Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 4th
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Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 4th
Visual intimidation is the key on Cahoon Plantation Golf Club's fourth hole, a 180-yard par 3 with a two-tiered green. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
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Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 3rd
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Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 3rd
No. 3 at Cahoon Plantation Golf Club is all about strategy off the tee as players consider what club to hit to avoid a steep fairway bunker. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - No. 3
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Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - No. 3
The view from below the third green at Cahoon Plantation Golf Club is a unique sight in the Hampton Roads area, where most courses have little elevation change. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 6th
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Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 6th
A rare sight at Cahoon Plantation Golf Club: trees in the background of the green at no. 6. at 319 yards, this hole is a reachable par 4 for some. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 7th
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Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 7th
The view from Cahoon Plantation Golf Club's seventh tee, a 583-yard par 5 that opens to a generous, sweeping fairway. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 7th green
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Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 7th green
The approach to the tiny green on Cahoon Plantation's seventh hole requires players to carry an environmental strip which can be hidden from view from the fairway. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 8th
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Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 8th
At 228 yards, no. 8 is the longest par 3 at Cahoon Plantation Golf Club. It also has one of the largest greens. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 9th green
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Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 9th green
Extensive mounding lends character to many of the green sites at Cahoon Plantation Golf Club in Chesapeake, Virginia. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 10th
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Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 10th
No. 10 at Cahoon Plantation Golf Club opens a back nine with a completely different motif as it winds through a housing development. This 192-yard hole is all carry over water. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 11th
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Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 11th
Water, steep bunkers, and a small, crowned green add up to trouble on no. 11 at Cahoon Plantation Golf Club. It's a dramatic hole from the road leading into the course, but potentially infuriating for those playing. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 12th
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Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 12th
Sharp mounding and bunkering on the par-4 12th hole at Cahoon Plantation Golf Club give the intimate green site definition. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 14th
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Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 14th
Water, bunkers, and steep slopes convince many players to lay up on the downhill, 529-yard par-5 14th hole at Cahoon Plantation Golf Club. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 15th
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Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 15th
No. 15 is only 137 yards, the shortest hole at Cahoon Plantation Golf Club. But the best advice is to aim for the fat and flat parts of the sloped green. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Cahoon Plantation golf course - 16th
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Cahoon Plantation golf course - 16th
No. 16 is the only hole on the back nine at Cahoon Plantation G.C. where water is not a factor. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 16th green
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Cahoon Plantation Golf Club - 16th green
Many bunkers at Cahoon Plantation G.C. -- like the one fronting the green at no. 16 -- are of grass instead of sand. Director of Golf Dan Shea says they play tougher that way, at least for low-handicap players. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Cahoon Plantation G.C. - 18th
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Cahoon Plantation G.C. - 18th
The attractive approach on Cahoon Plantation Golf Club's 18th hole, a par 5 that plays over water and toward the clubhouse. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor

Cahoon Plantation Golf Club in Chesapeake, Va. remains among the top golf courses in the Tidewater area

CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- On the south side of I-64 in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, Cahoon Plantation Golf Club has brought upscale golf to an area that previously had none.

The facility opened in 1999 with grand ambition -- 27 regulation holes and a par-three 18. After realizing that so many holes was unsustainable for the area -- according to Director of Golf Dan Shea -- Cahoon Plantation was downsized and parceled out for housing. But the 18 holes that remain rank Cahoon among the top golf courses in the Tidewater area, and it is certainly one of the most unique.

With extensive mounding and intricate bunkering, faux elevation change, plateaued greens, Scottish accents, and fine bentgrass conditions rarely found this far south, Cahoon Plantation Golf Club makes a rare impression in an area full of low-lying courses.

Kevin Dunleavy is a longtime resident of northern Virginia, a graduate of George Mason University, an award-winning reporter covering golf, colleges, and other sports for the Washington Examiner, and a single-digit handicap still seeking his elusive first hole-in-one. Follow Kevin on Twitter at @KDunleavy.
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Golfers in the Virginia Beach area are fortunate to have a place like Hampton Roads Golf Clubs, which features seven diverse golf courses for players of all levels and tastes. Golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones and his son Rees Jones are part of the lore here. From Cypress Point C.C., the priciest of the courses, to Owl's Creek Golf Course, the least expensive and ideal for seniors, women, children and players looking for a quick round, Hampton Roads Golf Clubs has you covered.
Few golf courses have undergone as many changes in as little time as Cahoon Plantation Golf Club in Chesapeake, Va. It once had an 18-hole, par-3 course and 27 regulation holes. But while the changes aren't what Cahoon had in mind when it opened in 1999, what remains is a stellar and unique 18 holes. From a flat, treeless, windswept canvas, designer Tom Clark fashioned a course with Scottish accents, setting it apart from the low-lying courses of the Hampton Roads region.
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