Great Vacations in the Blue Ridge Mountains

by Dana Buttenhoff /
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Oct 28, 2008 / 2 comments

Great vacations in the Blue Ridge Mountains begin with the perfect destination. I have discovered just the place and no matter what your recreational activity of choice is you are sure to find it at Primland Resort.

The Primland Resort is situated in the southern part of Virginia in Patrick County not far from the border of North Carolina. The resort offers golf, horseback riding, fly fishing, hunting, sporting clays, ATV riding, mountain biking as well as simply enjoying the natural beauty the area has to offer. To put it simply, Primland Resort has everything to make your get-away a great vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

I visited the Primland Resort for the golf at the critically acclaimed Donald Steel designed Highland Course at Primland. I was not disappointed. When I stepped onto the first tee it was like I had the entire golf course to myself and my group virtually did. Let me explain, this took some time for my brain to process this information. The Highland Course is like no other experience I have had at a public golf course. When I asked why there were so few golf carts, I was told there was only a need for 26 golf carts because the maximum capacity at The Highland Course is 52 players per day. To put this into perspective, the typical public golf course would push through 52 players during their first two hours of the day. This truly is a private club feel at a public golf course. What more could a golf enthusiast ask for to make a great vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains?

If you are not familiar with Donald Steel, he is one of the most accomplished and gifted golf course architects in the world. Donald is the only golf course architect allowed to tinker with the century-old Jubilee Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. Donald has either designed or redesigned six courses that have hosted PGA European Tour or Ladies Professional European Tour events. Having been given the opportunity to play a Donald Steel course in the USA I simply could not resist the invitation. A bonus to my trip was the opportunity to meet and visit with Donald, one of the truly great gentlemen of the game of golf. The golf community is fortunate to have such a great man to be an ambassador and guardian of the game around the world.

The aptly named Highlands Course is located at the top of the property at an elevation of approximately 2,900 feet above sea level. The natural beauty that is around every turn is not only landscape but also wildlife as the 12,000-acre resort is home to deer, waterfowl, wild turkey, muskrats, foxes, raccoon, bobcats, minks and possum.

The challenges that Donald Steel built into the greens and the deep faced greenside bunkers which protect most of the greens makes the Highland Course memorable and a “must play” for every serious golfer.

Primland offers a variety of lodging choices that enable you to plan a great vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

For additional information and pricing visit Primland Resort at their website. All photos are property of and copyright by Primland Resort.

For additional information about luxury house rentals at Primland Resort

Dana Buttenhoff is the Golf Editor for Wandering Educators

Comments (2)

  • Dr. Jessie Voigts

    15 years 7 months ago

    Dana - that is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing. I think we'll be heading there sometime, based on your recommendation!


    Jessie Voigts


  • Ed Forteau

    15 years 7 months ago

    What a fantastic trip.  I am so glad you decided to go.  Now that you are apart of the "media" can I assume you will be visiting many more golf courses, around the world, in the future?  I hope you continue to share them with us.  Thanks!

    Ed Forteau


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