Massanutten Resort - Mountain Greens Course
|White (W)||73||6087 yards||76.2||142|
|Gold (W)||73||5608 yards||73.6||137|
|Blue M: 71.9/139||396||501||366||401||188||475||427||170||355||3279||363||142||347||500||376||352||190||479||415||3164||6443|
|White M: 70.2/135 W: 76.2/142||381||487||351||394||180||453||414||140||331||3131||316||134||309||489||352||338||176||465||377||2956||6087|
|Gold M: 68.1/128 W: 73.6/137||365||469||327||372||162||420||396||110||275||2896||292||112||302||430||313||314||151||440||358||2712||5608|
|Red W: 69.3/128||297||355||290||315||144||379||354||73||257||2464||277||92||283||383||301||231||137||426||252||2382||4846|
Down the 2nd Fairway Photo submitted by TheGolfinGuy
Number 16 Photo submitted by TheGolfinGuy
The Beautiful 7th Hole Photo submitted by TheGolfinGuy
Downhill to the 12th Green Photo submitted by TheGolfinGuy
View From the 3rd Fairway Photo submitted by TheGolfinGuy
The 8th Green Photo submitted by TheGolfinGuy
View From the 7th Tee Photo submitted by TheGolfinGuy
From Behind the 9th Green Photo submitted by TheGolfinGuy
A Great Ride Through the Mountains
If you’re looking to play some mountain golf on a course that isn’t real long but will challenge you and have you using every club in the bag, then the Mountain Greens Golf Course at Massanutten Resort is a course you’ve got to play.
The Mountain Greens Golf Course at Massanutten Resort in Virginia plays 6,443 yards from the Blue Tees to a par 72, From the back tees, it carries a course rating of 71.9 with a slope of 139. Less masochistic men may choose to play from 6,087 yards (70.2/135), while seniors can have a go from 5,608 (68.1/128). The ladies typically play from 4,846 (69.3/128). Choose the tees that best suit your game and you’re certain to have a good time. When in doubt, move up a set of tees and play it forward.
At only 6,443 yards from the back tees, Mountain Green’s length is not going to overwhelm anyone, however the slope says this is not going to be an easy round. Most doglegs seem to go to the left, making the preferred shot shape off the tee a draw. As you can expect from a mountain course, the topography is very hilly with quite a few elevation changes. There are plenty of woods and many tree-lined fairways as well as steep drop-offs on the peripheries and meandering streams that frame many of the fairways.
Most Memorable Hole: Number 8, Par 3, 140 yards (White Tees). This medium length par 3 plays uphill, so take an extra club off the tee. Clear the “M” shaped bunker short of the green and you’re well on your way to a par of better. After you hole out, look back to the tee and admire the view. No wonder this is Mountain Green’s signature hole.
Favorite Par 3: Number 16, 176 yards (White Tees). To score well on this long par 3, you’ll need an accurate shot off the tee into this elevated green. Favor the right side and the ball should funnel down on to the putting surface. Par is a good score here.
Favorite Par 4: Number 12, 309 yards. Following the course’s shortest par 3 is the shortest par 4. At only 309 yards from the White tees, consider something less than driver off the tee. Play your tee shot out to the left, short of the farthest fairway bunker. From there, you’ll have an easy pitch shot into the green and a good chance at birdie. This is arguably the most scenic par 4 on the course.
Favorite Par 5: Number 2, 487 yards. At only 487 yards long, many players will think about going for the green in two. Given the fact that trees line both sides of the fairway, control and accuracy on your first three shots will provide the best opportunity at par or better. Plan on hitting your layup shot short of the 100-yard marker in order to have the best look into the well-bunkered putting surface. To add to the excitement, the green has quite a bit of undulation.
Last Word: Two tips if you want to have a good time on the course at Mountain Greens: 1) Play it forward. 2) Course management.
