The Homestead Resort has three superb courses in it. But of the three, one of them stands out as its prized jewel – Virginia’s beloved classic Cascades Course. This spectacle of a golf vacation destination has a history of 80 glorious and colorful years – one that began as an original William Flynn design, later remodeled by Robert Trent Jones in the 60’s. And, just recently, it faced another renovation, this time to restore the original 1920’s design with a flair of modern. And through all that – remodeling and restoration – it still remained Virginia’s top; the only course in the state to be included in Golf Magazine’s elite lists of America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (#48) and the Top 100 in the World. That is, on top of being the consistent No. 1 Course in Virginia.
That shouldn’t be surprising. The Cascades Course sits in the stunning Allegheny Mountains – enough an assurance of a picture-perfect golf vacation. It is so beautiful that in fact, it is considered the most beautiful mountain course in the country. But it doesn’t stop there. The mountain’s natural topography has been the foremost influence in any game played here. Not so much as dictate, but influence in a way challenging to the better golfers and very generous to the handicap-challenged ones. In layout quality and beauty, this course is a definite topnotcher.
Thus, it is not surprising too that the Cascades Course has honed the careers of some of the world’s best. Topping the list of best golfers is the legendary Sam Snead who honed his championship skills in these very same greens. And with a very long and beautiful record as this, no wonder it is also topping the lists for America’s most favorite for golf trips.