Independence Golf Club - Championship

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4.6
72
5 Stars
33
4 Stars
21
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.1
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.4
91.1%
Recommend this course
63 out of 72 reviews
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4.0
2
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.0
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
5.0
StaffFriendliness
4.5
50.0%
Recommend this course
1 out of 2 reviews
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4.6
6
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Conditions
4.3
Value
3.9
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
85.7%
Recommend this course
6 out of 6 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7127
Slope 139
Rating 74.6
Type Public
Independence Golf Club in Midlothian is situated on the edge of the Piedmont region, routed through the area’s mature woodlands and natural wetlands. Tom Fazio designed the course; it's his only daily-fee course design in Virginia. The challenging layout features narrow fairways lined with high, thick rough areas. There are also numerous strategically placed bunkers lurking along the greens. It's a tough golf course but not overly punishing for high handicappers. The course strikes a nice balance between being challenging and playable, a reason that it often serves as host to many Richmond-area tournaments. The layout finishes with an uphill dogleg left that plays over water, with a good drive you can avoid the bunkers that are to both the left and right of the fairway. For beginners, Independence Golf Club also has a nine-hole short course for training as well as a learning center.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7127 yards 74.6 139
Blue 72 6677 yards 72.2 134
White 72 6259 yards 69.9 130
White (W) 72 6259 yards 76.6 148
Green (W) 72 5665 yards 72.9 133
Gold 72 5022 yards 64.5 114
Gold (W) 72 5022 yards 69.2 122
Scorecard for Championship
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: 74.6/139 460 450 415 550 385 400 220 535 200 3615 350 210 375 520 205 395 460 595 410 3520 7135
Blue M: 72.0/134 425 415 385 510 355 365 195 515 175 3340 340 160 340 485 180 360 435 560 385 3245 6585
Grey M: 70.1/129 W: 75.9/136 390 400 370 500 345 355 170 480 160 3170 310 140 330 470 145 330 415 500 350 2990 6160
Green M: 66.9/122 W: 72.1/128 335 340 285 450 330 325 145 440 130 2780 275 110 290 440 135 305 380 450 320 2705 5485
Red M: 64.6/116 W: 69.5/122 325 315 285 435 290 290 140 410 90 2580 240 85 255 410 115 275 340 425 285 2430 5010
Handicap 5 7 9 3 13 11 15 1 17 14 18 10 4 16 12 6 2 8
Par 4 4 4 5 4 4 3 5 3 36 4 3 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 5 9 7 3 13 11 15 1 17 14 18 12 4 16 10 6 2 8

Course Details

Year Built 2001
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Champion Bermuda Grass
Architect Tom Fazio (2001) Lester George (2014)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fee
Clubs Yes
GPS 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 Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Golfers must wear collared shirt. Denim is not permitted.

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4.6
72
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Top 25 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Reopened With Healthy But Diminished Greens

Writing a review like this hurts. Having played Independence each of the past 3 years and falling in love with its blazing fast and silky smooth greens that the harsh winter destroyed, it pains me to see this premiere course diminished by sod. I understand the reality and challenges that faced this club months ago when the grass refused to grow back and I can’t fault their efforts to get the course playable again. But there’s no hiding the fact that their biggest asset is now their greatest liability.

Part of what made Independence’s greens so quick was how firm they were. You rarely could even see a ball mark on the greens because of the firmness and toughness of the putting surface. But now with every green sodded, you can feel the sponginess under your feet (however slight) that kills the speed. Additionally, the rows of sod mean a lot of seams and while most have no impact on your putted ball, a few of them do and that’s not what you expect from an $85 round.

If you can overlook the difference in the greens, however, you may find Independence to be an enjoyable place. The fairways and rough are generally in good shape, as are the bunkers. The club offers free range balls on a grass range and excellent practice facilities.

But with the previous greens being the real defence of the course, the lack of dynamic layout characteristics now with the slower greens means there’s not a bevy of value added to your relatively expensive round of golf. One exception to this is the golf carts which retain the most comfortable seats ever and now offer the new Shark Experience screens. I sampled some of the Slacker Radio music offerings and found it to be not only enjoyable but undistracting.

