A view over the water from Golden Eagle Golf Club at Tides Inn Resort
480 King Carter Drive, Irvington, VA 22480, US
(804) 438-5000
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About The Tides Inn

The historic Tides Inn dates back to 1947 and is located on the Virginia Coast along Chesapeake Bay and on the Virginia Wine Trail and Virginia Oyster Trail. Golden Eagle Golf Club, located three miles away, is an amenity of the resort and was designed by George Cobb. It is also home to a nine-hole, par-3 golf course that is included in green fees. The Tides Inn has a half mile of Chesapeake Bay frontage, three dining concepts including an Oyster Bar, a fleet of bicycles for rent and a 60-slip overnight marina. The Tides Inn underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation in 2020 to its 70-room property, which has 66 guest rooms and four luxury suites.

Facts

Price Range$$$
Property Class★★★★
Acres25
Year Opened1947
Number of UnitsLess than 100

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Bar, Casual
Room TypesRoom, Suite
Short CourseYes
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
MarinaYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?Yes
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at The Tides Inn

Reviews

4.3
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Reviews 57
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Enjoyable Course

Got a chance to play with my son - rare, because we live so far apart. We had a very enjoyable round.
First, we were greeted warmly by the PGA Pro. He went out of the shop to point out where everything was.
Golden Eagle has a very good layout with a nice variety of holes - good elevation changes and chances to hit uphill/downhill/sidehill lies. The rough was trimmed well in spite of recent rains.
Sand in the bunkers was a bit firm and the greens very, very soft from those rains. Of course the soft greens meant that it was easier to get balls to stop quickly.
Pace of play was excellent.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Course

I had an excellent time playing at Golden Eagle. The course was in amazing condition and there is a good amount of hole variety. I will be back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

No on course amenities..

Tight.....no trash cans or water or bathroom open on course....maybe covid???? Plenty of beautiful trees to pee behind...caught 3 sunfish and a bass.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 28
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Disappointed

Great traditional layout but only average conditions. Traps were all dirt rather than sand and there are a lot of traps. Still worth the trip as the course is somewhat remote.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 375
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
4.0
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Used cart

Golden Eagle was well worth saving

It's easy to see why Golden Eagle Golf Club is a good venue to test the best players in the game. Host of multiple state opens, this George Cobb design has narrow holes with doglegs, water hazards and some relatively small greens (compared to newer courses). You have to be accurate off the tee, and the ability to work the ball both ways is a good trait as well.

Carved through hillsides of Virginia pines, the course has plenty of scenery, and it can be daunting as well. For example, the par-5 second is fairly straightaway, but you have to hit it straight to avoid the forest on both sides as well as a series of fairway bunkers. The course never lets up.

The centerpiece of the course a large lake. The fifth hole makes good use of it, for example. The tee shot is fairly lengthy over water to an island fairway. The second shot is also over water, and at 445 yards from the back tee, it's no wonder it's the no. 1 handicap hole on the course.

Golden Eagle also finishes strong. The 17th is an uphill par 3 that plays more than 200 yards. The 18th is a beautiful 382-yard par 4 that plays downhill off the tee in front of a lake, followed by an uphill approach over the water.

As it turns out, Golden Eagle is the only remaining golf course in Lancaster County. Last October, the nearby Tides Inn resort announced the course was going to close, but thanks to the efforts of some members of the semi-private club as well as the resort, the course has remained open and has been improving, reminding players of what it once was and will be once again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 55
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

A nice round but the horseflies are henious!

This is a pretty-decent course, I'd say maybe a 7 or 7+ in terms of difficulty...the main thing is that is is a LONG drive away from DC. 4 hours or more. But it's a nice, picturesque course and some of the holes are quite lovely to look at, a nice challenge but not too tough or too easy. But it is a solid day of drivng out, playing it and driving back. And for Chrissakes bring a few bottles of bug-spray if you play in the spring or summer.

A solid presence of houses around the course and some parts of it got loud from "the neighbors" but overall not oppressive. The bugs were by far the biggest problem.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great course, Great staff

The course was in great shape nice greens, smooth and quite fast. Lots of up hill shot and water in the right places. The GENTLE MEN that was in the pro shot was entremly welcoming and made it a joy to play there.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 39
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Walked

Somewhat Disappointed, Still Recommend

Based on the previous reviews on GolfNow and other websites I was expecting more from my experience at Golden Eagle. Layout was decent, very tight fairways in spots and a good mix between small and average size greens. Many of the greens were well guarded on both sides by bunkers and a decent amount of slope.

My negative is for the condition of the golf course. Now I understand playing golf in January in Virginia isn't the time for pristine conditions. The fact is I still play quite a bit of golf during the winter months and this review is based on conditions I've seen at other courses.

Greens - Slow, Bumpy, Very Soft and Sparse in Areas
Tees - OK
Fairways - OK
Rough - Non Existent, No Grass in Many Areas

I would imagine they concentrate their efforts on course conditions in season and that's why they have received so many great reviews.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

great course

Everything was great! the only thing was the cart path was bumpy in a few areas were tree roots are going under

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course.

Front excellent, except traps need sand. Back nine not maintained as well. Leaves on most greens. Several traps with ground under repair signs. I think they close over the winter which will explain back nine. This is one of my favorite courses. Greens roll true. The course requires your A game. I left that at home this time.
I recommend this course to all serious golfers.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Golden Eagle golf

An exceptionally beautiful course . At this time of year almost no one else playing, so I played from golds. Lots of variety and a good test for experienced golfers. Don't miss it if you are in the area. About 1 hr drive from Williamsburg.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Fair weather
Used cart

Interesting and challenging

Played from the white tees (5900 yards). Course has many narrow fairways. A number of fairways have significantly undulating, sloping terrain. A few holes have water hazards that must be cleared from the tees. Greens are tricky with only a few cup positions on flat ground. Bring extra golf balls if you are an average player.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Championship course

The Golden Eagle is one of the finest golf courses in Virginia. Being a "resort" course, it probably does not get as much play as other public courses. In years past, the Virginia State Amatur (sp) Open was played on the Eagle and it is truly a championship course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Challenging course with tight Fairways

I enjoy playing the Golden Eagle. I am a Bogey golfer but if I break 100 at this course I am happy.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Outstanding value on great course

Our group of 3 had a wonderful time on the Northern Neck. I hope that all Virginia golfers get to play the Golden Eagle sometime.
We will be back soon !

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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
Excellent weather
Used cart

Beautiful golf course

This is a excellent golf course in the Tidewater region.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

love this course!

First played this course July 4th,and have played it twice since.loved it the first time and even more now.the conditions are generally excellent for a mature golf course.great course design.it is a little off the beaten path,but well worth the trip to this delightful corner of the earth,and I came from Florida.

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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

beatiful course

i'am a 12 hadicap and played from the whites and was still challeged..will play again.......

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Diamond of Coastal Virginia

WOW..is what I can say. The greens were superb, fairways were flush. The elevation change at each hole provided various different types of shots. Both challenging and rewarding. Staff was friendly and quickly got you out on the course. Worth the 2 hour drive for me from Smithfield VA. I have found a new favorite course!!!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Beautiful course

Do yourself a favor and play this course. This course was recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint. The staff said it was an aged course but it did not show its wear except on the cart path with the roots from the trees. The fairways and greens were in excellent shape and the scenery was amazing. Some water comes in into play throughout the course, the par 5's are long but manageable and the greens have multiple bunkers surrounding them. Looking forward to playing there again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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