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4.3
82 Reviews (82)
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.0
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.3
87.0%
Recommend this course
74 out of 82 reviews
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4.6
11 Reviews (11)
5 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.9
81.8%
Recommend this course
9 out of 11 reviews
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4.5
13 Reviews (13)
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.4
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4.8
84.6%
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7150 yards
Slope 147
Rating 74.4

Formerly known as Westham Golf Club.

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Magnolia Green Golf Club (formerly Westham Golf Club)
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Course Details

Year Built 2010
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Clark (2010) Nicklaus Design (2010) Tom Clark (2015)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Magnolia Green Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, American Express, Mastercard, Discover
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Best of Lists

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Virginia (2016 #8)

Reviews

4.3
82 Reviews (82)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 16
Bunkers 14
Elevation Changes 8
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 13
Locals 13
Entertaining Clients 7
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 11
Worth the Drive 8

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Beautiful!

I think Magnolia green is the only course that would be worth the hour and a half Drive I took to get there!

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

This is a great course in excellent condition. The course is not easy but it is fair. Staff is excellent

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Top 25 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Conditions Improving But Greens Still Too Much For Average Joe

I last played here a month ago when the greens were blazing fast and the pin positions in objectively silly locations. There were also a lot of bare spots and many of the bunkers were a mess.

Today's round showed improvement in all these areas. Much of the course is fleshed out, bunkers were better but still need work, and the pin positions were mostly fair. Add to that the speed of the greens were noticeably slower and the result was a score 15 shots better without playing any better.

But the shape of the greens, especially on the back nine continue to make playing here more of a chore than a leisure activity. This course beats you up, regardless of how well you play it.

The staff continues to be the best part of this course, among the friendliest group of people I've encountered on any course. I really wish the course was as kind as they are.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Top 25 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Sub-par Conditions, Maniacal Pin Positions Make The Value Proposition Difficult

Magnolia Green was building momentum last year despite horrific weather as there was a lot of noticeable effort being put into the condition of the course. But that’s fallen off again after my most recent visit, a golf outing that included 20 other guys from Harrisonburg. They too weren’t thrilled with the many bare/GUR spots in the fairways and many of the bunkers needing attention.

Perhaps the greater sin, though, was the placement of the holes on the day we played. Yes, the friendly starter warned us before we went out that ‘the super must have been mad at something this morning”. Well that’s funny as a punchline but when you pay the kind of money this course demands to play here (about $80 on the weekends), it gets a lot less amusing.

My playing partners and I had good putts roll off the green on several holes and just getting to the putting surface seemed an undue hardship. One particular bunker shot by a 13 hcp player that he was quite pleased with landed softly in front of the hole and proceeded to roll 25 feet past and into another bunker. He ended up picking up after another bunker shot failed to get the ball on the green. We saw this frustration time and time again from not only our group but the foursome in front of us.

This unnecessary silliness had other negative effects, particularly on pace of play. Magnolia Green is known for its heavily tiered and fast greens, there’s no reason to add to the difficulty by placing the holes right on the ridge on every hole.

The end result is I came away with no motivation to come back and play here despite living just 8 minutes away. I am scheduled to participate in another outing here next month, let’s hope the conditions improve and the superintendent cheers up.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent layout

Excellent lay out with plenty of tee boxes to suit all levels of play.
Tough conditions but they get a pass considering recent weather.
Friendly staff,
Fun time.
Special shout out to the Lady Teaching Professional & the teaching staff: They have a great Junior Golf Program & it’s great to see the promotion of junior golf.
To the member that yelled at me for chipping on the practice green..,all you had to do was ask or explain. There weren’t any signs posted that said no chipping.
Overall, Magnolia Green is a fun course

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Thank you for your review. We are so glad that our staff meets your expectations. Hope to see you again soon!

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Service and Conditions Shine in the Doldrums of the Off-Season

*This is an updated review. For more thoughts on this course, see my full review from 3/7/18*

Magnolia Green continues to shape its reputation as a premiere golf course and facility with exceptional service and very good conditions even in mid-March.

From the friendly starter who loaded my bag on a cart and made me well-informed for my round to the staff member who thanked me towards the end of my round for coming out to play, it’s clear that they are putting an emphasis on outstanding service and it shows.

Virginia course conditions overall are not great as we are still recovering from a historically wet 2018 and wet start to 2019 and the we’re also months from the Bermuda grass growing in. That said, The conditions were noticeably better here than at other area courses with groomed bunkers and smooth greens. The fairways were still a bit muddy in spots but clearly drying out well.

The softer conditions do make this course a bit more enjoyable to play, especially around the greens which are usually the main defense of this track. The severely-sculpted and tiered greens are not quite as challenging to approach or putt on and that is a welcome reprieve to a lot of golfers.

My only knock against Magnolia continues to be its cost. While a GolfNow deal can save you quite a bit on your greens fee, it’s still not cheap here and a bag of 20 range balls costs $6, you could just about bring your own for that price.

