Independence Golf Club
A former sports agent for professional golfers such as Davis Love III, Giff Breed owns
and operates Independence Golf Club in
Midlothian, Va. He has come up with dozens of
new ideas for turning the 27-hole, Tom Fazio-designed course into a popular destination for
golfers and non-golfers alike.
“When we bought the club in 2013, my
brother Alan and I knew we’d have to work very
hard to make money, and knew we’d have to
transform our course,” Breed said. “Golf is our
leading asset, so we’ve worked to transform the
course and reduce the playing time from five
hours to four hours.”
But they’ve done a whole lot more than run a
golf operation. Their efforts include:
• Adding Tavern 19, a high-end, gourmet,
brick-oven pizza restaurant, which has won
• Creating an art studio that offers public
classes and displays art for sale.
shop and a maker of high-end, custom clubs.
the course, including a Lexus dealer who
place ads on range balls and water dispensers.
• Providing space for music and cooking
Not all their ideas are successful. For instance,
a fine-dining restaurant lasted only six weeks
“We give things six to eight months generally,” Breed said.
These efforts have been helped by the fact
that there are several buildings on site that can
be rented to other businesses.
“I’d strongly encourage courses to do things
that might appeal to more of the population
than they might normally do,” Breed said.
Many golf lovers got their first exposure to Chambers Bay when it hosted
event, the public course owned by
Pierce County, Wash., became a
mecca for golf tourists, all eager to
play the same layout that challenged
PGA Tour stars such as Jordan
Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Jason
“It was exciting to be part of the
show,” said General Manager Matt Allen, “and
we got to meet lots of wonderful people in the