Devils Knob Architects: Ellis Maples/Dan Maples (1976),
                        John LaFoy (Renovation, 2003-04).
Year Opened: June, 1976
Location: Wintergreen, Virginia
Slope: 138. Rating: 72.2
Par: 70
Yardage: 6,712
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 411 Yds    10 - Par 5 571 Yds
                      2 - Par 4 392 Yds    11 - Par 4 392 Yds
                      3 - Par 4 520 Yds    12 - Par 4 354 Yds
                      4 - Par 3 160 Yds    13 - Par 4 370 Yds
                      5 - Par 5 487 Yds    14 - Par 4 374 Yds
                      6 - Par 3 194 Yds    15 - Par 3 185 Yds
                      7 - Par 5 585 Yds    16 - Par 4 417 Yds
                      8 - Par 3 200 Yds    17 - Par 3 185 Yds
                      9 - Par 4 485 Yds    18 - Par 4 430 Yds
                      Par 35  3,434 Yds     Par 35  3,278 Yds

Key Events Held: Virginia State Amateur,
                 Virginia State Mid-Amateur,
                 Virginia State Junior Amateur.

Awards Won: Best Golf Resort (Platinum) - Blue Ridge Country Magazine (2013),
            Must-Play Courses by GolfStyles Washington (2009),
            Rated four stars by Golf Digest - Best Places to Play,
            Silver Medal Resort by Golf Magazine (1996).

Stoney Creek Architect: Rees Jones (1988 - Original 18, 1998 - Tuckahoe nine),
                        Wintergreen Staff (Restoration/redesign - Tuckahoe,
Year Opened: May 31, 1988
Location: Wintergreen, Virginia
Slope: Monocan/Shamokin 132, Tuckahoe/Monocan 136, Tuckahoe/Shamokin 137
Rating: Monocan/Shamokin 74.0, Tuckahoe/Monocan 73.8, Tuckahoe/Shamokin 74.2
Par: 72
Yardages: Monocan/Sham (7,015), Tuckahoe/Mon (7,081), Tuck/Shamokin (7,158)
                         MONOCAN           SHAMOKIN        TUCKAHOE
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 5 570 Yds    1 - Par 4 442 Yds    1 - Par 4 473 Yds
                      2 - Par 4 370 Yds    2 - Par 4 396 Yds    2 - Par 4 354 Yds
                      3 - Par 4 446 Yds    3 - Par 3 181 Yds    3 - Par 5 564 Yds
                      4 - Par 4 420 Yds    4 - Par 5 578 Yds    4 - Par 3 226 Yds
                      5 - Par 3 171 Yds    5 - Par 4 355 Yds    5 - Par 4 505 Yds
                      6 - Par 4 373 Yds    6 - Par 4 416 Yds    6 - Par 4 350 Yds
                      7 - Par 4 414 Yds    7 - Par 3 202 Yds    7 - Par 4 391 Yds
                      8 - Par 3 180 Yds    8 - Par 5 516 Yds    8 - Par 3 165 Yds
                      9 - Par 5 525 Yds    9 - Par 4 460 Yds    9 - Par 5 584 Yds
                     Par 36  3,469 Yds    Par 36  3,546 Yds    Par 36  3,612 Yds

Key Events Held: Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship (2003-04),
                 Virginia State Junior Amateur Championship (2006),
                 Virginia Women Team Matches (2008),
                 Virginia Mid-Amateur Championships (2008),
                 Women's Eastern Amateur Championship (2009),
                 VSGA Amateur Championship Qualifier (2011).

Awards Won: Rated four stars by Golf Digest - Best Places to Play.
            Named runner-up for Best New Resort Courses - Golf Digest (1990).
            Awarded Best Golf Courses in the Mid Atlantic - Washington Post.
            Ranked #9 - Best Course Near You by Golf Magazine (2008).

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HISTORY: Back  in the late 1960s,  a group of investors purchased a 10,000-acre
parcel  of land in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. "The Big Survey," as
it was known, was home to spectacular wildlife and rugged, wooded terrain.

One  of Boston's oldest and venerable real-estate firms, Cabot, Cabot & Forbes,
purchased  the  property, and  due to its  efforts along with  those of The Sea
Pines Company, Wintergreen Resort started to become a reality.

Eight  ski  slopes and several  chair lifts were in  operation by 1975, not to
mention  the resort's  first restaurant, The Copper Mine. Just one year later,
however,  Melba Investors Inc. acquired  the property  and the  Wintergreen
Development Inc. was founded.

