Located about three hours from Richmond by car, the historic Omni Homestead Resort has been welcoming guests to its more than 2,000 acres with Southern hospitality and top-notch service for more than 100 years now. And if you’ve never considered this Virginia resort for an upcoming golf trip, you should.
HOT SPRINGS AND WATER SLIDES
With two hot springs flowing onto the property, the resort features the full-service Spa at the Omni Homestead. In addition, the resort boasts a two-acre water park fueled by the springs with two water slides, a lazy river, whirlpool, and private cabanas.
The Omni’s 483 well-appointed guest rooms and suites feature all the amenities you could need including featherbeds, flat screen TV’s, and WiFi. The suites provide additional space with separate living and sleeping areas plus sun porches and fireplaces. You should be comfortable – 22 U.S. Presidents have stayed here over the years.
Whether you are in the mood for formal or casual, the resort offers a great selection of restaurants from fine dining in The Dining Room to farm-to-table at Jefferson’s to burgers at Woody’s. Other options include Kober’s at the Mountain Lodge, Rubino’s at the Cascades, and Martha’s Market.
Summer provides a ton of great activities including horseback riding, paintball, zip lining, fishing, kayaking, swimming, and clay shooting.
And then there’s the golf.
PRESIDENTIAL CALIBER COURSES
Set among the beautiful Allegheny Mountains you will find the Old Course and The Cascades, two 18-hole championship courses that have welcomed the likes of Presidents William Taft, Dwight Eisenhower, and George H.W. Bush.
Although the par-72, 6,100-yard Donald-designed Ross Old Course – home to the nation’s oldest first tee – has seen its share of upgrades over the years, the course retains its original personality with generous but contouring fairways, uneven stances, and smaller greens. Accuracy and shot-making are your best friends here.
The par-70, 6,873-yard Cascades course was designed by William S. Flynn and features challenging holes with tree-lined fairways set against the mountains. The course, where the legendary Sam Snead was once head pro, features rolling fairways that can be used to your advantage – or detriment depending upon how you play them. Choose your clubs wisely.
The resort’s Par Infinity package offers unlimited rounds of golf on all courses, room upgrade, use of practice facility, free parking, and breakfast.
Buddy Trip Cost
Travel (by car)
2 hours from Charlottesville, 3 hours from Richmond, 4 hours from Washington, 5 hours from Pittsburgh
- Lobby Bar
- Spa at the Omni Homestead
- Fitness Center
- Outdoor Activities
- Indoor Activities
- Fly Fishing
- Shooting Club
- Equestrian Center
- Zip Tour
- Smooth Ambler Spirits
- The Dining Room
- Jefferson’s Restaurant
- Kober’s at the Mountain Lodge
- Rubino’s at the Cascades
- Martha’s Market
The Cascades: William Flynn (1923); Old Course: Donald Ross (1892)