History and spectacular landscapes come together at Charlottesville, where Thomas Jefferson country meets Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Celebrated landmarks, including Jefferson’s Monticello and the University of Virginia, are clustered here among swathes of the East Coast’s most beautiful scenery, home to renowned horse races, hunts and vineyards.
This is the setting for Keswick Hall, an impressive mansion in true Orient-Express style, with its own Arnold Palmer Signature 18-hole golf course and a luxurious spa. The surrounding estate is the perfect retreat for those who wish to combine relaxation and pampering with fresh country air.
Golf at Keswick
Keswick Club is the perfect blend of “classical” and “modern” golf course architecture. It’s a wonderful setting of exceptional natural beauty, featuring tall ancient oaks, grassy wetlands and spectacular mountain views as well as a variety of lakes and streams.
Fred Findlay, a Scottish immigrant and renowned designer of several courses in central Virginia, built Keswick’s original course in 1948. The Arnold Palmer Golf Course Design Company completed a redesign of the course in 1992, elevating Keswick to the status of an Arnold Palmer Signature Course.
Palmer said the course had “good bones” and was therefore able to keep the majority of the original design. Palmer’s touches included additional bunkers, contouring changes to the land and new tee box complexes. The lush grounds, old growth trees, shrubs, and sheer beauty will allow one to step back in time while playing a modern and very challenging course.
The golf course at Keswick Hall is one of only nine in the state (and only 411 internationally) that have received its Audubon Environmental Certification, a highly sought after recognition program awarded to courses that have proven to provide a high degree of environmental quality for both people and wildlife. Categories of compliance include environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, integrated pest management, water conservation, water quality management and outreach and education.
The course maintains 25 acres of buffer zones in which no fertilizers or pesticides are used around the perimeter of the golf course or natural streams that run through it.
With Keswick’s keen interest in the environment, it is not surprising the Estate is home to 80 different bird species, whitetail deer, fox, migrating geese, rabbits and squirrels. The Keswick Golf Course is also surrounded by 320 different varietals of trees and shrubbery.
Leisure Activities and Spa
Keswick, a 600 acre resort removed from the madding crowds but only moments from the heart of Charlottesville and wine country, offers an incredible selection of activities. This extensive Estate, incorporates a beautiful countryside to serve as a backdrop to many guided or solo activities. You’ll be spoilt for choice!
Relax along side anyone of the breathtaking swimming pools, or visit the fully equipped fitness center, five tennis courts, croquet green, nature trails or sign up for the myriad of outdoor pursuits. For those looking to unwind, we suggest The Spa, located at the Keswick Club, this is a haven of tranquility where our fully trained therapists will pamper you, leaving your body and soul rejuvenated.