Troon has been selected to manage The Virginian and its sister property, Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards, in Bristol, Virginia. Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon, will oversee golf, club and food & beverage operations, as well 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 golf course opened in 1992 and is ranked as one the state’s top golf courses. Fazio incorporated the area’s pastoral setting and distant views in designing the 7,025-yard course. The practice facility is complete with a practice range, short game and bunker areas, massive practice green and three practice holes.
“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.”
“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 Nicewonder Group to help enhance these already unique properties, and with the members of The Virginian.”
The Virginian’s 44,000 square-foot clubhouse 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. It also features an award-winning golf shop, a 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.
Adjacent to The Virginian is its 450-acre sister property, Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards which was founded in 2013. There you will find the 10-acre, award-winning Nicewonder Vineyards, a winery, a farmers market, livestock, and Taste, Wood-Fire Kitchen, an open-air restaurant open to the public.