Spring Creek ranked #1 new course by Golf Digest

Golf Digest just named the Spring Creek Golf Club in Gordonsville, Virginia the number #1 new public golf course in America under $75. Course designer Ed Carton, whose other Virginia design (he designed it with help from golf legend Sam Snead), Popular Grove in Amherst, was ranked as one on the best new upscale public courses in 2005, learned his craft from legendary designer Tom Fazio.

"Spring Creek has the look and feel of a course worth twice the admission price," write the folks as Golf Digest. Indeed, when a Hook reporter played the course recently, he noticed the fairways were about as pristine as most of the putting surfaces at area courses, not to mention a spectacular risk-laden, reward-rich 18th as worthy as any Sunday stage on the PGA Tour.

"Some course are real pretty, and some courses are real playable," says Spring Creek's director of golf, Jack Snyder, "but not both. That's what makes Spring Creek so special."

And it would appear that some PGA pros agree.

"Both Brad Faxton and Freddy Funk have played here and they loved it," says Snyder, noting that Faxon and Funk often play in the area when visiting with well-known local sports psychologist, Bob Rotella. "Faxon said it was better than many of the courses they play on Tour."

For many in the Charlottesville golf community, it couldn't have happened to a more deserving course or course director. For 11 years, Snyder was the director of golf at Lake Monticello, and his father was the pro at Farmington Country Club for 27 years.

"While winning the State 4A Golf Championship at Albemarle High School was a great accomplishment," recalls Snyder, "this is my new career highlight."