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The Homestead, Virginia

    
The Courses:
CASCADES
OLD COURSE
LOWER CASCADES
 
Once a refuge for America’s most prominent families, The Homestead now caters to travelers eager to sample the luxury and comfort of one of America’s premier resorts and spas. The nearly 250-year-old resort caters to lovers of golf or the great outdoors, fine dining, romantic getaways and spa treatments.

In the 1720’s colonial explorers and surveyors began to visit the area and discovered the natural mineral springs prevalent throughout the region. Settlements and guest cabins sprouted by the middle of the 18th century, leading many visitors from the Eastern seaboard to seek refuge in the beautiful and therapeutic Hot Springs area. Similar to the neighboring Greenbrier resort, Homestead history is closely intertwined with wartime activity. The 23-year-old commander of the Virginia militia, George Washington, paid a visit to the ever-popular springs and befriended Thomas Bullett, a regional officer. Bullett would soon play a prominent role in the development of the modern day Homestead. Upon being paid for militia service in the form of 300 acres of land encompassing many of the famed mineral springs, Bullett and some partners improved spring pools and erected a rustic lodge on land which is today the heart of the resort. Interestingly, it was on this land which the first tee of the Old Course was placed, a tee that today holds the distinction as the oldest first tee still in use in America.

In 1832 Dr. Thomas Goode, who set about to introduce fine dining to a resort destination famed for its natural hot springs, acquired The Homestead. Dr. Goode’s death and the onset of the Civil War saw the resort languish for a few decades until famed banker J.P. Morgan cobbled together an investment group and oversaw the rebuilding and expansion of the historical destination.

New facilities were added at a quick rate. The spa, stables, guest rooms, and of course a wide range of outdoor activities blossomed. The modern-day Homestead features many of the characteristics and personal touches contributed to the resort’s development by Bullett, Goode, Morgan and others. The Spa and dining facilities so dear to Dr. Goode’s heart highlight any trip to this beautiful spot. Hiking, tennis, horseback riding, skiing, fishing, and shooting remain central to the Homestead experience that J. P. Morgan himself conceived of. The purchase of the resort by the Pinehurst Company and the subsequent refurbishing of the centuries old destination surely signals continued luxury and elegance at the Homestead.

WHERE TO STAY

In one of the recently refurbished rooms or suites, with more then 500 to choose from.  You will notice different flavours depending on the wing you are in.  All rooms are tastefully furnished, and suites containing alcove-type reading rooms offer the finest view of the countryside short of a hike in the hills.

WHERE TO EAT

The Dining Room is the choice for formal dining with a jacket and tie required in the evening.  The breakfast buffet here before a round is truly one of the great treats to be found, and live music will grace guests in the evening.

1766 Grille, boasting American  and French cuisine, commemorates the birth of the Hotel, and is widely praised for its memorable tableside food preparation.

Sam Snead's Tavern is located just down the street and is the choice of many golfers looking for a casual dinner.  Meat is the local favourite, and the Slammers career surrounds you on the walls.

For a relaxing cocktail head to the grand Presidents Lounge, a room adorned with he portraits of former Presidents who have guested at the Homestead.

NON-GOLF RECREATION

There is great fly fishing to be had, as well as biking and hiking.  For those guests who would rather stay indoors, can choose from a variety of offerings in the Spa, which gets rave reviews.

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