Birdwood Ranked Among Top Collegiate Golf Courses by Golfweek
Charlottesville, VA – The University of Virginia’s Birdwood Golf Course has once again been ranked one of the nation’s top collegiate facilities by Golfweek. The home course for the Cavalier men’s and women’s programs is ranked No. 30 by the national golf publication in its 2010 Golfweek’s Best Campus Courses poll.
Set on 500 acres, Birdwood is a golf course rich in history. Its verdant hills were part of a 1739 “upland wilderness” land patent, one of the earliest in the colony. The University of Virginia acquired the property in 1974, enlisting architect Lindsay Ervin in 1984 to transform Birdwood into the award-winning golf course it is today.
With an emphasis on environmental stewardship, Birdwood Golf Course is a certified member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, created and administered by Audubon International. Under the program Birdwood is focused on best management practices in environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, chemical-use reduction and safety, water conservation and outreach and education.
Birdwood also features the Lew Oehmig Short Game Practice Facility for the UVa men’s and women’s programs. The Virginia men’s team plays its annual Cavalier Classic at Birdwood.
A course must be part of a school’s recreational life in terms of preferential access for students, faculty, and alumni in order to qualify for the Golfweek ranking.