The Birdwood Golf Course in Charlottesville is among the public facilities of the Boar’s Head Inn and Spa. It is located in Albemarle County, just west of Charlottesville (towards Ivy) and convenient to town. In other articles we’ll discuss the Boar’s Head itself because it’s a wonderful venue which is acclaimed for tennis and fitness facilities too, but for now let’s focus on Birdwood Golf.
The 18-hole course is home to the men’s and women’s golf teams from the University of Virginia, and Birdwood memberships offer some incentive options for UVa alumni and staff. The scenery is beautiful, with amazing Blue Ridge Mt. views and currently there are big plans to utilize even more of its beauty with new proposals to redesign the golf course. Below is a rendering that was recently offered in a local news outlet:
Among the recently published details of proposals for Birdwood golf course designs:
Hole #2 which is a par-5 bordered by a lake, will make the second shot more challenging by moving the hole and/or tee farther away.
Holes 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, and 12 will be new. And holes 1, 2, 13, and 18 from the existing 18 holes will remain much as they are now.
Some holes have been rearranged completely. Hole #5, a par-5, will become hole #13. This allows a bit more privacy and mature landscape in the oak trees.
A new #14 hole will be located where the existing par-4 #18 hole is, likely having the tee boxes set farther back, to accommodate today’s longer drives.
The final four holes are being relocated to readjust the views more towards the historic Birdwood mansion and water tower. Designers felt that historic context and character of the mansion site should be the impressions that are left with golfers. With that in mind, a big shift is being proposed.
The par-5 #15 hole will will be located in reverse on the present #7 hole … the green will be in the vicinity of the present No. 7 tee.
Likewise, the current #6 hole will become a par-4 hole #16, which allows long hitters to play across the pond. And hole #17 will also play towards the pretty pond.
Hole #18 will take the place of the present hole #9 with a lowered green and it will be extended to 500-yards as a par-4.
During the time of reconstruction there are plans to keep 9 holes open for play. And there is talk of building a short course if the funds can be raised. Golfers will be pleased to know that there are plans to have an indoor golf practice facility in the future too.
Below is an interactive Google map where you can click and drag to tour the Birdwood golf course and its gorgeous surroundings.