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4.7
550 Reviews (550)
5 Stars
419
4 Stars
103
3 Stars
21
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.3
94.1%
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525 out of 550 reviews
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4.6
60 Reviews (60)
5 Stars
48
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
90.0%
Recommend this course
54 out of 60 reviews
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4.7
104 Reviews (104)
5 Stars
84
4 Stars
13
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
92.3%
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96 out of 104 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
550 Reviews (550)

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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Handicap 5-9
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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

If you're a Mike Strantz fan, Royal New Kent is a must play

First off, I want to emphasize that this is a 4 1/2-star course, not just four stars. If it were in a little better shape I could have given it five stars because this is one of the most imaginative and most memorable golf courses I've played in the last couple of years. It's also another example of why golfers should seek out Mike Strantz-designed golf courses. At every tee, there are twists and turns you don't see on 99 percent of the golf courses you play. It's also helpful is you're playing with someone who knows the course, by the way, because there are a few blind shots and layups you need to know about. In essence, though this isn't a links course, it has many links elements, including a variety of interesting bunkers, mounds and wild greens shapes. This a golf course that plays differently every time you play it, and it's a different golf course from every set of tees. In short, it's never, ever boring.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Fun and Challenging

This was such a fun layout. Several holes were blind tee shots and the greens are huge. Although the are very large they have dramatic elevation changes in them which for a very difficult put when you hit the wrong part of the green. Several greens have false fronts which also adds to the trickery. I really enjoyed the layout and would play it again if I was back in the area.
I was fortunate to play on a day when the course was wet following a heavy rainstorm the night before. I took the golf pro's advice and picked a tee box to play based on the course slope and not the distance- which was the white tees. This made the course a little short for me and if I get to play next time I will play from the black tees.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 22
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times 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 44
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

All the accolades are deserved

Play the correct tees for your skills and you will have a great time, course makes you think on every shot. Good conditions, friendly staff and the great course all made for a really fun round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 38
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Just brutal- both the course and pace

Just way too tough a course for a mid handicapper. Blind shots, forced carries, uneven lies, and ridiculously tough greens. Hazards all ovrer and thorny bushes to boot. I can see why a scratch golfer would like the challenge and it is a visually stunning course. Played on a Sunday morning and the round took 5.5 hours! The pace was excruciating.

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

Very Challenging

But fair. Greens were like countertops. Staff was welcoming. Ready to return

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Bring extra balls

This course was too challenging for my skill. I really enjoyed the course, but I will really need to work on my skill level before I return. Most of the fairways are very tight. Greens are fast and depending on pin placement you can find your ball rolling off into a bunker or back out on the fairway if your putt is too long. A lot of the bunkers are deep making it difficult to hit out and onto the green. If you are a better than average golfer you will really enjoy this course. Otherwise, bring lots of balls!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 60
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
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 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course! Staff could use some work.

Waited 20 minutes before a starter could be found. Was told the bathrooms indoors were out of order, but that there were plenty of porta-John’s on the course (there were 2). There was no water available on the course. Didn’t see any ball cleaners either. That’s the bad. The course itself is a masterpiece though. Hands down the most difficult course I have ever played, but I would happily return to get my butt kicked again. I would also recommend playing this course to anyone who even remotely loves the game.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

EPIC

Each hole is like its own world. Very challenging layout and difficult greens but an awesome experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
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 9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Simply awesome course

So happy I played this course.
Although very difficult, and super fast greens it is the best golf experience one will ever have, regardless of score. I will be back foe sure !

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Toughest course ever played.. but fun !

First off, the welcome was top notch. First time there and will go back for another beating ! Ha ! The course is immaculate, greens are like marble fast and lots of incline no matter where you putt from.. rated 14 after all. Hurt me some more !

White and soft sand in bunkers...

Lost a few balls, but you can find lots if no one playing behind you.. watch for those thorns in the weeds... Yup been there..

Played in 4.5 hours...

You can easily add 10-12 strokes to your game, but who's counting.. Had the best golf experience of my life. Really!

By the way, this is the 15th hardest course in the USA, but don't let that stop you.. play the member's or green tees.. don't be ashamed ! Oh, have fun...

Conditions Good
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
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Awful Pace

We get to the course at 1 when we have a 2:10 tee time, we get told to go off back 9 behind 3 to 4 foursome groups! There were at least 6 carts on the tee box as we are riding up. We teed off at 2:50 and finished 8 holes in 3.5 hours. Utterly ridiculous seeming how early we got there, even asked about best time to tee off from the many groups ahead of us. I traveled almost 2 hours to play 8 holes and watch two groups play in front of me; terrible experience. Marshall didn't seem to care at all about our pace of play concern before the round. The course is great, but pace and lack of staff caring ruined the whole trip.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Shape

September 28, 2022. The course was in very good shape. Fairways not plush but very playable. The greens were U.S.Open level hard and fast. High approach shots were leaving no ball mark and puts required a VERY soft touch. We employed a defensive putting strategy. The course is an aesthetic pleasure.

Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
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
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