A view from the 18th green at South Riding Golf Club.
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3.4
522 Reviews (522)
5 Stars
88
4 Stars
243
3 Stars
107
2 Stars
43
1 Stars
41
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.2
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
4.0
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.4
65.4%
Recommend this course
402 out of 522 reviews
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2.7
43 Reviews (43)
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
8
Conditions
2.3
Value
2.4
Layout
3.5
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
3.7
37.2%
Recommend this course
16 out of 43 reviews
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3.1
64 Reviews (64)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
23
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
14
1 Stars
10
Conditions
2.7
Value
2.8
Layout
3.6
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.1
StaffFriendliness
3.8
53.1%
Recommend this course
34 out of 64 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7148 yards
Slope 140
Rating 74.8

South Riding Golf Club is nestled in the gentle hills of northern Virginia, enjoying a landscape of hardwood forests and grassy meadows. The course offers a variety of challenges but the fairways are wide and player-friendly and the greens can be tough in spots but overall they offer some room for error. The layout requires both strategy and skill, it is definitely not a golf course where you will be able to just "grip and rip it." The course pinpoints your weaknesses but it is still a fair test. South Riding Golf Club's eighth hole is memorable for its difficulty but it's an interesting hole sine there are many ways to play it. At 351 yards, the hole is a short but intimidating dogleg left that will tempt you to go over the trees. The fairway is generous but the saddle-shaped green is flanked with bunkers.

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Course Details

Year Built 1997
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Dan Maples (1997) Michael Gleason (1997)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

3.4
522 Reviews (522)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 14
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 22
Forced Carries 16
Water Hazards 16
This course/club is great for:
Locals 26
Advanced Golfers 13
A Weekend Splurge 8
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 27
Near the Airport 20
Worth the Drive 11

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Reviews 10
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Not as bad as some of the recent reviews.

I think South Riding is getting a bad rep lately for one main reason - value. The course has held up about as well as most of the NoVa courses over the last couple of years. Yes the tee boxes are chewed up and there are some holes that have some fairway mess but those are common problems that really don't interfere with a normal round. If your ball happens to settle in a bare spot down the middle of the fairway MOVE IT! We aren't playing on pro tournament conditions anyway. The layout of the course is very enjoyable and I rank it among the top five or six layouts in the area for average golfers. The problem is price. Even with the generous GolfNow deals this course is up there with the pricier courses in the area and unfortunately there are courses around that offer the same experience for $10 to $20 less. So I only play South Riding when I can use rewards.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Still a Northern VA gem

Enjoyed a great round on a pretty Nov morning
- conditions superb
was a little wet - so driving range was closed and it was Cart Path Only as expected
Staff was friendly and got our group started a little early.

Will be back when I visit VA again

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Terrible course for the money

No way you should olay this course for the money. Tee boxes and fairways/approaches all are under maintenance but they still charge full freight for the terrible experience.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not Very Good

Sad to say, but this course was in terrible condition! Tee Boxes we’re either sand or crabgrass (with. A bit of decent grass). Tons of bare patches in the Fairways. Really chewed up areas at The approaches to greens- couldn’t tell if it was animal damage or arifiiatcon efforts?? At least the Greens were in pretty good shape!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Used to be good, very disappointing now

I’ve played SR numerous times over the years, but probably not for the last 2-3. I was very disappointed to see the condition of the course. The tee boxes were a nightmare. Mostly sand, little sparse crabgrass-like patches here and there. The fairways were often in the same condition, but with dried mud in place of the sand. Had to roll the ball to give yourself a grassy lie. Pace of play wasn’t an issue but it was mid-day on a Monday in October, so I wouldn’t expect an issue. Only saw the check-in guy in the clubhouse and a starter, so not much staff interaction, but that’s not a negative given the light crowd at the course.

For $65-70 per player it was really very disappointing.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 23
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 28
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

This course has let itself go

So, for $94 you'd think you're getting at least a fair to middlin' course, in good to decent shape for early September. No. The tee boxes were basically dirt and crab grass. The fairways were totally chewed up - not just by divots, but they also had huge gaps of grass. The greens were scabbed in places, and no one has replaced any ball marks on the green. I must've fixed at least 20. I was frankly shocked, as I'd played it 2 years ago, and it was nice. It's a pretty easy course, no elevation to speak of. Will not play it again due to the conditions and the uninteresting layout.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Terrible, terrible, terrible

Oh my, this place is a mess, a terrible mess. Tees and fairways dead or filled with crab grass. Greens were long and hairy. What a disaster and what a waste.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Tee box condition was terrible. Would not recommended at this price.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Sub par course (pun intended)

For what they charge, the course is in terrible shape. I played once before and the course was in the same condition but it was also late fall/early winter so I chalked it up to poor weather conditions. This time around not so much. Fairways were in terrible shape. Tee boxes weren’t much better with one being straight dirt with very minimal patches of dirt. Some spots were so over watered that it was like walking in a big. Will not be returning to this course

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fairways and Tee Boxes in BAD Condition

Save yourself $90. Course is not in great condition.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

It’s hard for any grass to survive a summer in the DC area, and this course is no exception. The tee boxes are in pretty bad shape and the drainage is not good, but the groundskeepers are out there trying. The greens were recently aerated too, but that doesn’t factor into my review since it’s part of normal business. I was a single and the pace of play was blazing fast, which was awesome to be done in about 3:30. I will go back, but this course needs some cooler weather and some good turf repair in the meantime.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wait til next season

Based on the conditions of this week, save your $ and go elsewhere. Tee boxes were all dirt, cut grass in chunks all over the place which made it really hard to find your ball even close to the fare way and muddy.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Something bad happened here

They lost most of their tee boxes and some portions of fairways. Heat followed by too much rain? Disease? Fertilizer burn? Definitely not worth $55 after 4pm. And they just punched the greens. I don't know why courses don't offer a 10-15% discount while the greens recover. The layout is great, but conditions horrible.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
1.0
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
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