The  first golf course,  Devils Knob, was designed by Ellis Maples and his son,
Dan in 1976, as they climbed and weaved their way through 1,000 acres of thick
wooded hillsides to craft a layout so summer vacationers could venture to the
resort. Maples and his design team  were  responsible for over  70 golf
courses in the Southeast, including Pinehurst  No. 5.

"We would come out of those woods up there at the end of the day, knowing we
had walked the whole golf course," Dan Maples recalled. "We could almost find
the whole golf course already up there on those old trails."

The younger Maples and his father crafted 17 courses together, but none tougher
to design than Devils Knob, due to the severe elevation changes and the large
rock formations throughout the property.

"It was pretty treacherous," Maples said. "But it worked out beautifully."

Tennis was not far behind, and in 1978 the mountain tennis center was

By  the end of  1980, the Mountain Inn and Conference Center was completed, as
the  resort became a year-round destination. The first Wintergarden Spa opened
its  doors in the fall of 1984, and in '85 former first lady Lady Bird Johnson
dedicated the Wildflower Park in tribute to Wintergreen's preservation of
native plants.

The  first  18 holes  at Stoney  Creek, designed by the "Open Doctor," Rees
Jones, opened  in 1988. Jones, who has redesigned and restored many U.S. Open
and PGA Tour stops, such as Torrey  Pines, Congressional,  Bellerive, Bethpage,
Oakland Hills and Baltusrol, crafted the Monocan and Shamokin nines in and
around Lake Monocan,  featuring wonderful  views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The positive reviews began pouring in quite quickly. In fact, Golf  Digest
named Stoney Creek as one of the two "Best New Resort Courses in the Country."

Ten  years  later,  Jones  completed  work  on  the  Tuckahoe  nine,  and  the
Wintergarden  Spa and Fitness Center re-opened following a complete renovation
and expansion.

All three nines are named with the Native American legacy in mind. Monocan is
the Algonquian word signifying a digging stick, or spade, possibly for those
who worked the fruitful soil. The Shamokin name is linked to a meeting place
for Virginia's Saponi and Tutelo nations, while Tuckahoe is the word of an
abundant freshwater root that was roasted to provide a valuable food source.

Not  one to rest on its laurels, the  Devils Knob course started a two-year
renovation project in 2003, as John LaFoy was brought in to rebuild 44 bunkers,
as well as adding new forward tees. In addition, the installation of a
computer-controlled irrigation system was completed. LaFoy, who worked closely
with golf course architect George Cobb in remodeling of Augusta National, has
designed and renovated over 100 courses in his career.

For  two  years, the  Stoney Creek  Course at  Wintergreen hosted the Canadian
Tour's  Lewis  Chitengwa Memorial  Championship.  Chitengwa,  who hailed  from
Zimbabwe,  attended the University of Virginia, where he had a very successful
college  career. In fact, Chitengwa defeated Tiger Woods by three shots to win
the  1992  Orange Bowl  World Junior  Tournament in  Miami. In 1993, Chitengwa
became  the first  black golfer to win the South African Amateur Championship.
Chitengwa  died  suddenly at  the age  of 26 prior  to the  third round of the
Canadian Tour's Edmonton Open due to meningococcemia, a strain of meningitis.

In 2003, current PGA Tour player Nick Watney posted a five-shot win over three
players  to  record  his first  Tour  win  of  any  kind, just  after  turning
professional  earlier  in the  year. Playing on  a sponsor's exemption, Watney
blitzed the Monocan and Shamokin layout with rounds of 66-67-68-67 in just his
fifth  event after turning  pro. Alan  McLean, one of  a trio of second-place
finishers, shot a course-record 64 in the final round.

Stephen Gangluff recorded a four-shot win in 2004 when he defeated five players
with  a 13-under-par  score. Gangluff trailed by five shots after the first
round, but shot  rounds of 66-68-69  to cruise to the victory, his first on the
Canadian Tour in  his first-ever start  on that  circuit. What  was even  more
special  for Gangluff  was that  he played a practice  round with Chitengwa
just a few days before  his  death. "It  means the  world to me  to be  a
champion here," Gangluff said. "Lewis was such a great man and a great talent."

Just a few years later in 2007-08, the Resort continued to upgrade the golf
courses, as renovation changes were made to the Tuckahoe nine at Stoney Creek.