The value of getting to putt on pro-speed greens is lost with the old grass. What we are left with is a pretty average course with a lot of flash to compensate. Many if not most golfers will find it acceptable, but sadly I think your money is better spent elsewhere. I certainly hope that is not the case for long.

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

Niiiiooooce

I’ve played on many courses which host PGA events, but none of them have better greens than this course. So smooth. So quick. So true. I admit it made it hard on my sand game when I’d drop the ball next to the hole and have it spin off the green, but I’ll take my lumps for the quality moss.

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
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Always a challenge

Really nice course to play. The starter was friendly and gave great advice about the course. The Bermuda rough is a challenge and takes a lot of getting used to. The greens were in very good shape and were fairly quick. The course had received rain overnight and was cart paths only, but that didn't detract from the course or the pace of play. A few of the fairways were a bit wet, but in general it was not too bad. Love the course and will play it any time I'm in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best Public Course in RVA

Greens are fast. Really fast. Did I say fast? Conditions are great for the time of the year - Bermuda fairways and greens. Looks great - they paint the dormant fairways green. They have a great bar/restaurant and clubhouse is very nice. Practice facility is the best around. The only thing about Independence is the price. $85 for 18 riding. It's worth it to play if it's in your budget. It's also very walkable if you like to walk. There is also a par 3 course which I have not played but I have heard great things about it. Go play this course.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best public course in Richmond

Great layout. Best greens in the area. Extremely fast but true. Food is great staff is friendly and attentive. Greens fee is slightly steep but well worth it. A must play if you’re in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Bombers paradise, Great greens, lousy restaurant.

Son and I played there on a long weekend trip about 6 hours from home. Played with two great members from Independence GC. Was greeted by great staff and starter. Length is great for the appropriate tees you should play. Fairways were in excellent shape. But star of this course is the greens. 10.5 on stimp. Undulating greens that made some putts very interesting and fun at the same time. Very smooth. No ball marks on greens since they were fairly firm. If you hit a solid shot, you would make a small one. Very playable layout that was not overly hard. Fairways wide and bunkers were very playable. Played in 4 hours, which is great. $85.00 is just a little too much to pay for Independence GC. In my opinion should be around $50.00, but would play here again if in the area. Now for the bad news. Restaurant was not kind to us since it took over 30 minutes to get any food ordered. Was not the waitress fault, but she went to kitchen 2 times to advise them we were driving a long way home and were very hungry. Paid for drinks, left tip for server and left. By the way the food coming out of the kitchen looked very good! Hopefully we will be back soon. Give the pilot(front desk) and air traffic controller(starter) a raise!! They were fantastic!!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Great layout, length and greens rolled true

Played this course for the first time with my son (college golfer). Course was in excellent condition... greens rolled true... fairways immaculate... bunkers well maintained. Even in windy conditions, this was a great venue and I would play here again... and again. Practice facilities were excellent. This rivals many private courses we have played... can't wait to come back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Awesome

From bag drop to finish, i was extremely happy. Tee boxes, fairways, sand traps, greens were perfect. Staff was great, range was nice and the two putting green were exceptional. Five star and highly recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather

FANTASTIC!!!!

Best public course I have ever played!! Great staff, course and pace of play. Best greens you will find anywhere.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Independence GC

Our threesome went off early morning. No problem getting around the course in under 4 hours. It was great fun and the course is in great condition. Some of the best greens I have played on. Can't wait to do it again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Previously Played

Great conditions

Considering weather and time of year, course conditions incredible. Played number courses recently and all soggy . Yes , spots of water , but overall tee to green very good. Greens great shape and fairways for the most part dry. Had plenty of roll on the fairways and good grass. Very playable course and the rest of facilities very good. Practice facilities very good and never have an issue here with pace. The quality of the staff and clientele make this a truly good golf experience. It's only con is cost. Play a number of courses in area for a lot less. Tavern 19 is a very nice stop after for beer or a great meal. Wife and I will come for dinner even on days not playing. Great layout, very playable and fun. Expensive , but when we play we make sure we have time to enjoy before during and drinks and meal after.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Enjoyable

We were passing through Richmond and looked at this course on the internet. Hard to judge a course by the reviews. This was a great find. Course was in excellent condition despite dry conditions. Challenging but not too tough. We loved this course. Greens were exceptional. Would love to play it again and bring golf buddies.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather

Beautiful condition

First time playing this course. The condition of the course from tee to green, and including bunkers, was far superior to the other public courses in the area. The price is a little high, but included practice balls and a bottle of water.

