200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903, US
(844) 611-8066
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About Boar's Head Resort

Boar's Head Resort is a Charlottesville, Virginia property located and is home to Birdwood Golf Club, the home course of the University of Virginia. The resort is set on 600 scenic acres and since its opening in 1964 has expanded to 168 guest rooms and suites. Guests can enjoy the Sports Club, open to members and guests of the hotel, which features an array of fitness classes as well as kids programming. Tennis, squash and pickleball are also featured. A full-service spa is also located onsite and the Boar's Head Outfitters can arrange area wildlife and recreational excursions. The Birdwood Golf Club reopened in 2020 after an extensive remodel by Davis Love III's design firm and it also features a six-hole, par-3 course with holes ranging from 80 to 145 yards and also a large putting course.

Facts

Price Range$$$
Property Class★★★★
Acres600
Year Opened1964
Number of Units100-300

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Bar, Casual
Room TypesRoom, Suite
Short CourseYes
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?Yes
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Boar's Head Resort

Reviews

3.9
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Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Cart Path a Bummer

This is a beautiful course in really nice shape. Challenging greens and respectable layout.
We had a group of 2 foursomes with some elderly good players.
We were not told of the cart path rule until we got to the first Tee. That was not good !

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Davis Love redesign

Enjoyable round despite the intermittent rain. Zoysia fairways were new and friendly. Use caution on no.8....lots of ways to make a double or triple bogey. Excellent finishing holes...16-18. Only negative were three holes with blind drives that required caution to avoid hitting into players.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
4.0
First Time Playing

Play with someone who knows the course

A lot of blind shots. Play with someone who has played the course before. Was not informed of cart only. Would have walked if I had known. Crazy backup on the back 9

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 209
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Virginia Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Jaw-dropping changes, still a fantastic course

I'll be honest, when I heard that they had redesigned this course without including my two favorite holes from before AND raised the greens fees over $100... I came in to this round not really wanting to like it. I mean, for up to $140, how good can it be?

Well, the answer is REALLY good. I was blown away by how different the course looks from before. To go from a design suited for a small city resort to one that could host top-level tournaments, the transformation is significant. The fairways are wider, the contrast of the light green zoysia fairways and the dark green bent grass rough makes the whole course "pop" and the golden fescue just adds an extra layer to the visuals.

In terms of the layout itself, I'm still bummed about the removal of the short par-3 12th with its island green and the downhill par-3 4th with is fun green complex. There's also a couple new holes I'm not a huge fan of but overall the design is fantastic. It's a perfect blend of challenging and fun and the conditions match the design with lush grass everywhere and smooth bunkers.

I found the staff to be very friendly here, especially the starter. There was no pace-of-play issues though the course was pretty wet from the night before so it was cart-path only. My 3-some still finished in about 4 hours.

As for the cost, well, I never thought I'd say this but it's actually a pretty good value. With conditions that now rival nearby Spring Creek and a walking rate of $75 on a Friday morning (on a course much easier to walk now than Spring Creek), I'd say this is the better value. Once they host a major tournament here, they could probably charge $150+ and it still be reasonable.

So despite all my negativity going into my round, I left really impressed with the new Birdwood. I highly recommend you give it a try to decide for yourself.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Save your money

Save your money. The course is overpriced for what it is. It is in decent shape and the practice facilities are nice but not worth 100$ plus to play. Starter did not know what they were doing, not instructing which groups were suppose to play with who. Tee times need to be more staggered for the amount of money they are charging. Waiting on every single shot for the group in front of you while the group behind you stares at you. The course did not open to long ago, but there was absolutely no reason to have cart path only on a hundred degree dry summer day. Greens were bumpy and do not mirror the price you are paying. Save your money and play two rounds somewhere else for the price of one here

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

“Love it”

First time playing the “new Birdwood”, and love the changes! Glad they incorporated some of the old course, especially old #18 into the home stretch of the back nine. The zoysia fairways are a plus and the natural areas add a “links feel” to the layout. Can’t wait to play it again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
1.0
Previously Played

Got Screwed on weather cancallation

We only got to play 1 hole then lightning delay. When course didn't open back up we only got $60 voucher, not a rain check for another round???? Pro was very rude and was only worried about money. Now when we got back it will cost us another $30 minimum with the $60 voucher. So we got no "Hot Deal", we still have to pay full price to play the course!!!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nicest course I've ever played