The  lush  turfgrass called Cavalier Zoysia  was installed in every fairway on
the  Tuckahoe  layout. "Day in and day out, these are the best surfaces to
play on," said Geoff Redgrave, director of golf at Wintergreen, "and
personally, I think our fairways are the best on the East Coast."

Stoney Creek was the first course in the region to  install  the new  grass,
which  replaced the combination of Bentgrass and Fescue. Six holes received new
tee boxes, adding more than 300 yards to the course, including Virginia's first
par four of 500 yards.

In addition, the Tuckahoe nine also was given a junior upgrade,  as a complete
new set of juniors-only  tees were  made on each hole. Finally, all nine greens
were restored to Jones' original specifications.

"Each of the nines present a different flair and a different look to them,"
continued Redgrave. "Monocan is kind of the open nine of the three, as it winds
itself around and is fairly flat with a signature par-3 over water. Shamokan is
what we call the original back nine. It winds you around with six doglegs and
very little in the way of homes with some elevation change to it. It's a nice
little mix of wooded holes, with doglegs and elevation, such as the par-3
seventh, that plays 60 feet down the hill to the green. Finally, the Tuckahoe
nine is a lot of up and down with plenty of topography change and water,
including the par-3 eighth over a pond."

In 2009, Isabelle Lendl captured the WEGA Amateur Championship, as she
defeated Brittany Altomare and Kristina Wong by four shots. Lendl, the
daughter of tennis great Ivan Lendl, opened the 98th Women's Eastern with a
course-record 67.

A second-round 75 had her trailing Wong by two shots heading into the final
round. Wong increased her lead to three after a birdie on 10. However, Lendl
made back-to-back birdies on 12 and 13, while Wong made bogey on 12 and then
dumped her tee shot into the water on 14. Her final round of 70, including a
back nine of 33 was easily enough to defeat the runner-ups. Lendl was the only
player in the field to break par in two of the three rounds.

In 2012, coal tycoon James C. Justice, owner of the historic Greenbrier Resort,
purchased Wintergreen for an estimated $16.5 million, as the resort had filed
for bankruptcy.

"We are excited about this acquisition for two reasons, one being the obvious
tie in with our other properties, The Greenbrier Resort and The Resort at Glade
Springs, the other being what this means for the property owners and members of
Wintergreen along with the general public," Justice said. "We intend to take
this property to the next level and see tremendous opportunities as we work
with the Wintergreen management and staff in developing new membership programs
and vacation packages.  The Wintergreen facilities are spectacular and the
entire Resort has a tremendous impact on the local and regional tourism

Interestingly enough, Wintergreen was one of the last places Justice played
golf with his father before he had passed. So not only was this a wonderful
investment, it has plenty of sentimental value.

Now, just two years later, the resort has been thriving in all facets, as
Justice and his team have taken the resort "to the next level."

As recent as 2013, Wintergreen has been rated the No. 1 resort by Tennis
Magazine for families and one of the Top American Tennis Resorts & Destinations
in the United States by many publications.

In 2015, Wintergreen Resort was purchased by a real estate investment trust,
EPR Properties. Resort General Manager, Hank Thiess believes this recent
acquisition, can continue to push Wintergreen to the top."I've been in this
industry for over 30 years and I've known the leadership of Pacific Group
Resorts for over 20 years.  They have tons of experience in this industry at
some of the most iconic resorts in the West.  My management team and I are
excited for the possibilities this partnership could bring to our members and

REVIEW:  DEVILS KNOB COURSE  - At first blush, the Devils Knob course seems to
be a pushover at 6,712 yards from the back markers. Don't be fooled. This is a
par-70  layout with  more twists  and turns  than The  Big Bad  Wolf at  Busch
Gardens with a slope rating of 138.

The  opening hole  is a  dogleg right  par-4 of  medium length  that sweeps
downhill  from the fairway.  The key is a tee shot that must stay clear of the
sloping  mounds to the  left of the landing area, as all balls are kicked into
the  trees.  The approach to the  green is fairly open, but gaping bunkers
around the putting surface await.

Another  medium-length  par-4, the second  hole bends  to the left, and once
again accuracy is key off the tee, as two long traps guard both sides of the
landing area. Just a short-iron should remain to a back-to-front sloping green
with  three large  bunkers, two right and one left protecting the short grass.
At 28-paces deep, the green is one of seven on the opening nine measuring less
than 30 yards in length.

The  third is one  of the most difficult holes on the course. From an elevated
tee,  the hole  swings hard from left  to right with thick trees running down
both  sides of the fairway. This is the longest par-4 at Devils Knob and it
requires accuracy, not length. A well-placed tee ball will leave just a short-
iron  to a slightly elevated green. The putting surface is small and runs from
back to front.

