Spring Creek Golf Club

4.9911764706 5.0 stars from 5 (88)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7389 yards
  • Slope: 151
  • Rating: 76.6
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Dress code: Proper attire is required.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 7389 yards 76.6 151
Marble 72 6673 yards 73.2 145
Onyx (W) 72 6228 yards 76.3 143
Onyx 72 6197 yards 70.9 138
Salmon 72 5589 yards 68.2 132
Salmon (W) 72 5589 yards 72.9 136
Pewter (W) 72 4781 yards 68.4 126

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 5.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.8 stars from 5
Value: 5.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 88 Reviews
5 stars:
82
4 stars:
6
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

88 out of 88 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers a bucket list/top 100 pick entertaining clients   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens thick rough  

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"Best golf course in Virginia"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2017
Previously played Walked Wet weather

Reviewed on

Let's be honest!! This is the second time I have play this magnificent track. Conditions were very wet but very playable, even though it was cart path only. The layout is fantastic!! No two holes the same. The greens were in great shape. If you do not like this golf course, there is something wrong with you. My son, a former college golfer, indicated he would play there any time he is in the 100 mile radius. I would also like to mention that there was a rumor from the member we played with that within a year, it will private, so if you have any chance of playing the #4 rated course in Virginia by Golf Digest.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"One Of The Best Again"


MizunoBen's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Spring Creek Golf Club remains among the best in the nation in course conditions and my latest guest experience was much improved over last year, making it one of my favorite courses. It isn’t likely to stay open to the public much longer so if you have not yet played Spring Creek, I strongly recommend putting it at the top of your list if you live within 100 miles.

Any number of factors in rating a golf course are sometimes subject to very individualized experiences, especially when it comes to staff friendliness. Meet one rude marshall or starter and they can ruin your good opinion of every employee. Likewise, a kind word or gesture from one person can create a great reputation of the whole staff.

My most recent experience with the staff at Spring Creek was noticeably improved over last year’s uneasy interaction with the marshall there. This time around, everyone I encountered was very warm and friendly. The pro shop attendant Hannah even informed me of a walking rate not posted on the course’s website. Not only did I not know you could walk this course, but like nearby Birdwood, you can pay a smaller cart fee for using it just on the hillier back nine (sidenote: while the $26-per-18-holes cart fee is high, they have recently outfitted brand new carts with SUPER comfy seats, so it might actually be worth it to many golfers).

Much has been said about the course conditions here but it bears repeating that you will be hard-pressed to find a course with smoother fairways, more even rough (with multiple cuts along the fairways and in front of greens), better tee boxes, better maintained bunkers, or prettier landscaping (black mulch, flowering bushes, etc). The greens are only slightly slower than the fastest greens you’ll ever play and have plenty of break, making it imperative that you land your ball on the right tier of each green or be below the hole.

When I played, the greens had been aerated about 2 weeks before (along with the fairways) and yet play was completely unaffected. That playability is what separates courses like Spring Creek from those that are bumpy for a month or more. It’s also worth noting there wasn’t a single ball mark on any of the greens except my own. Another impressive touch? As I was finishing my round in the approaching darkness, there were two groundskeepers coming along behind me on the 18th fairway filling in divots. When have you seen that on a public course?

Ed Carton’s design of this course rises to the standard set by the course’s conditions. The layout here is fairly inviting off the tee with a sprinkling of fairway bunkers being the biggest challenge to beginners. I like the separation of the tee boxes (the tips are way, WAY back there) that encourage you to hit from the one that matches your skill. The fairways are wide and the rough is fair in its thickness. The greenside bunkers are groomed but a touch firm, making getting out of them easier. With the challenge of the speedy putts, it’s nice that there aren’t any hidden breaks in the greens.

To me, the discovery of a $44 walking twilight rate significantly increases this course’s already good value. The walk isn’t as challenging as at Birdwood and there are chests of bottled water at several points along the way to help. There are some long gaps between several holes if you follow the cart paths so it pays to know where the shortcuts are for those that choose to walk.

In my experience having played here 4-5 times now, the pace of play is very reasonable, especially during the week. I finished in just over 3.5 hours and took my time. The off-course amenities here are fantastic with separate chipping and putting greens, a super fancy clubhouse (and aforementioned fancy carts) and a complementary driving range that not only has you hitting off grass but is laid out with precise targets and landing areas that help you focus as you practice.

As mentioned before, this course will be going fully private once memberships reach a certain point, so don’t wait to play this gem!