Beautify fairways, true greens (even after it poured rain mid round) the carts have gps in them! The rough is like tour rough. But the course has 5 tees to chose from to fit your skill level

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful course, great layout

Greens are a bit firm and soles inconsistent due to newness but everything else was goos

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 48
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Hot day, wonderful staff

I called on 7/4 trying to get out as a single. They said come out on but no guarantees. I arrived and checked in, the staff took me out and introduced me to starter and gave me a free token for range will I waited. I realize it was going to be busy and was not getting my hopes up. But I was out in less than 40 minutes. Front nine is way easier than the hilly back 9. I was paired with 2 members who could not have been nicer. I understand Davis Love group is coming in to totally remodel the course in the fall. I will definitely try it if I end up back in Charlottesville .

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Sloooooooow

Very nice course in good condition. Second time I've been able to score a "Hot Deal" with golf now. Both times I did not finish and left early due to the pace of play. Very disappointing! I will not play here again on a weekend, which again is disappointing because I travel from two hours north when I visit my family in Charlottesville. I understand why I was able to get the "Hot Deals".

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Just another public course...

They picked the wrong piece of property on which to build a golf course, or the architect wasn’t very creative. The course is in good shape and the greens were reasonably fast and consistent. But the layout of the course and the massive elevation changes on many holes made it less than enjoyable.

The staff was very helpful and friendly, but my playing partner and I wouldn’t play the course again.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 209
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Virginia Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Now In Peak Season, As Good As Ever

Birdwood Golf Course continues to provide the best public golf experience in Charlottesville with exceptional conditions, a great layout, and superb staff.

The day I played there had been a ton of recent rainfall and the course was (I think) cart-path only. Even still, there were only a few truly soggy spots on a couple fairways but overall the course drains very well; the bunkers were in great shape too.

The winter had left its mark a little bit as it has on any Virginia course that uses Bermuda grass and there were a few spots on the course that were under repair. That along with one oddly neglected tee box on hole #8 were the only blemishes on an otherwise stellar conditioning with smooth, freshly cut fairways, perfectly groomed greens and bunkers, and lush rough.

As I’ve mentioned before, the layout here is very good and demands your focus from start to finish. Golfers who enjoy a challenge and strategy won’t soon get bored playing here.

A big shout-out as well to the staff who made our wet round very accomodated. Extra dry towels, free range balls, they were extremely helpful and friendly and made a big difference to me and my buddy who hadn’t played there in a while.

If you are ever in Charlottesville for a visit, don’t pass up the chance to play here, it’s a great course, just ask any of the locals.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 209
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Virginia Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Cold weather
Walked

A Great Course That’s In Better Shape During Peak Season

*This is an updated review. For more thoughts on this course, see my full review from 9/21/17*

Birdwood continues to be leader in the (Charlottesville area public golf course) clubhouse. A dynamic layout, good course conditions, top-notch facilities, and a generally friendly staff make it worthy of a long drive for me.

Since last playing back in September, I thought I’d update a few things as we near the end of the winter season:

I had mentioned the greens are in great shape year round and rarely show heavy use. The thing is though, being a collegiate golf course, Birdwood gets quite a bit more traffic than similar courses when the grass is dormant. Because of this, and in particular because of the turf on the greens, my last visit this week did show an alarming amount of heavy use.

The bent grass on these putting surfaces is as tough as any I’ve encountered and makes it difficult to properly repair ball marks. Don’t even attempt fixing them with a tee or one of those cheap wire steel divot tools they hand out at some courses. Only a solid steel tool can manipulate the grass back into itself without breaking.

Because of this extra effort and because it’s the offseason (I’m guessing here), repairs happen fair less frequently. On several holes the greens were littered with ball marks and while I’m no greenskeeping expert, I’d be concerned about the playability of the greens once the weather warms and the sand from last fall’s aeration subsides.

As for the rest of the course, the conditions are somewhat better. The dormant fairways are about what you’d expect. There are some holes that have runoff ridges from past heavy rains but those will likely smooth out once the grass grows in again. Bunkers--while not freshly raked--are in good condition.

This course remains a stern challenge year-round, with elevation changes wreaking havoc on your scorecard on the back nine particularly. But overall this remains a very enjoyable course to play. Get in and walk the course for $25 while you still can!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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