Ford's Colony Country Club - Blue Heron Course

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4.3
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Conditions
4.0
Value
4.6
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.4
93.9%
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161 out of 174 reviews
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4.3
21
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Conditions
4.0
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.2%
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20 out of 21 reviews
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4.4
42
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Conditions
4.0
Value
4.7
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.2%
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40 out of 42 reviews
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Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6266 yards
Slope 127
Rating 70.2
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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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4.3
174

What Golfers Are Saying

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
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 7
Convenient to the City 6
Near Local Attractions 6

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
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First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

A Solid WIlliamsburg Course

There is no shortage of great golf courses (public and private) in Williamsburg and Ford’s Colony offers three very good ones. If you are looking to spend a day in one place and get a good mix, this might be the perfect place.

A short drive from Colonial Williamsburg, Ford’s Colony offers three very nice courses: Blue Heron (currently closed for renovations), Marsh Hawk (the member’s course), and Black Heath. I was fortunate enough to be selected by the friendly starter to tee off on Marsh Hawk despite not being a member of the country club. He promised my playing partner and I that it would be drier than Black Heath, though sogginess proved to be a consistent aspect of my playing experience. This is less a fault of the course maintenance crew and more a fact of recent weather patterns that have inundated the area with copious amounts of rain.

Mudballs and squishy stances aside, the course played beautifully with impressively smooth and firm greens, well-maintained bunkers and good overall condition of the fairways and rough for mid-February. Perhaps because it was a members-only course, I was surprised at the lack of ball marks on the greens though the tees had plenty of grass missing, which is to be expected this time of year.

The layout of Marsh Hawk is memorable though not exactly breathtaking. There are some decent elevation changes and a couple of extreme doglegs but nothing too quirky or tricked up. Having never played here before, I was never at a loss of where to aim my tee shot though a couple approach shots required a peak over a hill or around a corner. Bunker design and placement is forgiving but not a layup, the evenness of the sand in them certainly helps.

I paid $30 after the pro shop staff matched the GolfNow Hot Deal my playing partner had tried to book unsuccessfully. That’s a very good value for this course and the staff here really makes you feel at home.

There are a few other courses nearby that I like the design of a little better so I’m not sure how often I would return but I still highly recommend this course, it’s a good value and an honest golfing experience

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Played Marsh Hawk. Good course, short but a good layout. Lot’s of risk reward holes. Front nine had a lot of water holes which were fun. Back nine was kind of boring. Course was in good condition for the time of year. Greens were great, rolled true and good speed to them. Overall a good course.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 2019-02-06T14:06:06.000+00:00

Great! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and the challenge of our layout. We're also pleased that our course conditions met your expectations. We look forward to having you back again soon for your next round with us!

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Blackheath terrific

Thoroughly enjoyed this prcturesque Blackheath course. A bald eagle flew right over the first tee. Starts with a challenging par 5 with water all along the left. Nice elevation changes, water carries, dog legs and mixture of long and short par 4’s. The finishing hole has a neat island green. There are homes lining the fairways but are non obtrusive. Pace of play was excellent. Course conditions was good for this time of year.

Still cart path only. Would definitely play again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 2019-01-31T16:29:59.000+00:00

Wonderful! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We're also glad that you were able to play at a good pace and that our conditions met your expectations. We can't wait to have you back again soon for your next round with us at Ford's Colony!

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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Winter Course

The check in was really easy. The bag drop had 2 guys working and they were really friendly and helpful. The pro shop lady was kind and also very helpful. The range was open and well maintained, with workers around helping if need be. The putting green was half under repair, but plenty of space to putt. The starter was another friendly fella, nice man. The course was in pretty good shape, with a little wet areas throughout the 18 holes, but overall a good 50 degree winter day!! The bar had cold beer, and also very friendly employees!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 2019-01-22T21:55:36.000+00:00

Terrific! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us. We're glad that our staff left a great impression on you and that our course conditions met your expectations. We appreciate your review and we can't wait to have you back again soon at Ford's Colony!

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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wet conditions

Course was in good shape for winter golf... little wet in the low areas of the course. Cart path only but played in 5 hours. Greens were rolling at a good pace a little bumpy. Overall good value at this time of the year.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented On 2019-01-22T21:57:39.000+00:00

Thank you for your review! We're pleased that our course conditions met your expectations but we apologize that the pace of play was a little slow. We appreciate you review and we hope to have you back again soon!

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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Greens were great. Course was cart path only but sailed around the course in 4 hours.

Great course for intermediate golfer. Great staff. Very Helpful. Would certainly play again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 2019-01-18T21:50:25.000+00:00

Fantastic! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We're also pleased that our staff left a great impression on you. We can't wait to have you back again soon for your next round at Ford's Colony!

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Blackheath - scenic, watery, and satisfying

Rained a ton the day before so the course was soaked. Lift, clean and place. Casual water everywhere but still enjoyable as long as you kept in the fairway. Lots of trees shed their leaves so easy to lose ball in the rough. Greens rolled well. Not too many ball marks. Receptive. Very scenic course with a fair amount of elevated tee boxes. Better not be scared of water because there's plenty to carry. About 9 times off the tee box so play the right set of tees.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented On 2018-11-26T22:00:18.000+00:00

Awesome! We're pleased that you enjoyed your round with us despite all the rain we got. We're glad that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented and we hope to have you back again soon!

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good condition

The course was in good condition in spite the wet. We had to stay on the car path but that supported the course to be in such a good condition. The greens were in good conditions. Not to fast and consistent.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented On 2018-11-16T13:56:03.000+00:00

Awesome! We're pleased that our course conditions met your expectations and that you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to have you back again soon for your next round!

