The Gauntlet Golf Club
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.
|Dye (W)||72||6723 yards||80.6||149|
|Black (W)||72||6161 yards||77.4||143|
|White (W)||72||5807 yards||75.5||138|
|Red (W)||72||4819 yards||69.9||127|
|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|
Tee box on the Par 4, #4 Photo submitted by Bombtech6316 on 04/29/2018
Green on #4 Photo submitted by Bombtech6316 on 04/29/2018
Looking from fairway to the green on Par 5, #5 Photo submitted by Bombtech6316 on 04/29/2018
Par 3, #6 Photo submitted by Bombtech6316 on 04/29/2018
Photo submitted by willful58 on 09/30/2013
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
The course has improved fairways
The fairways were in excellent condition. Greens are coming along.
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.
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.
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
An enjoyable round
I've played here before and knew the course had some interesting turns. Be caerful with your driver.
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.