General's Ridge Golf Course

3.4086411765 3.4 stars from 5 (145)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6651 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 73.6
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6651 yards 73.6 143
Blue 72 6214 yards 71.7 136
White 72 5613 yards 69.3 123
Red (W) 72 4731 yards 67.5 115

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.8 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 2.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 145 Reviews
5 stars:
20
4 stars:
52
3 stars:
40
2 stars:
19
1 stars:
14

recommend this course

98 out of 145 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers locals   Challenges include elevation changes undulating greens narrow fairways   Great for drinks  

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"Challenging"


u000007543768's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I would recommend if you play this course to play the upward tees to make it a little less challenging


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Very Strange Set Up"


jstandard1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Very weird course. It only plays about 6200, but the overall topography of the course just makes it not enjoyable. If you miss a fairway by 3 yards you are in the woods. Greens are either 20 yards uphill or downhill on every hole. Just an unfair course to be honest.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



smaciej's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



keithphox's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Bring your flyswatter"



2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It’s not a bad course if they’d put some money into it. Bugs constantly in your face is different. That aside the cart paths are so in need of some more asphalt it’s like you can’t drive off the path or you might break the cart trying to get back on.

Greens are very sloped and sandy. So very fast and break all over. Hard to read. Which I wouldn’t mind if they didn’t errate them so much.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course



qrana8's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Love it, but go early"


William8498558's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is one my favorite Prince William County courses. It is definitely challenging, with the greens having more undulations (and significant ones) than I care for. Three-putts are too common and would not be the case on “normal” greens. Totally unnecessary feature.

But wow...if you tee off between 11am and 3pm, plan on a 5hr round. When I play early, things move very well, and that’s what I’ll do from now on. Playing again this week, in fact.

Great value and it will test you!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Cart mandatory, bring your A game"


dromskyd's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a real gem, but expect to be challenged on every shot. Narrow fairways, rolling hills, curvaceous greens ... Pay close attention to the course guide. Very well maintained and friendly staff. Ranger said hello a few times and gave us pointers on upcoming holes. Not a course for a quick round.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000002430102's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was the worst round of golf I have ever played. The 1st hole tee time was 15 minutes late (understand sometimes that happens so not too upset about that). We had to wait on average 10-15 minutes per hole to tee off. We play 12 holes in 4 hours and 15 minutes and quit on hole 14. The pace of play was horrendous and the marshal did nothing to speed the three groups ahead of us up. There was a 4 some in front of us then a group of 7 which was playing so slow it was ridiculous. It looked like they teed off separately and then all 7 met up and played together. I will never play that course again, we asked for our money back and the lady in the club house said you should have spoken to the marshal. WELL where was he?? I saw him once sitting in the woods not paying any attention on what was going on. Was just a horrible experience all four of us ended up playing 12 holes and had to quit as it was just to slow and the pace was gonna be a 7 hour round which should never happen.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



Mlewis67's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Couldn't have asked for a better day on the course. Early September felt like a fall morning. The course is challenging but well maintained, and the starter will give you a sheet with helpful hints for each hole. That sheet is worth reading. I am an average golfer, so I did lose a lot of balls, but the course and scenery made it worth it. The staff is great all around. The guy at the counter was raising money for the hurricane relief fund and gave us a discounted rate because of our donation. The starter who I think is also the manager, gave us a great feeling of being out there along with that sheet she gave us. She told us that the marshall knew the course extremely well and if we had any questions to flag him down when we saw him and he would help. we did see him, very friendly. The snack bar could use a few more options. We grabbed a large hotdog and some snacks. Beer selection is better than most courses. Know when coming here the challenges but enjoy the course, view and the staff.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course was fun"


u887433508's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was impressed with this course and liked the layout. Play was extremely slow as it took 5 hours to play 18.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging, but gimmicky"


u526159425's avatar
Gender:  Male
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

