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366 Reviews (366)
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.4
96.0%
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351 out of 366 reviews
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4.7
73 Reviews (73)
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.8
94.5%
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4.6
152 Reviews (152)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.8
95.4%
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Style Links
Par 72
Length 7440 yards
Slope 154
Rating 76.8

Formerly known as The Tradition Golf Club At Royal New Kent

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Course Details

Year Built 1996
Greens Champion Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Mike Strantz (1996)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.7
366 Reviews (366)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 8
Drinks 7
Course Challenges Include:
Forced Carries 17
Undulating Greens 17
Elevation Changes 16
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 20
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 14
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 13
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 19

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Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

It used to be better

Along with Stonehouse, Royal New Kent is not what it once was and it's too bad. Golf is not as popular as it once was and intricate courses without play just can't be maintained to the old standards.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tough course

Great course and very difficult. Course of play was too slow. First time I ever had a 6 hour round.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

A hidden Gem that will thrill and challenge you

Challenging, Fun, Links style, dog legs, some blind shots, spectacular views, undulating greens, excellent conditions and professional positive staff.

From the moment you arrive, and view the golf course, you know you are in for a exceptional and rewarding experience. The slope on this course commands you to choose the right Tee box, the right club and to hit accurate shots… If you are errant on any of those decisions, plan on some frustration or losing a ball… however, when it all goes right, this is one of the most rewarding and interesting courses I have played. From the moment we finished our round, I was determined to replay this course again (course knowledge will help) and to let my golf buddies know about this hidden gem.

The clubhouse sits high on a hill with sweeping views of hole one and eighteen. We were met at our car, with a cart, by the warm and friendly staff. After checking in and surprisingly affordable rates, we headed off to the practice range, which was on grass, with a chipping and putting area. If you are playing this course, for the first time, and without someone with course knowledge, the yardage book is helpful for the blind shots and appropriate landing areas. Being on the greens, does not guarantee a two put, being above the hole is a possible three putt.

Tee boxes, fairways and greens were in superb conditions, at times like hitting off a carpet. A plethora of greenside and fairway bunkers were in fair condition, hittable but evidently the recent rain made them inconsistent but playable.

The course meanders through rolling countryside, each hole unique from the other. Par threes present uphill and downhill challenges and if flag placement is at the most difficult area, plan on celebrating a bogey. From its high venue, the first hole is a strong uphill dog leg left, to an elevated green, protected by bunkers… typical of this course. The rolling grasses and rock walls caused one of our players (who grew up in Ireland), to remark that this course reminded him of the courses in Ireland. In fact the Irish flag tops the flag stick on most greens! Wayward shots can find tall grasses and well defined hills, slopes and forested areas, beyond the fairways. You are thinking on every hole and hitting a straight shot may not be the best choice on numerous left and right dog legs.
Long hitters may be tempted to cut the dogleg, but you better know your distance or you will be hunting for your ball. There are only two holes with water the 17th and 18th for a challenging finish, but numerous blind shots or uphill and downhill hole are included with the many doglegs

In short, play this course, and if you can… play with someone who knows the course. I can understand that the pace of play may be slow at times, especially on weekends, with individuals trying to find their balls, but this course was a treat that FAR exceeded my expectations. Will return soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 28
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bring your A game

10-18 pace of play was great.... 1-9 pace of play was terrible.... very slow.
Besides that.... this course is a difficult, challenging layout. It is not for beginners. From the tips you better be long and accurate. The layout is challenging at very tee box. Greens are undulating. Love the challenge.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not an easy course

Great layout but very challenging. Landscape looks a lot different than what else is around the area. Strantz did a great job designing this one. Bring a friend to help spot some of you shots, you’ll probably need it.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Difficult Course, Great Staff

Played here yesterday. The course was in great shape though my performance was not! This course is very challenging, but not completely unfair. What stood out for me was the staff. From Charles, the starter, who was informative and professional yet very personable and friendly to Haley(HK), the cart attendant, who wiped our clubs who was very friendly and offered great customer service, our experience was extra pleasurable!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 101
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

PLAY THIS COURSE!!!

What can I say!!?? There is NO better course in this area!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Fantastic greens

You will be challenged by this golf course. Several very unique golf holes. Make sure you pick the tee that is appropriate for your skill level. Greens held on high approach shots an rolled beautifully.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 05/30/2021

Thank you for the great review. Mike Strantz designed and built a beautiful and unique course. Hope you make it back again soon.

Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Extremely Challenging Layout...But Fun!

I haven't played RNK since it was renovated and restored to its original condition. They did an exceptional job in the renovation. The other reviews this month mentioned no grass...I didn't find that. Virginia has had little rain in May, so all the courses are dry and firm; however, RNK has plenty of grass in the fairways...they are just really tight lies. Once there is some rain, the course will definitely green up more. With the firm conditions, you get plenty of bounce and roll, so factor that into your landing zones. The bunkers are superb...nice fluffy sand. And, the greens are very nice--not as fast as I was lead to believe they would be, but certainly running true. And, there are several greens with false fronts--you will roll back off the green and down the apron if you're not careful. The course is in great shape...nothing a little rain won't help. Additionally, the staff were excellent. Very welcoming, personable, and open to answer any questions you might have. Pack a lot of patience to play this course--it's target golf with lots of blind shots and trouble along the way. The course slope/rating is very high!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Super Interesting !!

Super interesting layout !! If they had enough water or rain to keep the grass green it would be a 10 in my book. But for now, fairways are hard, dry and dead, tee boxes not for behind. The greens are good as they probably get the most water. Course reminds me of Wolf Creek in Mesquite, NV. Highly recommend both !!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Super Interesting !!

This is the most ‘interesting’ course I’ve played on the east coast !!! Corresponds to Wolf Creek in Mesquite, NV outside Vegas !!! Desperately needs Rain for the turf, otherwise everything is dying !! If the turf were in good condition, this might be one of the best courses I’ve Ever played ... in 50 years of golf !!! Outstanding !!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Commented on 05/30/2021

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Strantz modeled the course after two of his favorite Irish courses, Royal County Down and Ballybunion. The more you play it, the more you appreciate the design subtleties that Strantz built into the design. Hooe you make it back soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Incredible

Incredible course - very unique. The course is really great with some very interesting and fun holes. For me though, the excellent staff really seals the deal. Everyone is super accommodating and extremely friendly. 10/10

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 05/30/2021

Thank you for the great review. We appreciate you taking the time to write it. Hope you make it back soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Greatest!

One of the greatest rounds of my life! This course is amazing!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 05/30/2021

Great review! Glad you enjoyed playing Strantz's unique design...come back soon.

Played On
Reviews 92
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Haven't played here in over a year

The staff at the course were excellent and accommodating. They got me in about 30min before my tee time. This worked well until I caught up tp three foursomes which slowed things down considerably.

The greens were in great shape. Tee boxes were dry and the fairways still growing from winter.

Very challenging course as i had not played it in over a year. Make sure your sand trap game is in good shape as there are plenty on the course

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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