Golf News for Tuesday, January 8, 2013 | Business

Principals of Wingfield Properties purchase The Club at Viniterra in Virginia

NEW KENT, Va. -- Following a successful year of management during which it more than doubled the number of rounds played, Viniterra Golf Club LLC, controlled by Principals of Wingfield Properties, has purchased The Club at Viniterra from Boddie-Noell's Kitty Hawk Land Company.

Based in Greenville, S.C., Wingfield Properties manages five other golf courses in North Carolina, Northern Virginia and Mississippi.

Centrally located between Richmond and Williamsburg, just off Interstate 64's Exit 211, The Club at Viniterra is the centerpiece of Boddie-Noell's Viniterra, a private, gated community of luxury estate home sites and resort cottages in the New Kent Vineyards Development.

The Club at Viniterra was designed by renowned golf course architect Rees Jones and opened in late 2009 as an amenity to help sell real estate. A year ago, once the golf course had fully matured, the developers elected to open for public play and Viniterra has quickly won the hearts of the area's golfers.

Built upon nearly 1,200 acres of wooded and rugged terrain, Viniterra can stretch to nearly 7,800 yards from the tips and flies against the grain of a typical Tidewater golf course design. With massive fairways and run-ups to nearly all of its jaw-dropping green complexes - combined with the thoughtful and strategic placement of various grass, sand and water hazards - Viniterra is enjoyable for golfers who select the proper set of tees, as some holes offer up to a dozen different teeing grounds.

The masterful Jones course routing incorporates many of the diverse, natural features of the site including frequent and dramatic elevation changes, various wetland areas and portions of mature, deciduous forest. Where appropriate, ponds and a total of 13 bridges were built to provide both strategic and aesthetic value.

"What you see [at Viniterra] is what you get in terms of being able to see most every shot on the golf course," said Jones. "There are generous fairways and open approaches to many of the greens. If you have happen to go over some greens, there are catch basins and grass hollows to capture those shots."

Martin Armes, 919-608-7260,
Brad King, 336-306-9219,