Independence Golf Club - Championship

4.7439176471 4.7 stars from 5 (71)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7127 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 74.6
  • Layout

  • 600 Founders Bridge Blvd, Midlothian, Virginia 23113, Powhatan County
  • (804) 601-8612, (804) 601-8600
  • (804) 601-8615
  • www.independencegolfclub.com

Year built: 2001
Architect(s): Tom Fazio (2001), Lester George (2014)
Type: Public
Greens: Champion Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fee
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Golfers must wear collared shirt. Denim is not permitted.
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 71 Reviews
5 stars:
33
4 stars:
21
3 stars:
9
2 stars:
8
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

63 out of 71 reviews


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"Niiiiooooce"


mistergeeky's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Always a challenge"


Diek1979's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Best Public Course in RVA"


u1367903's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Best public course in Richmond"


u1367903's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Bombers paradise, Great greens, lousy restaurant."


birdieman601's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great layout, length and greens rolled true"


Schaffer1994's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome"


Todd1094789's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"FANTASTIC!!!!"


DFISH888's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2017
First time playing Walked Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Independence GC"


cmyers9711's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great conditions"


Speedblade54's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/31/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable"


uJOSC4148JO's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful condition"


rjonesrva's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Weathering the rain and cold very well"


Speedblade54's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Great course"


Speedblade54's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Good news, Bad news"


jdquist's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"VERY Solid"


niceguyeddy's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.....


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course...for long hitters"


u000007689702's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Day of Golf!"


vtpa's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/02/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A challenging but fair golf course"


davfunk's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/27/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played this course for the first time and hope that I can come back to play it again. Greens were in good shape and some of the fairways looked like they had previous issues which were addressed.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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