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THE OMNI HOMESTEAD

ALL IN THE FAMILY

Since opening more than 250 years ago, 23 U.S. Presidents have visited The Homestead Resort.

Hot Springs, Virginia: During J.C. Snead’s distinguished golf career, he played in 1,000 Tour events, notching 12 combined wins on the PGA and Champions Tour.

“I played just about every sport, except golf, in school,” recalled Snead. “I was fortunate to be born with athleticism and I enjoyed any outdoor activity that involved a ball.”

J.C.’s father worked at The Homestead for 57 years. “My earliest connection to golf started at age 11, becoming a caddie and was paid the princely sum of $1 for a loop. In my 20s, I transitioned from baseball to play golf in earnest,” continued Snead. “Although I had 44 home runs playing for the MLB Washington Senators, I found it thrilling how much farther I could hit a golf ball versus a baseball.

“I’ve had the opportunity to play many of the world’s best courses and, to this day, the Cascades Course at Omni Homestead Resort has the best set of par-3s in golf. If you are looking for a well-rounded resort, offering something for everyone in your family, The Homestead is a likely fit.”

Welcome To Our Home

Since opening as “America’s First Resort” in 1766 (a decade before the signing of the Declaration of Independence), The Homestead has been an outdoor haven of activities with 36 holes of golf, horse rides, and miles of hiking trails.

“We are surrounded by the Allegheny Mountains and generations of families have worked here,” said Barry Ryder, director of golf operations. “J.C. is the third generation of Sneads to have a connection to The Homestead and I am the fifth generation of my family to work on the grounds. As a youngster, I started picking up range balls by hand. I have been the head golf professional at each of our courses, and now oversee all golf operations. As I celebrate my 35th year at The Homestead, I guess you could say I live and breathe the resort.

“We offer two of the finest mountain courses on the East Coast. The appropriately named Old Course was completed in 1892 and is distinguished as home of the nation’s oldest first tee in continuous use. It’s short by today’s standards, but small greens are its defense,” detailed Ryder. “The Cascades, where accuracy is a requirement, has the honor of being ranked among ‘America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses’ by Golf Digest and the ‘No. 1 Course You Can Play in Virginia’ by Golfweek.”

For information on membership or seasonal golf packages, please visit TheOmniHomestead.com.

 

 

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