golf shop fixtures of walnut. Also, a rocking chair porch overlooks the Southern Highlands and nearly all of the back nine holes.
Located just off Exit 10 of I-81
Opened in 1993
Location: Bristol, VA
Homesites: 250 on 550 Acres
Golf ArchitectTom Fazio
18 Holes of Golf + 3 full-sized practice holes
New Homes: $345,0003.7 Million
Clubhouse: 33,000 Square-Feet
Fitness Center, Tennis, Pool
“Best Residential Golf Courses (2007) No. 84
No.2, “Best New Private Courses in America”Golf Digest, 1994
No.2 in StateGolf Digest, 1994
Tri-Cities Region (VA, TN, NC) No.2, “Best Places to Live & Play Golf in U.S.”Golf Digest, 2005
Host of 2003 USGA Senior Amateur Championship
Host of 1997 Virginia State Amateur Championship
Host of 1997 Tennessee State Amateur Championship
No.53, “Best 100 Modern Courses in America”Golfweek
No.3, “Best Golf Communities in America”Robb Report
After his New York City acting career in the 1930s, native Virginian, Robert Porterfield returned to nearby Abington with 33 actors. Performances were compensated via “barter” for products such as produce and livestock. In 1946 the Barter Theatre became the nation's first repertory theatre. Still in existence today, the theatre has featured many well-know performers such as Gregory Peck, Ernest Borgnine and Patricia Neal.
Hospitals: Bristol Regional and Johnson Memorial
Airports: Tri-City Regional (TRI), Virginian Highlands