Winchester-Front Royal, Virginia

The Top of the Commonwealth

They call it the “Top of Virginia” and for all practical purposes, they hit the nail right on the head! Geographically, no region in the Commonwealth lies more northerly on the map. Frederick and Warren counties could also be designated as the Northern Shenandoah Valley. One thing is certain, Winchester and Front Royal offer so many great golf choices. With no less than 15 courses within a 30 miles radius, the options abound including several that sit just across the border in West Virginia. The region is known for its incomparable beauty, and you can count on witnessing this on all of these courses. Surrounded by mountains, most layouts play across rolling hills. Lodging choices include many that are perfectly situated to get to and from the links and even a boutique hotel that will transfer you back in time.

The flagship course of Winchester is Rock Harbor Golf Course. Regional favorites, the “Rock” and “Boulder” 18-hole courses are lauded for their outstanding conditions. Warren County borders Frederick County to the south and has become known for a plethora of fine golf courses. Shenandoah Valley Golf Club is recognized as one of the best 27-hole facilities in the Mid-Atlantic. Just over the hill and dale you’ll find Bowling Green Country Club. Two 18-hole courses, the North and the South, were created by local golf course legend Lynwood Morrison. Sly Fox Golf Club is an 18-hole course laid out on a historic and beautiful piece of property where General Stonewall Jackson gave chase during the Civil War. Blue Ridge Shadows, a Tom Clark design, has already been recognized as one of the top courses in the state with two distinct nines set among hardwoods and in a valley. Wild and wonderful West Virginia assists with several courses. Cacapon State Park is a Robert Trent Jones classic in nearby Berkeley Springs. The Woods Resort in Hedgesville and Locust Hill in Charles Town also make great additions to a Winchester golf trip.

Any history book will show you that this region was the site of numerous battles during the Civil War. Winchester’s seven major battlefields reveal that the city itself was a key strategic position for the Confederate Army. George Washington and Stonewall Jackson’s headquarters were positioned right downtown. Speaking of downtown, Winchester has a wonderful shopping and social district with dozens of brew pubs and restaurants in the Old Town area. It’s the place to be when the sun goes down. Music fans should visit the Patsy Cline Historic House, where you can tour the home of the late country music legend. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets the art, history, and culture of the region and rests upon six acres of spectacular gardens. Winchester is also home to Shenandoah University. In late April and early May, Winchester is adorned in pink and green to celebrate the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

The smaller town of Front Royal is situated between the entry of Skyline Drive and the Shenandoah National Park and the two forks of the Shenandoah River. Main Street provides a delightful step back in time with shops and restaurants. River rafting and caving are some other popular distractions. A wine festival in May and Festival of the Leaves in October attract visitors annually. This area is one of the most beautiful on the East Coast to tee it up.

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