Tradition Golf Club at Stonehouse

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1.9
Value
2.8
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
3.4
Pace
3.4
Amenities
2.6
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 71
Length 6952 yards
Slope 141
Rating 73.9
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 71 6952 yards 73.9 141
Black 71 6435 yards 71.5 137
White (W) 71 5969 yards 76.2 139
White 71 5969 yards 69.4 131
Combo 71 5613 yards 67.8 129
Combo (W) 71 5613 yards 74.3 136
Green (W) 71 4739 yards 69.3 124
Green 71 4739 yards 63.8 119
Executive 71 4468 yards 62.7 116
Executive (W) 71 4468 yards 67.8 121
Scorecard for The Traditon
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
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
Handicap 13 5 7 15 3 1 9 11 17 16 8 4 2 12 18 6 10 14
Par 4 4 3 5 4 4 5 3 4 36 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 35 71
Handicap (W) 5 7 17 13 11 1 9 15 3 16 8 4 2 12 18 6 10 14

Course Details

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

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
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

Reviews

2.8
30

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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Played On
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
Played On
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
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
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
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
Played On
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
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
Played On
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
1.0
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
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
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
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
Played On
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
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Stonehouse

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.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

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...

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

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.

Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Great course

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,

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Stonehouse Golf

Would of been nice to play this place 10 years ago. Course layout was very nice, position golf. Plenty of nice scenery, no way you can walk this place. Seemed like there was too much ground for them to take care of. Plenty of weeds on the back 9 greens, some with mine fields to putt over. The tee boxes where bare. One of the nicest clubhouses I have encounter, would of been a nice place to sit and watch.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Top 25 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Generous three

The three rating is for the people, the layout, the natural setting and the weather . All were great. The course is in rough shape. If I had seen some of the reviews before I played I would have taken pictures. Tees sandy with little grass. Fairways full of weeds and burned in spots. Sand traps forget. Hard , packed and full of weeds. Greens, well you know there is an issue when paying green fees and they are apologizing for the greens and in his words, especially the 18 th. Funny thing it looked about the same as the rest. Now we had a great day , really enjoy the layout . The staff was very accomadating and the grill very good. All we could think of is how nice the course could be .

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great Track, disappointing course conditions

This is a great layout. If you like to really beat yourself up, play it from the tips. Extremely difficult. Great Track, definitely a Mike Strantz design, maybe one of his best. Beautiful, unique holes, need to play it more than once to really play well though. Very poor course conditions, the tees look like they haven't been cut in over a week, lots of grass clippings in the fairways, and the green conditions were not good. I'd definitely go back, but would need to be with better course conditions. Overall, very disappointed in the condition of the course, it really took away from the overall experience. I love the course, but the grounds crew didn't do their job, or didn't get the budget they need to do their job. If you want a challenge, go play it.

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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