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4.7
300 Reviews (300)
5 Stars
222
4 Stars
62
3 Stars
12
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.4
96.6%
Recommend this course
289 out of 300 reviews
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4.5
71 Reviews (71)
5 Stars
47
4 Stars
19
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
95.8%
Recommend this course
68 out of 71 reviews
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4.7
153 Reviews (153)
5 Stars
118
4 Stars
29
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.8
98.0%
Recommend this course
150 out of 153 reviews
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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
300 Reviews (300)

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
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very nice course very challenging. This particular day they practice facilities were closed and it was cartpath only making it very difficult to play.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 20
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 80
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Concerning

It is still the most beautiful course in the area but the greens were problematic as there is a different type of grass coming up through the Bermuda...

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

Fantastic Layout

I have played most of the courses in the Williamsburg area but Royal New Kent was one of the few remaining that I had not. There was a good amount t of rain in the days prior that left some portions of the course quite muddy. Overall though the course drainage was good and the layout was great. For being in the middle of the off season this course was fantastic. The greens are absolutely amazing. Rolled true and stayed playable even though everything was heavily saturated. I look forward to playing this course in its prime!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Great Course for the value

This course is one of the most challenging courses in Richmond, and I would have to think it's one of the more challenging in the state. Incredible design, made to emulate the Irish link style courses. A few balls will probably be lost, but it's an incredible experience. Usually in the $60-$80 range so the $40 deal on Golf Now Hot deals was a steal. Play this course if you are in the Richmond area!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 80
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Always the best!

It does not matter where I play golf in this area ... Royal New Kent is always a step above and more fun to play!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

If you like Stranz designs..You'll Love it!!

OK, to be fair I'm a Mike Stranz fan boy. I wanted to play complete the rota of his public course designs. Conditions were great for December. Course was in excellent condition as well. Pace of play was fast (full disclosure I was playing as a single, and first off :)) With it being a bit damp, very little roll so it played longer than usual, but zero complaints. Would definitely recommend....again, provided you like Stranz designs!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Different is Good

Such a fun place to play, so very different than the other courses in Virginia. Link's style, yet very playable and pleasing to the eye. Green's were fast and true,. Staff was great, don't miss playing this course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 12/12/2020

Exactly! Each one of the seven courses Mike Strantz designed and built from scratch were as unique as they are beautiful. He modeled Royal New Kent after his two favorite Irish courses, Royal County Down and Ballybunion which gives it very much an Irish feel so you can experience Irish golf closer to home....Golf Ireland in Virginia.

Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Expected More

Was hoping for a little more as I have not played since the renovation. Just seems like they just made it how it should have been in the first place. The drainage was much better and the traps are better, got rid of the poo water near the horse track!!!. It has also been cleaned up a good bit. Apparently after speaking with an employee, those were really the only changes. Which brings me to. It's too expensive. I guess if people will pay it? I can play 2 rounds elsewhere comparable for the price. Still love the course! And will play on occasion I'm just cheap!!!! Thanks New Kent!!!! Good work!

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Vert open and great view

First 9 hole was awesome. Back nine with home view was as nice as the first nine holes. It was wet on fairway probably from rain from previous day. That was only complaint I had but overall it was enjoyable.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Irish Gem

Loved this course, front 9 is spectacular and back a little less so but over all a memorable round!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fantastic Track

RNK is a roller coaster of a golf course. Challenging layout! Conditions were great for November! Staff was friendly and helpful! It’s come a long way since new management took over! Would rate it above Tobacco Roads!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 11/10/2020

Great review! Its fitting you mentioned a roller coaster...one of our favorite Mike Strantz quotes about the courses he and his team wanted to design and build..."We have a saying...at amusement parks like Disney Land, Six Flags, etc, you don’t see the long lines at the merry-go-rounds, you see them at the roller coasters. That is what people want.”

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 53
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
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 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A top 100 course!

A beautiful, highly challenging course. You only saw the hole you were on for most holes. The front 9.plays through a forest. Lots of elevation changes. Well-placed bunkers. Each hole is framed beautifully. The greens were a good speed. but appeared slower than normal because of the recent rains. I played the 6200 tees. Unfortunately, because of recent rains, it was cart paths only, and the course felt like 6800 yards!
Every hole is like a signature hole! Some were long. There were forced carries, and decisions to lay-up. The short holes had their own challenges, like not using a driver, blind shots to green or severely sloped greens.
The course earns every bit of its high slope.
I look foward to returning when the course is dry.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Course was challenging, but fantastic fun even in the wet weather. They were accommodating to allow me to ride in the rough due to my disability. Definitely will go back many more times.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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