A view from the 18th green at South Riding Golf Club.
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3.6
287 Reviews (287)
5 Stars
46
4 Stars
141
3 Stars
65
2 Stars
19
1 Stars
16
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.7
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.6
75.4%
Recommend this course
238 out of 287 reviews
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3.6
31 Reviews (31)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.7
Value
3.5
Layout
3.9
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.2
74.2%
Recommend this course
23 out of 31 reviews
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3.5
56 Reviews (56)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
25
3 Stars
12
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.5
Layout
3.9
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.1
69.6%
Recommend this course
39 out of 56 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7148 yards
Slope 140
Rating 74.8

South Riding Golf Club is nestled in the gentle hills of northern Virginia, enjoying a landscape of hardwood forests and grassy meadows. The course offers a variety of challenges but the fairways are wide and player-friendly and the greens can be tough in spots but overall they offer some room for error. The layout requires both strategy and skill, it is definitely not a golf course where you will be able to just "grip and rip it." The course pinpoints your weaknesses but it is still a fair test. South Riding Golf Club's eighth hole is memorable for its difficulty but it's an interesting hole sine there are many ways to play it. At 351 yards, the hole is a short but intimidating dogleg left that will tempt you to go over the trees. The fairway is generous but the saddle-shaped green is flanked with bunkers.

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Course Details

Year Built 1997
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Dan Maples (1997)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

3.6
287 Reviews (287)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 14
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 21
Forced Carries 15
Water Hazards 15
This course/club is great for:
Locals 25
Advanced Golfers 12
A Weekend Splurge 8
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 26
Near the Airport 20
Worth the Drive 11

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Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
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5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Looking for a rematch

Great round with my son, today. Course is in great shape...greens were faster than we expected.

The course got the better of us today - well done with the pin placements.

The entire staff was fantastic - their standard operating procedure.

Looking forward to the next round..

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

Not Covid Friendly-cart guys lazy

Front desk attendant was professional and helpful but cart guys weee terrible. Despite more than a dozen carts not being used we were told we had to share a cart or walk due to limit on carts. It was 90 degrees and humid. We would Have booked somewhere else if we had known that. Also, cart attendants sat in carts in the shade and barked out orders-very rude. Will not be going back

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
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Not worth the drive or money

Staff were friendly enough. The course isn’t great. Unmowed grass meant every shot not in the fairway cost you 1-2 extra strokes. Green were like ice and 15-18 holes were at an angle on an incline with a vicious 90 break just before the cup. If you hate yourself or are a scratch golfer this is the place for you. All others beware, this is expensive and no fun.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Much improved

Played this course last summer (2019) and at the time it was in terrible conditions for the amount of money they charge to play. Tee boxes and greens were basically all day. The divots in the fairways weren’t be fixed. Fast forward to now, it’s very much improved. The tee boxes and greens were in excellent condition. My only complain really is that there isn’t a walking rate.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
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Previously Played

South Riding needs drainage

South Riding is a nice layout but needs better
drainage & repair of cart paths badly!
Edges & aprons of greens need repair from mold
& weeds
Greens rolled well but fringes need air-aiding

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

South Riding in May 2020

I played this course for the on Saturday afternoon. The staff was friendly and the pace was good. The layout is challenging and deceptive off the tee if you haven’t played the courses before so I am looking forward to getting another crack at it.

Greens: Greens were fast and undulating and I love fast greens. I really liked the practice green was in excellent shape and just as fast as the course green. My one complaint about the greens is that there were a lot of I repaired divots. Much of this course winds through a neighborhood so obviously the neighbors are lobbing balls onto some of the greens at night and creating the ball marks. Some holes looked like a short game practice green back home. Others will be annoyed but the greens were firm enough that when I repaired the marks in my line the ball rolled true.

Fairway: Fairway were in great shape. The first hole fairway had some patchy spots. All the other holes (when I found the fairway) the ball was sitting up like it was on my rug at home. Fairways were soft so there was no 25-30 yard role outs. Basically carry distances on each shot. There are 5 tee boxes to play from so you can choose accordingly if you know the course is going to play it’s true distance. or you could be stuck hitting long irons into par 4s half the day.

Layout: I liked the layout. A straight ball hitter can shoot a good score. There are doglegs left and right but I didn’t stand on any tee and say “I need to hit a fade/draw”. Pick a spot to hit it and go. The course navigates nicely through a neighborhood without you actually noticing the neighborhood. The homes are out of play on most holes even for the banana ball with the big stick. A good shank from a lefty on #7 might challenge that opinion. The course looks open but the landing areas look small. The intermediate rough wasn’t too punishing but you aren’t throwing any darts from the rough either. I hit every club in the bag and had a good time.

I would definitely recommend the course but bring a good divot tool.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Slow pace of play

It took over 3 hours to play nine holes. The groups ahead of us were so slow. They spent so much time looking for balls after mishits. No marshal there to ensure appropriate pace of play. We won't be back.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First time playing this course. When our foursome arrived, only then did they tell us that 2 out of the foursome had to walk the course. No reduction in rate for the 2 walkers. I’m 68 and not about to walk a full round. If we had known this, we would not have played here. No communication ahead of time - there’s no excuse for not informing us and disappointing that we paid for 4 people to ride.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Thansk South Riding

The place was in great shape and it was much appreciated that they're open during the virus shutdown. The wind played havoc on my score but that's another story altogether.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Not worth it

Overpriced for what you’re getting and conditions were quite poor considering the fee of $85. Fairways and rough were extremely patchy and inconsistent. Greens, I’ve never seen anything like it- any sort of approach shot will bounce as if you were hitting into a patch of cement. BUT when putting, they’re only at about a 10 on the stimp. Beyond that I’d get a little nit picky... layout was boring and in some cases (17) just silly. Range mats needed replacement about a year ago. Staff was great, so not all bad, and they had a nice welcoming fire pit going outside the clubhouse which was unique. All in all, even if you’re in the area, skip this one.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Pace of play

The two of us were paired up with two other men.One guy walked pulling his cart. Pro shop should tell players that is is not a walking course. He held us up too much that we were continually two holes back which held up every group following us. Me and my friend was also constantly waiting for him to hit as well.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 04/01/2020

You understand we're in a pandemic, don't you? You probably shouldn't be sharing carts anyway, so if they are walking to minimize risks maybe just be thankful you're getting to play golf at all right now...

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Carts only. Not worth it.

Average course - no marshals to speed up the slow groups that like to play hear. Took us 6 hours to play. You’re forced to use their carts - no option to walk.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Winter Conditions

60* on Feb 4 led me to South Riding since my course was closed. The course is player friendly, generous fairways and nice greens for a winter round. The tees and fairways are showing winter wear as divots are prominent everywhere, either reflecting inconsiderate players or failure of healing in winter months.
Playing as a single made round seem slow but that was anticipated and Pandora kept me entertained

The cost was really a bargain so overall no complaints. I think most players will score better than their handicap

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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