Golf & Recreation

The Vista Links 18-hole course, which was designed by Rick Jacobson and overlooks the town of Buena Vista, is a par 72 championship course that's open to the public. With five sets of tees, ranging from 4,941 yards on forward tees to 6,925 yards on championship tees, the links-style course works well for every level of player.

Challenges include creeks, ravines, rock outcroppings, and undulating greens. You'll find an unforgiving tree-lined chute at Hole 14, dubbed The Green Forest. A barn frames Hole 4, appropriately named The Old Barn, while Hole 18, The Waverly, concludes the game with panoramic views – and maybe some tricky breezes.

The course sits inside Glen Maury Park, a 315-acre city park that rolls from the golf course down to the Maury River, rippling across the landscape like a blanket shaken out for spring. With a pool, a playground, a skate park, picnic pavilions, tennis courts, a few trails, and the eye-catching 1831 Elisha Paxton House (open by appointment), the park is a fun place to spend the day. Several campsites at the 52-site campground overlook the river.

The concert pavilion draws crowds for several annual concerts, including the Fiddlers' Convention in June, the Beach Music Festival in July, the Mountain Music and Dance Festival in early September, and the Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival in late September.

And the scenery? The park faces the Blue Ridge Mountains, which flank Buena Vista and run north-to-south as far as the eye can see. The Maury River also tumbles past, and visitors can cross the 10th Street Bridge to pick up the scenic 2 ½ mile Buena Vista River Walk.

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