Mountain Greens is a great course to play when you think you’re better than you really are; it’s a reality check! With hardwood forests lining many fairways and rocks and drop-off areas just beyond that, accuracy and distance control is a necessity. On some of the par 4s, it may be best to hit a 3-wood or hybrid off the tee and have a longer shot into the green, just to keep a ball in play. There are several blind shots off the tee as well as a few blind approaches. On may holes, it’s not about how far you hit it, but where you hit it, that will lead to a good score. Several greens are multi-tiered, and the breaks are directly influenced by the mountain itself. Mountain Greens provides golfers a true test of mountain golf. Even if you’re playing your worst, look around and take in the beauty of the surroundings.
Not Your Typical Executive Golf Course
Woodstone Meadows Golf Course at Massanutten Resort is an executive length golf course but plays far from it. Although the course plays to a length of 5,065 yards of golf with a par of 65, it is anything but a pushover. You’ll find nine par 3s, seven par 4s, and two par 5s; both play in excess of 500 yards.
Generous fairways let you go all out off the tee, leaving moderate length approach shots into sloping greens; many of which tilt towards the mountain and create putts that break opposite of what you expect. They are a good speed and roll well.
Of the nine par 3 holes, none are really easy. Some are tight, others have water in play; some require a carry onto the green over sand. The two par 5s are what define Woodstone Meadows, especially number 18.
Most Memorable Hole: Number 18, Par 5, 533 yards (Blue Tees). How many “executive” golf courses have a 533-yard, par 5? The hole plays uphill and will require three shots from most players to get on the green. In regulation. There’s a single pot bunker in the fairway about 350 yards from the tee, so go ahead and swing away; the landing area is plentiful and wide open. Trees guard the right side of the fairway in the landing area of your layup shot and anything hit too far left will bring a bunker into play on your approach shot, so aim for the middle of the fairway. The green is large, receptive and features several subtle undulations. Par is a great way to end.
Favorite Par 3: Number 7, 177 yards (Blue Tees). This picturesque par 3 offers its fair share of trouble: Trees and brush on the right side and a creek that crosses the fairway and runs up towards the green. The hole plays downhill and slightly shorter so be sure to check flag placement and select the right club. A back pin will require at least one extra.
Favorite Par 4: Number 14, 387 yards (Blue Tees). A risk/reward hole that requires you to carry the water…twice! There’s plenty of room off the tee, so feel free to hit driver; from the back tees it’s about a 220-yards to carry the first pond and fairway bunker and get to the fairway. The longer you hit it, the shorter the approach. Short and left will find the water. The green is guarded by sand and both sides.
Favorite Par 5: Number 3, 501 yards. The other par 5 also tops the 500-yard plateau, on an executive course! If you’re a longball hitter, this hole may have a low number waiting at the end. Keep it on the left side off the tee to avoid the two pot bunkers right; if you can hit a draw, now’s the time! From the forward tees, the large tree on the left creates a need to hit your tee shot way out to the right and truly make it a three shot hole for the ladies. Now, all that lies between you and getting home in two is the trio of pot bunkers that guard the right side. If length isn’t your game, keep it left all the way to the green. Hit your approach shot close and make a birdie.
Last Word: Woodstone Meadows Golf Course makes for a fun and entertaining afternoon of golf and, if you’re planning on playing the championship length Mountain Greens course, it’s a great warm up. There’s a driving range just outside the pro shop to warm up your game as well as a practice putting green. The pro shop is stocked with the all of the latest gear as well as some good looking logoed apparel.
Interesting & Challenging Course - but BUGGY!!
Interesting and very hilly course above Massanutten Resort. Many holes blind to the greens. If you hit a draw, you'll like the layout, but you need to hit your driver very accurately, and you may want to move up to the next set of tees. Some fairways are very narrow and unforgiving if you miss them. Plenty of woods, steep drop-offs and meandering streams border several fairways to often vary small greens. Overall conditions when we played were average, and it was apparent they had a great deal of rain recently. Fairways were soft, and some areas mushy. I would be willing to try it again, but the worst part was - it was absolutely the "buggiest" course I've ever played. We used strong bug repellant - to little or no effect. Often, as you addressed the ball, the bugs were swarming around your head. The next day, I had bug bites around my head and on my legs. Was not a pleasant experience. Still, not a bad day.
