Rapidan Golf Club

3.3921833333 3.4 stars from 5 (70)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6832 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 73.6
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6832 yards 73.6 136
White 72 6442 yards 71.8 133
Yellow 72 5849 yards 68.5 120
Red (W) 72 5195 yards 65.5 114

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 70 Reviews
5 stars:
14
4 stars:
33
3 stars:
13
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

58 out of 68 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for locals advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include elevation changes forced carries narrow fairways  

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4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"getting better"


limagolf3's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

I play here 4-5 times a year. The course is improving and fun to play....greens were good shape the only poor thing are the bunkers. Hit them straight.....


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Rapidan Golf Club on 03/22/2018:

Hello, thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to review your experience with us, we truly appreciate your feedback and will certainly pass it along to our team. We’re thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our staff at Rapidan Golf Club. We hope to have another opportunity to welcome you back to the golf experience that you deserve.



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Got this round on golf now. Front nine has a couple holes that run side by side while back nine holes are separate. Greens were in good shape and fairways are Bermuda so the ball sits relatively nice.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Rapidan Golf Club on 02/28/2018:

Thanks so much for taking the time to review our course. We really appreciate the feedback. We're glad that you enjoyed your round, and we hope that you return again soon. Thanks again for choosing Rapidan Golf Club.

"Challenge"


TimothyThomas's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/20/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From the tips very difficult 30% of the holes. Impossible 4 holes first time you play them.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not Great"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/24/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I was surprised to see the dormant grass. Course is rough around the edges. I'm glad I didn't pay that much.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"The course is horrible and in horrible shape it looks like a field"


glumpkin1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/24/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

The course is horrible and in horrible shape it looks like a field<br/> The staff is not friendly at all.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 11/01/2015

Actually, I amend my previous response now that I know who you are. To those reading this review, these "Gentlemen" arrived an hour early for twilight and wanted to tee off early, which we could not do. When ready to play, they had two coolers of alcoholic beverages which, according to Virginia State Law, is prohibited on golf courses who have ABC licenses. When advised, they begrudgingly returned to their vehicles where the proceeded to pack their golf bags with said alcoholic beverages. I advised again they could not bring their stash onto the course. I will not print their response. When asked for a refund, it was denied.

Very childish to write a false review and we respectfully request Golf Now to remove this review from our course.

Any questions, please contact me, 540-547-7274.

To other golf now participating courses, beware if this group books with your facility.


Commented on 10/31/2015

I have to admit you must have your courses confused. Rapidan Golf Club in NO WAY can be considered in horrible shape. If you did in fact play here, please contact me, Matt Callaghan at 540-547-7274 so we can discuss your play and your expectations. Would like to know what time you played as you did not book through Golf Now.

Rapidan Golf Club is committed to the highest standard of customer service and providing a product everyone can enjoy. Again, please contact us to discuss.


"Great time"


u619389130's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had a great time playing here with my dad. Through golf now it was only 20$ each. The best part about this course was that there was only a couple of people out there, so we were really able to relax and enjoy the course. Beautiful weather and the staff was really cool.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Rapidan Play"


uZMUB9516ZM's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tee boxes are in rough shape. Fairways okay and greens very good. Did not eat there.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A different experience"


JohnGatt's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Compared to the many other courses in Virginia, this one has distinctive characteristics all its own. The elevation changes were amazing and the dog legs often resulted in blind tee shots. The fairway grass was uniform and the huge greens were consistently smooth and putt-able. As other reviews mentioned the tee boxes were hard and scarce of grass which made tee shots especially on the par 3s a challenge. One minor suggestion is to have arrows painted in the cart paths leading to the next tee( Meadow Farms uses this technique) Overall a nice change of pace and worth the drive from Gainesville.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not an easy course; but worth the drive from DC"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Loved playing this course; got to use every club in my bag. Tee boxes are very hard; almost impossible to get tees into the ground on most holes. Many, many obstacles to hit over and around; and lots of blind shots. Multiple elevation changes within most holes between tee box to fairway to green. As a result, you get to lay up a lot; probably won't use your driver more than 3 or 4 times in the round otherwise you won't be able to see where your ball lands. Greens played very fast. You have to strategize your play of most every hole. Very scenic. Will definitely add it to my summer rotation of courses and go back next year.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Rapidan Golf Club"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Was good to return hadn't been there since it re-opened from when it was Somerset. Better Hit the Ball Straight and good. The Fairways was Excellent the Tees were in a little bad shape but no big deal. The Greens were in GREAT Shape. I will be back Love this course. 2 different nines front nine is kind of like a Links course the back winds through Houses and woods. Challenging as it always was but Nice and Fun to Play. Thanks Golf Now and Rapidan Golf Club.


