The Golf Club at The Highlands

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4.2
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4.2
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4.5
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
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4.0
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6565 yards
Slope 142
Rating 72.5
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6565 yards 72.5 142
Blue 72 6169 yards 70.9 138
Black 72 5879 yards 69.4 133
White 72 5564 yards 68.0 128
Green (W) 72 4926 yards 70.3 129
Family 72 3845 yards
Scorecard for Highlands
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: 72.1/140 408 166 523 384 196 285 469 163 516 3110 576 161 386 457 519 367 423 149 417 3455 6565
Blue M: 70.4/136 366 156 501 358 170 275 459 153 488 2926 539 132 354 425 492 349 413 141 405 3250 6176
Black M: 68.9/132 366 156 501 358 170 275 459 153 488 2926 497 105 309 381 461 315 377 122 366 2933 5859
White M: 67.3/128 W: 72.9/132 332 129 474 317 154 234 418 131 442 2631 497 105 309 381 461 315 377 122 366 2933 5564
Green M: 64.6/121 W: 69.4/124 295 121 436 274 134 196 392 114 409 2371 490 93 249 341 377 247 314 113 331 2555 4926
Orange M: 60.6/110 W: 63.4/111 230 75 365 210 85 140 300 70 350 1825 350 90 150 290 320 215 245 110 250 2020 3845
Handicap 12 18 6 2 8 16 4 14 10 5 17 11 7 13 9 3 15 1
Par 4 3 5 4 3 4 5 3 5 36 5 3 4 4 5 4 4 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 8 16 6 4 12 18 2 14 10 1 17 11 5 9 13 7 15 3

Course Details

Year Built 1995
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Barton Tuck

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker 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
Dress code Proper attire is required.

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4.2
7
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Handicap 10-14
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4.0
Top 25 Contributor
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Wet weather
Used cart

Good Walker’s Course in RVA

*This is an update to my original review for this course on 07/11/18*

This is a good home course that’s friendly to walkers and riders alike. As one of the more affordable daily fee clubs in Richmond, The Highlands offers a good challenge and fun layout, a friendly staff, good practice facilities and good pace of play.

Conditions have been more consistent here than most courses in the area this year and only look to improve with drier and cooler weather. I’ll be back out again soon to tee it up and I recommend you do the same!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Even Better On Second Impression

*This is an update to my original review for this course on 07/11/18*

The Highlands Golfers’ Club continues to be the best course for public walkers in the Richmond area. It’s been a month since I last played but the conditions were still very good and I’m learning to love the layout even more. My favorite spot on the golf course is the convergence of 4 holes that if you stand on your head and squint one eye kind of resembles Augusta National (in layout, not conditioning, obviously). It’s a really good test of golf while be fairly easy to navigate on foot. You’ll use every club in your bag and many shots require a good amount of strategy and risk. I really highly recommend this course and I’ll be back to play it several more times this year!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather

Recently opened for public play, the Highlands Golfers Club doesn’t get as much mention as it’s neighbor clubs but it still offers a great experience, especially for those looking to walk a quality course in the Richmond area.

If you like to walk for your golfing and aren’t a member of a country club here in Richmond, your choices are regulated to some rather meek municipal courses that lean more on value than quality. Highlands offers a much better experience for walkers with an diversely-designed 18-hole layout that’s well maintained.

Hilly? Yes. Exhausting to walk? Surprisingly, no. While there are a lot of elevation changes throughout the course, you’ll far more often notice the downhills than the uphills. Only a couple holes have a noticeable gap between them and there are plenty of shortcuts and bridges to keep the miles of walking down.

Back to the course: it’s a good one with a full serving of forced carries, doglegs, potato chip greens, and uneven lies everywhere. Conditions meet the expectations set by the greens fees, but don’t exceed them. The greens are full and smooth and reasonably quick. Te Bermuda fairways are in far better shape than other course in the area. Bunkers are raked but may of the tee boxes could use some softening.

Only complaint for walkers: a couple more water points would really help in this heat/humidity. Only one or two per nine so you really have to bottle it up.

