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383 Reviews (383)
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.4
96.3%
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4.7
82 Reviews (82)
5 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.7
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.8
95.1%
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4.6
148 Reviews (148)
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
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4.7
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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
383 Reviews (383)

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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Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Time

Awesome course. Definitely one of the hardest courses in the state. Amazingly friendly staff. Will definitely return.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Favorite toughest course around

Greens were just punched in the last 5 days. Still rolled pretty good but a lil bumpy

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

very challenging scenic course

Fantastic lay-out . Didn’t know ir being informed greens were aerated. Disappointed !Expected course and greens to be better shape since I looked very much forward to play this and drove 2 hours. Staff excellent and very friendly. Great practice facility and goid pricing on range balls

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

the NEW Royal New Kent

Played here about 10 yrs ago.....it was amazing...
Always love Strantz golf courses.
It closed for about 3 yrs,but has now re-opened....and it is IMMACULATE !!!!
It was a joy to play today !!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 07/25/2021

Thank you for the five star review. We brought back two of Strantz's small team of shapers, that built our course in 96 and worked on all seven of his courses he built from scratch, to help with the renovation and put it back to the way it was originally. Its a unique design that never gets boring.

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Commented on 07/14/2021

Thank you for the great review! Actually, the course was closed for around 15 months which included seven months of renovation by the new owners. Mike Strantz designed and built a beautiful place. Its great to see people enjoy the challenge, uniqueness and the beauty.

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent Course

I became a huge fan of Mike Strantz after playing Tobacco Road and have made it a bucket list item to play as many of his courses as possible. Royal New Kent lived up to expectations and made for a fantastic final day of our Williamsburg Golf Trip.

Would say the course is a more forgiving, watered-down Tobacco Road (in a good way). Much less polarizing and fun to play the first time around without sacrificing what makes a Strantz course unique. Course conditions were maybe a half step below Tabacco Road, but don’t let that push you away from playing this course. It was still my favorite course of the week (including both horseshoe courses).

Side note: we played the day after tropical storm Elsa came through and 3 days after they aerated the greens. We had about as “worst case” of a scenario as far as conditions are concerned but still found the course in great shape. Greens were very playable and we were back in the fairway with the cart by the time we made the turn. I would love to give the course another go when she is firing on all cylinders, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play since Williamsburg isn’t on our normal golf trip rotation.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/14/2021

Thank you for the nice review! Mike Strantz only designed seven courses from scratch and RNK is, like his other courses, very unique and never boring. We had two of Strantz's team that built all seven courses back to do the renovation which was wonderful for them and us. The shaping on the course is a piece of artwork. Hope you can make it back soon.

Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once 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 Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 110
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful!!

It never changes, that Royal New Kent is the best course in this area, but one of the grounds maintenance guys needs to find some common sense!! I had pulled my cart off the cart path because I saw his tractor coming, but it was so slow, I ended up pulling off before he got to me. He actually scolded me for being off the path by the tee!!! I told him not to be ridiculous, but it was still annoying!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Oh My!!

A visual feast. Entertaining, fun, tough. My favorite course. Always a challenge, but so much fun!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Oh my!!!

Always a visual feast. Beat me up as usual, but boy what fun. My altime favorite course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great course

Course was in pretty good condition. Quite a good challenge. Pretty wide layout on most holes, so if you miss the fairway you're in for a tough recovery. Greens were fast and rolled nicely, and hitting the right tier of the greens was essential for scoring. Also, missing the raised greens on the approach shot typically made for a tricky up and down. Only complaint was that I was told I could go out early since they were pretty wide open as they had a shotgun tournament going on, but then the starter had me wait to go out behind a group of 4 that was playing extremely slow, around 3.5 hours on the front 9.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
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
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Commented on 07/08/2021

Thank you for the great review! Mike Strantz only designed and built seven courses because of his untimely death at age 50. Even so, in 2000 he was named one of the top 10 golf architects of all time along with two of his biggest mentors, Tom Fasio and Dr. Alister MacKenzie. Royal New Kent with its shaping is truly unique and each hole is memorable. Hope to see you again soon.

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
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