Ford's Colony Country Club - Blue Heron Course

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4.4
153
5 Stars
72
4 Stars
60
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
3
Staff Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.6
Layout
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93.9%
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141 out of 153 reviews
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4.4
153
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Staff Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.7
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.7
Layout
4.6
95.2%
Recommend this course
20 out of 21 reviews
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4.4
153
5 Stars
37
4 Stars
23
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Staff Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.6
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.8
Layout
4.7
98.4%
Recommend this course
61 out of 62 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6266
Slope 127
Rating 70.2
Type Semi-Private
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Ford's Colony Country Club
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6266 yards 70.2 127
Silver 72 5695 yards 67.2 120
Bronze (W) 72 5178 yards 73.1 126
Scorecard for Blue Heron
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: 73.0/133 409 408 394 535 390 190 410 175 570 3481 401 385 560 405 195 383 528 192 398 3447 6928
Black/Blue M: 71.3/130 409 365 394 535 375 170 390 175 532 3345 368 358 467 383 174 383 528 149 398 3208 6553
Blue M: 70.0/128 W: 76.5/134 369 365 358 488 375 170 390 145 532 3192 368 358 467 383 174 350 473 149 352 3074 6266
Blue/White M: 68.7/123 W: 75.1/133 360 325 358 466 342 170 355 145 490 3011 368 358 430 340 174 350 437 149 344 2950 5961
White M: 67.7/120 W: 71.4/126 360 325 322 466 342 142 355 120 490 2922 323 328 430 340 151 331 437 125 344 2809 5731
White/Red M: 65.6/115 W: 69.9/122 360 291 322 437 317 142 328 120 455 2772 323 300 410 310 127 331 437 125 292 2655 5427
Red M: 64.5/112 W: 73.8/131 325 291 260 437 317 115 328 100 455 2628 297 300 410 310 127 293 401 100 292 2530 5158
Handicap 9 13 11 1 5 15 7 17 3 12 6 4 2 16 14 8 18 10
Par 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 5 36 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 9 7 5 3 11 15 13 17 1 16 4 6 2 18 14 8 10 12

Course Details

Year Built 1985
Fairways Bermuda
Greens Bent
Golf Season Year round
Architect Dan Maples (1985)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire is required. No blue jeans, cut-offs, tee shirts or tank tops.

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4.4
153

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Dinner 2
19th Hole Specials 1
Brunch 1
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 8
Bunkers 6
Elevation Changes 6
This course/club is great for:
Playing Multiple Courses 7
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 6
Advanced Golfers 5
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 7
Convenient to the City 6
Near Local Attractions 6
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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

In my Virginia Top 5!

Ford's Colony is what a golf experience should be. From the bag drop all the way through the end of the round the staff was amazing. The starter for our round was David and he was so very helpful and pleasant to talk with. The bag drop gentleman were very accommodating as my playing partner was running a little behind so they drove him out to meet up with me on the first hole. The course design uses the natural landscape so well from the elevation changes to the water on the course. There is plenty of water to be had here as well. Either you carry water off the tee or coming into the greens. The houses do not encroach on the layout in any way at all. As others have mentioned make sure to pay attention to the yardages on the course map they provide you to ensure you are in the right spot. The scorecard provides for the ability to play to the appropriate yardage for your game as there is a mix of 7 different tee box combinations with their blended yardages here. I really appreciate when courses offer this to meet everyone's game. The course conditions were top notch for early July. The tee boxes, fairways and rough were in excellent shape. The greens were accepting of approach shots and were rolling true and smooth. The Bent Grass was a little on the longer side because of the summer heat so the speed was a little slow but consistent throughout. The bunkers were edged well. The sand was consistent depth and texture throughout the course. The practice facility is extensive here. Multiple practice greens for putting and chipping. The driving range plays downhill and there are mats as well as grass available to hit off of. There is decent bunker practice facility here as well. The food in the clubhouse was a little pricey for me but it was delicious. There was a well stocked beverage cart out on the course during the round. The pro shop is good size with plenty of merchandise to choose from for sure. As my title states this is in the Top 5 courses I have personally played throughout Virginia. I highly recommend this course if you are in or near the Williamsburg area
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 07/19/2018:
Outstanding! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us and that our staff left a great impression on you. We're also glad that our course conditions met your expectations and that you enjoyed the challenge of our layout. We're honored that we are one of the top 5 courses that you've played in Virginia and we can't wait to have you back again soon at Ford's Colony!
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Excellent Challenge

