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3.8
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1 Stars
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Conditions
3.3
Value
4.0
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.9
81.9%
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179 out of 209 reviews
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4.0
16 Reviews (16)
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Conditions
3.8
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.7
93.8%
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3.8
32 Reviews (32)
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Conditions
3.5
Value
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Layout
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.6
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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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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.

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3.8
209 Reviews (209)

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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Handicap 15-19
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5.0
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First Time Playing

Great Staff

My brother came up from Suffolk and I drove down from PA, met half way to play a round of golf.
The two ladies working the club house (I can’t remember their names) but let me tell you. Those two are among the best in the business. Their knowledge of the course and their hospitality is awesome. Those two ladies made the trip worth the 3 hour drive to play.
The course was in great shape concerning it was late December, pace of play was awesome, only had to wait on a few holes due to blind shots and not knowing if we should tee off yet.
This course is now our meeting spot to play in the future.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Don’t bother

This course is in the middle of nowhere. The good news it was out in the country surrounded by trees and autumn colors. That’s the best I can say. The layout is pretty challenging with quite a few blind shots. The course conditions ranged from ok to poor. Tee boxes, fairways and greens were patchy. The bunkers and traps were mostly hard pan or mud with weeds growing up. The pace of play was g l a c I a l ! I had to wait for the group in front of me who was waiting for the group in front of them as far as the eye could see in front and behind us. This track could use some change of management, quickly.

It’s not worth the drive- don’t bother

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 12/27/2019

We are very sorry for your recent experience at the Gauntlet Golf Club. We are a new management company that is taking our role with the county very seriously. As you stated, there are several areas of concerns with the course and I can assure you that our list is even longer than yours. This process will take time, but we are committed to providing the highest quality product at the most reasonable price.
Mike Byrd
President
New Direction Golf Management

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

1st Time Here...awesome experience

This was our first time playing here. Staff was excellent! Gave me a yardage book and even told me areas to watch for and places to aim for a better round. Course was in very good condition and there were lots of golfers out. Pace of play was ok...considering the amount of golfers. Definitely will play here again!! Thanks again for a very good experience!

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

Great Round

Course was in great shape. Greens were firm and faster than normal. Made for a real challenge but was more than fair. Incredible value even at full price. Will play again and again. Club house staff couldn’t have been nicer and or more professional. Stayed for lunch and wasn’t disappointed.

I’ll be adding this into my monthly rotation.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very challenging

This course kicked my butt.
Will be back after practice.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Up and Down and All Around

Played here while traveling. It was definitely different from the short, flat courses we're used to in Florida. Every hole was up and down and either left or right. It was fun to play but I wouldn't want to walk the course.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Challenging

Great course and layout. Worth the 45 minute drive.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beginner course.

Greens looked dry, but still pretty slow. Staff was very nice. Look before you leap on a couple holes, blind hills.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course

I've been playing the course for the last 12 years and haven't seen it in this great of shape. It's always good, but with the new management, it has taken it to another level. From tee box to green, the course was amazing. I would definitely recommend this course, but please play with somebody who has course knowledge the first time. It is a tricky layout that requires you to put the ball in the correct place, this will make for a much more enjoyable round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course and great staff

This a a beautiful course—challenging. Very friend staff

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Play it at least once...then take your friends (money)

The Gauntlet is a fun golf course if you like Dye designs and being forced to hit different shots all day. Despite my review below of the conditions - I honestly had a good time overall thanks to the combination of layout and not being busy in the slightest. The only issue I had was that they still charge you for a round of golf based on the fact of its proximity to the NCR and it being a Dye design. The overall conditioning of the course (except for the green surfaces which were pretty good) was lacking. We played on a Saturday in the middle of the day and the course was basically empty. Management either needs to lower the cost to get more people on the course again or bring it back to its level when it opened. Start with the driving range - which looks like an afterthought and a place where they just use found and lost golf balls to fill the hopper. From previous reviews, it looks like it is coming back - but it truthfully has a good ways to go, a golf course is more than just tees and greens. The green surrounds are very tired and in need of TLC. For a guy like me who relies heavily on short game skill to make good scores, it is challenging when the area immediately around a green is bare or not taken care of. I just need to get better I guess. Fairways were a mixed bag based on the location on the course and how much overall shade they received during the day - some were thin and damp, some were lush carpets. I would certainly go back, but maybe in the fall after the brutal summer temps have stopped creating havoc for the superintendent.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Course is coming back!

The Gauntlet remains one of my favorite
courses to play. It is challenging but fun.
If you are playing well, you can make birdies.
If not, prepare to write down a few doubles
and triples. The course was in pretty rough
shape a couple of years ago, but it is back
to being one of the best in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Solid Track

Just moved to northern Virginia from Phoenix so I’m getting the lay of the land for courses around here.
Pros: cool layout, a lot of elevation changes, has the Pete Dye “style” around the course with random undulations. Target holes no matter the tee boxes so it forces you to use your whole bag which I like. The staff was over the top friendly and gave a lot of advice for the course as well as easy ways to get there (it’s around Fredericksburg, VA but very secluded). It rolls around a lake which gives it the course very scenic views.
Cons: tee boxes were in rough shape (not the end of the world) but the par three tee boxes were all more than adequate. Greens were slow and had some diseased area, it did just dump a ton of rain the day before (the fairways were actually pretty dry all things considered). Other than that really nothing to complain about.

All in all a very nice course, very scenic, great staff. Tight tee shots so hit it straight! Will be back for sure.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Still a Challenge

The course is getting back into shape after some rough seasons with damaged greens. The course presents a challenge unlike many courses in the area. You have to know where to miss on this course.

I did notice that some areas of high, thick weeds were cut down giving the golfer a chance to find an errant shot that were not available in the past.

My only complaint is the lack of a walking rate. This course is excellent to walk using a pull cart.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful course well groomed

Had a great first visit to this course. Was looking for something different. The staff were friendly and welcoming. Impressed with the fairways manicured as well as the greens Challenging course, fun time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good times

Great staff right from the beginning to after round drinks.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

The conditions of the course are great.

The fairways are in great condition with plenty of grass. The greens have come back and are in good conditions. The greens took a big hit last season and all the hard work Mike Byrd and his staff have put into it have paid off. Many trees have been cut down, but still a tight course, so you do need to bring your “A” game.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

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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