Bay Creek Resort & Club - Palmer Course

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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7250
Slope 142
Rating 75.3
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7250 yards 75.3 142
Blue 72 6832 yards 73.3 137
White 72 6328 yards 70.9 131
Gold 72 5687 yards 68.2 122
Gold (W) 72 5687 yards 73.7 133
Red (W) 72 5195 yards 71.3 127
Red 72 5195 yards 66.1 117
Scorecard for Palmer Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 75.3/142 578 415 460 213 378 523 210 416 463 3656 417 530 171 412 486 170 385 429 594 3594 7250
Silver M: 73.3/137 549 391 438 194 366 492 189 384 446 3449 404 516 146 401 461 152 357 403 543 3383 6832
Blue M: 70.9/131 507 353 374 177 337 470 169 351 410 3148 393 486 141 376 418 138 334 374 520 3180 6328
White M: 68.2/122 W: 73.7/133 459 316 336 166 302 427 155 321 342 2824 330 432 130 329 377 124 318 326 497 2863 5687
Gold M: 66.1/117 W: 71.3/127 437 282 295 89 280 406 139 297 323 2548 300 408 127 311 349 108 299 300 445 2647 5195
Red M: 61.0/106 W: 64.0/111 368 232 260 87 220 296 65 216 252 1996 267 320 78 197 250 65 208 263 356 2004 4000
Orange M: 57.8/99 W: 59.3/105 255 165 155 44 174 285 55 172 195 1500 165 262 54 172 189 40 173 165 346 1566 3066
Handicap 11 7 1 13 15 9 17 5 3 8 10 14 4 2 18 16 12 6
Par 5 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 4 36 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 3 11 1 17 13 7 15 9 5 10 8 12 14 2 18 16 6 4

Course Details

Year Built 2001
Fairways Tifway 419 Bermuda
Greens A-4 Bentgrasses
Architect Arnold Palmer (2001) Ed Seay

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees (with GPS)
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No

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A Premier Virginia Golf Destination

*This review encompasses both Nicklaus and Palmer courses*

Bay Creek Resort offers two of the best golf courses in the whole state. From excellent conditions and unique, world-class layouts to exceptional staff, facilities, and value my only regret is waiting so long to come play here!

My first impressions as I walked up to the first green of the Nicklaus course at Bay Creek Resort was “this is as Florida golf as Virginia gets.” It’s true that the landscape of the first few holes of each course reminds me quite a bit of the few Sunshine State tracks I played earlier this year. That two of those Floridian courses are Jacaranda and TPC Sawgrass makes my comparison of Bay Creek to them quite a compliment. Bermuda grass from tee-to-green gives the courses a clean, well-manicured look and feel. Bunkers abound in all the right (wrong) places for wayward tee shots and while most holes present themselves in front of you quite easily, there are plenty of challenges to partake.

It’s not until you reach the par-3 4th on Nicklaus Course that the $90 in-state greens fee earns its keep, and boy does it ever! With a soothing yet eye-popping backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay, this short par-3 offers a variety of angles of approach depending on your tee and plays very differently because of it. The combination of this hole and the next--a long par-4 with the world’s smallest peanut-shaped green tucked in a corner--is likely my favorite 1-2 combo of the 100+ courses I’ve played.

The Palmer course is no slouch either and I wasn’t about to pass up the opportunity to play them both back-to-back. There is a distinct difference between the two despite sharing the same plot of land though I’m not enough of a course architect nerd to really elaborate on the differences. One thing to note if you are planning on only playing one: the Nicklaus course was noticeably drier than the Palmer course which had some soggy spots. Considering this has been the wettest 5 months on record here, I did not find said spots upsetting.

The staff here is absolutely fantastic and it’s worth mentioning that the gentleman in the pro shop was exceedingly pleasant and informative in helping me plan my rounds out and waived the $40 replay fee. I certainly wouldn’t expect such an act of goodwill to be a regular occurrence but to me it showed how personal they are there and it definitely motivated me further to come back here as soon and as frequently as possible, despite the 3-hour drive.

No other course in Virginia has achieved at Top 5 spot in my course rankings after just one play, but Bay Creek has and that is a testament to the wow factor the courses and the staff leave you with. Despite a relatively crowded tee sheet, I was still able to navigate around both courses and have a break in between in just over 6 hours. The practice facilities are excellent and so is the food here. As a resident of the Richmond area it pains me a bit to say this but: if you’re coming to visit Virginia, forget Omni Cascades, forget Williamsburg, just come straight here!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

a most enjoyable round of golf

My dad and I played Bay Creek / Palmer on a very hot June weekday, so we had no trouble getting around at our own pace.

The course is challenging for all players, with numerous tee boxes for all skill levels. The course has numerous twists and turns in the track, allowing better golfers the chance to move the ball where they can.

The course was in excellent condition, from tee to green. The greens were aerated a week before we played. There was plenty of evidence of the aeration on every green, but never did we lose a putt because of the aeration-holes on the green.

Your greens fee covers a GPS-enabled cart, which provides you location data for every shot.

I look forward to my next chance to visit and play this course.

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