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Omni The Homestead Resort - Old Course


Debuting in 1892, the Old Course at The Homestead features the oldest continuously used first tee in the United States of America. The course started as a 6 hole design but was quickly expanded to 9 holes in 1898 and then again in 1913 to its current 18 hole layout by Donald Ross. The first sitting U.S. President to play golf while in office was William McKinley in 1899 and he did so on the Old Course.

Don't let the short 6,099 yardage from the back tees fool you. The course meanders through rolling hills leaving you with an uneven lie on nearly every shot into a small signature Ross green complex.

Featured Holes

Hole 5

This 163 yard par 3 is well guarded by bunkers short left and along the right side of the green. A subtle ridge running through the middle of the green can make a two putt difficult. A miss short of the ridge to a back pin will result in a brutal downhill putt when the greens are rolling fast.

Hole 8

The 8th is a short 310 yard par 4 that is drivable for longer hitters. The green has a severe false front that will send shots that come up short 35-50 yards back into the fairway. Missing on the right side of the green will result in a demanding chip shot to a green sloping away from you.

Hole 13

This 568 yard par 5 plays shorter due to a massive change in elevation from tee to fairway. Consider laying up even if you find yourself in position to go for the green in two. The small green is well guarded by a bunker that sits below the putting surface, heavy rough on the left and trees long & right.

See where the Old Course at The Homestead Resort is ranked on my Top 50 Course List

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