It’s a challenge to get to the Homestead if you don’t live within driving distance of it. We flew to Roanoke and then drove an hour-and-a-half to get there. But it was well worth the time and effort, and I would recommend it to anyone, especially families. There’s plenty to do other than golf. The rooms were wonderful, the food delicious and abundant and if that was not enough, 18 United States Presidents – from George Washington to Bill Clinton – have stayed at the Homestead.
It’s amazing that Cascades stays on the Top 100 at only 6,679 yards with a rating of 73 and slope of 137. The first few holes are very plain. On the third tee we looked at each other and wondered how the course rated Top 100 status. We never asked ourselves that again, because the course just kept getting better and better. Tee-shot accuracy is essential. In addition to the overall elevation changes, there are many fairways with severe left and right elevation changes as well; a drive landing in the wrong spot could easily cause your ball to roll all the way across the fairway into the rough on the other side. You could spend a lot of time looking for a golf ball that you were sure was right under your feet. Cascades has five wonderful par 3s (including the closing hole, which is unusual) and only three pas 5s, but the par 5s are fantastic – especially 16 and 17, which have a creek running through them and spectacular mountain ridges on either side. The greens were in great condition for so early in the season. Larry Berle
Date: December 09, 2014