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


"Short but challening!"


supratbo's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Cost to play a Saturday morning as a walk-on can only be described and a "great deal". Worth the drive down from NoVA.

Overall this course is clearly a shorty, but don't let that dissuade you from playing here. This course provides more than enough challenge via smaller yet receptive greens, elevation changes and several interesting water/creek holes. There are also eco zones to avoid for the less than accurate hitters.

As previously mentioned by others, the tees are hard (I use plastic tees so it wasn't a real issue), and still the fairways are near perfect condition for a public course. The greens were also near perfect, moist and receptive and they rolled true. Club selection is critical for first time players off the tees on some holes, so read all the reviews and take the advice, a 3 or 5 wood could save you a few strokes.

My only real complaint would be the bunkers (especially on the front 9). There was not a pretty or well maintained bunker that I saw, though I was able to play from the rear green side trap on 11 (it was not ideal). This is really a minor criticism and if the traps are avoided, is a non-issue.

GolfBuddy reads the course backwards (front 9 as back and back 9 as front), management should inquire about this or maybe I just need to update my software??

Memorable holes: #3, #8, #9, #12, #13, #14, and #18.

The staff was amazingly friendly and informative to this first time visitor/player and I am thankful for their kindness.

This is a fun short course filled with ample challenge and the potential to be even greater with a touch on lengthening.

Worth exploring and scoring, especially for the price!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


u000001392827's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played for first time today, was very surprised a nice public course in good shape. The greens were very hard and considering all the rain I thought they would be softer but in good shape but a little slow. The pace was very slow due to the group ahead but that happens at all courses, I skipped #9 and then I flew around the course. Great value, I will play it again. Staff very friendly. The only negative were the bunkers which were hard if they weren't cover with water


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun course"


jdrew36's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It's been several years since I last played the course back when it was named Somerset. Course has nice variety of holes. Greens were in excellent shape and are quite small on the front nine but are larger on the back nine. Staff was very friendly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"In great shape"


bumper203's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in great shape - green are wonderful. It's a course where you are rewarded for keeping the ball in the fairway. Not always easy as some fairways are quite narrow.

Hole #8 needs some improvement. Moving the green 50 yards closer and making it a par 4 would be my suggestion.

It's a very nice place for a fun round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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


"Tough Course not recommended for beginners."


jeffbepko's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways were hard and ran long. This provided some unexpected problems on a few holes with doglegs. Tee boxes were difficult to find at times. Bigger tee markers would help. Secondary rough was extremely treacherous. Some thinning out would be a good idea. Greens were very good. The only complaint is that many sloped to the back and often had danger behind the green. However, when not badly sloped, they held the ball very well. Although I don't like blind holes, this course has great potential.<br/> --Tee Boxes were rock hard<br/> -- Fairways were good and very fast.<br/> -- Greens putted true and were in excellent condition.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"fun day"


u000006473514's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very friendly staff and course good value. Must be accurate off tee.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great back nine"


Nikelvr's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time on this course and first time out this year. I played from the white tees. Tees and greens were in great shape. Enjoyed the back nine. It challenges you to play smart with the multiple hazards in the fairways. The only downside of the course are the dangers of blind shots off the tee. I hit into the group in front of me on #12. Need some way to notify players of the all clear. Will definitely play this course again. Cheeseburger was awesome too.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Best Value in the Fredericksburg Area"


u000007520728's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I try to rotate my rounds of golf between all of the courses in the area and I find that Rapidan is the best value. Between using my VSGA card and GolfNow, I have never paid more than $25 for a round.

The course can be punishing if you are not accurate off the tee but it still remains a fun challenge. This course is an excellent course for someone who is new to the game.

Holes #8 and #9 are the two holes that I find the hardest to play on the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great course which can only get better."


williamknight's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I read the other reviews and after playing, can only wonder what their expectations were. The course was in good shape and the greens were even better than that. The course is a challenge but has a very good layout. The staff are friendly and the amenities are very good. I drove over 1.5 hours to play the course and I will do it again, especially for the price. A nice course, with nice staff, nice conditions at a nice price. What more could you want or expect.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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