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Great layout, not walker friendly

Interesting layout. Late season play will see the rough higher than expected. Although well tree lined, fairways are generous enough to keep your ball in play. Played Marsh Hawk two days ago and Blackheath today. Greens in ok shape. A number of greens had sections marked GUR. Top marks for staff friendliness. Power cart maintenance less than acceptable, rough riding and dirty both rounds. Both layouts will challenge any walker.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 2018-10-26T14:14:57.000+00:00

Awesome! We're pleased that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We're also glad that our staff left a great impression on you. We appreciate your review and we hope to have you back again soon!

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Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Always great!

The Fords Colony courses never let me down. They may beat me up at times, however, they are always in great shape. Pace of play, a little long, however, the marshal's did their best to keep things moving. Great Job guys!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented On 2018-10-29T13:33:41.000+00:00

Great! We're glad that our course conditions met your expectations but we apologize that the pace of play was a little slow. We appreciate your feedback and we look forward to having you back again soon for your next round!

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Ford's Colony - Blue Heron Course

An outstanding layout. Quite a few doglegs, but very interesting. Water comes into play on a number of holes. Course was in great fall shape. Greens a little slick, but ran true. Played from the white tees which gave the course a nice length for my handicap. Definitely recommend this course. Great price deal through Golfnow.com.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
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Commented On 2018-10-25T12:47:44.000+00:00

Thank you so much for the incredible review! We love to see when golfers enjoy their visits from booking to the 18th hole. We hope to see you again soon!

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Used cart

Great layout!

This is one of three courses, at Ford's Colony. I played Black Heath and Marsh Hawk. The courses wind around housing, but it rarely comes into play, except for shots struck way off line. Both were great layouts, with many memorable holes. Both courses were well maintained and the greens were in great shape and putted well. The pace of play was great in the morning round (4 hrs), but afternoon was a little slower (4-1/2 hrs), however still on a good pace. This is a great value for the cost/versus the caliber of course. Hitting fairways was a premium, as the Bermuda rough tends to hide the balls well. At times you had to be right on top of them to find them. Keep your eye on where they land! This is one of my favorite facilities in the area. The staff is helpful and friendly The courses are challenging, interesting, and in great shape, and the dining areas are super, with great selections. I would highly recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 2018-11-09T20:41:20.000+00:00

Outstanding! We're thrilled that you enjoyed our Black Heath and Marsh hawk courses. We're glad that our course conditions met your expectations and that you were able to play at a good pace. We can't wait to have you back again soon for your next round at Ford's Colony!

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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Ranger??

Fords’s Colony is a must play. Having said that, all we needed was a course ranger. Bag drop, terrific! Counter staff, terrific! Course in very good shape. Started behind a foursome that slowly lost contact with the group ahead. This led to an over 5hr round. We had played a previous day on Blackheath, perfect. Today Blue Heron would and should have been perfect. Still a great course at a great value, would certainly return.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 10/19/2018:
Great! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and that our staff left a great impression on you. We apologize that the pace of play was slow and we appreciate your feedback. We hope to have you back again soon for your next round with us!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

USOpen like

Great layout and in great shape. Rough made the day worse than it needed to be. Spent to much time looking for balls and getting out of rough. Played with 2 members and even they complained and quit after 16 holes

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 10/17/2018:
Awesome! We're pleased that our course conditions met your expectations and that you enjoyed the challenge of our layout. We appreciate your feedback on the rough and we will use your review to help us improve. We look forward to having you back again soon for your next round with us!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course conditions

The rough was extremely difficult to find balls just inches off the fairway. Starter warned us about the rough and to pay close attention as to where it enter the rough. At the end of the round the cart attendant said every fishing the round was committing about the rough. Pace of play was slow because of this condition. Everyone at some point was looking for balls in the rough.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 10/17/2018:
Thank you for your review! We apologize that you didn't enjoy your round with us. We're sorry that you weren't able to play at a good pace due to the rough. We appreciate your feedback and will make sure to use your review to help us improve. We hope you will give us another try in the future!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great golf day

Played Blackheath. Friendly, personable staff, inside and out. Course was in very good condition considering the weather that just blew through, trees down and power out in the area. Great value, would keep it on the play list for next trip.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 10/17/2018:
Terrific! We're glad that our course conditions met your expectations and that our staff left a great impression on you. We're also pleased that you found us to be a good value. We look forward to having you back again soon at your next round with us!
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Professional course and staff

Played the Marsh Hawk course. Challenging, picturesque and fun to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 10/12/2018:
Excellent! We're glad that you enjoyed our course and the challenge it presented. We look forward to having you back again soon for your next round with us!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very Good Layout

The Greens did not hold shots unless you could really spin the ball. Ball marks and pitch marks were numerous because people ignored fixing them!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 10/12/2018:
Awesome! We're pleased that you enjoyed the challenge of our layout and we appreciate your feedback on our greens. We hope to have you back again soon for your next round with us!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice but concerning....

Played Blue Herron today. Course was in great shape. Greens were very nice.

My concern is allowing walkers to play on a crowded weekend. I like to walk at times too but not on a weekend when it’s booked. Got behind 4 walkers until they finally let us play through only to get behind 2 groups of 4 that took forever. I like all 3 courses but it’s getting harder to play there because of the waiting. I know we wasted an hour just sitting during our round.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 09/25/2018:
Great! We're glad that our course conditions met your expectations but we apologize that the pace of play was a little slow. We appreciate your review and we hope to have you back again for your next round!
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from Ford's Colony Country Club on 08/30/2018:
Wonderful! Come back soon!
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