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2.7
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Conditions
2.4
Value
2.7
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.9
53.7%
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17 out of 37 reviews
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3.2
Value
3.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.2
83.3%
Recommend this course
5 out of 6 reviews
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Pace
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Amenities
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7013 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A

Formerly known as Tradition Golf Club at Stonehouse.

Course Details

Year Built 1996
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Mike Strantz (1996)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $20
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

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

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

2.7
37 Reviews (37)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 7
Elevation Changes 6
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 6

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Reviews 86
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Maryland Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

It's Coming Back...

I use to play Stonehouse almost every trip to Williamsburg before it closed down. I was excited to hear it was bought, renovated, and reopened last year. This has been the first opportunity to play since it reopened. The only reason I gave it 4 stars and not 5 was because 1) the greens are still coming back after they redid them in Sept-Oct, and 2) it took 3 hours to play the front 9. (They were having a members Sr. Men's Tournament and it was just slow.) Now, to the good news: the fairways were beautiful, the bunkers and tee boxes were in good condition, and the cart paths were concrete which was really nice. I hit every fairway so I'm not sure how the rough was, but the fairways were wide and I didn't notice a lot of rough generally. This is a challenging layout and errant shots are going to be in the trees or in extreme rough. There are a lot of blind shots, so some holes you need to send a "forward scout" up to tell you when you can hit from the men's tee boxes. I'm definitely going to go back again when in Williamsburg--I want to play the back 9 to experience the entire course. Helen Ware, the GM, is exceptional! Friendly, welcoming, personable, and bends over backwards to accommodate. She was a one-woman show today doing everything...Pro Shop, cart cleaning, and even driving carts out to the course to exchange for players. She was kind enough to give me a rain check since pace was so slow. I highly recommend this course for the challenge, the diversity in layout, the attention to their customers, and the great condition of the course. I know this course is only going to get better, so am really looking forward to playing this Mike Strantz design in 2021.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Used cart

Great course, greens need work

Outstanding layout, good shape except for the greens, which need work. Putt-able, but not pretty. Had Impossible Burgers at the grill, which was nice. Good value while they rework it....

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Course is coming back

Kudos to the owner for trying to restore this fine Mike Strantz design. The fairways and bunkers are in good shape but the greens are still extremely thin and inconsistent. Hopefully they will be back after one more growing season. They really need to be rebuilt but hopefully seeding and fertilizing will get them back next year. They will not recover in 2020.
The tee boxes were in good but not great shape. Some were so hard that it was difficult to get a tee in the ground.
The course is difficult with many blind shots but is fair. You will get unique shots that make the round particularly enjoyable if you like a good challenge.
With all this said, however, I would encourage play. You will be challenged by the unique layout and it is physically beautiful. The owner can use the income to complete improvements to the course. It is a couple of years away from complete restoration, but it is enjoyable and challenging to play now. It is a true Mike Strantz course. Can't wait for continued improvements to the greens.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

DO NOT PLAY HERE WITHOUT CHECKING REVIEWS FIRST

I HAVE PLAYED THIS COURSE SEVERAL TIMES AND REALIZE THAT IT HAS COME IN AND OUT OF BANKRUPTCY SEVERAL TIMES. MY PROBLEM IS WHEN YOU CHARGE RESORT RATES WHEN YOUR COURSE GREENS ARE COMPLETELY UNPLAYABLE. THE #1 and #18 GREENS WERE IN GOOD CONDITION - EVERY OTHER GREEN WAS UNPLAYABLE WITH ONE HAVING BEE DAMAGE TO THE POINT OF NOT BEING ABLE TO PUTT. I HAVE PLAYED DOG TRACKS FOR $20 IN BETTER SHAPE. THEY CHARGED US $60 (GROUP OF TWELVE) AND THEN WE COME TO FIND OUT THEY CLOSED THE COURSE FOR REPAIRS LESS THAN 2 WEEKS LATER. MIKE STRANZ, THE COURSE DESIGNER WOULD ROLL OVER IN HIS GRAVE THAT THIS CLUB OPERATES UNDER HIS DESIGN.

DO NOT PLAY THIS COURSE WITHOUT CHECKING FOR A RECENT REVIEW!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 209
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Virginia Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Mind-blowing design, conditions still lagging

This was my first time playing this course though it's the 5th Mike Strantz designed course I've played and wow what a design it is! Two holes on the front nine have back tee boxes that are completely 90 degrees from the others (one of them on the par-4 5th was abandoned years ago) that make the hole play COMPLETELY differently and really blew my mind.

There are several holes where the two back tee boxes are tucked into the trees and have you hitting out over a forced carry onto the fairway which is one of my very favorite course design features. Lots of blind tee shots all over the course but none that trick you into hitting into trouble and that's the key. I do recommend using an app on your phone that has an overhead view of each hole as that will help you with exactly where to aim but even without one you won't get frustrated if you just hit it straight over the hill. The sheer amount of elevation changes on the course are impressive and formidable. There are lots of elevated fairways and downhill approaches to greens so choose your clubs carefully.

