Heritage Oaks Golf Course
Nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, Heritage Oaks Golf Course sprawls across a diverse terrain that provides the course with plenty of variety. The par-70 layout has both links-style holes and more traditional, tree-lined holes. The front nine is more player friendly. There are some good opportunities to build up your score before facing the tougher back nine. It's a tighter layout with more trees, demanding accuracy and careful course management. A stream meanders through the golf course, connecting to the ponds that also come into play, especially on the back nine. There are also several strategically placed bunkers that lurk along the greensides. The golf course has some challenging holes but it's player friendly enough for beginners to approach with confidence. Four sets of tees make Heritage Oaks G.C. accessible to players of all skill levels.
|Green (W)||70||4542 yards||66.6||114|
|Gold M: 70.2/129||424||422||143||358||385||218||507||185||406||3048||347||387||342||189||386||416||524||156||529||3276||6324|
|Black M: 68.5/124||399||406||126||337||368||186||479||169||386||2856||331||382||311||168||369||361||477||132||504||3035||5891|
|White M: 66.1/118||351||374||108||314||330||165||433||139||351||2565||302||364||250||153||322||329||422||116||475||2733||5298|
|Green W: 66.6/114||313||317||88||275||292||117||383||97||296||2178||263||287||223||107||247||300||409||100||428||2364||4542|
Visiting from Florida, saw this course as the top rated around the Charlottesville area where I’m staying. Amazing course. So amazing that I booked another tee time there the next day. Cheap tee time through GolfNow. Worth every penny. Very well manicured and a variety of types of holes. Didn’t see any poorly kept areas other than what they already have sectioned off and currently working on. Highly recommend this course if your looking for value, well kept, and only an hour outside of Charlottesville. Only downside was no beer cart or having the bar open during play. Vending machines available.
You will enjoy!
Hard to believe that this is a public course. Staff really cares well for it's condition! Very enjoyable round.
Great Winter Conditions
Heritage Oaks used to be my home course before I moved to the big city (Richmond). But I still come back to visit and I’m always glad when I do.
Despite the wet and wintry weather of late, the course is playing surprisingly well. There are the usual soggy spots here and there but overall the course is very playable with good smooth greens and bunkers, and decent fairways and rough. You may struggle to find turf on some of the tee boxes but that’s understandable this time of year.
I’ve always enjoyed the challenging but inviting layout and relatively easy walkability of the course. Pace of play can vary depending on how busy it is (over 100 golfers played the day before in nicer weather conditions but I nearly had the course to myself this day). $20 to walk 18 isn’t too bad even in the offseason and the staff here makes it worth your while. I definitely recommend you stop in for a visit.
Nice course ,nice fairways and green receive very well!
Really nice golf course I really enjoy playing here, greens receive very well wich it makes it very easy to get spin control,neat and in good shape!
Favorite course in the area
Have played here numerous times when in the area and was absolutely blown away by the conditions of the course a few days after the area received over 6” of rain in two days! The rough was quite thick since they hadn’t been able to mow...but fairways and green were in great shape. This is a fairly short course and perfect for women...easily a walkable course as well. Layout is nerdy fair with a good mix of doglegs and short par 3s. Staff is extremely friendly especially the rangers! My only complaint is the price...very high (especially for a municipal course)...did find a coupon in a local golf guide that brought the price down.
In Great Shape Right Now
It was nice to come back to my old home course after moving away several months ago. I’m happy to report it’s in as good condition as I’ve ever seen it.
The fairways look great with the new two-stripe mow pattern and have filled in nicely. The greens have already fully recovered from aeration just a few weeks ago. The tee boxes are nice and soft and cut, the bunkers are generally well looked after if not immaculate.
This remains a great home course if you live close by, if you are visiting you won’t be disappointed with the playing conditions or overall value of the course. I’ll be coming back up in a few months to give it another go.
Happy Trails to a Good Home Course
After two years and over 40 rounds, I said "goodbye" to Heritage Oaks as my home course with a recent move to the Richmond area.
On the day I played my last* round the weather was perfect and the course was in great shape. Despite the dormant winter conditions, the greens were as fast and smooth as I've ever seen them, and even though there had been a lot of rain in the past week, nearly all of the course was dry. They've also taken steps to help alleviate some wetter spots while the traffic is slow.
