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3.7
186 Reviews (186)
5 Stars
28
4 Stars
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3 Stars
38
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
8
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.8
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.8
74.6%
Recommend this course
157 out of 186 reviews
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3.2
10 Reviews (10)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
2.7
Value
3.3
Layout
4.3
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.3
50.0%
Recommend this course
5 out of 10 reviews
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3.4
19 Reviews (19)
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
2.8
Value
3.6
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.5
63.2%
Recommend this course
12 out of 19 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6734 yards
Slope 143
Rating 73.8

The Gauntlet is situated along the banks of the lake that is the centerpiece of Curtis Memorial Park. When it first opened in 1995, Golf Digest recognized it as one of the "top ten new courses to play in the U.S." This challenging layout will definitely test your shot making abilities. The golf course begins with a tough front nine that has several sharp doglegs over water and tall grasses. There are also a slew of blind shots. The back nine is a bit gentler since there's less water and it is more open and forgiving, but the large, multi-tiered greens can be tricky. The fourth hole is the golf course's signature. Your tee shot will have to carry a marsh to a narrow landing area on this par 5. After that, you'll be faced with a triple-tiered green with the lake to the left and bunkers to the right.

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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Dye 72 6734 yards 73.8 143
Dye (W) 72 6723 yards 80.6 149
Black 72 6161 yards 71.2 137
Black (W) 72 6161 yards 77.4 143
White (W) 72 5807 yards 75.5 138
White 72 5807 yards 69.5 133
Red 72 4819 yards 65.0 122
Red (W) 72 4819 yards 69.9 127
Scorecard for Gauntlet
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 73.8/143 W: 80.6/149 369 493 178 375 558 178 355 470 390 3366 480 459 142 563 408 244 386 377 432 3491 6857
Black M: 71.2/137 W: 77.4/143 325 458 155 374 518 161 313 423 377 3104 434 412 122 528 382 215 343 339 376 3151 6255
White M: 69.5/133 W: 75.5/138 315 433 137 362 495 136 278 406 341 2903 417 398 99 502 335 202 325 322 325 2925 5828
Red M: 65.0/122 W: 69.9/127 280 370 111 254 237 91 228 407 317 2295 377 297 89 459 296 183 271 271 281 2524 4819
Handicap 9 7 17 5 1 15 11 3 13 18 2 16 8 12 10 14 4 6
Par 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 4 4 36 5 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1995
Golf Season Year round
Architect P. B. Dye (1995)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Fredericksburg Golf & Sports Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Reviews

3.7
186 Reviews (186)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 12
Patio Dining 10
Watching the Game 9
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 22
Bunkers 21
Forced Carries 19
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 20
Locals 18
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 18
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 19
In the 'Burbs 14

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3.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
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Handicap 10-14
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2.0
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Bumpy slow greens

The fairways are in great shape. The tee boxes need some love, but are still playable. The problem I have was with the greens. The course is trying to overcome a fungus from last year. The greens are very bumpy and super slow. Probably running about a 5 on the stimp. The need to be cut down, but with the recovery, they probably can’t cut them down where they need to be. The greens cost me at least 6-7 strokes today. I’ll wait until they get them right before I come back.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Lots of Doglegs

Not as intimidating as its name suggests, this course is still challenging with sharp doglegs and hilly terrain, especially on the opening nine. Greens and fairways somewhat sparse and inconsistent.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
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Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Skill Intermediate
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3.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
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First Time Playing

Could be a great course

The layout of the course is great. Very scenic around the water, good challenging holes. Greens are in bad shape. No read, had to bang putts. Apparently the old greens keeper let them die a few times. With some money pumped into the course could be really nice. Doesn’t match the price you pay for it.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Challenging course!

The course is challenging but fun! With all of the rain this year it definitely took its role on the greens. Still worth coming back!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Nice surprise

I played this course earlier this year and the greens were still recovering from last year's issues. It was a nice surprise to see the greens are recovering nicely, the fairways were in excellent condition, and staff could not have been nicer.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

A visible change

This course has been I believe revived under new management.
It was at one point that they were playing on temporary greens because of a fungus on most of them. But after playing here this past weekend I have to say that I think I will be coming back here more often. The fairways were in very good condition and the greens were rollin good as well. They even have new carts with USB chargers to keep my phone powered up when I was using 18 birdies. A great course...i didn't play so well but not because of the course. I'll be back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Overpriced

A tough year for golf courses in Virginia due to all the rain we had this winter. The good ones managed to keep courses in good condition, The Gauntlet did not in my opinion. The course is actually difficult in terms of the topography, but the grounds keeping is poor. A lot of erosion, crab grass on greens, bumpy and hard greens.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Too Bad

No fault of theirs the weather this pat summer was brutal and they lost greens. They are on the way back but very bumpy 2 putt rule

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Trouble On the Greens

Fairways excellent, rough is tough layout outstanding. Greens plagues with fungus and most grade is dead. Bumpy and dirt crusted. Not worth full price until Greens come back. Paid reduced price so not horrible for cost but need to revive the Greens!

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Fun track but greens are hurting

Very unique layout, course knowledge is a must. The fairways were in great shape but the greens are mostly dead and non existent. They are working to fix them and the staff was great, it’s just been a rough summer I guess. I’ll play it again and recommend it if you’re in the area.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The course has improved fairways

The fairways were in excellent condition. Greens are coming along.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

condition of course sad

Have played here a few times before. Course has a wonderful challenging layout. Credit to Peter Dye. It is a shame that it has deteriorated to such a degree. Tee boxes were spotty with no grass. mostly weeds. Fairways were OK but not great. NOW THE GREENS! They were covered with dead black areas and had small clumps of weed on them. Worse than putting on recently aerated greens. Basically the course is neglected. Such a shame. the highlight was the young lady in the pro shop that took out green fees and got us going. She was a delight.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Have always loved this course, but....

There are a few pain points. The greens seem to be having a tough season thus far. Tightly mowed but a little bare in spots. Some tee boxes were kinda crabby. I'm not sure I'd play ANY bunker shots for fear of damaging my club with the rocks scattered throughout them. They were also kinda packed down. We actually removed our lies from them as being unplayable. Fairways are still above average for the area and the rough is still a good playable depth. It was a bit wet out still, bringing the bugs like those big slow euro bees, and they were also watering greens at the same pace of our play. Bar renovations look nice but i liked seeing your food prepped before. Need some wasp control at the divot filler rack on, i think, hole 5. The woman in the pro shop was super nice and let us jump on the course early since the mid day wasn't that busy and we didn't want to pair up with strangers. We even sliced one into one of the mowers on 10 and he was very nice and understanding. Biggest problem more than of any of the conditions (which are much worse and common at other local courses due to weather) is that we saw a group of 6 playing together. Hate seeing that either allowed or no ranger to control it. Value was high with the golf now hot deal of the day.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Would definitely play here again

As other reviewers have stated, the course is still recovering for all of the wet weather. However, it is definitely playable. There were only a few rough spots remaining. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. i highly recommend giving it a try if you like a challenging course

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

An enjoyable round

I've played here before and knew the course had some interesting turns. Be caerful with your driver.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun Challenging Course

My wife and I had only one day to play golf on a quick trip to Culpeper, VA and found this course online. It appeared to be an upscale course in the rolling hills of Virginia, but is actually in a State Park and open to the public. There is a lot of elevation and many blind tee shots, a little water and lots of bunkers, but overall it was quite a lot of fun to play if you manage your expectations the first time around. I feel you would play much better the second time you play the course and would be happy to play it again when next in the area.

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