Lexington Golf & Country Club, the second oldest club in the Commonwealth of Virginia, was chartered on March 31, 1902. That same year the original golf course was constructed by the club’s charter members. The original 9-hole course was sold in 1935 and is now the Fairwinds subdivision. In 1930, the club purchased the 96-acre Tri-Brook Farm on which they constructed the 9-hole golf course. In 1966, sixty more acres were acquired and the old course was plowed in order to construct the 18-hole course known as the Jewel of the Valley.
Designed by Ellis Maples and Ed Seay, Lexington’s golf course is a great fit for all skill levels. Features of the course include:
- Yardages ranging from 4,845 to 6,500
- Overseeded fairways
- Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain vistas
- Wonderful collection of Par 3s
Lexington is home to the Washington & Lee University golf teams, and has hosted the VSGA Women’s Stroke Play Championships and MAPGA Junior Golf Tour as well as fundraising events for The Rockbridge Area Hospice, Military Officers Association of America, YMCA and Virginia Military Institute Keydet Club.
Lexington’s course presents challenges at every turn. The two 9-hole loops are situated on 200 acres of undulating Shenandoah valley hills and dales. The layout blends naturally into the Blue Ridge Mountain landscape and the many trees afford comforting shade during the hot summer months.
When you tee off, give your positioning extra consideration, since many fairways are narrow. When pondering the greens game, take note that most of Lexington’s greens are pitched back to front. This wonderful layout also has some exceptionally interesting holes. Holes 4 and 17, each a par 3, play over ponds. The 10th hole necessitates your best drive. The 11th is a quality par 5, calling for a tee shot that bends right to left. Finally, there is no rest on 18; its green is the most challenging on the course.