I’ll be back again later in the spring to report on how the course is doing, stay tuned!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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We appreciate the time you took to leave this review. We value your feeedback and are glad our customer service met your expectations. Looking foward to seeing you again soon!

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Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great layout, course in great shape

Course maintenance staff has done a great job with the course keeping the greens and fairways in great condition. Couple spotty parts around the edges of greens, but over all great course that warrants the $60+ weekday rate.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great course - challenging layout

Course is in awesome shape. Greens, fast and firm. Pin placements today were ridiculously tough.
Course is pricey but you get what you pay for. Magnolia will put smile on your face. Great round of golf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Slow

The course was in great condition. Greens were consistent and fairways although had a few bare spots was also plush. Planned to play 18 but quit after 9; pace was really slow. Took 3 hours for 9, not what I was expecting. Will be playing again next week in a tournament, looking forward to it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

The Best It’s Been All Year

*This is an updated review. For more thoughts on this course, see my full review from 3/7/18*

I was invited to Magnolia Green’s Media Day to showcase their new training facility so I’ll spend some extra space talking about that along with my normal update review of the course.

PGA professional and Director of Instruction Leighann Albaugh gave a tour of her innovative and creative training bay and spaces where her expertise caters to golfers of all ages with an emphasis on juniors. The climate-controlled hitting bay that looks out over the driving range definitely made me consider coming back in the dead of winter to get some quality and comfortable instruction.

Practice facilities at Magnolia Green remain excellent with a grass driving range and separate putting and chipping greens with a practice bunker. The clubhouse is really nice and you get a great view from inside the restaurant or out on the patio. The staff here remains a highlight and they do a lot to ensure you enjoy your round.

Ok, back to the course: the conditions are the best they’ve been all year. Like most courses in the Richmond area, they continue to feel the effects of biblical rainfall that requires a lot of extra bunker maintenance and the course is prone to some wet spots but overall an impressive job from the superintendent to have this course in this good of shape. The greens especially were very smooth and just fast enough without being too fast (especially with the wild green contours on the back nine). Fairways, rough, and tees were all it great shape.

The layout here is a really diverse blend of very challenging and slightly-less challenging holes but one thing I noticed more this go-around was the forced carries. From the middle blue tees, you often are required to carry the ball over a hundred yards to clear the brush so if you struggle to get your tee shots airborne, be forewarned.

Magnolia Green makes for a great home course if you have the means. It’s not cheap but you definitely get what you pay for and it gives places like Independence and Lake Chesdin a run for their money.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Not The Best Value But Still A Good Course

*This is an updated review. For more thoughts on this course, see my full review from 3/7/18*

Magnolia Green remains one of the most beautiful and challenging public courses in the Richmond area. The diverse layout will test your skill with every shot, and while some aspects can be over the top and a little frustrating, it’s still a great place to play.

My most recent round was several months removed from my previous visit and the course conditions have improved a decent amount. The fairways have generally recovered from all the winter kill and the green surrounds aren’t as bare as before.

The back nine green slopes remain a signature feature of the course. Some players will find them overly dramatic but they are aesthetically pleasing.

My only hesitation in recommending this course in the value proposition. This isn’t a cheap course and I wouldn’t pay to play anything other than the twilight rate here. That said, the course has a lot to offer and it's definitely worth checking out if you haven't played here before.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Treat me like a valued customer

Starter was the only marshall we saw. He arrived at the first tee after we had teed off. Group ahead of us was on the green and he was not around. He was then rude to us in between puffs of his cigarette that he threw on the ground NEAR the trash can. We were also frustrated it was cart path only even though there were only 2 spots wet enough we encountered in 18 holes to avoid with the cart. My client that I took to this course is 75 years old. At least a 90 degree cart provision would have been helpful, but cart path only was unnecessary. Even though the group behind was never waiting on us,,,.we were asked if we could speed up our play at the 8th hole. .We never rushed anyone, The group behind never waited for us to finish.This was my 4th round here, but this time for the $ I expected more

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course - tough shape

Great course - challenging layout
No value currently - course condition is rough - $75?
Severral greens in bad shape.
Many fairway and tee boxes still rough.
Management claim tough winter, it's July.
Over priced for current condition. Hope to see better.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Poor conditions great layout.

The course took a beating from the winter.
The greens were in decent shape as were the tee boxes. The grass on the tees was 2-3 inches long. The fairways were also long.
The bunkers needed Tlc.
Guys were cutting the grass ahead of me and I waited 10-20 minutes on every shot to the greens.
On the last hole, I waited for the guy to aerate the green, then for the 2nd guy to mow the green.(30minutrs+ to hit 1 shot)

The inside staff & the starter were excellent. The new clubhouse is beautiful.
I will play here again because I live the way the course is designed. The holes that are cut out of the dense, tall pines offer spectacular views.
This is a tough track. I cannot wait for it to be back in prime shape.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Dead Zone

The course was unplayable. ALL the greens & fairways were dead!!! No mention of this when booking, no discount, no free replay NOTHING!!! Stay away until next spring.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
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