Homestead’s Cascades Course Getting Makeover

On October 30th, the Cascades course at The Homestead resort was closed for an extensive facelift. The project will restore the course to its original design, one created by William Flynn more than 80 years ago.

The makeover will focus mainly on the course bunkers, which have deteriorated from routine edging and flooding over the history of the course. "Our No. 1 opportunity has been the bunkers all along," said Don Ryder, director of golf. "This restoration will elevate the level of play and make the course more difficult than it was before."

The Cascades course opened in 1923 and later redesigned by Robert Trent Jones in 1961. Renovation plans will restore the course to the original 1923 blueprint.

"We are restoring the course with assumptions based on today's game. Many things the original design called for can't be implemented today – there's a road that runs through the course now – and today's game is a bit more challenging," said Brett Schoenfield, president of The Homestead. "But we want to pay homage to one of the world's most talented golf course architects and to a regular guest that loved The Homestead and its surroundings."

The Cascades is noted for grooming some of the PGA's past and present touring professionals. Foremost among these are Sam Snead, who began his professional career at The Homestead in 1934, and Richmond, Va., native Lanny Wadkins, the 1995 Ryder Cup captain.

The revised course, recently named as one of the Top 100 golf courses in the United States and Top 100 in the world by Golf Magazine, is scheduled to be finished and ready for play in May 2006.