Ford's Colony Country Club - Marsh Hawk Course

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4.4
161
5 Stars
75
4 Stars
64
3 Stars
14
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.6
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
93.7%
Recommend this course
148 out of 161 reviews
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4.4
23
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.5
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.7
StaffFriendliness
4.7
91.3%
Recommend this course
21 out of 23 reviews
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4.5
47
5 Stars
26
4 Stars
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.7
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.7%
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45 out of 47 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6650
Slope 132
Rating 72.0
Type Semi-Private
The traditional tree-lined fairways undulating greens and the best finishing holes around create a complete journey through the property. A par 72 measuring 6650 yards from the back tees Marsh Hawks greatest defense are narrow fairways and strategically placed bunkers. The real beauty of this golf course lies within the contour of the holes around natural lakes and elevation changes that can delude your depth perception. Marsh Hawk has played host to the 1998 and 1999 Virginia State Opens Monday qualifying for the 2005 2006 and 2007 Nationwide Tours Henrico County Open and the Monday qualifier for the PGA Tours Michelob Championship for 12 years straight.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6650 yards 72.0 132
Gold 72 6101 yards 69.8 125
Gold (W) 72 6101 yards 75.2 137
Silver 72 5369 yards 66.1 116
Silver (W) 72 5369 yards 70.7 126
Scorecard for Marsh Hawk
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 72.2/132 372 419 535 400 180 502 418 194 406 3426 351 567 393 310 320 174 444 153 512 3224 6650
Black/Blue M: 71.0/128 350 379 535 366 180 502 383 160 406 3261 351 545 361 310 320 174 412 153 483 3109 6370
Blue M: 69.7/125 W: 75.5/138 350 379 494 366 143 469 383 160 382 3126 327 545 361 270 294 158 412 125 483 2975 6101
Blue/White M: 68.1/122 W: 74.0/134 350 331 459 346 143 469 348 160 382 2988 327 507 333 270 294 158 371 125 438 2823 5811
White M: 67.5/119 W: 71.7/128 334 331 459 346 128 417 348 131 323 2817 270 507 333 250 256 145 371 93 438 2663 5480
White/Red M: 65.2/114 W: 69.3/124 334 319 419 266 94 417 283 131 323 2586 270 250 307 250 256 145 371 93 378 2320 4906
Red M: 64.6/111 W: 67.8/120 309 319 419 266 94 401 283 111 323 2525 251 250 307 218 242 125 358 87 378 2216 4741
Handicap 9 7 1 3 17 5 11 15 13 10 2 6 12 14 18 4 16 8
Par 4 4 5 4 3 5 4 3 4 36 4 5 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 9 3 1 15 13 5 17 11 7 14 4 8 10 12 18 2 16 6

Course Details

Year Built 1985
Fairways Bermuda
Greens Bent
Golf Season Year round
Architect Dan Maples

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire is required. No blue jeans, cut-offs, tee shirts or tank tops.

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4.4
161

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 8
Bunkers 6
Elevation Changes 6
This course/club is great for:
Playing Multiple Courses 7
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 6
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 7
Convenient to the City 6
Near Local Attractions 6
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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

USOpen like

Great layout and in great shape. Rough made the day worse than it needed to be. Spent to much time looking for balls and getting out of rough. Played with 2 members and even they complained and quit after 16 holes

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course conditions

The rough was extremely difficult to find balls just inches off the fairway. Starter warned us about the rough and to pay close attention as to where it enter the rough. At the end of the round the cart attendant said every fishing the round was committing about the rough. Pace of play was slow because of this condition. Everyone at some point was looking for balls in the rough.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great golf day

Played Blackheath. Friendly, personable staff, inside and out. Course was in very good condition considering the weather that just blew through, trees down and power out in the area. Great value, would keep it on the play list for next trip.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Professional course and staff

Played the Marsh Hawk course. Challenging, picturesque and fun to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 10/12/2018:
Excellent! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We look forward to having you back again soon for your next round with us!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very Good Layout

The Greens did not hold shots unless you could really spin the ball. Ball marks and pitch marks were numerous because people ignored fixing them!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 10/12/2018:
Awesome! We're pleased that you enjoyed the challenge of our layout and we appreciate your feedback on our greens. We hope to have you back again soon for your next round with us!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice but concerning....

Played Blue Herron today. Course was in great shape. Greens were very nice.

My concern is allowing walkers to play on a crowded weekend. I like to walk at times too but not on a weekend when it’s booked. Got behind 4 walkers until they finally let us play through only to get behind 2 groups of 4 that took forever. I like all 3 courses but it’s getting harder to play there because of the waiting. I know we wasted an hour just sitting during our round.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 09/25/2018:
Great! We're glad that our course conditions met your expectations but we apologize that the pace of play was a little slow. We appreciate your review and we hope to have you back again for your next round!
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 08/30/2018:
Wonderful! Come back soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 08/20/2018:
Awesome! We're pleased that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We look forward to having you back again soon for your next round with us!
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

In my Virginia Top 5!

Ford's Colony is what a golf experience should be. From the bag drop all the way through the end of the round the staff was amazing. The starter for our round was David and he was so very helpful and pleasant to talk with. The bag drop gentleman were very accommodating as my playing partner was running a little behind so they drove him out to meet up with me on the first hole.

The course design uses the natural landscape so well from the elevation changes to the water on the course. There is plenty of water to be had here as well. Either you carry water off the tee or coming into the greens. The houses do not encroach on the layout in any way at all. As others have mentioned make sure to pay attention to the yardages on the course map they provide you to ensure you are in the right spot. The scorecard provides for the ability to play to the appropriate yardage for your game as there is a mix of 7 different tee box combinations with their blended yardages here. I really appreciate when courses offer this to meet everyone's game.

