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McConnell Golf purchases The Water’s Edge Country Club and The Westlake

By |  January 11, 2021 0 Comments

The Water's Edge is framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains. (Photo: McConnell Golf)

The Water’s Edge is framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains. (Photo: McConnell Golf)

McConnell Golf has expanded its footprint across the Southeast with the purchase of two golf clubs in Virginia, located on Smith Mountain Lake.

Always aiming to have the exact number of clubs with “14 clubs in the bag,” McConnell Golf and its affiliates now have a “full set of clubs” with the purchase of The Water’s Edge Country Club and The Westlake. Both golf clubs are set along the shores of Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia’s Roanoke region, southeast of Roanoke and southwest of Lynchburg.

The Water's Edge is an 18-hole, PGA Championship golf course was designed by the late R.F. Loving Jr. (Photo: McConnell Golf)

The Water’s Edge is an 18-hole, PGA Championship golf course that was designed by the late R.F. Loving Jr. (Photo: McConnell Golf)

McConnell Golf Virginia Club Management, a McConnell Golf affiliate, will be operating both clubs.

John McConnell, McConnell Golf president and CEO, first started playing The Water’s Edge in Penhook, Va., with friends in the early 1990s. McConnell said he almost immediately, “Fell in love with the golf course and Smith Mountain Lake. In 1994, I bought my first property in The Water’s Edge, and my family has enjoyed our ‘home away from home’ for 25 years.”

Established in 1988, The Water’s Edge Country Club features a private, 18-hole golf course designed by R.F. Loving, Jr. Encompassing 13.5 miles of Smith Mountain Lake shoreline, The Water’s Edge provides unparalleled mountain views, in addition to lake vistas on 15 holes. In 2007, the golf course was fully renovated by Pinehurst-based golf course architect Richard Mandell, who also renovated the Country Club of Asheville for McConnell Golf.

Hole 7 at the Water's Edge features a par-3 island green par 3. (Photo: McConnell Golf)

Hole 7 at The Water’s Edge features a par-3 island green par 3. (Photo: McConnell Golf)

Beyond its 36,000 square foot clubhouse, The Water’s Edge members enjoy an extensive variety of amenities including golf, tennis, swimming, fitness, boating, fishing and horseback riding. The community — developed by Ron Willard, from the Willard Companies — is almost fully constructed.

“The Water’s Edge residents comprise 100 percent of the club’s membership roster,” said Christian Anastasiadis, McConnell Golf CEO. “Although The Water’s Edge is a second home community, with beautiful vistas on the lake and the Blue Ridge Mountains, many members have resided full time at the retreat during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Hole 15 at The Water's Edge is par 3. (Photo: McConnell Golf) Photo: McConnell Golf

Hole 15 at The Water’s Edge is par 3. (Photo: McConnell Golf)

Also previously owned by the Willard family and designed by Virginia native Russell Breeden, The Westlake is an enjoyable, public golf course in Hardy, Va., that offers a memorable layout, along with all zoysiagrass fairways.

“The Westlake Golf Course gives you the feel of playing in the mountains, with some good elevation changes,” said Brian Kittler, McConnell Golf vice president of golf operations. “The golf course, especially from the fairway perspective with zoysia, is in great shape and enjoyable to play.”

In 2007, The Water's Edge was was renovated tee to green. (Photo: McConnell Golf)

In 2007, The Water’s Edge was was renovated, tee to green. (Photo: McConnell Golf)

McConnell Golf now owns 15 clubs and operates 17 courses total — a total of 324 holes, as the two courses offer 27 holes. This includes Greensboro’s Sedgefield Country Club, the longtime home of the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship, designed by late golf course architect Donald Ross. McConnell Golf is the only individual golf course proprietor in the world that owns four Ross-designed courses.

“The Willard family has built impressive golf and country clubs in the Smith Mountain Lake region,” McConnell said. “We look forward to being good stewards of these wonderful properties that are great additions to our portfolio.”

 

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