Heading onto Springs Road begins a journey through rolling pastoral farmland dotted with barns and homes, well maintained fences, horses grazing and depending on the time of day, sunshine that dances through tree branches and skies that are alive with cloud canvases. While winding, it’s a serene drive. Then the turn onto Tournament Drive into Fauquier Springs Country Club and the serenity and peaceful ambiance take on a sanctuary feel. Any pressures or stresses start to melt away as this 200-acre haven spreads before you. Pasture lands are now well manicured greens and the clubhouse sits stately and inviting exuding Southern hospitality, graciousness and charm.
The ambiance of this place is not without history. During the 1800s Fauquier White Sulphur Springs was a sought after mineral water resort on the Rappahannock River. The waters, known for their miraculous healing properties, drew Southern plantation owners, politicians and families. The ravages of the Civil War left much of it in ruins until 1877 when Governor Fitzhugh Lee made efforts to restore it as a resort.
General manager Larry Spielberg talks of this place with reverence and awe. He not only lauds the design and challenges of the 18-hole, 71-par course but the breaktaking views that can be had from the Rappahannock River to the Blue Ridge Mountains. History has not lost its spell on Spielberg, a native Virginian, who hails from Falls Church.
“I’ve always been around the sport…I love everything about golf,” says Spielberg musing about the ‘golfing gods’ and how they will quickly bring you back to life’s realities.
Realizing that playing at the pro level was not going to be his cup of tee, Spielberg embraced golf management and hospitality which would keep him in that environment which he’d grown to love and cherish. Working at Ford’s Colony Country Club in Williamsburg and then a move to Warrenton landing the job at Fauquier Springs has been a blessing for Spielberg.
“I am so very fortunate to have this opportunity,” says Spielberg who enjoys the small town charm of Warrenton. “The people are so friendly and inviting.”
While Fauquier Springs is a unique place, it’s the faces that Spielberg enjoys the most from the staff to the members.
“We’ve assembled the best group here…our executive chef Tom Berry…the restaurant is one of the best in the Piedmont area.” Under the umbrella of the club, Legends Catering has been creating memorable events since 1991.
While private clubs can have an aura of pretentiousness, Spielberg says the spirit at Fauquier Springs is not one of arm’s length. “You’re seeing the family you like every day,” smiles Spielberg, “I love coming to work.” Young aspiring golfers are welcome.
Spielberg would like to create a happy memory bank for members, one of service, hospitality, family, friends and good times in an oasis within Fauquier County.
“We’re always looking for new members…we have a lot to offer for golfers of all skill levels…this is a relaxing and peaceful setting.”
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