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



"So underrated"


BrandonWebb's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Birmingham Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I was blown away after playing this course. Spring Creek is vastly underrated on top 100 American public course rankings. At No. 66 on Golf Digest's rankings, and unranked on Golf Magazine and Golfweek's rankings (embarrassing), it surpassed my expectations and makes me wonder why this course is still relatively unknown among power tracks. The first thing that makes it underrated is the conditioning. Major props to course superintendent Ryan Holbrook. Spring Creek is blessed with Tour-like conditioning. I loved the mowing patterns that really added a visual element. The closely mown (fairway height) areas around greens were beautiful and very challenging. Bent grass is pervasive throughout: greens are stellar and among finest I've encountered in a while. The greens are multi-level, but the contours were not as severe as the RTJ Trail courses I play back home. Speed was good - not too fast, not too slow. The wide fairways are immaculate and swales abound, funneling balls into collection areas. The bentgrass rough is juicy but not dense enough to be overly penal. Definitely get flyer, knuckleballs out of it. I liked that two of the par 5s were short enough to be reachable from the 6,200-yard tees I played. The par-5 18th could be a great risk-reward hole if I had the length to challenge a 250-yard carry over water on the second. The strategy, especially on the par 4s keep your attention. I didn't find any filler holes. The course is in a neighborhood, but I never noticed any houses until the back nine, and they certainly didn't detract from the scenic value of the course. The practice areas were phenomenal and the view from the clubhouse's veranda overlooking the 18th hole is quite the view. Finally, talk about great value. Rack rate currently is $79. After noon, it drops to $65. I played after 3 pm for $50 and finished with plenty of daylight. This course is worth twice that much.


Pace of Play: Good

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



"One of the best public in VA"


EthanZimman's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2016
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

On my personal Top 5 public courses in VA list, Spring Creek is a treat from start to finish. The course conditions are very good and the the course winds it's way through beautiful countryside.

A great variety of holes with ample width for all levels of play. Some forced carries, but the way the holes flow together is really exceptional. Not many, if any, holes that are duds.

Look forward to playing here whenever I go down to the Charlottesville area. Do yourself a favor and check out Spring Creek.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"Amazing course"


jiggygolf's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

It's probably my fourth time playing here. Having discovered the course on the top 100 Public in Golf Digest, we've made this course a must drive from the Washington DC area. Public play is allowed on most weekdays so our group often takes a day off to drive down to Charlottesville just to visit this course. We love it. Layout lets you hit but the greens are challenging. It can also get long so play the right set of tees. Conditions awesome. Love it!!


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


"A real gem in central Virginia"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

You'd be hard-pressed to find a better-conditioned and more beautiful layout than Spring Creek, and that would include nearby Full Cry at Keswick Golf Club, which I love. This Ed Carton design is very Tom Fazio-like and for good reason: Carton learned his craft under Fazio and learned it well. On every hole, the bunkers are well thought out as are the greens complexes. Play from the back tees at nearly 7,200 yards, and it's a real beast. At 6,500 yards, it's still pretty tough. I particularly liked the finishing hole, a par 5 that works beautifully around a large lake with risk on every shot. And play this course while you can because when they get enough members at semi-private Spring Creek, the plan is to make it totally private.


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


"When You're Off, It's Still On"


OBHit3's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

The goal of any golf course is to maximize your enjoyment despite the fact that a) your swing can't find the fairways with the Hubble Space Telescope and b) you have decided that the best way to grip the club is to replicate crocodile jaws at full throttle.

Spring Creek delivered. In spades.

Despite a less than stellar outing and less than ideal weather (cart path only) this course was an absolute pleasure. From the opening dog-leg par 4 to the beautiful par 4 18th there were times when one just stood back and admired the beauty of the design. Multiple sets of tees allowed for all handicap levels to enjoy the round, and native grasses and dense vegetation acted as forced carries for the better players. As for the greens, fast but true.

So, it's almost golfing nirvana, save for the fact that these native (high!) grasses find their way near the greens on several holes. An approach just off the green will find them (trust me), and they seem a bit penal in nature and rather unnecessary.

This course may go private in the near future, so don't delay. Enjoy it with both old friends and new (Hi Mike!) - you will not regret it.


I recommend this course


"Amazing Conditions"


Ricstee's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The reviews were too good to pass up so I had to see for myself, and wow, this course is spectacular! Some of the most pristine conditions I've seen for a public course around the DMV and the rate to play here is quite reasonable that'd I'd play here soon before the secret gets out and the prices go thru the roof. The bunkering was huge and sprinkled everywhere throughout the course, but as long as you were playing the proper tees the bunkers for the most part don't come in to play. Greens were massive, extreme undulations, and ran true and fast and made for some tricky putts during the whole round. The driving areas can be tight on some holes so make sure your driver is on that day as you may be losing a few balls during the round.<br/> I can't say enough good things about this course and would make the 2.5 hour drive again in a heartbeat to play this course again.


