Virginia Golfer May / June 2015 - Page 8

GREAT Holes N o & it T PRINCESS ANNE COUNTRY CLUB VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. | by BRUCE H. MATSON S teeped in history, Princess Anne Country Club will celebrate its centennial next year. Although a few clubs trace their beginnings to around the turn of the 20th century, the Virginia State Golf Association started in 1904 and the real growth of the royal and ancient game came the following decade and in the 1920s. The south Hampton Roads-based club was laid out by the club’s first president, Clarence Neff. He was known as a clubhouse architect for the Norfolk Yacht & Country Club and The Country Club of Virginia, as well as for his work at Princess Anne. The layout’s routing was designed to fit within a new residential subdivision. An early club history notes the following: “This specification created two unique situations; more than 125 homes border the course and the course is crossed at 10 different places by the lanes and roads that provide access for the homes.” Despite renovations in the 1980s and more recently in 2007, the intimate feel of the layout as it meanders by home sites and crosses a number of lanes and roads remains a dominant 6 V I R G I N I A G O L F E R | M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 5 06_VSGA_MayJune15.indd 6 YARDAGES BLACK: 192 yards GREEN: aspect of a round at the club. The most recent makeover of Princess Anne was overseen by golf course architect Tim Liddy, a protégé of Pete Dye. Princess Anne reopened to the membership on May 17, 2008, following the completion of the changes. “The golf course was remodeled with emphasis on classic design characteristics and strategic elements,” Liddy says. “Iconic views out to the surrounding ocean inlets were re-established on several golf holes.” A good example of the designer’s vision is found at the beautiful, but confounding, par-3 11th hole that he created to challenge players. Prior to Liddy’s restoration, originally No. 10 was a demanding par 4 while the ensuing hole was a short par 4. Liddy transformed the duo into a 560-plus yard par 5 and followed it with an interesting par 3 to start the second nine. Now, No. 11 measures j