Those who mourned the closing of the Botetourt Country Club now have reasons to rejoice. The golf course runs on a pay-as-you-play basis, no memberships, although it now is called the Botetourt Golf and Swim Club. To use the pool, you do have to join, but everyone, member or not, gets the added attraction of food service.
The food and pool part of this picture comes under the supervision of Fincastle’s Beth Bailey Walton, 50, daughter of Virgil Bailey, longtime supporter of local golf tournaments and player on this course. Walton has been offering reservation-only Friday night dinners on the club premises, although that changes this summer to once a month events. She welcomed 60 diners a week ago when the menu featured catfish in the club’s airy dining room. Another sold out night offered steaks. All dinners require reservations, which close a few days beforehand. If you want to know the dates, simply call or read her email newsletter.
The grill, serving hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads and other such fare, opens in the morning to serve early golfers and stays open until dark. It sells wine and beer too, at appropriate hours. Walton features a menu special for Wednesday lunches. A ladies bridge group meets there once a week on Tuesdays. “Anyone who wants to come can join in,” Walton said. A book club may come, too.
You don’t have to swim or play golf to enjoy the sweeping view, which Walton says she does regularly. “You can see all the way from the cement plant to Eagle Rock.” A long time Botetourt resident, she once worked for the Clean Valley Council, helping spread its free programs to schools all over the valley. She got into managing the pool a number of years back when she and her family, including husband Mike, were members of the pool. “The next thing I knew I’m managing it [the pool]. They offered me this position [managing the food service, too] when the new owners took over in September.”
Walton takes the pool membership information and lets members know how much more than swimming they get. “We have a volleyball net, tennis court, basketball court, and space for the four square game.” And lots of trees for shade when you’ve had enough sun.
The pavilion can be rented for family parties or sports banquets. If you want to swim, too, you can get a day membership for your guests. For any large event, such as a wedding reception, she has a list of caterers as she can only do a limited menu with the kitchen they have. “We just finished the outside renovations, so I do hope to get the commercial kitchen equipment.” And no matter what equipment they have, they always need help 21 years old or more, for the summer. “Good for a college student,” she said.
On a pleasant day, the course will host over 150 players. Golfing comes under the supervision of two golf pros. John King, also the general manager, takes the calls for tee times and cart reservations, and he runs the pro shop as well. His brother Billy King joins him in this. Soon you can skip the call and get your play times online, when the web site is running fully.
Here you have extra options for this summer — more golf, swimming, sports, and a scenic lunch spot. Check it out!
Botetourt Golf and Swim Club
For golf and dinner reservations, call 540-992-1451
For more information about dates and events, call or go to www.golfbotetourt.com
To sign up for the email newsletter, call 540-992-1451
Family pool memberships cost $400, individual, $200.