The seventh annual Vinings Golf Classic gets under way Monday, May 7. Participants, as has become customary, will get a good sendoff the night before at the Pairings Party.
“Every year, it just gets bigger and bigger,” said Gillian Greer, executive director of the Vinings Historic Preservation Society, the nonprofit benefitting from the events. “The tournament has been popular ever since the first event and the party has become known in Vinings as the party of the year.”
The society is charged with maintaining and preserving the three historic buildings in its care — the Yarbrough House, Pace House and the Old Pavilion.
The Pairings Party will again be held at SOHO restaurant in Vinings. The standing-room-only soiree kicks off on Sunday, May 6, at 5 p.m.
“When we started, the party just took up a portion of the restaurant,” said Greer. “Now, it’s taken over the entire restaurant. We are very fortunate to be in a community that is so supportive.”
The golf tourney, making its debut at Bradshaw Farm Golf Club in Woodstock, is expected to see about 80 players tee off.
The 27-hole layout built on historic farm property will play host to a four-man scramble format, said event chair Tony Chavez. Chavez, himself a golfer, selected the course.
“It’s a very challenging course — a lot of angulation, a lot of hills,” he said. “From my experience, golfers like to play on rugged terrain, with hills and challenging greens as well.”
Competition-wise, the pair of teams fielded by title sponsor The Worthing Companies are expected to be the most formidable.
Given the nature of the tourney’s underlying cause, the scenery there is a plus, Greer said.
“We like that it’s built on historic farm property,” she said. “It has a barn-style clubhouse, reminiscent of the history attached to the course.”
The trio of houses in the preservation society’s charge date back to the 1800s.
The Pace House has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. It, along with the other two structures, is listed on the Cobb County registry as well.
“It’s a financial drain keeping these three buildings preserved,” Greer said. “And that’s what we’re all about; that’s our mission.”
Tourney registration on Monday begins at 7:30 a.m. The first tee time is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Pairings party tickets range from $45 to $55. Playing spots for the tournament are $195 for individuals and $780 per team and include entry to the pairings party.