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 test of golf in a unique and secluded setting. The 21-hole course, which includes a fascinating alternative routing, stretches across several hundred acres of bucolic perfection that is ideal for creating world-class golf holes. The epic scale of the property and scarcity of trees allows for big sprawling holes with wide, welcoming fairways while maintaining clear separation between holes. The course is designed to utilize the rolling terrain and other naturally challenging features including streams, intermittent swales, and springs to create the test of golf and provide a diversity of experiences.
Players must carefully judge the natural and often dramatic contouring which can hurt or help a shot. The immense fairways allow for very little maintained rough, as the edges of the holes quickly blend into the unmaintained native landscape. Reminiscent of the great older courses of the United Kingdom and the Northeast United States, the fairways are fine graded with subtle bumps, swales, ripples, and other imperfections that preserve the purity of a game played in nature.
The bunkering is designed to define strategy and protect landing areas and pins. Utilizing gnarly and creative shaping and native grasses and groundcovers highlighting the edges, the sand and grass bunkers have an aged, timeless appearance that embraces the character of the historic farmland. Grass bunkers are placed around select greens to protect pins while allowing for the opportunity to leak parts of the surfaces directly into them to offer a unique challenge and experience for putting, approach, and recovery shots. While the sand and grass bunkers are dramatic and often visually intimidating, they are not excessively deep nor overly challenging.
The green complexes are designed to blend traditional plateau style putting surfaces with modern architecture standards that push the limits of creativity and blend seamlessly with the natural character of the land. The greens are surrounded and protected by sand and grass bunkers, water features, and an ever-changing playground of grass hollows, rolls, arroyos, and closely mown areas that create a great variety of challenges and dramatic recovery experiences. The putting surfaces are expansive and utilize rolls, bumps, troughs, terraces, ridges, bowls, roll offs, and other dramatic features to separate pins and add excitement. The spacious greens offer numerous pin placements while allowing for the edges to be aggressively integrated with their surrounding features. The resulting character is highly enjoyable and very natural in appearance while being playable and fair. The putting surfaces are designed and constructed to have subtle, less noticeable imperfections and undulations that are difficult to read and truer to the pure naturality of the game.