This course has a unique layout that makes it utterly impossible for a first-timer to compete. Almost every hole is a dog leg or you face a tee shot where you cannot see the green. Multiple approach shots, even from the 100 yard range leave you no clue as to where the pin is. holes that seem quite easy on the scorecard are gimmicky and take driver out of your hands, even for the semi-skilled. A few tee shots are blind and the fairways so narrow you have to hit and hope. While it's certainly interesting, it sucks a lot of fun out of golf until, I hope, you've played it a few times.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"The Lee Boys"


u977200044's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The ranger allows groups of 8 to play. Obviously this slows things down. The group was inexperienced and had never been on a golf course before. When we asked the ranger what was going on he said "those are the Lee boys, they're always up to some kind of shenanigans". He said they were keeping up with the pace of play. Not true. Luckily we were able to play through them on a par 3 but this is ridiculous and shouldn't be tolerated. No 8-Somes!!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"6 Hour Round"


vettejw's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This round was 6 hours. There were players who left the course very upset about the pace of place. Groups in front of us were very slow. Each hole was at least a 5-10 minute wait.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging"


Michael4687095's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Very challenging course. tight fairways. rough is extremely deep and almost unplayable. greens are also a challenge to read and very sloped. however, course was in good condition and played a 3 hour round..


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/04/2017

Thanks for the feedback Michael! If you love a challenge you love Generals Ridge for sure


"Hard but fun"


u681478273's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall it was difficult but had a fun. Cart path is dangerous, got to be careful, should be repaired.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 04/23/2017

This place is a safety hazard. Play at your own risk. Hope you don't twist an ankle, wrench a knee, or herniate a disk. I wish I could post pictures, because they speak a thousand words!


"great and tough layout"


u000001114870's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the greens are perfect; smooth and fast; best greens in the area even at this time of the season (late winter). fairways and and tee boxes are poor as it has always been. i play preferred lies in this course to make it enjoyable for me. i would suggest changing turf to mix zoysia at least, which gives a good playing surface throughout the whole year; saves on watering too!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"If you want the thrill of really testing your game"


TParker6731680's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Wow! Hard but wicked fun! It is true "target golf" where you must be strategic about where you place your shots to advance. On almost every hole, I found myself having to think through risks and rewards more thoroughly than most other courses I play. Very intellectually challenging! A couple of suggestions for those contemplating playing it: Hitting it straight is far more important than hitting it long. As others have written, once off the fairway, the ball is lost so use a club that is reliably straight instead of pulling out a club for the distance. Another is to use the contours of the land. Many of the fairways are sloped l to r or r to l. I found success hitting towards the slopes, then letting it feed down to (generally) flatter land. Lots of elevation changes! Finally, on almost every approach shot, there is a more safe choice that might not be obvious at first, and a higher risk choice--spend a minute thinking it through. Last suggestion: commit to playing it twice (but not in the same day!). This was my second round at GR and I was much more effective having learned some about the course from round 1 a couple of years ago.

The course will test your putting and greens reading skills like few courses in No VA! None are flat; some are severely sloped which really challenged me to be much more creative in "feeling" putts and much more strategic about where to leave "misses". Note that when I played, course was very dry so greens were very, very fast!! And, as a previous comment mentioned, it is better to approach putts from below the hole!

I agree with previous comments about the deterioration of the cart paths, the slopes of the fairways (I left the cart on the path and humped up and down the hills), etc. To me, those don't matter nearly as much as the thrill of the difficulty of thinking through how to, and trying to execute, approach shots and putts, particularly on the back nine. Yes, tee boxes were generally chewed up and sandy but I was able to find firm footing on every one.

If you want manicured perfection and an easy round, this is not the place. If you want the thrill of really testing your game against course contours not normally found at this price, it is well worth playing. If you are up for a challenge, General's Ridge is a blast!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Leaves Cause Lost Balls Slow Play"


u000005085362's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Regular on the course- lucky it was a good rate and a beautiful day. Had to stop after 13 as pace of play and # of lost balls because of the leaves made it a disappointing golf outing.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"So much potential"


Ksmoov24's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course would be such a pleasure to play if it was maintained properly. Tee boxes , fairways and greens were all unsatisfactory. Layout was intriguing.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course



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