Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg, Virginia

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - A challenging golf course, Cannon Ridge Golf Club is also a four-hour history lesson.

This Deane Beman/Bobby Weed-designed, 7,100-yard par 71 not only provides plenty of interesting golf holes but several metal placards throughout the course that tell stories of battles and maneuvers that occurred during the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862.

There are also some old cannons on the back nine, a couple right behind the 14th green, for example.

Cannon Ridge is all about the vistas, as many of the tees come with plenty of great scenery of the hills and valleys below and shot values on the approaches.

Beman is the former commissioner of the PGA Tour, and he is also a former tour player. He and the renowned architect Weed give players ample room in the fairways to drive the ball, but there are plenty of deep bunkers both on the fairways around these small push up greens to force good shots.

May 26, 2009

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Mike Bailey

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Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in the Houston area. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 20 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @Accidentlgolfer.