The Blackheath Golf course is an excellent challenge for all levels. There is plenty of target golf and water hazards. The big defense for this course is the greens. They are very sculptured with few flat spots. If you come with your A game working you will score well. The course is generous enough to keep you in bounds, but will penalize errant shots into the rough. Lots of over water shots that are rewarding to the ego. Best to read the very thorough yardage charts handed out with the scorecard. If in doubt, play the white tees, you will still have a challenge.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 07/11/2018:
Awesome! We're pleased that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We appreciate your review and we look forward to having you back again soon for your next round!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great

The Blackheath Course is by far the best. All fairways, greens, roughs, bunkers were in great condition. Pace of play was good. This course will be closed for a couple of days or a week or so for some renovations. The sister courses looked good but Blackheath is members course in this gated community and is very well kept. Greens will be punched 07/09 so give it a month to regrow. Would play this over GoldenHorshoe in Colonial section. Only bad thing and not really bad is there is no food station at turn at #9 so bring something to eat with you. Would be nice for them to set up a station for hot dogs or eats at #9 or #10
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 07/09/2018:
Wonderful! We're thrilled that our course conditions met your expectations and that you were able to play at a good pace. We appreciate your feedback and we can't wait to have you back again soon at Ford's Colony!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great track

Really nice course with great holes Greens fast and consistent Fairways tight lies
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 07/16/2018:
Great! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We appreciate your review and we look forward to having you back again soon!
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Another Wonderful Experience

Played Blue Heron today for the 1st time. Course was in very good shape. They had aerated the fairways not long ago BUT had no effect on play. Greens in great shape! Staff, starter, beverage gal (Lia) and ranger were FANTASTIC! Played round in 3 hrs and 45 minutes. Will keep coming back to Fords Colony and so should you!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 07/09/2018:
Fantastic! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and that our staff left a great impression on you. We're also pleased that you were able to play at a good pace. We look forward to having you back again soon for your next round!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Blown Away

My buddy and me where totally blown away by this course and how well it is taken care of from tee box to green on every hole. If you get the deal like we did for $35 per player on here trust me it is totally worth it. This course as well as the other 2 at Ford’s Colony should easily be charging $60 minimal for this per $18. Thanks Golf now for the great deal we got for this course and even more so on July 4th.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 07/05/2018:
Excellent! We're thrilled that you and your friend enjoyed your first time playing with us. We're glad that you found us to be a good value and we can't wait to have you both back again at Ford's Colony!
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent conditions

Fairways and greens in excellent condition. Delightful layout. Several very interesting hole designs...will challenge your shot imagination! Ford’s Colony has excellent food and terrific bag and starter staff.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 07/05/2018:
Awesome! We're pleased that our course conditions met your expectations and that you enjoyed the challenge of our layout. We're also glad that our staff left a great impression on you. We look forward to having you back again soon for your next round!
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Wide Fairways and good sand!

The Hawk Marsh course is a fair and forgiving layout, with wide fairways and excellent greens (except for the temporary green in Hole 1). There are some areas absent grass or eroded by all the recent rain, but very limited. Fun course!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 06/26/2018:
Great! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We appreciate your review and we look forward to having you back again soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The course had perfect greens

The course was challenging, but fair. We will play there again
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 06/26/2018:
Awesome! We're pleased that you enjoyed our course and the challenge of our layout. We can't wait to have you back again soon for your next round!
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great layout!!

This was my first time playing the Blue Heron course. What makes this course great is it's unique layout. It requires you to think before every shot, especially off the tee. Driver is not the play off every par 4 & 5. Sometimes an irons is preferred and other times a hybrid or 3 wood. Also, your ball placement in the fairway is important based on pin location. Golf Courses that make you think and call for accurate ball striking are always more fun in my opinion!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 06/12/2018:
Outstanding! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We appreciate your feedback and we can't wait to have you back again soon at Ford's Colony!

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