The fact I have played over 40 different courses the past two years and still made time to play this course as often as I did is a testament to how enjoyable it is to play here. The layout--while not eye-popping--is dynamic enough to not get boring. I had multiple shots this last go-around from places on the course I had never hit to/from. There were new angles of approach and new shot variants to try to skirt a tree or a bunker or a creek (or all three, as was the case on the par-5 7th).
The staff is what I'll miss most about Heritage Oaks--I wish I could take them with me. I made some good friends there and encourage you to spends some time there and make friends with them too.
There's nothing quite like playing a home course for the last* time and to birdie the last hole sweetened the experience just a little more. In the end, if you're going to play one course in the Valley, make it Heritage Oaks!
*I'll drive the two hours back for tournaments, you can count on that.
Enjoyed the course. It was super wet after a lot of rain and unfortunately that made it very difficult
. I'd love to play it when it's dry
Nice Track & Nice People
Very nice course. They had just aerated the greens, so they were a little bouncey but overall, the course was in great shape. I played with three members and they were welcoming and a lot of fun to play with. I will be going back!
This course is one of my favorites to play in my area. It was a hot day, but the course was in excellent shape. Pace was a little slow but overall I enjoyed playing.
First time playing and it was awesome. It's a very beautiful course and wide open. The course was in great shape and we managed to play in 3 hours, granted it was a Monday.
Always a fun and challenging course
Heritage Oaks is a well maintained course with pretty views. The course is in great shape with varying elevation changes that allow all levels of golfers a fun game. The first two holes have open space around them giving you a good warm up if you skipped the driving range. If you land in the rough you should play smart, the grass is lush and thick - similar to velcro. There are several water holes, and a meandering stream that makes you think before you swing. There are plenty of holes that satisfy long ball hitters like us, and fun par threes to mix it up. There are several dog legs with mature trees just begging to be challenged by those with the "Tin Cup" mentality! The staff is very polite and they have a cafe, when you need a sandwich or something to take the edge off. (Water, Beer, soda, sports drinks and redi-mixed frozen daiquiris to go.) We have played here several times and will return.
The Best Course in a Town With Many Choices
There are several golf courses within easy driving distance of me here in the Harrisonburg area, and there are many reasons I made Heritage Oaks my home course when I moved in last year.
The two things that separate Heritage Oaks from the other local courses is service and value. The staff is very friendly and helpful and since the course is so walker friendly (more on that in a moment) a whole round costs just $20 as early as 1pm in a weekday, before any GolfNow discount. That’s a pretty good value for this course and one of the main reasons I keep coming back.
Heritage Oaks offers a fairly dynamic layout for a municipal course. There’s no tricks or gimmicks, hardly a blind shot on the course, but it is varied enough that you won’t get bored with it. Each hole is distinctive and after playing a few rounds, you’ll have your favorite and not-so-favorite holes. There is not a lot of elevation changes (I’m a sucker for mountain courses) but that just makes walking the course a lot more enjoyable than say...nearby Packsaddle Ridge. There are enough risk-reward holes for advanced golfers to enjoy, but beginners will also like the course (at least the front nine) for the wide fairways, findable rough, and few forced carries.
The course conditions are respectable if not top-notch. Admittedly, nearby Lakeview has smoother, more even fairways and rough but Heritage Oaks still maintains their course well, there’s rarely anything that draws your attention in a negative way. The greens are medium speed and on the softer side (great condition right now), the tee boxes are never hard or dry (today there were some that were even a little too soft), some fairways hold water a bit but you can still enjoy a round on even a very wet day. The bunkers have native dirt that plays well with all skill levels.
Pace of play is pretty good most days but I’ll admit there is a risk of a 5-hour round out there on occasion. Off-course amenities are also just ok, nothing fancy here. If you are looking for a fancy clubhouse and practice bunkers and valet service, you’ve come to the wrong place but if you just want to go and play some golf, I highly recommend a visit.
Not exciting course
Felt it was overpriced for condition of course. Tee boxes chewed up and a lot of debris and bare spots on fairway. No attempt to make course inviting. Unfortunately not many courses around so forced to pay the price. Much prefer Lakeview.
Great course for the price
I play this course all the time. It is a little shorter then your normal course but still has a great layout and provides some challenge. Greens are the best you'll see in the winter months from a public course played alot. Only gripe is it gets pretty slow sometimes, but other than that you absolutely CAN'T BEAT THE PRICE for the quality of the course. I would highly recommend to a friend.