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Swinging Through Scenic Beauty

Nestled in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains overlooking the fabled Shenandoah River…

Lies one of the most scenic golf opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Caverns Country Club is 6,499 yards of gently rolling fairways that seem to touch the mountain foothills.

Amid views of nearby farmlands, you see tees and greens complementing this 18-hole par 72 course.

Prepare for an early wake-up call on the tight downhill par-5, No. 1 signature hole that parallels the Shenandoah River. Designer Mal Purdy obviously believed you can’t start the fun soon enough. The tree-lined fairway also boasts a wide swath of the Shenandoah River flowing down its left side. About 225 yards out, the terrain begins a sharp slope for about 75 yards. Shots hit slightly left will hit the slope and funnel left, while shots hit towards the right will hit the slope and then scatter right. Bunkers guard both sides of the entrance to the green, which has enough undulation to make you wish you hadn’t been so quick to leave the putting green. Survive the first few punches, and the course softens, allowing you to wield the driver.

The back nine starts with another right and turning par 4, which eventually gives way to some spectacular open holes, a few with extreme mountain backdrops.

The first thing you notice about No. 11 at Caverns Country has nothing to do with golf. With the Blue Ridge Mountains spread out before you in a 360-degree vista, it is an image that will stay with you for years. The first shot crosses a fairway depression to a hilltop landing where the hole doglegs right. A downhill shot to an elevated green protected on both sides by trees and a bunker on the right side is framed beautifully by the imposing George Washington National Forest in the background. Hit a good short iron shot and watch it soar against the distant mountains, hanging against the green lushness for a split second and make the perfect landing on the putting surface.

Caverns Country Club Resort can also provide comfortable accommodations. Situated in a quiet country setting are two motels. Each with its own swimming pool and magnificent views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park.

Luray has entertained visitors for over two centuries with gracious hospitality and fine food. Select from numerous area restaurants featuring traditional dishes that made Virginia’s southern cooking famous to international cuisine with award-winning beers and wines.

A must-see while here is the unforgettable adventure of Luray Caverns, the largest and most popular caverns in Eastern America. From well-lit and paved walkways, explore cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings that are ten stories high, filled with towering stone columns and crystal-clear pools. Also, experience the history of America in the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, an exhibit featuring over 140 items relating to transportation, including cars, carriages, coaches, and costumes dating from 1725.

A short drive transforms the pastoral scenery of the valley into a 300-square-mile wilderness playground in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains – Shenandoah National Park, one of the most popular and scenic areas in the national park system. Native wildlife is abundant among the park’s forests. Flowered meadows and numerous overlooks afford breathtaking views from Skyline Drive of the land of Shenandoah more than 4000 feet below.

Golf, scenery, an internationally famous natural wonder, and a national park – a grand slam adjacent to Luray Caverns, just 90 minutes from Washington, DC, and 15 minutes from I-81, exit 264. For further information and packages, call 888-443-6551 or visit www.luraycaverns.com

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