The Tradition Golf Club At Royal New Kent
|White (W)||72||6132 yards||79.3||151|
|Combo (W)||72||5455 yards||75.2||143|
|Green (W)||72||4882 yards||72.1||136|
|Invicta M: 77.1/153||418||557||191||452||590||427||197||418||407||3657||584||417||221||366||344||246||476||562||463||3679||7336|
|Gold M: 75.7/149||396||537||176||431||576||404||186||403||379||3488||567||401||202||346||333||229||459||537||403||3477||6965|
|Black M: 73.7/145||378||512||160||381||541||392||173||386||337||3260||537||378||176||334||330||208||442||509||386||3300||6560|
|White M: 71.3/139 W: 79.3/151||364||487||156||334||526||347||157||364||311||3046||475||354||166||297||311||155||412||454||351||2975||6021|
|Green M: 65.4/124 W: 72.1/136||222||424||144||297||495||299||135||232||305||2553||350||285||115||241||256||115||374||406||276||2418||4971|
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1st tee, one of the best looking holes on the course. Photo submitted by Back9Ben
Par-3 7th, perhaps the most picturesque hole of them all. Photo submitted by Back9Ben
Looking back at the par-5 10th and clubhouse in the background. Photo submitted by Back9Ben
short par-4 16th, probably my favorite hole and one of the hardest. Photo submitted by Back9Ben
Undergoing a Renovation
There's a lot of great work going on at Royal New Kent. Completely new greens that look incredible. Bunkers being completely renovated. Fairway drainage pipes being completely renovated. Once everything is completed in the Spring, this place will, once again, be something truly special in the world of golf. Certainly Top 10 in Virginia and close to Top 100 in America.
Still An Awe-inspiring Layout, But Needs Some TLC
This is one of my favorite courses here in Virginia and it’s mainly because of the fantastic Irish-links style layout by Mike Strantz. Yes, it can be extremely unforgiving and make for a long round, but if you go in with the right mindset you’ll definitely enjoy yourself. If nothing else, it is a very pretty course.
You can tell though that the course is underfunded right now. A minimal staff and the many pot bunker sandtraps that seem to long since have actual sand in them. Their bareness and the exposed drainage pipes aren;t a good look for such course. On the bright side, the greens were mostly in good share and the fairways looked better than on my previous two visits. The course had received a lot of rain recently and nearly all of the course had drained nicely.
For the right price (plenty of GolfNow deals available) this can be a great value, just be warned that a “quick” round here is anything under 5 hours. My threesome finished in just under 5:00 and only had to wait a few minutes on the very last hole.
Take your time and enjoy the challenge! I will make the drive many more times.
Great Golf Course
Great golf course, a definite must play if you are in the Williamsburgh area. The layout is a true Strantz gem and is quite a challenge. The Staff were quite friendly and courteous! This is a course that it would help to play with a member or a few times to get used to your sight lines. The conditioning was ok but some of the greens were rough in some patches. As well the bunkers and cart paths need work! For the money though it was a great deal! When back in the area it will be a definite replay!
Worth the Money!
Course was in great shape! Greens were very nice! Nothing but good things to say about this course. I would recommend it everyone and will go back!
Wow. This course is awesome
I was not prepared for this course. The first few holes reminded me of the crazy Old Macdonald at Bandon...huge elevation changes, huge greens, and totally blind tee shots and approaches. Many players will not like the course as it is VERY difficult...if you don't have your A game, good luck. One of the other reviewers suggested to forget your ego and play from more forward tee boxes and he is right on. They have pot bunkers everywhere that are more British thsn American, meaning if you find one it may as well be a stroke penalty. This course is one of the most beautiful I have played and houses or buildings are visible in the distance on only a few holes. I can't wait to play it again!
The course was a difficult course. Took 6 hrs for 18 holes. However the layout was more of a challenge than I expected. First time golfers would have a more enjoyable time with someone that knows the course
Fantastic layout. This is a true links course with the pot bunkers, etc... It has many unique holes. The fairways are generally very wide, and the greens are huge, but the penalty for missing either is huge. I enjoyed this course as much as any course I have played.
Highlight of our trip 2nd Year in row!!!!
This course is fantastic very challenging a hidden gem. Greens in great shape, will challenge every part of your game.
