GolfStyles Spring 2016 : Page 60

L 58 lifestyle, but the resort’s commitment to that lifestyle isn’t just a superficial representation. “We are creating a sense of place and connecting with our community,” says Stephens. Guests can partake in the wine country lifestyle with a resort car service that will get take them on a winery tour of the region, so they’re free to sample as much as they like. The resort’s Spa Minérale even uses a Virginia grown Chardonnay grape in a body wrap and facial treatment. For beer aficionados, Loudoun County’s Ale Trail can get Lansdowne guests to 17 breweries. And in recreating the resort’s Stonewall Tavern, which is next up on the overhaul, there will be a space for guests to taste Virginia wines and sample flights of local beers. And while they are doing that, they can enjoy meals featuring local meats and ingredients for that farm-to-table freshness so popular these days. And have you ever heard of a golf resort having more than 1 million bees on property? Lansdowne has a full-time beekeeper and makes its own honey, which is used not only for tea and breakfast but for indigenous treatments in the spa. Of course, wine and golf and beer and golf are two great natural pairings, so everything at the resort works together in style and high fashion. ansdowne Resort opened as a place for Washington corporations to retreat for business conferences and for Washingtonians to pull the plug on their hectic city and suburban lives for a few days and relax in the Loudoun County countryside with a round of golf, a spa treatment, a luxurious room and a good meal. Gradually over the years, the Loudoun “countryside” has morphed into that hectic suburbia guests once tried to escape, but Lansdowne kept pace and became a nationally recognized resort offering far more than conferences, golf and a spa. As the resort embarks on its next 25 years, it is being repositioned to offer even more to members and guests. Its new direction will appeal to an even broader segment of Washingtonians and travelers from around the world. But one of the primary attractions will always be golf. The three courses at Lansdowne are one of the few things that have changed little over the years, but then not much about them needed to change. The nine-hole Sharkbite Course added footgolf as a way to increase family play and entice resort guests to try something a little different, but the two championship courses remain gems of the Middle Atlantic. The original Robert Trent Jones Jr. Course opened with the resort 25 years ago, and the biggest change, GOLFSTYLES | SPRING 2016

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