GOLF COURSE OVERVIEW
Nestled away in the comfort and solitude of beautiful Virginia countryside, the championship course at Foster’s Farm has been designed to provide privacy and an exciting golf experience in a secluded setting. The 18 holes stretch across several hundred acres of bucolic perfection that is ideal for crafting world-class golf holes. Reminiscent of the uncontrived original courses of the United Kingdom and the Northeast United States, the test of golf is derived from combining the naturally challenging dynamic features of the site with subtle imperfections that preserve the purity of a game played in nature.
Numerous small teeing areas are designed to provide excellent extended views and a generous variety of options for all levels of players on a minimal footprint. The sand and grass bunkers are designed and constructed to have an aged appearance that embraces the character of the historic farmland while providing fun challenges and a timeless visual quality. The greens are carefully located to provide players with the finest experiences the expansive land offers. The spacious greens push the limits of creativity and drama while blending seamlessly with the natural flow of the land. Consistent with the design philosophy for other areas of play, less noticeable imperfections and undulations are incorporated into the contouring of the putting surfaces that are difficult to read and truer to the pure naturality of the game.
Golf Course Architects
The original routing for the golf course at Foster’s Farm was completed in the early 2000s by renowned golf course architect Bill Love. Today, Love’s protégé Brian Kington is the lead architect directing the design and construction of the golf courses, residential development, related infrastructure, and all other amenities at Foster’s Farm.
Bill Love became a golf course architect in the early 1980s after earning his master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Virginia. After studying under Ed Ault, Love started his own firm in 1995. In 2000, Kington began studying under Love while finishing his degree in landscape architecture at the University of Maryland. After over a decade working together, Love and Kington became partners in 2014. Together they completed several successful and award-winning projects and performed extensive improvements to many top golf clubs, such as the Olympic Club in San Francisco and Club Campestre Monterrey A.C. in Monterrey, México. Love and Kington have won Best New Golf Course awards for Hunting Hawk Golf Course in Glen Allen, Virginia and Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Virginia. They have also won Renovation of the Year for their redesign of the University of Maryland Golf Course and a Green Award recognizing them as the Most Environmentally Sensitive Design Firm.
In 2020, Kington created his own design firm, Kington Golf, based in Carson City, Nevada, and is currently working on several projects across the U.S. Since that time, Kington has refined the routing and design of the golf courses and overall master plan for Foster’s Farm. A short course and one-acre putting green have been added as additional amenities, as well as additional guest villas. The championship golf course has been reduced from the original 21 hole layout to 18 holes including a new Hole 3 and new Hole 5. Adjustments to the design of several other holes have been made based on refinements in the field as the removal of the timber and construction of the golf course progresses.