The ‘Old Course‘ is pretty much okay for a description and a name. This course is, in fact, old – amongst the oldest in Virginia even, having been played since the 1890’s. But that is barely touching the surface. That does not, however, sum up to what this golf vacation destination is in its entirety. One would need a whole dictionary to find the right words to perfectly describe the oldest course on the famed Homestead Resort.
Originally, the course was a six-hole facility whose first tee is still being used to this day – America’s oldest in continuous use. The course was then extended to become a full 18-hole course with a design from the legendary course architect, Donald Ross. Subsequently, renovations were made on the Old Course by William Flynn and then more lately, Rees Jones. Today it measures 6,201 yards from the longest tees, par 72. The course has a very traditional layout that right from the very first hole promises a tremendous ending. And it does not disappoint. Despite renovations, the course has retained Ross’ saucer shaped bunkers paired with rolling mountain fairways and small greens. Golf vacations here are made interesting by the fact that there is an overwhelming collision of old and new features which make a wholesome challenge, a neat ensemble. To say the least, it is a true classic.
Despite the Old Course being, well, old, it carries a good enough amount of modern flair to keep up with the advancements of the game. And despite it having two competitors in its own stead – the Cascades and the Lower Cascades – this never runs out of its own golf trip fan-following. After all, old habits die hard. And for something old, this one never gets old.