Staff was friendly enough though I encountered only one of them. If you are looking for a place to walk and really enjoy a full round, this is your place to go.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Full of Forced Carries

First time playing Highlands and I really enjoyed it. Value for the money cannot be beat for a course that was just recently open to public play. Layout has two distinct Nines. The front is shorter than the back by a few hundred yards. Also on the front you have three Par 5's and three Par 3's. The back nine is your more traditional Par 36 layout. The front nine also features the majority of the forced carries you find on the course. Definitely play with someone familiar with the course or use a GPS to know the distances to the proper landing zone. There are five sets of tee boxes to match your game. The font nine features a Blue/Black mixed set of tees. The tee boxes are filling in nicely from the winter. The day I played there had not been much rain lately so the fairways were running out well. The Bermuda in the fairways was not totally filled in yet but give it a week and it will be great. The rough was fine for Spring golf. The greens were completely healed up from the aeration earlier in the spring. They were cut and rolled so they were running true and consistent. The only issue I noticed was some of the skirts around the green did not survive the winter. The course is well aware of this as they are cutting out the dead grass and laying new sod down. The practice facility here is nice and has everything you could need. Grass driving range, full chipping and bunker area and the practice green is large and accommodating to multiple golfers. The staff was very friendly throughout the round. Best way to make a tee time is to use their website. The Reserve restaurant is delicious to say the least. The food and service are 5 star all the way around. If you golf in the Richmond area I have yet to find an all around better value than here.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather

Pick your Spots

Wow is this a course that has a lot of character. It was recently opened up for public play, so a few of my friends and I decided to check it out.

The course was in decent condition overall. Since it is opened to the public, the greens have gone downhill, but the fairways and bunkers are in solid shape. Tee boxes are mowed to a good height and the rough is relatively thin.

Now, this might be one of the most interesting designs that I have ever played.

The first two holes are nice little holes that offer little resistance and are fairly birdie-able.

The fun really begins on the third hole. It is a mid-length par 5 (525 yards) that has a semi-blind tee shot. Now what you do not notice from the teeing area, is that the left side of the fairway completely falls off. Anything hit on the left side is almost certainly gone. Once you get to the end of the fairway, you see the hole about 100 feet below. That's right the hole drops about 100 feet. So if you hit a good drive down the middle, there is a chance that you are staring at a 7 iron into the green. You have to carry your approach over a hazard and onto an elevated green. Once you walk off the hole you will think that it could not get crazier...that's until you walk onto the fourth tee box.

The fourth hole is a semi-short par 4 (375 yards) that has a split fairway. At the bottom of the hill is a creek and about 60 feet above is a green complex that slopes as much as any on the course. Behind the green is out of bounds and in front is a ravine so your approach shot better find the putting surface.

The fifth is a long (200 yards) uphill par 3 guarded by a deep hazard on three sides. The green is tri leveled and will send any shot missed left or long into the hazard.

The sixth and seventh holes are birdie holes, as six is a driveable par 4 and seven is a reachable par 5. The course gets more traditional in design with a few interesting holes, but the ones mentioned above are certainly the highlights of this track.

I would say this is a must-play although it isn't the cheapest course out there and it is way out in deep, deep Chesterfield.

Definitely, recommend this course to you, but you owe it to yourself to play with someone who has already played it.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Previously Played

Highlands aptly named

Reviewed recently, but was first time played course and played well so wasn't sure if my play or course was happier with . I really do like this course . As title says , this course is aptly named The Highlands . The course contours , slopes , elevation changes really create a great challenge and experience . Course is in great shape tee to green . Traps are good , greens very good shape . Find the clientele is excellent as well . Friendly and course stays good because of our fellow golfers care . Find very few ball marks on greens , traps are always raked so everyone seems to be taking care of the facilities . Couple chipping greens , very nice putting surface and very good driving range. Quickly becoming one of my top three places in our market to play . The layout is quite interesting and makes for a great challenge and much different from most courses in the area .

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
First Time Playing

Great layout

Challenging , hilly and a lot of elevation changes . This course was surprising for the Richmond market . Play numerous courses in the area and we do get a little role, but this course has numerous elevation changes , contours and slopes . Golf partner even committed never had a flat lie , laughed explained yes need to be in fairway . Great layout with plenty of doglegs each way , some holes with trouble in front of green so pay attention to yardage to set up layups or approaches . Greens very good condition with some tiers but the real challenge is the slopes and elevation changes . New to public play so not crowded and staff very personable and helpful . Had a great day and looking forward to challenging ourselves again here soon . Oh , the practice facilities are excellent so give yourself time to hit the range and chipping and putting surfaces .

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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