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3.3
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7299 yards
Slope 135
Rating 75.0

Course Details

Year Built 2003
Fairways Bluegrass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Virginia (2019 #10)

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4.8
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First Time Playing

A Rocky Round

Mixed feelings about this layout located atop a huge working quarry, primary design features lots of natural rock outcroppings and man-placed rocks and boulders everywhere. Course itself was in great shape despite tough wet summer. My beef is with confusing layout with two 18 holes courses crisscrossing in the same space. Despite their noble attempt at signage, I got lost frequently and had no idea which holes I was on.
I actually played one wrong green coming off a par 5. Weird and unnecessary, golf is hard enough. But, course is interesting and worth a look. Your take may be totally different. Just bring along some bread crumbs.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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
Hot weather
Walked

Still Amazing, Now With Great Conditions

*This is a combined review for the Rock and Boulder courses*

Rock Harbor GC continues to provide the most creative and unique course layout anywhere in Virginia. And what it lacked in conditioning over the past several months has now improved greatly, making it a must-play destination.

The conditions are noticeably better than my visit last year and far better than what was described by the last reviewer back in May. The greens, fairways, rough and tees are all lush, green, and smooth (though the fairway grass remains too high for some). The course super has clearly put a lot of effort and money into the courses' many bunkers by adding a lot of fluffy sand but the heavy rains from the past few months have been working hard against those efforts. Even still, most of the bunkers are in very good condition.

The layouts of the Rock and Boulder courses remain as different as they are diverse. You’ve never played anything like it here and while some complain that a few holes here and there are tricked up, I see them as a welcome change to the same old designs so many courses employ. Here they really embrace the unique quarry setting and give so much character and identity to a rather humble course.

The cost to play here is right on par with other courses and when you factor in all that you get for that price, the value is easy to see. My recommendation for the best experience is to walk the Rock course and then pay a replay rate for the Boulder course with a cart (and a yardage book!). That plus a bucket of balls will set you back $63, not bad at all for a full day of fun golf!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Walked

The Most Creative Layout in Virginia

*This is a combined review for both Rock and Boulder courses*

Rock Harbor Golf Course is a place that will redefine what you consider to be a creative course layout. 36 holes of character, amusement, and style that now even Meadow Farms can’t match.

“Course Layout” is one of six ratings categories here on Golf Advisor but to me, it makes up about a third of my overall grade. If I’m driving a long way and paying a decent amount to be outside in the heat with no shade, it best be entertaining to play. Thankfully, Rock Harbor has course creativity and imagination in spades. There are two 18-hole courses, the Rock course (which I had previously played several times) and the newly completed Boulder course, which I had never played before.

I decided to play them back-to-back, and it was a thrilling experience. The Rock course features a fairly tough island green par-3 (180 yards from the blue tees), a majestic, heart-shaped, 220-yard par-3, and two par-5s that have greens hidden completely from the fairway. By comparison, the Boulder course is more traditional in layout, yet still has two split-fairway par 5s (one of which has a giant bunker in the middle of the green) and two short par-3’s over water. While it’s hard to pick a favorite, I really love the abundance of par-3s and par-5s on the Boulder course (three of each) and the breathtaking view of the adjacent quarry you get as you arrive at its challenging par-3 8th.

A word of caution on the Boulder course for those playing for the first time: it wasn’t available on my golf app, and while the starter gives you VERY detailed course overview, unless you take notes you’ll likely get confused as the course is very much intertwined with the Rock course and yardages are hard to judge. Spend the $6 on a yardage book, it’s very helpful.

Beginners won’t like the number of holes with water in play but may appreciate the relative lack of trees to hit into. Part of what makes the course so unique in its style is the massive boulders sprinkled throughout the course, some in play, many not in play. The level of detail they have put into this course is impressive, especially on the newer Boulder course. For instance, on holes with elevated greens, the flagsticks are a few feet taller so you can see them from further out, a nice touch. Lastly, the fairway “bunkers” they use here are actually flat waste areas thinly covered in finely-crushed gray gravel. They can be quite large but are easy to hit out of.
My biggest gripe (and it’s pretty minor) during my round was course conditions. They are far from bad, but in the past I’ve criticized a course for having a bland layout that didn’t match the immaculate conditions and here I feel the fantastic style and layout of the course demands top-notch conditions. For the price you pay, the conditions are fair. The greens are semi-fast with the perfect severity of slope in the undulations. However, the bunkers are just ok and for the first 12 holes I played, I couldn’t tell if I had landed my ball in the fairway or rough; the grass was that high! Thankfully, they eventually got the mowers out and things improved. One thing I did appreciate during my 90+ degree round was the many water points that always had full coolers and even buckets to dip your towel in.

The staff here is friendly and detailed in pre-round instruction. Walking is permitted on both courses but only recommended for the Rock course. Pace of play was very good on the day I played, even though I saw many people on the course I was never held up in 36 holes.

GolfNow deals don’t appear to be available anymore but I paid under $60 to walk 18 and then replay with a cart, not bad at all. Off-course amenities are also excellent with not only a driving range but also a pitching range, big practice green, and great food.

