Several area college golf courses made the 2010 Best Campus Courses list from Golfweek. The top 30 courses in Golfweek’s rankings made the list. To qualify for the Golfweek’s Best Campus Courses list, a course must be part of a school’s recreational life in terms of preferential access for students, faculty and alumni.
Our congratulations go out to Virginia Tech (#18), the University of Virginia (#26), and the U.S. Naval Academy (#30). These Mid-Atlantic schools represented 10% of Golfweek’s rankings.
The Pete Dye River Course at Virginia Tech opened in August 2005 after a re-design by Pete Dye. The course provides 5 sets of tees for golfers of all levels as they challenge themselves with Dye’s devilish pot bunkers, tiny greens, and signature collection areas. “The River” is in Radford, VA which is 12 miles from Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus.
Waggle has never played the private U.S. Naval Academy Golf Club in Annapolis, MD (but we would like to – hint, hint ;). Originally it was a 9 hole course but then was redesigned/rebuilt in 1942 by William S. Flynn to be a full 18.
The Lindsay Ervin designed Birdwood Golf Course in Charlottesville, VA has been a favorite of UVA students and alumni since 1984. Birdwood is a scenic and challenging course that serves up some memorable Blue Ridge Mountain views from the tee boxes.
Conference wise the ACC had a strong showing with the North Carolina courses at Duke (10), N.C. State (22), and UNC (24).
But the strongest conference was the Big Ten. They dominated the rankings with courses at Wisconsin (#6), Ohio State (#9), Michigan (# 12 and 16), Purdue (#17), and Iowa (#25).
Although not ranked, Waggle enjoys playing the University of Maryland golf course and we wonder how far they were out of the Golfweek Top 30. The U of MD course is an interesting course that is always well maintained. It hosted the Nationwide Tour’s Melwood Open in 2010.
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