Keswick Golf Club (Keswick, VA)                           2011                                                                                            19th Hole Staff Ranking:  Four Golf Balls (an Eagle)

Located in the heart of Virginia's central wine region, Keswick Golf Club brings the golfer some of the best of old meets new.  Initially built by a Scottish immigrant known for several designs throughout Virginia in 1948, it was subsequently renovated by Arnold Palmer in the early 90's.  Hence, when you play the course, you will find tight/short holes of yesteryear with the bunkering and green undulation expected in the modern era.

Fortunately, our staff didn't find ourselves in the multitude of water hazards located throughout the course which made for a fast paced round of golf.  Upon our return to the clubhouse, which most certainly reminded us of scenes from Riviera CC (at least what we've seen on TV), we were promptly greeted by the wonderful Keswick staff and pointed to the adjacent building which houses the 19th hole and Keswick's luxury hotel.

The 19th hole for our visit, otherwise known as "Fossett's Bar", is in a beautiful setting with an outdoor patio overlooking the golf course and surrounding Blue Ridge Mountain foothills.  While our staff took in the views, we also found out what Fossett's is really known for - their specialty drinks like the Fairway Ginger Tonic.  By our personal preferences, try the East Gate Blood Orange Martini - you will not be disappointed - along with the Jumbo Shrimp appetizer  (glazed with tequila and lime - perfection).

Important Notes:  For those staying at Keswick Hall for an evening or two (or three), be sure to also take in the pool side dining.  With the infinity pool at your feet and views beyond, you will want to soak up every moment.

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