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 The Rivanna Resort & Golf Club Under Construction in Palmyra, Virginia;
Mark Glickman Appointed General Manager

Palmyra, Virginia, November 19, 2008 — Construction for Charlottesville’s newest crown jewel, The Rivanna Resort & Golf Club, is well underway.  The 64-unit condominium hotel will offer the perfect hideaway and the ultimate vacation and conference spot featuring 18 holes of championship golf, a new 9-hole Par-3 course along the Rivanna River, a full-service spa, an equestrian center with 90 horses, charming lodge, a restaurant and bar, tennis, a Healthy Lifestyle Nutrition Center and a “Pleine Aire” Art School. 

The resort is ideally located 20 miles from Charlottesville, 45 miles west of Richmond and 110 miles southwest of Washington D.C. in Palmyra, Virginia with convenient access to Interstate 64.  The resort’s convenient location makes it the perfect place to experience all that the region has to offer, from Jefferson’s Monticello to Virginia wine country to the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.

“There’s really no other product like it in the area,” according to owner Phil Carrow.  With prices starting in the low $200,000’s, the hotel condominiums represent a sound investment in personal and family well-being and enjoyment for years to come.  As a testament to that statement, the resort’s 64 condominium units went on sale last week and including prior deposits and other pre-sales, 30 of the 64 units have already been sold.  Ownership may include the opportunity to place a unit in a rental arrangement.

Carrow added, “There is definitely a trend toward people staying closer to home for their family or romantic getaway.  The Rivanna Resort & Golf Club is like having a resort getaway in your backyard with the feeling of being a thousand miles away. It offers the quintessential ‘staycation’.  We’ve also had people tell us that because it’s so convenient, it also becomes a great place for their friends and family to enjoy when they come to the Charlottesville area for a visit.

Golf course architect Ed Carton who designed two of the country’s top rated golf courses, Poplar Grove in Amherst, Virginia and Spring Creek in Gordonsville, Virginia has already begun work to give the former Laurel Ridge Golf course a much-needed makeover.  According to Carton, “The Rivanna Golf course promises to be the most exciting, newly renovated golf course in the region.  Fairway expansions and additional tees will make this golf course a delight for all level of players, while still offering a challenge for the skilled and professional golfers from the back tees”, Carton added.

All 18 holes of the course will remain open throughout the renovation.  A new state-of-the art golf academy will feature a teaching and training facility.  In addition, a new 9-hole, Par-3 golf course will be built, which will also double as a training site, offering a variety of different shot practicing areas for honing skills.  The Par-3 course will also be a great outlet for Junior golfers as well as for fun group outings.

Mark Glickman, General Manager

With over 20 years of hospitality and entertainment experience, Mark Glickman has earned his reputation as one of the industry's most knowledgeable marketing and hospitality advisors, providing marketing expertise and creative services for management companies and independent resorts to destinations and developments throughout the world. He has spoken at conferences, been quoted as industry expert and has solidly etched his reputation for inspired, innovative and effective marketing ideas and practices.

Glickman has worked with some of the top names in the hospitality and entertainment industries… from Pinehurst to The Homestead to Carnegie Hall to Tavern on the Green.

Glickman's experience most recently includes Director of Resort Marketing & Sales for Mauna Lani Resort, one of the world's leading golf, spa and environmental resorts in Hawaii's Big Island and Vice-President of Marketing for EI Cid Resorts, the largest independent resort chain in Mexico.

Glickman cut his teeth in New York with over 10 successful years as a public relations, advertising and marketing specialist where he promoted a variety of hospitality and entertainment clients, including two of the worlds top grossing restaurants Tavern on the Green and Maxwell's Plum. In that capacity, Glickman, enhanced the restaurants' already high profile by creating imaginative special events that led to record business, as well as creating promotional partnerships and helping to secure star-studded Broadway and film openings. Glickman also launched the opening of the Potomac (now known as Sequoia), a $14 million dollar restaurant on the Washington Harbor in Washington, D.C.

Glickman left New York to join the management team at Wintergreen, an 11,000-acre resort and real estate community in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and at the time, a well-kept secret. Through an aggressive marketing and publicity campaign, Glickman developed new national and international markets for the resort. In addition, he solicited and garnered national environmental, family, golf and tennis awards for the resort and positioned Wintergreen as one of the country's top year-round destinations.

Glickman is widely credited with changing the face of tourism in Virginia by founding both the Golf Virginia Resorts Association and the Ski Virginia Association. He served as President of both associations and testified to Virginia's General Assembly on behalf of the tourism industry on the benefits of public-private partnerships.

He has conceived and coordinated special events such as the Tour du Pont cycling event, the Mazatlan Billfish Classic, the World's Largest Pumpkin and World's Longest Golf Drive from the top of a ski slope, Special Olympic ski competitions resulting in extensive national and international print and broadcast media exposure, and the first-ever Virginia Golf Sweepstakes. Through his innovative special events, he has also helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years for charities such as the Sunshine Foundation and the Special Olympics.

A 90-horse equestrian center featuring scenic horseback trail rides for novices as well as experienced riders and an indoor and outdoor riding rink for lessons will provide The Rivanna with one of the most extensive riding facilities of any resort in the country.

The resort will also offer a new spa and fitness center featuring an indoor pool, conference space for meetings and weddings, hiking and biking trails, a full-service restaurant and bar, a ropes course and guided canoe rides on the Rivanna River.

Two unique offerings will include: a Pleine Aire Art School allowing students an opportunity to learn from top visiting national and international artists, and a Healthy Lifestyle & Nutrition Center featuring special programs to help participants lead a healthy and fit lifestyle in a safe and supportive environment.

To arrange for a personal tour of the resort and learn more about real estate opportunities, call Vicky Thompson, Real Estate III at 434-981-9047 or email at  For more information on the resort, visit or email 


The Rivanna Resort & Golf, Club, 
U.S. Hwy 15 
North Palmyra, VA 22963




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