On the latest episode of Golf America we are heading to golf nirvana; The Foundry Golf Club.
Located just 30-minutes west of Richmond in Powhatan, Virginia The Foundry is a private 18-hole golf course designed by J.K. Timmons and R.F. Loving, Jr. It opened for play in 1990.
Considered one of the best layouts in the Commonwealth, The Foundry is routed through the wetlands along Fine Creek. This unique layout offers doglegs left and right, and subtle elevation changes that place a premium on properly judged approach shots to small, aggressively contoured greens.
“The Foundry is such a great golf course”, says Executive Producer Alan Hunter. “Not only for the challenge it offers but also because of the land on which it sits. This part of Virginia lends itself to having some great golf courses and The Foundry is certainly one of the best.”
“It’s more about positioning your golf ball around the golf course”, says Director of Golf Mike Morrone. “So you have to be in the right spot off the tee in order to attack the greens. I think being able to play these holes backward in your head to help create the strategy when you’re on the tee box is a huge advantage in knowing when to get aggressive and when to hit to the fat of the green and to putt for a par.”
The History Behind The Foundry
In 1816, work began on a building (the present-day clubhouse) that would house a factory to produce arms for sale to the Federal Government. Although the building was completed, the foundry itself never produced a single musket, bayonet, or ramrod.
In 1935, the building became a studio for local artist Julien Binford.
Then in the late 1980s, a group of Richmond businessmen purchased a parcel of land nearby and eventually the foundry, with the sole purpose of creating a pure golf experience.
“The Foundry is a golf club pure and simple,” says Hunter. “You’re not going to find tennis courts, swimming pool, card rooms, or fitness center. This is golf the way it was intended to be played and enjoyed.”
About Golf America
Now into its 17th year, Golf America has featured over 700 golf courses, making it the only nationally syndicated weekly television show of its kind. This 30-minute program reaches an estimated 85-million households in over 130 markets through some of the best national and regional networks in the country, including Bally Sports (formerly FOX Sports), New England Sports Network, Mid Atlantic Sports Network, Midco Sports, Fun Roads TV, Right Now TV and local television stations around the country.
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