Challenging and nice!
Fun resort course built in the side of a mountain. Very scenic and challenging. Two tips if you want to have a good time: 1) Play it forward. 2) Course management. My wife had a great time also!
Needs some work
This is a pretty little course that plays along the lower mountain ridge and valley. It's quite hilly (no surprise) and VERY narrow. It's a fun layout with a lot of variety.
The course isn't super-cheap if paying as a regular guest - considering the conditions. It gets cheaper if you're doing multiple activities and get an activities pass. And it would be worth it if they'd put a few $$ into it and fix up some maintenance issues (detailed below).
For one, the bunkers aren't good. At best they have lots of sand mixed with small pebbles. At worst they are totally GUR. They all pretty much need to be re-lined and re-filled with good quality sand.
The other problem are the edges of the fairways. Being on the side/bottom of a small mountain, I can understand the challenge of channeling water through the course. But I've seen it done on many similar courses. The lack of water runoff management means there are lots of areas on the mountain side of the fairways that are difficult to maintain. Many areas are too wet to mow and there are little shelves and such that create unplayable conditions for tee shots that miss the fairway by a yard on the smart side of the hole. The tee boxes could also use some work.
All that said, I thought the greens were pretty good. They're a bit tricky as many of them are tilted towards the mountain so putts counter-intuitively break towards it. They were a decent speed and rolled well.
All-in-all a low average play with room for improvement. A happy shout out to the pro shop staff for getting me out on the back 9 so I could get a quick 9 holes in and get back to the family without waiting behind the morning rush. Kudos to them!
Course was in ok shape. There had been a lot of rain and a cool spring so it wasn't grown in properly. Certainly not the fault of the course. This course is tight and difficult. Need your straight game or you will loose. Lot of golf balls. Very scenic. The first hole is a killer!
The Meadows course is a par 65 with 9 par 3s, none of which I would call easy. Some are tight, some are well bunkered. Wide fairways but still challenging. Fun for beginners to average. There's the rub. Foot prints in the bunkers, ball marks on the greens, and a below average pace of play. The Mountain Greens, a par 72, is beautiful visually and much more of a challenge. You can not pull your driver on the tee of every par four. It is a target course. Local knowledge is useful. As an example, the first hole is a blind shot for men, and if you hit it between 200 and 300 yards and hit the fairway, you've lost a ball. It's that 125 slope and gravity working together.
Fun Executive Course
Played this course a few times over the years it is a shorter executive course but not a Par 3 with a friendly staff. Nice to have a driving range to warm up on before you go out but need to have grass tees instead of carpet mats for hitting irons. The course offers a variety of short holes mixed with some tight and challenging holes. The fairways and greens are in decent condition, however, the greens are on the slower side. Pace of play is slower then the Mountain course we played but also had a lot more people playing it. Great course for people that want a relaxing round of golf without the stress of a championship course.
Extreme Golf Challenge
This is the championship course at Massanutten Resort and it will challenged even the most seasoned golfer. I have played this course a few times over the year and the one thing I have learned is that playing on the side of a mountain is fun and frustrating. The course is tight and extremely sloped with elevation changes and multi-tiered greens that are influenced by the mountain itself. The more times I play the course the better I understand that it is not about how you hit the ball but where you hit it, with woods and rocks just off the fairway you need to place all your tee and approach shots with accuracy in distance and direction. The first time I played this course I lost a bagful of balls just because of fairway and green slopes and lack of course knowledge. But, no matter how bad I have played all you have to do is look around and see why mountain golf is a thing of beauty just not a thing you want to do weekly.
Challenging course with abundant wildlife
If a deer or groundhog in the fairway will bother your tee shot, you might want to avoid this course. This a beautiful and challenging course. Many fairways are narrow requiring an accurate tee shot. You can hit your second shot to the flag on most greens without worrying about losing it off the backside. This course requires accuracy with all clubs, but is well worth the challenge. It had rained the morning before I played and the course was holding water limiting us to "cart path only"; however it was narrow enough that the walking was not extreme.