The  first par-3 --  No. 4 -- is a short, slightly uphill beauty, just 160
yards  in length  and surrounded by tall, majestic trees. Take enough club and
you  should have little trouble, as long as you play from the right level. The
two-tiered green can be tricky, especially if you're above the hole.

You'll  be tempted to go for the green in two on the par-5 fifth hole. Just
487  yards from back markers, the hole plays slightly uphill from tee to green,
and  once  again accuracy is  key off  the tee. Trees  line both sides of the
bunkerless  fairway. Some  sort of hybrid or fairway metal will be required to
reach  the promised  land, which is fronted by deep bunkers. The kidney-shaped
green  runs hard  to the front and  just 26 yards deep. A short-left play with
your  approach will leave  just a little pitch to the green, thus setting up a
real solid birdie attempt.

The  longest  par-3 on the  course, the sixth is  194 yards long and plays
every  bit  of the yardage.  The green features  three defined sections and is
quite  long. Sand  left and right must be  avoided at all costs if you wish to
make par. Any tee shot long will roll off the back and any approach short will
slip back off the green.

Not many, if any, can reach the par-5 seventh in two. At 585 yards, it's by
far the longest hole at Devils Knob. You'll need a massive blast just to clear
the  pond and creep around the corner of the dogleg left. It's straight uphill
to the landing area for your second, as the fairway pinches in at the 150-yard
marker.  Sand guards  the right landing area  and a creek runs down the entire
left  side of the  hole. Your third to the putting surface, over a creek, will
need  to  dissect a  pair  of  greenside bunkers.  The  green  itself is  less
complicated, but birdies are handed out easily.

One of the several signature holes at Devils Knob, the eighth is a magnificent
par-3. Not long,  but very diabolical with a fronting lake, sand deep and
left  and a slick, undulating putting surface. Put all this together and add a
little breeze and you're faced with one heck of a hole. Good luck!

The  closing hole on the outward nine is rated as the second-most difficult on
the course. Now 485 yards in length, the ninth is a dogleg-right, uphill par-4.
Not only  must your tee shot find  the fairway, but it must be long, as your
second plays one or two clubs longer. Toss in a two-tiered, 30-yard-long
putting  surface  and you'll be  hard-pressed to make  par. A back-left pin is
next-to-impossible to make birdie, let alone get close to. Play for par and be

The  back  nine begins  with the  last par-5 on  the course, stretching 571
yards  from  the Highlands  Tees. Playing  downhill from  the tee, this three-
shotter  bends toward  the right and features an ample landing area. Where it
gets  tricky is the second shot, as a creek, 100 yards from the green, crosses
the  fairway. This  could play havoc with  your layup, but make sure you leave
yourself  a full shot  to the green because the putting surface is the tightest
on the  course at just 20 paces deep. The green is bunkered in front and rear
and requires an extra club, as it sits well above the fairway.

No.  11  is a another sharp,  dogleg-right par-4 that plays uphill from the
fairway.  At 392 yards, this hole is not to be taken lightly. Accuracy off the
tee  will  certainly help  your cause, as  will hugging the  right side of the
fairway.  A mid-iron  will remain  to  an elevated  green that's  28 yards  in
length.  Although  the 11th  is the  only hole  on the  course without sand, a
winding creek runs down the entire right side through the green.

At  354 yards,  the  12th is  the  shortest par-4  on  the course.  Playing
straightaway, this hole plays slightly uphill from tee to green. Fairway-metal
or  hybrid should  be the  club of  choice, as  trees line  both sides  of the
landing  area. The putting surface is quite large with sand on both sides. It's
one of the easier targets on the course.

The  13th  is an uphill, dogleg-left  par-4 just under 380 yards in length.
Once  again, the tee  shot is key, as the fairway tightens in the landing area
and  rock formations on the left repel balls to the right. The putting surface
is  well-trapped on the left and right, making your approach shot all the more

At  the highest  point on the golf  course, the 14th features a panoramic view
from behind the tee of the Blue Ridge Mountains. You'd be remiss if you didn't
take  the  time to wander  back and  gaze at this  natural beauty. OK, back to
work.  This dogleg-left  par-4 requires  another accurate  tee ball.  Thick
trees  guard  the left  and rock  outcroppings cover the  right at the landing
area.  Just a short-iron should remain to a very tiny putting surface, only 22
paces  deep.  The slope of  the green is minimal,  but its narrowness makes it
difficult to hit.

