Aerial view of the 5th hole at The Gauntlet Golf Club
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3.7
362 Reviews (362)
5 Stars
86
4 Stars
189
3 Stars
53
2 Stars
17
1 Stars
17
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.7
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.8
74.7%
Recommend this course
306 out of 362 reviews
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Average Rating
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2.3
9 Reviews (9)
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
3
Conditions
1.9
Value
2.5
Layout
3.5
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
3.9
33.3%
Recommend this course
3 out of 9 reviews
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3.4
27 Reviews (27)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
5
Conditions
2.9
Value
3.3
Layout
3.9
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.2
63.0%
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17 out of 27 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6734 yards
Slope 143
Rating 73.8

The Gauntlet is situated along the banks of the lake that is the centerpiece of Curtis Memorial Park. When it first opened in 1995, Golf Digest recognized it as one of the "top ten new courses to play in the U.S." This challenging layout will definitely test your shot making abilities. The golf course begins with a tough front nine that has several sharp doglegs over water and tall grasses. There are also a slew of blind shots. The back nine is a bit gentler since there's less water and it is more open and forgiving, but the large, multi-tiered greens can be tricky. The fourth hole is the golf course's signature. Your tee shot will have to carry a marsh to a narrow landing area on this par 5. After that, you'll be faced with a triple-tiered green with the lake to the left and bunkers to the right.

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Course Details

Year Built 1995
Golf Season Year round
Architect P. B. Dye (1995)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Fredericksburg Golf & Sports Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

3.7
362 Reviews (362)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 12
Patio Dining 10
Watching the Game 9
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 23
Bunkers 22
Forced Carries 20
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 20
Locals 18
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 18
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 20
In the 'Burbs 14

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Plays A few times a week
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3.0
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Only if you get a discount

If.you pay full price for this course, you are crazy. Not sure how they get away with their $60 greens fees. Greens are a nightmare. Playing plinko on the whole course. You can score low if you get on one, but there are some strange holes. 5 is a mess. They finally opened 13 green, but it was very sandy.

Conditions Fair
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Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Golf cart people don’t turn in my rangefinder left when back same night and next day. Not a good way to do business

Conditions Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Played On
Reviews 18
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 21
3.0
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Gauntlet outing

The greens were terrible. Everything else was ok.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Challenging

Fun and challenging course. Fairways well kept. Greens somewhat dry but in good condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

All greens are in need of a great deal of work

I'm a member at The Guantlet and it pains me to say that I don't recommend anyone play this course unless/until the superintendent and club management put maximum effort to fix the awful greens. I've played there since 2018 and the greens are overcome by mold, weeds, bare spots, and mud every year. Fairways are good, most bunkers have sand since a major renovation last year, and about half of the tee boxes have decent grass.

Courses with similar climate conditions in the area are in much better shape, e.g. Lee's Hill, Pembleton, and Augustine, but The Gauntlet management company simply won't change the grass type, watering and fertilizing methods, or aeration schedule, despite numerous complaints and suggestions by players for the past 2-3 years.

Today, I paid particular attention to the greens on both nines and I can say that EVERY green had bald spots, mold, and weeds. Putting is a gamble on where the ball will go. Save your money and play somewhere like Lee's Hill or Pendleton, where conditions are so much better and the cost isn't that different.

Unless conditions improve, and I doubt they will, I won't be renewing my membership in the Spring.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
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First Time Playing

The Gauntlet

The pace of play was atrocious. At one point a twosome cut in front of us and went to the next tee box while we were putting. The greens were horrible. Fairways were great but putting was impossible.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
Previously Played

New Direction Golf is Toxic

New Direction Golf is bad. Like really bad. They don’t know how to take care of a golf course. They have no agronomy background. Their greens are half dead, on the course they just abandoned, as well as their baby “Gauntlet”.

They are cheap. They don’t want to pay for trained superintendents to actually run the courses. They want someone cheap to try and do everything.

Do not support this sham of a golf management company.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 21
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Sorry Didn't Play Here Sooner

Very pleasant surprise on first visit. Pace of play under 4 hrs on a holiday, minimal waiting even as a threesome among fours. All fairways and most greens in great shape. As noted in other reviews, very friendly and helpful staff. Only slightly odd part was the difference in experience between the front and back nines - almost two different courses. But overall, highly recommended and will play again soon.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 47
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Challenging Course, poorly priced

Excessively difficult course design, greens are fast, firm, and do not hold shots. Pin placements are laughable. Pro shop doubled as a bar and the bartender handled all tee times/check ins. New management has decided the way to recoup money is to over charge for the course. $45 should be the maximum price for this course.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 8
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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