Virginia Golfer May / June 2015 - Page 35

(continued from page 27) The Face of Courage OMNI HOMESTEAD RESORT a Robert Trent Jones Sr. gem dropped into an arboretum, is a compact, lay-of-the-land design with a sterling collection of par 3s. Let out the shaft on the Shoe’s newer, more expansive Green Course, designed by Rees Jones, but don’t miss the nine-hole, executive-length Spotswood Golf Course, a miniature version of the Gold Course. The Revolutionary City’s historic taverns are a welcome respite from the usual postround watering holes. Dozens of unique craft shops carry authentic reproductions, from pewter teapots to white-powdered wigs (colonialwilliamsburg.com; 757-220-7696). OMNI HOMESTEAD RESORT Hot Springs, Va. Home to four of the first five U.S. presidents, the Old Dominion boasts a resort that dates to 1766, a resort that has been “serving the republic since before there was a republic.” Renowned for natural hot springs that have long attracted travelers eager to “take the cure,” The Homestead is nestled in a sleepy valley enclosed by the Allegheny Mountains, the white clock tower of its storybook red brick hotel the tallest landmark for miles. The legendary Cascades Course, arguably the finest mountain course in America, is a 1923 William S. Flynn design shoehorned into the rolling, wooded landscape that demands all the shots from its tricky canted terrain. Site of numerous VSGA and USGA championships, the Cascades is where Hot Springs homeboy Sam Snead refined his classic, syrupy swing. Seeking something less testing? The Old Course, home to the nation’s oldest first tee in continuous use (1892), is a walker-friendly, strategic marvel from the forward tees. Accommodations within this refurbished hotel are beautifully appointed, while the spa is an oasis of luxury known for its superb treatments and refreshing hot springs. Pause for cocktails in the Lobby Bar adjacent to the Great Hall, an elegant 240-foot-long room supported by a forest of Corinthian columns, followed by dinner at Jefferson’s, a modern American grill featuring farm-totable regional cuisine. When the weather is pleasant, seating is available on an outdoor terrace overlooking the Casino Lawn, a lovely prospect (omnihotels.com/ hotels/homestead-virginia; 800-843-6664). Author Brian McCallen is a writer from Stonington, Conn., and a regular contributor to Virginia Golfer. Visitors in need of a recharge at The Homestead can take in poolside relaxation. These days Compton would much prefer to be known as a professional athlete who happens to have two heart transplants and not the two-heart transplant guy who happens to play golf. He’s cognizant of everything that affects his body, from allergies to the common cold to his diet. Compton found he can’t play a rigorous schedule. He gets tired. Three weeks in a row is probably the maximum. Compton says it gives him a better appreciation for Tiger Woods’ run as the world’s best player for so long, when Woods could take time off and still be sharp. Plus he’d rather not be a nomad with a loving family at home. Compton’s schedule still includes tirelessly promoting and