The final four holes are tight and tough and will be difficult to negotiate at
par,  starting with the  15th, a solid par-3 of 185 yards. Carved into the
forest, the green is quite wide and very shallow, requiring pinpoint accuracy.
The  putting  surface falls  off sharply  left and deep,  so any shot slightly
offline will result in bogey or worse.

One of the prettiest holes, not to mention diabolical, the 16th is a sweeping,
downhill par-4 which plays over 410 yards. From an elevated tee, you need to
shape  the ball from  right to left to fit the fairway. This will leave just a
short  iron to  a  very small  green  guarded  in the  front-left  by sand.  A
suggestion  would be to leave the driver in the bag and use your fairway-metal
off the tee. Birdies can be made from the fairway, bogeys from the trees.

The  fifth and final  par-3 on the course, the 17th is as good as it gets.
Your  thought  process must comprehend  three items  when standing on the tee.
It's  185  yards downhill --  one of  the longest greens  on the course -- and
usually  played  into a stiff breeze.  Now, if you  have a club for that shot,
then you're better than most. Let's toss in three deep bunkers surrounding the
green  and  a creek to cross  short of the  surface. You get the picture. Good

The final hole is a wicked, dogleg-right par-4, which plays longer than the
yardage  indicates. Although  the fairway is manageable, the 20-yard bunker on
the  corner  of the landing area  must be avoided  to have any shot at getting
home  in  two. Even with  a successful tee shot,  you're faced with an uphill,
medium-to-long-iron to another monster green, 34 paces long. What a finish!

STONEY  CREEK COURSE  - The  opening hole  on the  Tuckahoe nine  is a  great,
downhill par-4 stretching 473 yards from the tips. The key is the tee shot,
as it must avoid the lake down the right side. The fairway is wide enough, but
make  sure  you play down  the left,  as all balls  slope toward the water. A
medium-to-short-iron  approach will  be required to reach the putting surface,
which  is  guarded left and right  by sand and  long by mounding. The green is
very undulating with a ridge toward the center and back.

In contrast, the second is an uphill, dogleg-right par-4 of just 354 yards.
The roller-coaster fairway is littered with traps on the right and the putting
surface,  which cants  hard from  back to  front, features  additional bunkers,
front and right. The green is quite long at 34 paces and is extremely slick.

The  dogleg-left  third is a great  risk-reward par-5. Now stretched to 564
yards  from the tips and playing downhill, the key is a tee ball that needs to
be  shaped from right to left. A big drive down the left, avoiding the 50-yard
bunker,  will leave  just a  medium-to-long-iron  to a  very receptive  green.
Stoney  Creek runs  in front of the  green, some 30 yards short of the putting
surface, so your layup could be tricky. The green is fairly small but open on
the  right. A  back-left pin will bring  the deep, greenside trap into play.
It's a definite birdie hole.

The  first  par-3 on the  Tuckahoe nine, the  fourth is a beauty. Recently
increased to a massive 226 yards, this one-shotter requires pinpoint accuracy,
as  the putting  surface is  quite  narrow and  long.  Sand on  the right  and
wetlands  and  slope left  certainly put  extra pressure on  the tee shot. The
raised  putting surface falls off to the left and rear, making for a difficult
up-and-down. A three here will go a long way on the scorecard.

One  of the most difficult holes on the course, the fifth is a rugged, dogleg-
right  par-4 - in fact,  the only par-4  in Virginia  over 500 yards (505).
Trees, mounding  and marsh  flank the  entire  right side,  while a  trio of
fairway bunkers  guard the  left. The narrow landing  area is hard to hit, but
it must be dissected  or a  big number is in  store. A medium-iron will remain
to another large, undulating putting surface. The bunkers on either side of the
green are deep and sit well below the putting surface.

With the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance, the sixth is one of the easiest
holes  on  the course.  Only 350  yards in  length, the  player is presented a
couple  of  options. First, the smart  play. Take out a fairway-metal or long-
iron  and  leave yourself wedge  to one of the  smallest greens on the course.
Choice  two,  and certainly  a questionable  one, is going  for the green. The
problem  with choice two  is that trees down the right side come very close to
the fairway and sand and thick rough play havoc down the left. To make matters
worse,  sand and mounding strategically placed can gobble up even the best tee
balls.  The putting  surface is just 28  paces in length and with a pot bunker
deep, choose number one.

