Troon recently announced the addition of The Virginian and its sister property, Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards, both of which are located in Bristol, Virginia, to its portfolio of managed clubs. Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon, will oversee golf, club, and food & beverage operations, as well as golf course agronomy and membership marketing.
Set in the highlands of Virginia, between the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains, the clubhouse and golf course are the centerpieces of The Virginian luxury community. The Tom Fazio-designed course opened in 1992 and is ranked as one the state’s top golf courses by both Golf Digest and Golfweek. Fazio made great use of the area’s pastoral setting and distant views in designing the 7,025-yard layout. An expansive practice facility is complete with a range, short game/bunker areas, massive practice green, and three practice holes.
“The Virginian and Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards are absolutely gorgeous properties,” said Matt Hurley, President of Troon’s Honours Golf division and operations lead. “We are honored to be associated with such a wonderful development and community. Our team is looking forward to working with the Group to help enhance these already unique properties, and with the members of The Virginian as we bring added value to their membership through programs exclusive to Troon Privé club members.”
“The Virginian and Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards are undergoing a period of unprecedented expansion and growth,” said Kevin Nicewonder, managing member of the Nicewonder Group. “We are excited to partner with Troon Privé to bring their expertise and guidance to us, so that together we can provide an incredible experience for members and guests. This is a perfect partnership of two of the most respected brands in the industry.”
The Virginian’s 44,000-square-foot club-house features a main dining room with a dry-stacked ﬁeldstone ﬁreplace at its center, a cathedral ceiling, and a newly-built 750-bottle capacity walk-in wine cellar with tasting area. Dinners are served in the formal main dining room twice a week, while the new Twenty-two Bar & Grille is the epicenter of social gatherings as it features a circular bar and is available for members to enjoy days and evenings. Dining is also available inside and outside on the verandas.
The clubhouse also features an award-winning golf shop, a spectacular boardroom overlooking the back nine, and spacious men’s and ladies’ locker rooms. A stone’s throw from the clubhouse is “The Round,” an open-air pavilion utilized for events and concerts. The club’s Swim, Racquet & FitnessCenter includes a Junior Olympic-size and a children’s pool, and four tennis courts (two clay and two hard surface), and features one of the top junior instruction programs in the region along with a growing pickleball following.
Adjacent to The Virginian is its 450-acre sister property, Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards. Founded in 2013, this unique area includes the 10-acre, award-winning Nicewonder Vineyards; a winery; a farmers market; livestock; and Taste, Wood-Fire Kitchen, an open-air restaurant that is open to the public and sports spectacular views overlooking the vineyard and rolling hills of the farm.
Construction is currently underway on three luxury yurts which will provide stay-and-play accommodations for national members as well as members of Troon Privé-managed clubs through the Troon Privé Privileges program. The yurts are expected to be completed this fall.
The yurts are a prelude to what will become the centerpiece of the property, a 28-room luxury boutique inn with a presidential suite, inﬁnity pool, a 300-person banquet facility, and Hickory, the signature restaurant from acclaimed Chef Travis Milton. Construction is underway, with a projected opening date in mid-2021.