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DAVIS LOVE III WILL SPEARHEAD A COMPLETE OVERHAUL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA’S HOME TRACK B by JERRY RATCLIFFE ILL GOODWIN HAS ALWAYS DREAMED BIG. When it came to imagining a makeover of his alma mater’s golf course, the sky was the limit. A Richmond businessman, VSGA member, and a passionate golfer, Goodwin has long been involved in conversations about a redo of the University of Virginia’s Birdwood Golf Course, which opened in 1984. He believed Birdwood, which is also affiliated with bordering Boar’s Head Inn, deserved much more than a facelift. “We’re building a new course, we don’t want to renovate an old course,” Goodwin announced at an event introducing the project to several university and Charlottesville golf lovers this summer. Because Birdwood has enough property for no less than 27 quality golf holes, several new holes will be created, some present ones will be eliminated, and those remaining will not be the same. Birdwood has not kept up in terms of modern play, length and challenge, and the university, along with the University of Virginia Foundation, which owns Birdwood and Boar’s Head, decided it was time for a change. While playing 18 with University of Virginia basketball legend Barry Parkhill, an avid golfer and fundraiser, Goodwin decided it would be a good idea to approach famed Charlottesville sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella to persuade Davis Love III to come take a look at Birdwood. Love, the captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team and a soon-to-be inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame, has gained a strong reputation in course design in recent years. S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 17 | V I R G I N I A G O L F E R 27