Bending  from left to right, the seventh is a solid par-4, playing slightly
downhill. Six bunkers down both sides of the landing area tighten the fairway,
so a three-metal off the tee might be the call. A medium-to-short-iron remains
to another small green. An enormous bunker on the left and water right provide
for plenty of excitement on your approach.

One  of  the many signature holes  on the course,  the eighth is a pretty par-3
over  water. Wind and  pin position will  dictate club selection to the
longest  green  on the course.  Framed by mounding in  the rear, this gem also
features  a bunker left  and one deep pot bunker right. From the back tee, the
eighth can be one scary hole.

Bunker- and mound-laden, the ninth is the longest at Stoney Creek, a whopping
584  yards. Doglegging  to the right, the fairway is sandwiched between mounds
and  bunkers from tee to green. Almost a dozen traps line the fairway down the
right  side, not to  mention a babbling brook, so play toward the left at all
costs. A successful tee ball can leave a possible play for the green, but only
the  longest  of players  can get  home in  two. The  sensible play is leaving
yourself a little wedge to a tiny, 28-paced putting surface that slopes gently
from  back  to front. What a  great chance for  a birdie, so take advantage of
this one.

The  Monocan nine  opens with a dogleg-left par-5 stretching 570 yards from
the  tips. Avoiding the fairway bunkers on either side of the landing area off
the  tee is  a must to have any  shot at getting home in two. Your second shot
plays  downhill toward  a green that's surrounded by numerous bunkers, not to
mention  the creek  that fronts the putting  surface. A spine in the center of
the green can thwart your shot at birdie, but par is not a bad score.

No.  2 is  another dogleg  to the  left,  this time  just 370  yards, so  club
selection  off  the tee is  a necessity. No fairway  bunkers, but a creek runs
down  the  left side  and severe  mounding down the  right. The raised putting
surface will require an extra stick to get home, so choose wisely, as the deep
bunker fronting the short grass is diabolical.

The  dogleg-right third  is one of the most-difficult on the course, requiring
length  and accuracy off  the tee. A handful of bunkers guard the left landing
area,  while trees flank the right, hence the precision. At 446 yards from the
back  markers,  you'll need  a big blast  to reach the  corner of the fairway,
completing the equation. The putting surface is long with sand left and right.
The center ridge can be tricky, especially with a pin near the hump.

Although  fairly straightaway,  the  fourth is  rated as  the  hardest on  the
Monocan  nine. Playing  downhill from the tee, an accurate tee ball must split
the trees and sand left and the pines and mounds right. Even with a successful
shot,  you're still left with a daunting approach to a well-guarded green. The
putting  surface is not only 32 paces long but features sand left, bunkers in
the  right-rear and a lake on the right. Not your run-of-the-mill hole. A four
here will go along way on the scorecard.

If  you  thought the last  hole was worthy of  signature status, well then, the
fifth  should be  right up your alley.  It's a gorgeous par-3 of 171 yards
that is all carry over the lake. Paw print bunkers and mounding guard the rear
of  the putting green, but it's the elements -- or more specifically, the wind
-- that affects this beauty. Don't be fooled into shooting for the pin when it
sits  on  the left, especially because  the green is  only 22 yards in length.
I wish I could say I made par here.

A  breather  of sorts, the  sixth plays toward the  Blue Ridge Mountains as a
backdrop.  A band of trees right and a tall timber left with a bunker make for
a  difficult  tee shot.  Once in  the clear, the  hole can  be attacked with a
short-iron.  Be wary of mounding left and rear and bunkers right, as this will
make for a difficult up and down.

The  key on the  seventh, a straightaway par-4, is a long tee shot. Bunkers
right  around the 200-yard  mark through 250 yards must be cleared to set up a
simple  short-iron to a relatively accessible green. The putting surface is 32
yards long with sand on both sides. Rolling from back to front, this green can
be quite slick if above the hole.

Playing  slightly uphill,  the  par-3  eighth stretches  to  180 yards.  A
babbling  brook runs the  entire left side of the hole, while two pot bunkers,
one  on  each side, guard the  putting surface. The  green is just 26 yards in
depth  and is fairly benign in slope. Surrounded by trees and lush vegetation,
this par-3 is one of the prettiest holes on the course.

