The Blacksburg area is known for many things, and one of its most emerging attractions has been golfing. Gaining a national reputation that’s bringing in golfers from around the country, the courses of Blacksburg offer great green thrills.
With open tee times not being an issue year-round, the area’s courses all have a great mix of aesthetics, challenges and outstanding service. With great amenities at each and some designs that take advantage of the area’s hilly terrain, each of these courses has its own distinctive charm.
Here’s a look at several courses that have become must-visits for the avid golfer in the area. Be sure to check each one’s website for details that are kept up to date on course hours and amenities, including listings for clubhouses, golf shops and lots more.
Blacksburg Country Club
Just on the city’s outskirts in nearby Ellet Valley, at 1064 Clubhouse Road, Blacksburg CC has some amazing views as part of its 18-hole course. It’s definitely one of the more challenging courses in the area, but staff and other players are friendly and can let you know some specific techniques to reach par (or even below!).
Built in 1972 by architect Ferdinand Garbin, Blacksburg CC is a par-72 course that stretches 6,750 yards. The greens are bent grass, while the fairways are rye grass. The court itself was renovated in recent years.
To get more details on Blacksburg Country Club, go to its website.
Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech
Named for its designer, and a legend of the golfing world, this course is in nearby Radford, VA. Probably the wildest aspect of this course is the clubhouse — as it’s atop a rock cliff that’s dozens of feet above the New River. That means you get amazing views before stepping on the course.
Though it’s not on campus, the VT connection is from the foundation’s purchase of the land in 2002. It was eventually opened in 2010. It’s a par 72 course with 18 holes and is 7,665 yards total.
There’s plenty more on the Pete Dye course on its dedicated website.
Blacksburg Municipal Golf Course
Located in town at 1065 Clubhouse Road, the city’s muni course has a stronger reputation than many of its type in comparable cities. Called “The Hill” by staff and locals alike, the course is affordable as well as challenging in its own way.
One of the more fun aspects of this course is its Monday Night Madness events, which take place now through Aug. 28. The evening features a 9-hole shotgun tournament that costs just $20 a player. Teams are formed on the night, so it’s a great chance to meet fellow golfers.
Find out more about all the aspects of The Hill by going to its website.
Auburn Hills Golf Club
This par-72 course is at 1581 Turnberry Lane in Riner, VA, which is about 15 minutes away from Blacksburg. And when they place “Hills” in the name of the course, they aren’t kidding! Some of the elevation changes between holes are at more than 100 feet, earning it a rep for a challenge regarding accuracy for par.
The course, located in the famed Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, was built in 1999 and features bent grass in both fairways and greens. Algie Pulley was the architect who put it together, winding it through the full course for 6,534 yards.
The website for Auburn Hills gives many more details.
So, as you can see, there are some excellent choices to tee up for golf in Blacksburg and the surrounding areas. It’s truly a golfer’s dream here, so feel free to explore these courses for ideal golfing conditions in a place with some genuinely stunning scenic beauty.