General's Ridge Golf Course

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3.3
148
5 Stars
20
4 Stars
54
3 Stars
40
2 Stars
19
1 Stars
15
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.5
Layout
3.4
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
3.3
Amenities
2.8
65.3%
Recommend this course
100 out of 148 reviews
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3.3
6
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
2.9
Value
3.0
Layout
3.0
Pace
3.7
Amenities
2.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
57.1%
Recommend this course
4 out of 6 reviews
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3.2
10
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
2.9
Value
3.2
Layout
3.1
Pace
3.6
Amenities
2.8
StaffFriendliness
4.3
60.0%
Recommend this course
6 out of 10 reviews
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Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6651
Slope 143
Rating 73.6
Type Public
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General's Ridge Golf Course
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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
Scorecard for General's Ridge
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Championship M: 73.6/143 363 159 390 537 478 202 430 424 361 3344 519 353 362 237 416 490 404 174 352 3307 6651
Back M: 71.7/136 342 142 312 512 464 183 408 402 336 3101 466 336 362 210 390 470 387 160 332 3113 6214
Men M: 69.3/123 289 123 283 487 369 154 384 360 305 2754 431 324 337 184 362 419 350 146 306 2859 5613
Forward M: 67.5/115 266 107 251 423 341 114 294 318 278 2392 373 253 309 157 250 358 321 68 250 2339 4731
Red W: 68.1/118 266 107 251 423 341 114 294 318 278 2392 373 253 309 157 250 358 321 68 250 2339 4731
Handicap 18 14 10 6 8 12 4 2 16 11 9 7 3 1 15 5 17 13
Par 4 3 4 5 5 3 4 4 4 36 5 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1996
Fairways Rye
Greens Bent
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jerry Slack

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Reviews

3.3
148

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 7
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 31
Undulating Greens 27
Narrow Fairways 26
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 20
Advanced Golfers 18
Locals 18
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 17
Convenient to the City 14
Worth the Drive 12
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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Do not play here

Was not thrilled playing this course, but the group I play with wanted to try it out. The conditions were absolutely terrible. There was no grass on many tee boxes/fairways. Bunkers were in terrible shape. Cart paths were falling apart, and was a rather bumpy ride all the way around the course. The layout makes for it to be a really tough course, so I think I would enjoy the course if it wasn't for the awful conditions, but i would never recommend this course. Take your money somewhere else. I would take a guess as to say this course will go under over the next couple years. I played on Saturday morning, and I saw two other groups.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Tight fairways and challenging greens

Course is suffering from a tough summer. Tee boxes are a bit of a mess and the fairway is a little thin. Didn't prevent a solid round but I'll be back once its had a chance to recover.

Course is very tight with lots of trees. If you spray you'll pay. Greens are heavily contoured and run true. I got off early so no problems with pace. Staff was very friendly.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Challenging public course!

General's Ridge bills themselves as the toughest course in Northern VA, and they may be right. The slope from the tips is 143. It's not overall long, but it is very narrow, hilly, and has several blind shots. Not for a player who struggles to hit it straight off the tee! The fairways were OK, greens were great, but the tee boxes and bunkers were not in great shape. After recent rains, the water collected, making cart paths slick and lots of mud balls. #1 handicap hole in VA is here, requiring a tee shot of 190-220, and a 170+ approach that plays 2 clubs longer because it is straight uphill. Worth checking out if you want a challenge and are prepared to lose a few balls.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Challenging

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

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Very Strange Set Up

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.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bring your flyswatter

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.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Love it, but go early

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!

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

Cart mandatory, bring your A game

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.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course was fun

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

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Challenging, but gimmicky

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.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The Lee Boys

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!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

6 Hour Round

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Challenging

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..

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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GMGeneral
Commented On 05/04/2017

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

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Hard but fun

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

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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jpmacfamily4
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!

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

great and tough layout

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!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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