Golden Eagle Golf Club at Tides Inn Resort

4.5000000000 4.5 stars from 5 (28)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7025 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 74.4
  • Layout

  • 364 Clubhouse Drive, Irvington, Virginia 22480, Lancaster County
  • (877) 665-5977, (804) 438-4460
  • (804) 438-5182
  • tidesinn.com

Year built: 1976
Architect(s): George Cobb (1976), John LaFoy (1976)
Type: Semi-Private/Resort
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Open: 3/20 Closed: 12/31

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 7025 yards 74.4 136
Black 72 6963 yards 73.4 134
Blue 72 6511 yards 72.0 130
White 72 5985 yards 68.2 122
Forward (W) 72 5384 yards 69.9 121

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: No ratings so far
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 28 Reviews
5 stars:
16
4 stars:
10
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

28 out of 28 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive at a resort   Great for a weekend splurge advanced golfers group getaways   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries  

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Reviews


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"A nice round but the horseflies are henious!"


sagray3's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This is a pretty-decent course, I'd say maybe a 7 or 7+ in terms of difficulty...the main thing is that is is a LONG drive away from DC. 4 hours or more. But it's a nice, picturesque course and some of the holes are quite lovely to look at, a nice challenge but not too tough or too easy. But it is a solid day of drivng out, playing it and driving back. And for Chrissakes bring a few bottles of bug-spray if you play in the spring or summer.

A solid presence of houses around the course and some parts of it got loud from "the neighbors" but overall not oppressive. The bugs were by far the biggest problem.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great course, Great staff"


Pinkney048's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape nice greens, smooth and quite fast. Lots of up hill shot and water in the right places. The GENTLE MEN that was in the pro shot was entremly welcoming and made it a joy to play there.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Somewhat Disappointed, Still Recommend"


DeanV's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/02/2015
First time playing Played as a single Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Based on the previous reviews on GolfNow and other websites I was expecting more from my experience at Golden Eagle. Layout was decent, very tight fairways in spots and a good mix between small and average size greens. Many of the greens were well guarded on both sides by bunkers and a decent amount of slope.

My negative is for the condition of the golf course. Now I understand playing golf in January in Virginia isn't the time for pristine conditions. The fact is I still play quite a bit of golf during the winter months and this review is based on conditions I've seen at other courses.

Greens - Slow, Bumpy, Very Soft and Sparse in Areas<br/> Tees - OK<br/> Fairways - OK<br/> Rough - Non Existent, No Grass in Many Areas

I would imagine they concentrate their efforts on course conditions in season and that's why they have received so many great reviews.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"great course"


rcatkins62's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/27/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Everything was great! the only thing was the cart path was bumpy in a few areas were tree roots are going under


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course."


Wes4828182's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Front excellent, except traps need sand. Back nine not maintained as well. Leaves on most greens. Several traps with ground under repair signs. I think they close over the winter which will explain back nine. This is one of my favorite courses. Greens roll true. The course requires your A game. I left that at home this time.<br/> I recommend this course to all serious golfers.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Golden Eagle golf"


joneil's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/30/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

An exceptionally beautiful course . At this time of year almost no one else playing, so I played from golds. Lots of variety and a good test for experienced golfers. Don't miss it if you are in the area. About 1 hr drive from Williamsburg.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Interesting and challenging"


boblinderman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/12/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played from the white tees (5900 yards). Course has many narrow fairways. A number of fairways have significantly undulating, sloping terrain. A few holes have water hazards that must be cleared from the tees. Greens are tricky with only a few cup positions on flat ground. Bring extra golf balls if you are an average player.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Championship course"


dragonrun's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Golden Eagle is one of the finest golf courses in Virginia. Being a "resort" course, it probably does not get as much play as other public courses. In years past, the Virginia State Amatur (sp) Open was played on the Eagle and it is truly a championship course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging course with tight Fairways"


jimwalder's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoy playing the Golden Eagle. I am a Bogey golfer but if I break 100 at this course I am happy.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Outstanding value on great course"


RickWags's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Our group of 3 had a wonderful time on the Northern Neck. I hope that all Virginia golfers get to play the Golden Eagle sometime.<br/> We will be back soon !


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful golf course"


Stylist50's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a excellent golf course in the Tidewater region.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"love this course!"


polished59's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First played this course July 4th,and have played it twice since.loved it the first time and even more now.the conditions are generally excellent for a mature golf course.great course design.it is a little off the beaten path,but well worth the trip to this delightful corner of the earth,and I came from Florida.

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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"beatiful course"


rhorning7's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2014
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

i'am a 12 hadicap and played from the whites and was still challeged..will play again.......


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Diamond of Coastal Virginia"


u000007921358's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

WOW..is what I can say. The greens were superb, fairways were flush. The elevation change at each hole provided various different types of shots. Both challenging and rewarding. Staff was friendly and quickly got you out on the course. Worth the 2 hour drive for me from Smithfield VA. I have found a new favorite course!!!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course"


Ging0312's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Do yourself a favor and play this course. This course was recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint. The staff said it was an aged course but it did not show its wear except on the cart path with the roots from the trees. The fairways and greens were in excellent shape and the scenery was amazing. Some water comes in into play throughout the course, the par 5's are long but manageable and the greens have multiple bunkers surrounding them. Looking forward to playing there again.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great fairways and greens"


cdahl's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Golden Eagle was fun to play. The fairways and greens were in perfect condition. However, the bunkers and cart paths need attention but I wouldn't let that stop anyone from playing the course. We ate lunch there and the food was good. All the staff were friendly and the service was excellent.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Super Dave"


Kenneddh's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was well cared for. Fairways were smooth and the greens pristine. Signage to the course is difficult to locate.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice Course"


dmvk1r's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in a good condition. The sand traps (bunkers) had very little sand and were very stony. The greens had been aerated and wer not running very true. they were a bit bouncy.


Pace of Play: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"what a great place"


brdieglf3's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The golden eagle is a course where you must place your shots. I had an awesome time playing here. The greens were fast but receptive. The fairways were in awesome shape. The beauty of this course was amazing. Very scenic. I will be back to play again. The food was outstanding. A+ for this place.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Early spring round"


u000005852214's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens aerated, fairways not grown in yet, course was wet from abundant rain, so cart path only, breezy. Had fun as always. Love the course, but it has some very challenging holes!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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