Our 2018 tournament was great fun in scenic Blacksburg, VA. The host courses, the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech and Blacksburg Country Club, are very different designs, and both offered fair but challenging tests for our golfers. Non-golfers experienced the beautiful Virginia mountains with visits to nearby Smithfield Plantation, Roanoke, and Mabry Mill, one of the most popular stops on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Tom Shaver served as our venue chair, and he did a fabulous job planning and executing a great tournament. Besides seeing to every detail, Tom’s influence on our tournament extended even further. He served as General Manager of our host venue, The Inn at Virginia Tech, until about one year ago. The Inn is a beautiful facility located on the campus of Virginia Tech and is staffed primarily by students. Tom’s legacy as GM of The Inn was evident in each interaction with staff members, all of whom went out of their way to ensure we had an exceptional time.
Now we turn our attention to our next tournament, which will take place October 6-10, 2019 in the Monterey, CA area. Our next host venue is the Hyatt Regency Monterey, located adjacent to Del Monte Golf Course, the oldest course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi River. In addition to Del Monte, we will play Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel, just a few miles south of the Hyatt.
Our 2019 tournament will take us to yet another beautiful setting that offers great golf and fun excursions for our non-golfing attendees. I can’t wait for next October, and I hope to see you there!