Stumpy Lake Golf Course: A secluded oasis amid the bustle of Virginia Beach, Va.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Finding a golf course in the rapidly growing Hampton Roads area with no surrounding homes isn't easy. But Stumpy Lake Golf Course in Virginia Beach fits the description, and then some.

Situated on a lake in a wooded, swampy wildlife preserve, Stumpy Lake is a secluded oasis amid the bustle of Virginia Beach. The only way in and out is a foreboding two-lane causeway off Indian River Road, perched mere feet above the lake.

Once there, players find a traditional, flat course with tree-lined fairways and small, push-up greens. No. 13 opens a beautiful stretch of holes that run along the lake, culminating with no. 18, which plays toward the clubhouse.

Designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened in 1953, Stumpy Lake is the oldest of the seven municipal courses under the umbrella of Hampton Roads Golf. With solid conditions, a pedigreed design, rates that top out at $43, and Stumpy Lake's ever-present solitude, this course is perhaps the top bargain in Virginia Beach golf.

Feb 11, 2014

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Kevin Dunleavy


Kevin Dunleavy is a longtime resident of northern Virginia, a graduate of George Mason University, an award-winning reporter covering golf, colleges, and other sports for the Washington Examiner, and a single-digit handicap still seeking his elusive first hole-in-one. Follow Kevin on Twitter at @KDunleavy.