The 18-Hole Championship Course
Birdwood Golf Course In Charlottesville, VA
The goal of the Birdwood Golf design team was for the course “to always feel like it has been here.” Davis Love III, along with his brother Mark Love and course architect Scot Sherman, used references of courses from all over the world to design Birdwood. In particular, the courses designed by architect Seth Raynor and his mentor, C.B. Macdonald, were consistently used as models for the holes. Raynor and Macdonald often used “template holes,” which were holes modeled after the features of great holes in Europe and translated them in a fashion that would become the basis of American golf course architecture. Scot Sherman, who trained under Pete and Alice Dye early in his career, has worked on some of the best collegiate courses in the country and teamed with Love Golf Design to create courses at Sea Pines and Sea Island resorts and the Belmont Golf Course in Richmond.
When working to redesign our golf course in Charlottesville, VA, Love Golf Design took advantage of undeveloped land to create several new holes, many of which are on the front nine. View the video below to see the highlights of these new holes. The back nine at Birdwood Golf Course is as scenic as it gets. A true highlight is number 17 where golfers must navigate an overly memorable par-3 shot that lies in the shadows of the historic Birdwood homestead.