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Olde Farm Golf Club in Bristol
Located atop rolling hillsides high in the Appalachians, the Olde Farm Golf Club in Bristol, Virginia opened for play in spring 2000. The property, once a working farm, features dramatic vistas and every hole can be seen from the clubhouse. Sinking Creek winds through the site and enters play on seven holes either as a lateral hazard or across fairways.
Designed by Bobby Weed, the course enjoys an agrarian ambiance thanks to the retention of old barns from the previous farm operation. This is especially true of the Olde Farmís signature hole, the 6th, a 206-yard par-3. From the tee, golfers play over hay bales, and a refurbished barn closely borders the green on the right. Another interesting test is the 10th, a 439-yard par-4 guarded along the right by another barn.
The Olde Farm was planted with fruit trees and berry bushes, which augment existing hedgerows. Blossoms add to the beauty of the course and, throughout the summer, golfers can pick ripening berries. Pasture fencing from the old farm were also retained and incorporated into the layout. The Olde Farm measures 6,885 yards from the tips and plays to a par 71.