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4.7
482 Reviews (482)
5 Stars
363
4 Stars
97
3 Stars
17
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
96.0%
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4.7
42 Reviews (42)
5 Stars
33
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
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1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.7
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.9
95.2%
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4.8
136 Reviews (136)
5 Stars
107
4 Stars
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3 Stars
2
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.8
96.3%
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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
482 Reviews (482)

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 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Love the challenge

This is my second time playing and the greens are great, very well maintained. Not your normal course. It will test your club selection ability and aim. Beautiful views at each tee box.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Stunning absolutely stunning

Stunning course! Incredible in every way and on every hole. What a majestic work of art. Challenging but fun and impressive. Goes down as one of our best ever golf experience. Thank you to the staff and team who made this experience memorable. I even forgot my wallet in the cart and they found it and saved it for me. An honest group as well that I am truly grateful for. Thank you!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 111
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Maryland Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Always a Thrill

I love RNK--and it's not for the faint of heart because it is extremely challenging. There are a lot of blind shots, elevation changes, and bad bounces in the fairways due to the slopes. Generally, you need to take extra club either because of wind you can't feel, an uphill shot, carries, or false fronts on several of the approach shots. I've played it enough over the years (before and after it's reopening) that I know which side of the hole to favor. The course was in good shape, except the bunkers needed a little TLC. The greens were running a tad on the quick side and seemed to have a little more subtle movement then I remember. The only reason I rated it a 4 vs 5 was because there was a foursome in front of me that had a hole open in front of them after #2 and I believe 2-3 holes open after #5. I finally played through them on #8 and didn't catch up to the group in front of them until #15. They weren't marshaling, but I did tell the starter how slow they were when I made the turn. The course was simply too hard for their skill level. It made for a "hit-and-sit" front 9. RNK is a favorite and I will continue to return, but will try to play during the week instead of the weekend for a better experience.

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

Beautiful course in great shape

Everything about the round was excellent. The course was in the best condition I have seen it in years (and it is usually in good condition). They are not sending groups out on top of each other, so wasn’t rushed or slow. Overall, it was a great day of golfing. Favorite hole is #17, tough, but so fun to go for it!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 17
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging, Professional

Great challenge. Best overall staff i've encointered. Thourough, helpful with a great pro shop. Keep the ball in the fairway. There are plenty of fairway lies that are not flat and pose their own challenges. Roigh unforgiving . Geeat layput. Highly recommended.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 04/25/2022

Thank you for the great review! Mike Strantz designed and built from scratch only seven courses. Royal New Kent,, he modeled after two of his favorite Irish courses, Royal County Down and Ballybuinion and it's very unique and never gets boring. Hope you can make it back soon.

Played On
Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
First Time Playing

The worst

I’ve played on some of the best courses in the Southeast.
This course is unfairly difficult because there is no GPS the scorecards have no layouts. You are on most holes playing blind. It’s probably a good course if you are a regular but as someone playing it the first time from out of town I left after 9 holes and went somewhere else.

Conditions Excellent
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 63
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Great course but a few issues

One of my favorite courses. Great Strantz course brought back from the dead. Fairways coming around, bunkers need a bit of attention. Greens were a bit slow compared to last time I played. I am a bit worried about some very invasive weeds getting into the greens, especially par 3 15th. They need to be taken care of soon. Range was closed and those in clubhouse didn’t know why. I would hate to see RNK go back in conditions when the folks there did such a wonderful job bringing it back. Didn’t have time for the pub this time but it has been good in the past.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nothing Like We Have Ever Experienced - Breathtaking

April 14, 2022 – Just completed our 7-day golf trip to beautiful Virginia playing Williamsburg National Yorktown and Jamestown Courses, Ford's Colony, Golden Horseshoe Green and Gold courses, The Club at Viniterra finishing at Royal New Kent Golf Club.

Our travel group typically plays 30 to 37 new courses each year in the USA, Canada and Europe. Never have we experienced anything like Royal New Kent Golf Club. The front 9 is unlike anything we have played. Reminiscent of landscapes in Ireland, each hope has its own unique and incredible beauty, with heather and other grasses that boarder pot bunkers and well-guarded bunker greens. Elevation changes on each hole will challenge your club selection and wits as target golf is required here. Rolling greens are generous in size.

The back 9 is uniquely different from the front 9 resembling Irish links. Wider fairways will allow you hit bombs off the tee but be aware target golf on second or third shots is required as rolling greens are undulating, some with high elevation changes so pin seeking shots are required to score well.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 05/01/2022

Thank you for the five star review. Mike Strantz only designed seven courses from scratch and his designs are never boring. Strantz modeled RNK after two of his favorite Irish courses, Royal County Down and Ballybuinion. New owners in 2018 brought back two of Strantz's team that built the course 1997 and completely renovated the course and put it back to its original look and feel. The Irish design makes for a very unique experience. Hope you can make it back soon.

Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Very challenging course!

Teed off at 11:50, about 40 degrees and 15 to 20 mph winds... WOW! Had a wonderful time though. Course was in the best condition I've ever played it in. Always very challenging and enjoyable. Will definitely return because I had par on the last two holes!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 04/05/2022

Great review! Thank you! Mike Strantz, the course designer, was a student of Alister MacKenzie and MacKenzie's principles of great golf course design. Strantz incorporated that philosophy into RNK, for example making holes appear harder then they are and great courses are appreciated more, the more you play them. Strantz provides.a conservative option route on each hole along with a route to "go for it" which makes it fun to play. New owners completed a major renovation in 2019 which brought it back to the course it was when it opened in 1997. Hope you can make it back again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A bit cold and windy. But love the layout. Staff was great!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 04/05/2022

Thank you for the five star review! Mike Strantz, the course designer, modeled it after two of his favorite Irish courses, Royal County Down and Ballybuinion. Its a unique place and never boring. Hope you can make it back soon.

Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
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 1
Skill Intermediate
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

RNK

Course was great condition for March and staff was extremely cordial. The course layout needs to be somewhere…on the card, at the tee or GPS. The fairways are generous. Too many elevated greens. A couple of the par 3’s are too similar…down hill etc. The 10th green reminds me of a putt putt course. The severity needs to be lessened. The average golfer is not “welcome”.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fantastic course

Absolutely love the course. It had a lot of pleasant surprises. I wish I lived close by so I can join their membership. It was worth the trip from Ohio. It is on par with some of the best courses I have played before, which include Golf Digest top 100 courses to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 03/19/2022

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

Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Fun, challenging layout. Great experience.

7hc. Familiar Strantz design-lots of up/down and somewhat blind tee shots and approach shots. For winter, the conditions were really excellent. Much better than other area courses. Fairways were dry and the greens really smooth and true. If you play the right tees, and keep it out of the bunkers, it's very playable. Misses are very penal, though. I had the place almost to myself and had a blast.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Difficult

I remember this course and how challenging it was. Not for the faint of heart.

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

Great Layout

Great course layout. Pace of play was an issue. Although it was off season and there were a lot of singles behind 3 and 4 somes creating an issue on pace of play. Suggest teaming these singles together to improve everyone’s experience. Nearly hit twice even though we were waiting on a walking single that insisted on playing the champion tees!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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