The  closing ninth of  the Monocan layout is very intimidating off the tee, as
chutes of trees guard both sides of the fairway until you reach the dogleg. As
the  hole  bends to the right,  a successful tee  shot can lead you to believe
that  you  can get home in  two. The hole  is relatively flat, but mounding on
both  sides  of the fairway  is not  to be taken  lightly. You'll need a solid
three-metal to get home, but the green is well flanked by several bunkers. The
putting  surface  is one of  the quirkiest on the  course with many slopes and
undulations.  You'd be better  off laying up and then going for the pin with a
wedge to make your birdie.

The second-longest of the three  nines, the Shamokin begins with a strong,
dogleg-right par-4. Trees guard both sides of the fairway, but it's the
bunkers on the  corner of the dogleg that present the most trouble. Avoid them
and you'll have a medium iron left to a very undulating green.

No.  2 stands  at just 396 yards,  but the tightness of the landing area makes
this  one of the  most-difficult driving holes on the course. Bunkers left and
mounding  right squeeze the fairway to just 20 paces, so three-metal or rescue
club  could be the play off the tee. The green is very wide but only 26 yards
deep,  so club selection  is key on your approach. Bunkers short and deep make
this relatively short hole quite deceptive.

With  a creek winding  down the left and near the front of the green, the par-3
third  is a  gem of  a one-shotter.  Another minuscule putting surface, you'll
need to  make your  best effort  on this  beauty to  get it  close for birdie.

One  of the longest  holes at Stoney Creek, the fourth is a massive, 578-yard,
dogleg-left  par-5.  From the tips,  you'll need a  blast of over 250 yards
just  to reach  the corner  of the  fairway. Lay up  is the  best bet  for your
second,  as a tight landing area awaits with sand and trees right and mounding
and  timber  left. The green is  fairly long with  plenty of sand to make your
approach  a  little tougher.  Par on  the No. 1  handicap hole  is never a bad

The  fifth is  one of  the  shorter par-4s,  just 355  yards long.  Bending
slightly  to the  left, this hole must  be played with a three-metal or rescue
off  the tee,  as the fairway ends  around the 100-yard mark. A successful tee
ball  will leave  just a wedge to  a very small and undulating green. Although
there are no fairway bunkers, the putting surface is guarded like the Fortress
of  Solitude,  with four  pot bunkers  and two  large traps.  Play smart and a
birdie can be in the cards.

In  contrast, the  sixth rewards  aggressive play.  The fairway  is large  and
inviting  without any  sand to speak of.  However, the longer the play off the
tee,  the more  accurate you must be,  as the landing area tightens as you get
closer  to  the green. Your  approach shot must cross  a creek that fronts the
very  shallow putting  surface that sits off to the right. Stretching 34 paces
from  left to right,  the green features a ridge in the center that makes two-
putting quite difficult.

The longest par-3 at Stoney Creek, the seventh is 202 yards from the tips.
Playing  downhill  to the green, this  hole is framed by the trees surrounding
the  green,  not to  mention the  greenside traps  on either  side and the pot
bunker  deep.  The mountains in the  distance are truly spectacular. The spine
that  runs through the  center of the green from back to front is no picnic,
however, especially because  the putting  surface is  just 26  paces in
length. Focus, focus, focus, if you can.

Doglegging  left, the  par-5 eighth  can be  had, but  with a  price. First
you'll  have to  bomb your  drive down  the left  side, avoiding  the trio  of
bunkers  guarding  the corner and  miss the two traps  that await on the other
side.  This can leave  a shot of just over 200 yards for your second. The risk
here is the hole narrows as you get close to the promised land. Trees left and
right and the two handfuls of bunkers on both sides might deter you from going
for  it, but, what  the heck, you only live once. And who knows, you might make

The Shamokin closer is a monster of a par-4, reaching 460 yards and bending
hard to the left. From the tips, you'll be hard-pressed to reach the corner of
the  dogleg. Trees  on  both sides  and Jones'  signature  mounding frame  the
fairway  from  the tee. A  long-iron or rescue might  be required to reach the
putting  surface from the  tight landing area. The green is one of the largest
on  the  course, with  sand left and  right and curves  to make Angelina Jolie
jealous. What a great finisher!

FINAL WORD: Mostly thought of as a winter wonderland featuring miles and miles
of  ski  trails, Wintergreen Resort  also must be  considered one of the truly
awesome golf destinations on the East Coast.

Located within a few hours of Washington, D.C., in the breathtaking Blue Ridge
Mountains, Wintergreen Resort features two contrasting styles of golf.

