Aerial view of the 5th hole at The Gauntlet Golf Club
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3.9
253 Reviews (253)
5 Stars
49
4 Stars
138
3 Stars
44
2 Stars
11
1 Stars
11
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.0
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.9
81.8%
Recommend this course
215 out of 253 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.7
26 Reviews (26)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.7
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.4
69.2%
Recommend this course
18 out of 26 reviews
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4.0
45 Reviews (45)
5 Stars
17
4 Stars
18
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.6
Value
4.0
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.6
82.2%
Recommend this course
37 out of 45 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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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.

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

3.9
253 Reviews (253)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 12
Patio Dining 10
Watching the Game 9
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 23
Bunkers 22
Forced Carries 20
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 20
Locals 18
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 18
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 20
In the 'Burbs 14

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4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
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4.0
Previously Played

A course worth playing.

I haven’t played here in several months. Course is in great shape. Paths still need a little attention but that’s a minor flaw considering the improvements made here over the last couple years or so. Pro shop is well set out and the new clubhouse set up puts many other local courses to shame. All staff are polite and pleasant to deal with and most fellow golfers are really friendly.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great coarse

Really enjoy playing at the G. Coarse is challenging but fun. Staff is awesome

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
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Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 24
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Better shape than expected

The course is in pretty good shape , only couple of the greens were rough, the ladies in golf shop and restaurant and very friendly and courteous, definitely would play again

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great first experience

I came to the course for the first time yesterday. Drizzly day and very quiet on the course. Had no idea what to expect. Pro shop was closed but the bartender on duty Debra was very friendly and knowledgeable about the course. Told me current rates and all that was going on with the greens. Knowledgeable about the beers on tap and in cans as well as the food listed on the menu. Also quite knowledgeable about golf. It was a great course and a great day. I would recommend this course 10/10 if someone wants a good day where they walk in a feel like they are at home.
Will definitely be back soon to play golf. But honestly I would come back anytime for a drink and a good conversation with Debra, spectacular service and a very polite, well spoken woman. If her father or mother is on her I applaud you for how you raised her. And to the owner of the course I applaud you for how well trained and knowledgeable she is.

Great day.
Great experience

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
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Previously Played

Paid full rate for course under construction

I played this course a few months ago and it was in good shape. This time, not so much as they had multiple holes with temporary greens. The greens that weren't temporary were also not in great shape. They claimed that the greens were aerated, but it appeared more than aeration as being the issue with the conditions of the green. I'm fine with paying a course that is being worked on as long as i know ahead of time of the condition of the course and the greens fee set accordingly. This course needs to ensure that they post the current condition of the course and adjust the fees accordingly.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
2.0
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

They got some issues

Lost several greens, but they working hard on it be nice by fall.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Horrible Greens. Horrible experience.

Super excited to play. Drove over an hour but the greens were horrible. No notification on GolfNow about greens condition . Recently aerated but still a mess. So much dried out spots that were just dirt. 4 of the holes, the greens were taken out of play. Instead about 15 feet in front of the green there was a flag and a hole about a foot wife you putted into from the fairway. Kind of ridiculous.

Overall the course would be good but this really turned me off. Couldn't putt on the greens at all. The practice green was also out of order, which i guess didn’t matter on their greens. Also the driving range was ridiculous cause it was so wet. Literally just a mud pit. I just wish i was notified before hand before paying $75 a round. I don’t think i would have payed $20 would i have know what i was getting into.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

summer time struggle

started off slow remained that way till fourteen captain choice shotgun stated in front of us four hours thru 13 waited on every shot. dirt spots on most of the front nine greens rolled ok /rest of the course in pretty good condition last four holes played at a good pace

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Cart paths need a lot of work, but the course is challenging. It rewards good shots and penalizes poor ones, which is what a good course should do. Watering of the greens is needed given the sustained hit, dry conditions but, overall, the course is an enjoyable test.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Challenging course, managed really well!

Given the summer heat, the course is in great shape, especially the greens. Staff is fantastic. Thanks!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Poor conditioning overshadows a layout with potential

The Gauntlet is a short course with many holes playing as true target golf. This isn't a bad thing, but it would be nice if more risk/reward options could have been integrated into the design. The green contours are very fun, but they aren't fast enough to truly take advantage of them. It was surprising that a course with such interesting greens did not have good greenside bunkers.
The major problem with the Gauntlet is that the conditioning is just bad. All of the fairway bunkers should have been marked as ground under repair. They claim the fairways are zoysia, but it looks like they were never maintained, and now St. Augustine grass has covered most of the surfaces. The course needs a massive tree pruning and thinning program to allow for more light and circulation, and thus better conditioning.
The other problem with the course is pace of play. Target golf courses just can't space out groups, so a 4.5 hour round is going to be the average, and I can imagine it getting a lot worse.
A dedicated management company that knew what they were doing could do really well with this course. I probably wouldn't play it again, but given the lack of good golf courses in the area, it may one of the better options in a bad situation.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0

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I'm not done using GolfNow. First, let me say, the most recent issue I had with GolfNOw was totally my fault. I scheduled a hot deal round for the wrong day. I understand fully the cancellation policy for hot deals. I was trying to get them to give me a credit for a future round and I could not get anyone to discuss the issue with me. I never checked in at the golf course and the course claimed they did not receive the money I paid for the round, So someone will profit from my mistake. I also had an issue about a month ago where I had a reservations and conformation number, but the course did not received the info from GolfNow. Again I lost money. This time of year I play golf at least twice a week. I will NEVER use GolfNow again and I hope get their act together.

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