Conditions are still lagging and I'm probably being a bit harsher on this than other reviewers but for $63 and a long layoff before reopening I was expecting better. Many of the greens (especially on the front nine) still need to grow in more, you can tell the root system is still very shallow and makes for firm but slow and inconsistent greens. Other greens are much better and roll faster and smoother. Bunkers are in good-to-very good shape and most of the fairways are fully grown in but there are plenty of bare spots in the rough that look a bit unsightly.

Last issue on conditions is in regards to the aforementioned tucked away tee boxes. The trees really have overgrown and are not only cutting into the your view as you tee off but make the tee box grass very hard to grow in so much shade. Some tree removal on a few holes would go a long way to improving the overall experience off the tee on those holes.

I pretty much had the course to myself in the middle of a weekday with good weather so if you don't mind the sub-optimal conditions, you'll definitely enjoy not having to worry about pace of play here for a while.

I will definitely come back later in the year to play here again. A discounted rate or improved conditions will make it worth it to me because the layout is so unique.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Mike Strantz would be Proud!

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1 review
Stonehouse Golf Club
9700 Mill Pond Run, Toano, VA 23168 -
a week ago
WOW! STRANTZ WOULD BE PROUD!

Positives:
New Owners and Staff have really put this amazing course back on the playlist.

Looks and plays like a brand new course!
Not one nearing a quarter century.

93F today (6/4/20) and with Covid there's no coolers permitted on the course. Plan well ahead with 2 gallons of water on your cart.

Except for Black Tee on 10th (we always play from tips) the boxes, fairways and greens were like a brand new course. Grounds Team were working on rebuilding green collars on 6 & 10.

Greens rolled true if a bit slower than most as they are young Bentgrass taking root.
No scabs, ballmarks or Poa Annua anywhere!
Lovely..

Great craft beers at the turn and the best Bacon/Tomato/Cheese on Rye we've ever had.

Negatives:
Not many.. Men's room needs a total makeover. Good Grief. $63/round doesn't seem too much for the course conditions and Strantz Design but the bathroom was insulting.

Fix that and you'll draw ahead of Viniterra for value AND ambience.
See ya again soon..

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Previously Played

Lost their greens, don’t play until spring

The greens are the worst that I have ever seen. The grass is dried and pulled up from the ground and is impossible to putt.
Wait for them to come back.
Everyone in our group of 14 were very dissatisfied.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course is Closed

Stonehouse, along with New Kent, have gone out of business.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

I have played this course when it was terrific but that is no longer the case. All of the greens need major repair. Their site states they have four temporary greens but all are horrible. None of the greens or even the cart paths had been cleaned in what appeared to be a long long time. Do not waste your money on what you think is a bargain, you can't even by a soda at the club house.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Stonehouse in the Poor House

Played this course for the first time and came away from it feeling...sad I guess. The course is not being maintained whatsoever: 1.they lost their greens this year, so brutal shape. 2. fairways and ruff are overgrown 3. most disturbingly, there are huge holes in the middle of the fairways, 3 feet in diameter, 5 feet deep some of them, around the drainage system. Unbelievable. Its a real shame as you can see this was a premium course when it first opened. Very interesting layout, but a couple of the holes were maybe a little excessive in difficulty; one par 4 in particular on the back where after your uphill drive, you have to make a 200 yard laser shot down into a very narrow ravine. But we pretty much had the course to ourselves, so pace of play was great. The clubhouse is beautiful, but since nobody was playing, the restaurant was closed, and it was a Sunday. The owner owns two other courses in the area, so looks like he's maybe spread a little thin, or is putting his money in the other 2 and using this one as a tax writeoff. It would be nice if somebody with lotsa money bought the place and restored it to its former glory. Despite the brutal shape, I did actually like the course, and for $25, I would play it again; but would not pay the regular $89 for the shape its in.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

BEWARE

OMG!!!
I usually enjoy our golf adventures and seldom write a review, but this course is
an exception.
They had 5 temporary greens because the irrigation system had failed and
they lost their greens. This I understand, but what I didn't understand was the
erosion in the middle of the fairways and the total disregard of general
maintenance.
The people I feel most sorry for are the residents with homes on the fairways
that to me will be totally devalued in another year.
To me I overpaid even using a 'hot deal'.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Skunk

Website says they had a rough summer and the greens were bad with a couple of temp greens. The whole course is not being maintained at all. Sandtraps are a disaster, fairways not being mowed and I couldn't even find the tee boxes on several holes.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
1.0
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Awful maintenance

Such a shame, this course used to be sooo beautiful and now the management has let this course go completely. The greens were horrible, burnt up with weeds growing put of them everywhere like a under funded public course. Pace of play was great because literally no one else was there. Now I see why, such a shame. This course could be amazing again but no one will play it in the shape it is in.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Worst Ever Condition

Green conditions poor, weeds & bare spots. fairways have holes you could lose a golf cart in and weeds but the layout is great. It is a shame that the course is not being maintained. I have played this course occasionally since it opened and it has steadily declind.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
1.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

What happened?

This course is in horrible shape. The greens are primarily some type of black fungus, for lack of a better word. Would recommend this course only if it were free to play and lunch was provided. As a local, it's disappointing to see what such a great track has become.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser

Good layout poor conditions on course Greens need alot of work

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
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