The Devils Knob layout is a tight, tree-lined shotmaker's paradise overlooking
the  Shenandoah  and Rockfish valleys. Keep  your driver in the bag, except on
the  par-5s,  and perfect your fairway-woods  and irons off the tee to keep
the  ball  in play. Otherwise,  you're in  for a long  day. At an elevation of
3,850 feet, Devils Knob is the highest golf course in Virginia.

Both courses are wonderful layouts,  but require different strategies. At
just over 6,700 yards, Devils Knob is quite deceiving, with fairways rising and
falling and providing amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Several holes
possess  natural stone outcroppings, like the breathtaking 14th, 15th and 16th

The conditions are wonderful, especially the putting surfaces, which are as
good as any ultra-exclusive club. Even more appealing is the cool temperatures
at the top of the mountain, as it serves as a great respite from the summer
heat. With five sets of tees, ranging from 4,000 yards, Devils Knob, despite
its tree-lined fairways, is for all levels of play.

"Devils Knob is unique in itself, because we are mountain golf and tree
lined," said Philip Licata, head golf professional at Devils Knob. "The
environment allows us to grow grass very easily, since it's cooler up here
on the mountain and it's drier with lower humidity, so our conditions are

Stoney  Creek,  with its 27  holes, is situated  in the Rockfish Valley, where
temperatures  are often 10-15 degrees warmer than Devils Knob. Winding through
dense  trees and snaking  in and around the waters of Stoney Creek, the course
is  more forgiving  than its  elder companion.  Wide fairways  framed by  Rees
Jones'  trademark mounding,  undulating greens and plenty of sand provide some
of  the finest golf in the region. "I think what Stoney Creek is to me is one
of the great settings in mountain golf," Jones said.

What  makes  both courses so enjoyable  is the fact that they feature numerous
tee  boxes, making  the venues  playable  for all  skill levels.  The best  of
players will be immensely challenged, as evidenced by the Canadian Tour making
several  appearances at  the Resort, while the not-so-accomplished golfer will
enjoy all aspects of the layouts.

To top it off, Stoney Creek is a great value, with green fees as low as $39,
which includes cart, practice balls and facilities. Hard to beat that in this
day and age.

The  Resort is also home to the year-round Wintergreen Golf Academy, under the
supervision and leadership of Redgrave. A former college baseball player,
Redgrave played several years on the mini tours before bringing his golf
experience to Wintergreen in 2006.

Picture the perfect golf swing. "Now put yourself in that picture," says

It's not rocket science at the Academy. The V-1 Pro golf teaching technology is
a scientific system that combines biomechanics with golf expertise to obtain
maximum results. They are trying to work with your swing, not overhaul it, as
many factors, such as age, body type, gender and size mix into the equation.

The Resort  is more than just golf in the summer and winter. The Wintergreen
Spa  underwent  a $4 million  expansion in 2006  and now features over 12,000-
square feet of therapeutic wonderment. Set at the highest point of the resort,
the  spa offers everything from a sports massage to body rubs and wraps. Not a
bad way to start or finish your day. Let's not forget the indoor and outdoor
pools, therapeutic soak pool, private steam room and sauna and a complete
fitness center.

Not  just  for the  grownups,  Wintergreen  has amazing  children's  programs
throughout  the  year. From Discovery Ridge, arts and crafts, nature
excursions, The Zip, Summer Tubing down the Plunge, swimming, skiing, horseback
riding, scavenger hunts, archery and much, much more, these activities are all
part of the "Treehouse Programs." Whether it is summer,  winter, spring  or
fall, Wintergreen is the perfect fit for all ages. Heck, you can even ride a
mechanical bull!

In addition, Wintergreen is rated as one of the top-25 tennis resorts in the
world, with 22 courts, 19 of which are clay and featuring the beauty of Central
Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, with stunning views and refreshing mountain
breezes. Three courts are played indoor on Deco-Turf, enabling guests to play
year round.

Beautiful  accommodations  await. Whether it  be a well-appointed studio or a
mountain-view villa or even a luxurious condo, your stay at Wintergreen Resort
will  be  a memorable  one. Then,  of course,  there is  your palate. From the
upscale  Copper Mine  Restaurant to  Devils Grill  or the  family-oriented The
Edge, your taste buds will savor every morsel.

The bottom line: Wintergreen Resort is not just a winter destination anymore.
With  its 45  holes of sensational golf, wonderful spa, outstanding dining and
spacious  living arrangements,  Wintergreen is  a year-round  resort. Can  you
imagine  skiing  in the morning  and playing golf  in the afternoon? Dreams do
come true at Wintergreen.