PREPARE TO BE BLOWN AWAY BY THE SUPERB LAYOUT, VARIETY, AND BEAUTY OF STONEHOUSE GOLF CLUB
By Brian Weis
Stonehouse Golf Club in Toano, Virginia, was originally designed by one of the most innovative golf course architects in the business, Mike Strantz, a former protege of Tom Fazio. Strantz' goal was to compliment nature so closely as to make the layout indistinguishable from Nature itself. This 18 hole, 7013 yard course is laid over wild, tumbling hills near the York River in the Tidewater Region. The natural beauty of virgin hardwoods thriving with wild turkey, deer, mountain laurel, and hollies provide thebackdrop for spectacular golf in Virginia. With deep bunkers and wide fairways, the par 72 layout features dramatic elevation changes. Enormous greens perched on the edges of natural cliff formations offer constant challenges for any level player.
When the course opened in 1996, Stonehouse was named "Best New Upscale Public Course in the Nation" by Golf Digest and "Top 10 New Courses You Can Play" by Golf Magazine. In 2000, Stonehouse Golf Course was distinguished as one of the "Top 100 Public Access Courses" by Golf Magazine. In 2005, Golfweek Magazine awarded Stonehouse Golf Club the distinction of being "The Best Public Access Golf Course in Virginia".
In December 2018, Stonehouse 2.0 LLC was formed and bought the property. At that point, Stonehouse Golf Club was just a shell of its former self and had lost all of its earlier prestige. The greens, tee boxes, and fairways were all completely neglected and overgrown with weeds. Over the last three years, intentional care and purposeful improvements have enhanced Mike Strantz' original design. Surpassing its former glory, this gorgeous course is a must play.
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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