The course conditions were top notch for early July. The tee boxes, fairways and rough were in excellent shape. The greens were accepting of approach shots and were rolling true and smooth. The Bent Grass was a little on the longer side because of the summer heat so the speed was a little slow but consistent throughout. The bunkers were edged well. The sand was consistent depth and texture throughout the course.

The practice facility is extensive here. Multiple practice greens for putting and chipping. The driving range plays downhill and there are mats as well as grass available to hit off of. There is decent bunker practice facility here as well.

The food in the clubhouse was a little pricey for me but it was delicious. There was a well stocked beverage cart out on the course during the round. The pro shop is good size with plenty of merchandise to choose from for sure.

As my title states this is in the Top 5 courses I have personally played throughout Virginia. I highly recommend this course if you are in or near the Williamsburg area

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 07/19/2018:
Outstanding! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us and that our staff left a great impression on you. We're also glad that our course conditions met your expectations and that you enjoyed the challenge of our layout. We're honored that we are one of the top 5 courses that you've played in Virginia and we can't wait to have you back again soon at Ford's Colony!
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Excellent Challenge

The Blackheath Golf course is an excellent challenge for all levels. There is plenty of target golf and water hazards. The big defense for this course is the greens. They are very sculptured with few flat spots. If you come with your A game working you will score well. The course is generous enough to keep you in bounds, but will penalize errant shots into the rough. Lots of over water shots that are rewarding to the ego. Best to read the very thorough yardage charts handed out with the scorecard. If in doubt, play the white tees, you will still have a challenge.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 07/11/2018:
Awesome! We're pleased that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We appreciate your review and we look forward to having you back again soon for your next round!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great

The Blackheath Course is by far the best. All fairways, greens, roughs, bunkers were in great condition. Pace of play was good. This course will be closed for a couple of days or a week or so for some renovations. The sister courses looked good but Blackheath is members course in this gated community and is very well kept. Greens will be punched 07/09 so give it a month to regrow. Would play this over GoldenHorshoe in Colonial section. Only bad thing and not really bad is there is no food station at turn at #9 so bring something to eat with you. Would be nice for them to set up a station for hot dogs or eats at #9 or #10

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 07/09/2018:
Wonderful! We're thrilled that our course conditions met your expectations and that you were able to play at a good pace. We appreciate your feedback and we can't wait to have you back again soon at Ford's Colony!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great track

Really nice course with great holes

Greens fast and consistent

Fairways tight lies

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 07/16/2018:
Great! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We appreciate your review and we look forward to having you back again soon!
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Another Wonderful Experience

Played Blue Heron today for the 1st time. Course was in very good shape. They had aerated the fairways not long ago BUT had no effect on play. Greens in great shape! Staff, starter, beverage gal (Lia) and ranger were FANTASTIC! Played round in 3 hrs and 45 minutes. Will keep coming back to Fords Colony and so should you!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 07/09/2018:
Fantastic! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and that our staff left a great impression on you. We're also pleased that you were able to play at a good pace. We look forward to having you back again soon for your next round!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Blown Away

My buddy and me where totally blown away by this course and how well it is taken care of from tee box to green on every hole. If you get the deal like we did for $35 per player on here trust me it is totally worth it. This course as well as the other 2 at Ford’s Colony should easily be charging $60 minimal for this per $18. Thanks Golf now for the great deal we got for this course and even more so on July 4th.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 07/05/2018:
Excellent! We're thrilled that you and your friend enjoyed your first time playing with us. We're glad that you found us to be a good value and we can't wait to have you both back again at Ford's Colony!
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent conditions

Fairways and greens in excellent condition. Delightful layout. Several very interesting hole designs...will challenge your shot imagination!

Ford’s Colony has excellent food and terrific bag and starter staff.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 07/05/2018:
Awesome! We're pleased that our course conditions met your expectations and that you enjoyed the challenge of our layout. We're also glad that our staff left a great impression on you. We look forward to having you back again soon for your next round!
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Wide Fairways and good sand!

The Hawk Marsh course is a fair and forgiving layout, with wide fairways and excellent greens (except for the temporary green in Hole 1). There are some areas absent grass or eroded by all the recent rain, but very limited.

Fun course!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 06/26/2018:
Great! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We appreciate your review and we look forward to having you back again soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The course had perfect greens

The course was challenging, but fair. We will play there again

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 06/26/2018:
Awesome! We're pleased that you enjoyed our course and the challenge of our layout. We can't wait to have you back again soon for your next round!
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great layout!!

This was my first time playing the Blue Heron course. What makes this course great is it's unique layout. It requires you to think before every shot, especially off the tee. Driver is not the play off every par 4 & 5. Sometimes an irons is preferred and other times a hybrid or 3 wood. Also, your ball placement in the fairway is important based on pin location. Golf Courses that make you think and call for accurate ball striking are always more fun in my opinion!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 06/12/2018:
Outstanding! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We appreciate your feedback and we can't wait to have you back again soon at Ford's Colony!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 05/23/2018:
Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed your time with us!
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Really nice course at great facility

Course is still growing in after cold spring but the fairways and greens were both in great shape. Would have like greens a bit faster but still good. Bunkers well raked. I have always liked the Blackheath layout. Played the blue/black combo and enjoy that you have to make many different tee decisions avoiding trouble. Pace was good even though we were a 2-some behind a 4-some. Staff is always friendly and helpful. Wish the grass part of range open. Enjoyed bar after round.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 05/16/2018:
Wonderful! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our course and that our staff left a great impression on you. We're also glad that you were able to play at a good pace. We can't wait to have you back again soon at Ford's Colony!
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