Independence Golf Club - Championship
|White (W)||72||6259 yards||76.6||148|
|Green (W)||72||5665 yards||72.9||133|
|Gold (W)||72||5022 yards||69.2||122|
|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|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
Best public course I have ever played!! Great staff, course and pace of play. Best greens you will find anywhere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.....
Great course...for long hitters
I enjoyed this course just wish I was a longer hitter.
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!