I played early, so the pace was quick.

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

Weathering the rain and cold very well

Course in great shape . Greens and fairways holding their color after all the rain and our first couple frost nights. They are blowing the leafs off the tees , greens and paths , so very uncluttered as opposed to many courses that are covered in fall foliage . Beautiful course that is playable and challenging. Forced carries , rolling fairways and tiered greens that are fast but consistent in speed and roll. Beautiful area and after round don't forget Tavern 19. Enjoyed my first thin crust pizza after round today with a Devils Backbone and was great tavern for drinks . Service was great , friendly and staff here as always been very accomodating . All my playing partners wanted to know is when we can get back.

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

Great course

Had only played the par three once and been wanting to play the championship course , was not disappointed. Sorry to disagree with earlier review , but was greeted and taken care of in proper and friendly matter. Course actually was busier I think than normal, but while paying asked for any hints being neither of us had played this course . Was promptly given a cold bottle of water each, explained how the range balls were out and ready for us to warm up. Walked us out the door showing us where to start , the first and tenth tee and explained where the ice coolers where , the relief houses one on each nine, and coolers were predominant all over the course . Now the course , have not played a course in Richmond market in as excellent condition. From the soft tees to the carpet fairways, the soft and fluffy sand to the extremely fast greens that rolled true and consistent. The views were fantastic . Enjoyed the front nine the most, second nine little shorter and tighter but still easy to catch the fairways. Just an awful lot of houses on the back nine perimeters . Used more 3 woods and irons and hybrids on tees back nine where the front was pull my R15 460 tp and let her rip. All day all I could think of was while touring public colleges and them saying may be public but has a private feel. This is public with a definite private course feeling. Great layout and hope to be a regular. Will try to upload photos because all day felt like in a Kodak moment . Thanks to the staff for a great day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Previously Played

Good news, Bad news

Have to give them props for the rebuild. This course now has some of the best greens in the area, and the removal of trees and several bunkers has made it an even better layout. But sadly, the attitude of the staff is horrible, absolutely ruining the experience. Played it twice in two weeks. First time after rain, so was cart path only, and a 15 minute delay in starting. Much to our surprise at the turn, we were greeted with the ominous warning that "they were very cognizant of the time, and take slow play very seriously" and that we were ten minutes behind our scheduled pace. Made for some interesting conversation the rest of our round as we pondered the word "cognizant". The second round was on one of the hottest days of the year. Without warning, after the first nine, and no drink cart, It turns out they had just several days before removed all the water jugs on the course, as we were told be the same "cognizant" starter they were "very unsanitary". He explained with a straight face, that their strategy was to place ice bins right outside the two bathrooms, (as if anyone actually washes their hands before dipping into them). So, if you play to their cognizant pace, don't mind the snottiness staff in town, bring your own cooler, and can afford to significantly overpay for the privilege. ...this is the PERFECT place for you. Is very sad actually. Is a great layout, with wonderful potential, and championship level practice facility. I hope they can get their act together ... Maybe next year I can convince my group to try it again.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

VERY Solid

This is a very good course. Not ridiculously tough, but an excellent test. Fun to play, but not too easy. Greens not too fast, but very true, so you can sink some long putts! New fairways, so it's cart path only....I took a cart, but should have walked.....

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course...for long hitters

I enjoyed this course just wish I was a longer hitter.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Day of Golf!

Everyone was super friendly. The Bermuda was starting to go dormant, so the fairways were an off-green, but the greens were immaculate and putted true (but fast!) Service was excellent along with the meal at the turn. Would certainly play again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good

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