I am huge fan of Mike Strantz as an architect so that along with the reviews here led me to play here. This course has everything you could ask for from forced carries, lay ups to ideal spots and great green design. There are plenty of tee choices for your game. The pro shop will give you a course map with distances and layout which is helpful but if you can play with someone who has played before you will be better off. If you have never played a Strantz course you have to keep an open mind. It is challenging, humbling and a lot of fun. The courses conditions were perfect considering the above average rainfall we had in August. This course reminds me the most of Tobacco Road in Sanford, NC, minus the sand and waste areas of Tobacco Road. If you are in the area and want a truly unique experience give Royal New Kent a call. Again prepare to be humbled but have an open mind.
unbeatable for $25
the course is in great shape. My advice, bring some sort of gps, or get a yardage book. Some of the greens are enormous and easily make up at least a 2 club difference depending on pin position.
Royal New Kent is an awesome gem of a course that we played for a steal of a price. The layout is breath-taking and there are some magnificent holes that would challenge players at every level. It was evident that the maintenance budget was down since the bunkers weren't raked and several were filled with water, along with slower greens. However, it didn't really diminish what an amazing value this course was to play!
Links style course. A "little" difficult, but extremely fun.
Bring your A game, or just have fun, I would recommend playing with someone who has played there before
RNK tests every aspect of your game
There is a reason this course is ranked as one of the most difficult in the country. Playing here will tell you where your game really is. This links style layout is unique to central VA and can be intimidating the first few times you play it. Once you've been around this track a few times and know where to place your shots, the scoring opportunities are many. There is no "let-up" and you have to stay mentally focused during the entire round to score well. If you're looking for a golf course with no "home-course-advantage" to play a match with your buddies, this is it... Enjoy!
Course is in great shape. Cart paths could use some repair. Always a challenge, intimidating to the first-timer, but really playable and fair once you get familiar with it. Cool bar and staff too! Definitely one to play if you are in the area!! ($25 deals on golfnow.com as well)
This is the toughest course that we play in the central VA area. It takes a course of this magnitude to make a 20 handicapper like myself appreciate the other courses that we play regularly. It has been several years since we played this one and yes it plays a whole lot easier from the member/quest tees than the longer tees but it is still almost impossible at times. we were all successful in hitting two digits with one in the eighties and yes we will be back. A really fun butt kicking.
The Layout Trumps All
*This is an updated review. For more thoughts on this course, see my full review from 6/11/17*
Anyone who has spent this summer near Providence Forge, VA knows how dry it has been and perhaps this course has been affected more than any other. But if ever there was a course that could overcome a bad hand dealt by Mother Nature, this is it.
Royal New Kent is, afterall, a true links-style course, with rolling fairways, fescue-covered dunes and even gorse to hit into. So when a course like this goes brown and dry from the summer heat and drought, it merely adds to the raw, unpampered character of British links golf. To their credit, RNK management have continued to water the greens and at least the thin strip of grass between the tee box markers. Fairways and rough, and the rest of the tee boxes, however, have become hard, brown, and crispy.
I rather liked the playing conditions, though many may think it looks unappealing. The unique, creative, and still beautiful layout will distract many from the dryness and it’s best to just focus on hitting a good shot as this remains one of the toughest courses in the country.
The twilight Golf Now rate of $32 is still a great value and with the variety of the holes here, you can come back dozens of times and never grow bored of playing this gem.
Keeps getting better
The more you play the more you appreciate. First couple times little confusing , trying to figure layout and target areas . Very unique and challenging. Elevation changes , doglegs and design takes getting used to, but the more you play the more you appreciate the layout and the different ways it can be played. Layout very unique to Richmond market and challenge will bring out your best shot making. Nice drive from Richmond market , but worth it for its original design. Enjoy the natural setting and course in very good conditon considering the heat . Links style course actually plays into the heat and dry conditions. Greens very good condition . Tee boxes little hard and fairways weak in spots, but overall very good and conditions add to the links design with plenty of roll. Makes other courses in the area seem easy. Layout really makes you think more about shot selection. Hope to play here more often to change things up.
Challenging!! Course layout is very unique. Fairways and greens were in very good shape. We had a great day of golf. Great course for the money.