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4.7
527 Reviews (527)
5 Stars
400
4 Stars
101
3 Stars
19
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
94.7%
Recommend this course
504 out of 527 reviews
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4.6
60 Reviews (60)
5 Stars
46
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
91.7%
Recommend this course
55 out of 60 reviews
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4.7
106 Reviews (106)
5 Stars
87
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.8
94.3%
Recommend this course
100 out of 106 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
527 Reviews (527)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 8
Drinks 7
Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 18
Elevation Changes 17
Forced Carries 17
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 21
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 14
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 13
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 20

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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
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Previously Played

I’m not good enough

This course was much too tough for me as a mid handicapper. The greens are in great shape but almost impossible for me to handle. Although a beautiful course, it is not enjoyable unless you relish a true challenge of your skills. Bring extra balls!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fantastic Golf worth the Drive

Drove an hour and a half from Charlottsville to play Royal New Kent with a friend. The staff was friendly, and the practice areas were well kept. I paid 98 dollars, which was great value for a course of this caliber, and included range balls and a cart.

The course was in great condition, and each hole was unique, with a feature that left you remembering them. It was a very challenging course that demands accuracy of the tee, with greens that roll true and fast, with slopes on them that make for a great challenge.

I would definitely come back, as the course seems like it will be more fun once you know the layout, as many blind shots require knowledge of the layout to understand how to play shots properly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 43
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

RNK

Mike strantz design treated with the utmost respect by the team at a Royal New Kent. It’s a great challenge with a ton of fun mixed in. Better bring the whole golf bag ready to go because you’ll need every club to play well here!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
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 21
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Royal New Kent review

Demanding layout. Fairways and greens I good shape. Will return again for sure

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very tough golf course

I was intrigued by the reviews for this golf course. They were not misleading. Hardest course I have ever played. I am a 9 handicap at my home course and shot a 96 from the white tees which I was pleased with. The starter recommended the member tees but they were basically the same tees as the women's tees and my wife would not stand for that. Very unfriendly course for women. No senior women’s tees and a lot of long carries off the green tees. Dry fairway conditions contributed to the difficulty. Would like to play in better conditions but leave wife home

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

NEVER DISAPPOINTS

Royal New Kent golf club is fairly challenging for an average golfer, but the overall beauty of the course (especially the front nine), makes it a worthwhile endeavor. The Greens are always in great shape, with just enough undulation to keep one's score respectable. I always look forward to a round on this Mike Strantz designed course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful layout

The course architecture is insane. Tons of undulation blind shots and forced carries depending on what tees you play. Definitely one to come back and play again or play if you haven’t.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Top Class Course

From the first tee shot to the final putt every shot is a challenge but totally fair, emphasis on approach play as some severe slopes on the greens. , Cannot rate it highly enough. If your in the area at all don’t miss it. Some really difficult holes,with blind shots. Invest in a yardage book and select the correct tees. You won’t be disappointed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awesome course go play it!

The course was in great condition the pins are blind on most of the holes but if you know your distances on each club then you shouldn't have a problem.

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

Fabulous Facility

From the point you arrive in the parking lot through the end of your round, it is a great experience! There were bottles of water on ice in the cart cooler and towels up front for each rider in the cart. The course was in superb condition. The greens were fantastic and the views from the tee boxes are breathtaking. The Club Pro was out on the course in a cart and stopped to talk with us, a very rare act for any courses I have played in the Richmond area.

When we completed our round and arrived at our vehicle in the parking lot, a young staff member brought us an ice cold bottle of water and told us when we were done offloading our clubs, to just park the cart in an empty parking spot and he would come and get it! Again, something I have never experienced at any other golf course in the area. A Fabulous Golf experience at any price!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Royal New Kent

The course is in great shape. The greens are some of the best I have played this year. This is a course that can be extremely punishing if you are off your game, and it can be very rewarding when you are striking the ball well. They have a great practice range.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0

Good and Ugly

First I want to say the course was amazing. Staff was pretty friendly. However the pace of play was atrocious. Made the turn at 3.5 hours and there were 6 groups on hole 10. For the price of the course this is unacceptable in my opinion. Would consider playing again if the tee times were managed better

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Ireland Golf via Virginia Setting

Royal New Kent is a great layout. The range was in good shape. Nothing to brag about. The chipping and bunker practice area were great and gave a true feel. The starter was friendly and gave pointers to us, since it was our first time playing there. The layout has Stranz written all over it. The conditions were firm and it played true to it. The only thing missing is an ocean breeze to bring the wind into play. We didn't finish our round due to lightning. The clerk in the Pro Shop was friendly about rescheduling us to finish our round. The manager...Not so much. I will for sure go back to finish what I started (shot a 43 on the front).

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Must Play

Went with my father for a 9am Saturday tee time. It was my fathers first time playing the course but we have played other mike strantz courses. We had 2 foursomes in front of us but the pace of play wasn’t bad. 4.5 hours total. Staff brought water around and had coolers at the 1st tee to fill up. I love the course, and the staff is great.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
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
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