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:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"Must Play Course"


locolobo's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/25/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This course is about 2 hours from my home yet I still venture to Gordonsville 3-4 times a year to play here. Course is usually in great shape; greens were a little slower on my November trip than they normally are. I can't wait till spring and my next trip to Spring Creek!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"One of the best courses you can play"


thancutler's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2014
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Spring Creek is a magnificent, excellently-maintained golf course cut from a forest about 20 miles east of Charlottesville, VA. I haven't played here in several years, since I no longer live in Virginia, but it was wonderful to go back to beautiful environment this course offers. The conditions have always been outstanding at Spring Creek. I have played many courses in Virginia, and Spring Creek may very well be the best-maintained layout I have ever played on. If you want to play on a tour-level course for less than $100, this is someplace you should visit.

Each hole is an environment unto itself. The main hazards are gigantic popcorn-shaped bunkers in the landing areas and surrounding the greens. However, if you aren't careful, you may also end up amongst the towering hardwood trees or the tall native grasses. The course is designed so that hazards are easily seen. The bunkers serve to frame the course and give you a visual picture of the shot required. Target golf is the name of the game here. Most of the holes favor a high, soft-landing ball flight to hit the greens. The greens themselves are quick with multiple tiers and swales.

As I always have, I recommend Spring Creek to everyone willing to take on its challenge!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A must play"


kashady's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2014
Previously played Played with a group Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

By far, the best course in central virginia. Worth every second of the 45 minute trip from Richmond. Course is absolutely beautiful and in perfect condition every time we play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"WOWEE WOW WOW"


JustaGOONER's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/03/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

So this is an amazing course. Top 3 in the state of Virginia IMHO.

The layout is very challenging, the decisions appear to be straightforward but that is just not the case. This course is a cross between Augusta and Royal New Kent here in Virginia. You have to play Royal New Kent to believe it....

Spring Creek will punish you for being naive IMO. Commanding iron control around the greens is a must, as well as straight drives from the tee.

The only water on the course is at the beautiful 18th, which caps a great round on a fantastic course. Truly a remarkable gem in every way...

Cheers,

Rob


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Best course"


David8896513's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2014
Previously played

Reviewed on

Truly great course, accessible to every golfer. 5 sets of tees. Great risk/ reward options. Important to play from appropriate tees & be able to elevate ball over hazards. Not a "bump and run " course. Staff very accommodating. Great new clubhouse & pro shop. Very easy access from I-64.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nicest course I've ever playrd"


Darealdill's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I play a lot of different courses in a lot of different places when I travel. This course is the nicest track I have ever played. From tee to green, everything about this place screams PGA possibility.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Immaculate!!"


DeanV's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Absolutely beautiful golf course. Challenging, scenic and in great condition. A must play for anyone.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"My Favorite"


vinbrzyski's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Difficult but always in top condition. The staff is always polite. I can't wait to enjoy a drink on the patio of their new clubhouse which over looks 18. Lots of great holes and cool tee shots. My favorite Virginia golf course above Kingsmill River course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course, challenging layout"


Bturner900's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I really enjoy playing this course. Challenging layout with different tees for different skill level so can be enjoyed by any type golfer. I used to be able to go out and not see another group the whole round but starting to get more play. All around conditions are excellent but the greens are full of unfixed ball marks. Greens are still quick and in good shape but you could fix your ball mark and 10 others on every hole. Best value in central Va area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

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


"Possibly the nicest course I have ever played in 50 years"


Schwantego's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Either this or Blackwolf Run is the best course I have ever played. Immaculate grooming, manicured fairways and penal rough. Spring Creek is now private on weekends, but, semi- private through the week. Play it if you get the chance. Course is protective of the 1:50 Hot Deal tee time. In case a member shows up, they don't want the Hot Deal people holding them back. This is not a criticism, just a point of information. A few par 3 tee boxes were chewed up, but, this is to be expected. This is a real GEM.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"State Open conditions."


wtaylor71's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Our foursome has played Spring Creek often. But-we knew that the Virginia State Open was held at Spring Creek two days before we were to play. We wanted to get a taste of what that must have been like. And we got it. Conditions were excellent. Rough was brutal. Pin placements were extreme. Great round for us masochists.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Another satisfied customer"


whitejh11's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Not a lot to add to the other glowing reviews. If you have a chance definitely put this course on your to-play list. Pristine conditions (although I think we found one small patch of clover In the rough on 17--sarcasm). Tee boxes, fairways and greens are all you could ask for. New clubhouse is going to be amazing and will offer a great view of play on 18. Traps were a little rough as they were adding sand for the state tourn. and not quite ready yet. Will absolutely be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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