Cacapon Resort State Park
|Gold (W)||72||5910 yards||74.6||133|
|Blue M: 72.1/134||383||395||535||194||410||379||431||197||536||3460||378||484||380||414||376||190||396||181||550||3349||6809|
|White M: 70.0/129 W: 76.6/133||351||363||509||160||372||345||408||175||510||3193||331||445||353||382||345||173||375||154||516||3074||6267|
|Gold M: 68.4/128 W: 74.6/133||330||345||490||140||360||330||370||165||485||3015||310||430||340||360||335||150||355||153||490||2923||5938|
|Red M: 67.2/127 W: 72.9/128||310||340||420||120||330||320||350||130||460||2780||290||410||320||350||330||125||340||115||450||2730||5510|
|Gold Level 1 M: 60.6/114 W: 63.3/105||222||240||261||93||237||208||261||110||374||2006||205||277||245||220||230||112||261||96||373||2019||4025|
Food & BeverageSnacks, Restaurant
Available FacilitiesLocker Rooms
WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN....
Have played this course every year or two for many years. Played today (Sept 19th, 2020) and it was a terrible experience from beginning to end--which is a shame for such a nice and beautiful layout! For the millions they are putting into re-doing the Lodge, they need to put a few $$ into the course---most especially the greens and fringes. But more on that later--when I booked this yesterday, the afternoon seemed very open from the available tee times--so I was shocked at a nearly 5 hour round! On the way in, there was a cross-country race going on--and they saw fit to completely block the road into the course--had to wait for 20 minutes or more even though I had a tee time etc.... . This was completely mis-managed--the runners were few and far between and with a little organization and a "traffic cop"--the handful of cars could have easily and safely been waived through during the substantial breaks between runners---but--guess they figured blocking the only way in and out was perfectly fine. Needless to say, this led to a most rushed and stressed beginning to my round--and the course provided no warning on this when booking. Neither did they indicate the greens had been aerated--though I should have asked--but it would be common courtesy to point that out. Apparently there was a very early in the season frost delay that delayed and backed things up--though I had to learn that from other golfers when backed up on a tee part way through the round--the Pro Shop nor Starter said nothing about this--nor did they make any attempt whatsoever to group 2 somes or Singles together given the circumstances. I literally waited on EVERY shot (other than putts....)throughout the entire round. And to top it off the Idiots behind me kept hitting into me even though it was very, very evident that no one was going anywhere and I was waiting on those in front of me. And then there were the greens---aerated yes--but healing up a bit--but that really just disguised a bit what TERRIBLE shape the greens were in---brown and diseased splotches--and these continued into the fringes in many cases, where there was no grass at all at times. Most putts were like putting through shag carpet--and this was not just due to the aeration---but then there were putts that were quite fast since the underlying grass on the greens was already dead. Actually managed to make a few putts---but anything within about 3 to 5 feet should have been a "gimme" as you literally had no idea where it was going. This used to be a nice course--but the greens have either had major issues or otherwise been completely neglected. What a shame and disappointment......!!
Greens Like Putting on Velcro; Could have done 90 degrees on fairways
I will not be back. Have played here numerous times but it was cart path only (yes we have had a lot of rain but you could have done 90 degrees; especially with all the marshals). Greens were horrificly slow - like putting on velcro. Almost like they are scared they might lose the greens due to the heat/humidity. Fairways were in horrible shape. You can go 10 minutes farther and play Whitetail for $36 - faster greens & in much better condition. This is an excellent layout but to not cut the greens to a decent speed is not acceptable.
Mother Nature Won This Day
This review is in 2 parts... the first was that overall, it is a good course, lots of fun hole, elevation changes, etc... the bad thing is that it was cart path only due to all of the recent rains and with all of the hills, the body really ached after this round... it was about 60% dry, but there was some spots that were really wet. On quite a few drives, the ball stuck in the fairway.
So, beware and might call ahead if there has been recent rains within the last week at this course.
Good RTJ Course
Played this course on Labor Day Weekend. Conditions were not as good as I have seen in the past, but this summer has been rough on courses in the Mid Atlantic. I will attribute the course conditions to that. Greens looked good though. Fairways took the worst of it. Pace of play was OK for a Holiday weekend. Course has a good layout. Fun and challenging, but did not have any tricked up holes. Overall a course that I would not mind playing on a regular basis.
Can't beat the value, fun layout, great getaway
We stayed in the Cacapon Resort State Park over easter weekend. Having come down from Canada Friday morning, we wanted to come far enough south that we were to be sure of no snow. If you go, stay in one of the cabins - same price as the lodge, but you get a kitchen and fireplace which is great for evenings of drinking local moonshine.
I was the only golfer in the group, so planned on going out as a single and possibly getting paired up.
The prices are unreal - afternoon 9 holes for $13, $35 for 18 on a weekend morning, range balls for $3.
The course was still recovering from a tough winter - they actually had snow. Despite that, the tees, fairways, rough, and bunkers all looked in great condition given that it was very early season. The greens were long as they didn't want to hurt the grass; however, they still rolled true.
The layout is great - it has a wide variety of holes; dog legs, straight away holes, all of varying distance. The front 9 starts fairly wide open, and then wanders back into the trees. At no point does it feel too tight; there are the woods framing some holes, but it's forgiving enough to leave some room for error. There's very little water on the course, only in play on 4 holes. The back nine is entirely set the woods, except for the 10th tee and 18th green. While a few holes run parallel in a back and forth fashion, they're all different as they go gently up and down lower edge of the mountain ridge.
There weren't any leaves on the trees when I was there, but I can imagine just how beautiful it can be. On the 11th hole of my first round, a deer was standing 2 yards off the green grazing and watching me as I quietly putted out. Getting a birdie was nice, having that audience was even better.
I easily walked the course all three times I played. There are no big hills or long gaps green to tee. Even on the busy Easter Saturday, my slowest round was just under 4 hours walking in a foursome. In a two some, we got around in just over three hours.
The clubhouse and grill are pretty basic no-frills setups. The breakfast sandwich was great and I'd go back just to have another Reuben and fries after my round.
If you want a low cost get away weekend with golf and other activities, Cacapon is a great option.
It's not a 5 star course or experience; you don't get the over-the-top service, the perfectly groomed course with tour speed greens. If you want a serene weekend away from everything this is for you. It's a great easy escape - it's simple, it's inexpensive, it's relaxing.
This is one of the greatest reviews I have ever read. I am from West Virginia, but love Canada, Neil Young, Rush, drinking moonshine, playing golf in the woods and Reubens and fries. Playing the course for the first time tomorrow, need the deer audience vibes Will report back.