Stonehouse Golf Club
Formerly known as Tradition Golf Club at Stonehouse.
|Gold M: 73.9/141||413||461||211||564||398||430||538||177||381||3573||439||416||402||532||415||190||362||170||453||3379||6952|
|Black M: 71.5/137||382||348||181||495||392||416||522||173||363||3272||356||400||395||516||393||167||343||162||431||3163||6435|
|White M: 69.4/131 W: 76.2/139||338||310||158||480||373||389||520||156||272||2996||337||385||379||498||370||153||279||159||413||2973||5969|
|Member M: 67.8/129 W: 74.3/136||338||278||158||480||373||343||520||156||260||2906||255||385||379||435||370||121||279||149||334||2707||5613|
|Green M: 63.8/119 W: 69.3/124||269||278||83||344||304||343||385||98||260||2364||255||280||286||435||250||121||265||149||334||2375||4739|
Available FacilitiesClubhouse, Banquet Facilities
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.
Mike Strantz would be Proud!
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Stonehouse Golf Club
9700 Mill Pond Run, Toano, VA 23168 -
a week ago
WOW! STRANTZ WOULD BE PROUD!
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!
Great craft beers at the turn and the best Bacon/Tomato/Cheese on Rye we've ever had.
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..
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.
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.
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.
I usually enjoy our golf adventures and seldom write a review, but this course is
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
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course was in terrible shape. It looks like they are putting zero dollars into it. Just cutting the grass. Doubt I will be back anytime soon.
A lesson in humility
I was fortunate to have found a 1:27 hot deal tee time. I had a friend in Richmond have something come up, and he was unable to keep our tee time at another course, so I thought I'd give Stonehouse a shot, as it'd been over 10 years since I'd played there (since the Alzheimer's Association stopped having their annual tournament there and Royal New Kent).
On a very positive note, the entire round felt like I had the course to myself, as I never caught up to anyone, nor did I have anyone pushing me.
This layout is absolutely brutal, and I cant imagine there is anyone; member, guest, or even pro, that shoots scratch golf on this course, from any of the tees.
Very thankful I had just upgraded my GolfPad app, but even that, along with the pro tips handout, made it extremely difficult to accurately select clubs and consider ideal shot placement. Even when I did hit a great drive, followed by an equally great approach shot, I'd 3 or 4 putt because of either, or a combo of, the size and layout or burnt conditions of the greens. To say this course beat me up, and served as an exercise in humility, is an understatement.
Unfortunately, my biggest takeaway was the unrealized potential of this course. I'm reluctant to put Stonehouse in the same category, but this course gave me flashbacks of River's Bend, during the beginning of the demise. I really hope those with the ability to turn this course around do so immediately, as it'd be a shame to see this beautifully designed course spiral out of control. It's too special.
I gave 4 stars because of the course design, the very pleasant pro (gentleman) that checked me in, the awesome cheeseburger and fries I called in before teeing off on #8, and the great personality of the young lady that boxed it up for me as I made the turn.
In short, I'd love to return in the future and increase my rating to a 5. The design of this course, combined with the resources, grounds knowledge, and TLC of the folks that manage Spring Creek and The Federal Club would put this course in the elite circle. Imho, of course...
Blind Shots + Time = Ugly Scores
The amenities were mostly above par - well-maintained clubhouse, powerful carts, concrete-aggregate cart paths throughout, adequate tee box space and like-new rental clubs.
However, it took our threesome, with no one in front of us, 5 1/2 hours with no stop at the turn. One would not expect a normal round to take that long, but the layout and green placement was brutal, even with the aid of a guide booklet and sheet of pro tips happily supplied by Sarah at check-in.
The distance between greens and subsequent teeboxes extended play time. Cart paths meandered through woods often making us wonder if we would ever see a "next tee." Flags were not visible from most of those teeboxes, even on par 3's. One back nine par 3 went so steeply down a hill we didnt' see the large precarious drainage ditch just prior to the green. Other tee shots had to traverse valleys of trees just to reach the fairway, something many lady golfers would find impossible.
It's a beautiful area for a course, but I could only recommend it to those posessing near pro-like skills and patience.
Overall this was a memorable round because we all shot our worst scores in a long while.
Last year Stonehouse lost its greens and had some ragged tee boxes. They must have hired a new superintendent because course conditions were at least 300 percent better. Greens were in great shape this time, tee boxes were generally much better and the sand traps were in generally good condition. This is not a course for a beginner, and the course is punitive for those playing the wrong set of tees. But play the right set of teens and you'll find this beautiful course fun, interesting and challenging. Michael Strantz at his best,