Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 14
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Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 14
A cannon is positioned behind the 14th green at Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg, Va.
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Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg, Va.
The tee shot on the short, par-4 13th at Cannon Ridge Golf Club must carry some 210 yards from the back tee. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 16
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Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 16
The birdhouse is the target on this blind shot into the par-5 16th hole at Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 18
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Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 18
A fairway bunker looms about a 100 yards out on the par-5 finishing hole at Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 2
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Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 2
The blind tee shot is uphill on the par-4 second hole at Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 4
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Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 4
The 225-yard, par-3 fourth hole at Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 5
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Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 5
The 463-yard, par-4 fifth, which often plays into the wind, is the No. 1 handicap hole at Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Virginia. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 5 green
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Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 5 green
Finding the bunkers near the fifth green is no bargain at Cannon Ridge Golf Club. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 6
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Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 6
At 499 yards, the par-4 sixth at Cannon Ridge Golf Club can play like a par 5. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 8
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Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 8
The 362-yard, par-4 eighth at Cannon Ridge Golf Club is an uphill dogleg left. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg, Va.
A tribute to Deane Beman, who designed the course with Bobby Weed, is located inside the clubhouse at Cannon Ridge Golf Club. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - clubhouse
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Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - clubhouse
The clubhouse at Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg, Va., is a good place to watch golfers come up the 18th hole. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg, Virginia
A placard at Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg, Virginia, tells of the failed "Mud March" by Gem. Ambrose Burnside and his Union troops. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - tee markers
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Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - tee markers
The tips at Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg, Virginia, are denoted by the "Cannon" tees. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 12
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Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg - hole 12
The par-5 12th at Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg plays uphill to the green. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Fredericksburg, Virginia

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - A challenging golf course, Cannon Ridge Golf Club is also a four-hour history lesson.

This Deane Beman/Bobby Weed-designed, 7,100-yard par 71 not only provides plenty of interesting golf holes but several metal placards throughout the course that tell stories of battles and maneuvers that occurred during the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862.

There are also some old cannons on the back nine, a couple right behind the 14th green, for example.

Cannon Ridge is all about the vistas, as many of the tees come with plenty of great scenery of the hills and valleys below and shot values on the approaches.

Beman is the former commissioner of the PGA Tour, and he is also a former tour player. He and the renowned architect Weed give players ample room in the fairways to drive the ball, but there are plenty of deep bunkers both on the fairways around these small push up greens to force good shots.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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