Winchester is a decent drive for most people but it’s well worth it to me. I live over an hour away and I always come up at least once a year. Play this course, and have fun!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Average weather
Walked

this course has lot of water

good course lots of water though great course to play if you not a beginner

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
3.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

PACE OF PLAY

Tee time was 9:00 a.m. on Saturday May 2 with 8 golfers. Made the turn at 12:10. Spoke with the Marshall who informed my group that we haven't seen slow play yet. Course was great but a 3 hour side is the reason they will never see me again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Stunning Course, But Under Construction

My wife and I tried out Rock Harbor Golf Course this week, and found it to be memorable. A second 18 is in the process of being added, though it wasn’t clear to me which it was, as we were sent out to play “The Boulder’s” front nine and “The Rock’s” back nine. All of the course seemed to me to be under construction still, to varying degrees. There’s a lot of driving between holes, and though it is beautiful out there and the riding is fun, it is awfully confusing despite there being a lot of temporary signage and a staff of (wonderful) marshalls out there directing traffic. More than once we ended up nose to nose with other carts on a cart path, we were able to reason out which of two pins to shoot at on a large double green (Boulder #4), and on #18 a marshall arrived just in time to tell us “no, not that tee box”. We experienced some good natured “do you have the treasure map” from other lost groups, but also wore the patience of some folks behind us who clearly knew where they were going. Surprisingly and very unfortunately, we suffered from lack of any sort of “treasure map”. A range card; a score card with hole layouts; even a hole diagram on each tee box would have been helpful, particularly as there are a lot of elevation changes leading to blind shots. I’m sure these things are coming. Range markers on the fairways are scarce, and for some reason our normally reliable Skycaddie GPS seemed as confused as we were. www.rockharborgolf.com has a really super virtual tour of each hole, and as we did have an I-pad with us we tried to make some use of it, but we had folks behind us and it just wasn’t practical to spend much time looking at it.

The course itself is spectacular – I mean it is really going to be something! Each hole presents unique challenges, though again you lose a lot of it if isn’t clear to you what the challenges are until you are in them. One of a kind highlights for me were the artificial turf tee boxes off lake platforms on Rock #12, and the super-elevated tee on Rock #17. I was looking forward to the island par three, but that was not on our dance card. The “unfinished” aspects of the course are esthetics; the ground itself is quite ready and in excellent shape all around. The rough is thick. The greens are enormous, heavily contoured, and wicked fast. I came in seven over my handicap, and felt real lucky to do so. In my opinion it is a very difficult course to score on.

I certainly look forward to playing this course again. I only hope it is not priced out of my reach when it is “finished”.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Windy

It was very windy on this day. The course was a bit challenging to navigate. Follow the color arrows.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Walked

Strategic jewel

After walking boulder course, I decided to make a 9 holes in rock course with twilight walking. The rock course is easy for walking compared to boulder course. The layout is tricky with waste bunker, mounted green and some water hazards. The layout is very beautiful and worth for travelling. The hole 13 and 14 is extremely blind layout, some golfers might feel the course is not fair. I totally recommend rock course layout is better than boulder for 220 driver golfers. Also 17th green with heart shaped is worth visiting.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This course needs a new greens keeper

Overall Rock Harbor is a very fine course. The poor condition of it's greens makes it only average!

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A challenging, beautiful, economical course.

Great time, beautiful location and friendly staff. Worth every penny.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The Rock Course at Rock harbor is in a beautiful natural setting at Winchester,Va and allows for a peaceful and very enjoyable golf outing

The course is above average in difficulty. On some of the holes, it definitely challenges you to focus on best effort in order to scorel. The rough is beautiful but devastating to your club head and requires careful attention and execution. Greens require astute putting reads and best effort putting stroke else you fall prey to the elevation and undulation pitfalls. I highly recommend this course to all golfers who are looking for gorgeous natural surroundings and challenging hole layout. .

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

AMAZING views at this course!!!

This was my first playing at this course. It was fun and challenging at the same time. There are actually 2 courses there. We played the "Rock" course, which was the course that had all 18 holes open for play. The "boulder" course was open but not all 18 holes. They had some holes under construction, but if you played that section, you would double back to some holes that had 2 pin locations on the green. I have no doubt that when those holes are done with their construction that the "boulder" course will be fantastic too. There are so many things to look at, from the very well maintained fairways, to the bridges over the ponds, and the spectacular rock features they have. I have just got back into golf after about a 10 year break, and this course is one of my favorites so far. I will absolutely be back to play again at this course.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Was the most fun and unique course we've ever played and we've played golf in 42 states!

We absolutely adored this course. The only downside was they had punched the greens 2 weeks prior.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Interesting layout.

Many blind greens. Interesting. Fun. Nicely laid out. Didn't spend much time looking for lost balls. 3 memorable holes. No complaints; and I often have them.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great Course with a wide variety of holes

Course was in great shape. The staff was super nice and very flexible as one of our players arrived late. Service in the grill was excellent with good food. Really enjoyed the wide variety of hole designs and length. Par 3's ranged from island green to a long down hill beauty to a heart shaped green. Bunkers were well groomed (except for the occasional deer track). Par 5's ranged from solid three shot approaches to a risk/reward reachable birdie chance. Really great value for the money!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Nice round

Rock Harbor - Rock Course - is a well maintained facility, playable and challenging at the same time. Green are large and generally in good shape. There are some funky holes and characteristics - like the cinder "waste areas" on holes 12 and14 and some dramatic elevation changes, particularly on the back nine. One thing to consider is that the yardage markers are scarce and sometime non-existent on more than a few holes. Bring your GPS device and you will have a great time.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course is in great shape! Very lovely in appearance.

Really enjoyed playing this course again after 6 years. They have accomplished a lot during these 6 years; many improvements and additional holes. A very pleasant experience overall.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Rock Harbor is a Great Course/Great Condition

This is my second time playing the course and both times were great. Course personnel, as well as the golfers, were wonderful and held pleasant conversation with them. Can't wait to play there again. :-)

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Great layout but needs more or better directions around course.

Condition of entire (Rock) course is super. Needs better direction markers, more distance markers and more ball washers. However if you want great greens, fairways and tee boxes this is the course to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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