The Tides Inn
About The Tides InnThe historic Tides Inn dates back to 1947 and is located on the Virginia Coast along Chesapeake Bay and on the Virginia Wine Trail and Virginia Oyster Trail. Golden Eagle Golf Club, located three miles away, is an amenity of the resort and was designed by George Cobb. It is also home to a nine-hole, par-3 golf course that is included in green fees. The Tides Inn has a half mile of Chesapeake Bay frontage, three dining concepts including an Oyster Bar, a fleet of bicycles for rent and a 60-slip overnight marina. The Tides Inn underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation in 2020 to its 70-room property, which has 66 guest rooms and four luxury suites.
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Golden Eagle was well worth saving
It's easy to see why Golden Eagle Golf Club is a good venue to test the best players in the game. Host of multiple state opens, this George Cobb design has narrow holes with doglegs, water hazards and some relatively small greens (compared to newer courses). You have to be accurate off the tee, and the ability to work the ball both ways is a good trait as well.
Carved through hillsides of Virginia pines, the course has plenty of scenery, and it can be daunting as well. For example, the par-5 second is fairly straightaway, but you have to hit it straight to avoid the forest on both sides as well as a series of fairway bunkers. The course never lets up.
The centerpiece of the course a large lake. The fifth hole makes good use of it, for example. The tee shot is fairly lengthy over water to an island fairway. The second shot is also over water, and at 445 yards from the back tee, it's no wonder it's the no. 1 handicap hole on the course.
Golden Eagle also finishes strong. The 17th is an uphill par 3 that plays more than 200 yards. The 18th is a beautiful 382-yard par 4 that plays downhill off the tee in front of a lake, followed by an uphill approach over the water.
As it turns out, Golden Eagle is the only remaining golf course in Lancaster County. Last October, the nearby Tides Inn resort announced the course was going to close, but thanks to the efforts of some members of the semi-private club as well as the resort, the course has remained open and has been improving, reminding players of what it once was and will be once again.
A nice round but the horseflies are henious!
This is a pretty-decent course, I'd say maybe a 7 or 7+ in terms of difficulty...the main thing is that is is a LONG drive away from DC. 4 hours or more. But it's a nice, picturesque course and some of the holes are quite lovely to look at, a nice challenge but not too tough or too easy. But it is a solid day of drivng out, playing it and driving back. And for Chrissakes bring a few bottles of bug-spray if you play in the spring or summer.
A solid presence of houses around the course and some parts of it got loud from "the neighbors" but overall not oppressive. The bugs were by far the biggest problem.
Great course, Great staff
The course was in great shape nice greens, smooth and quite fast. Lots of up hill shot and water in the right places. The GENTLE MEN that was in the pro shot was entremly welcoming and made it a joy to play there.
Somewhat Disappointed, Still Recommend
Based on the previous reviews on GolfNow and other websites I was expecting more from my experience at Golden Eagle. Layout was decent, very tight fairways in spots and a good mix between small and average size greens. Many of the greens were well guarded on both sides by bunkers and a decent amount of slope.
My negative is for the condition of the golf course. Now I understand playing golf in January in Virginia isn't the time for pristine conditions. The fact is I still play quite a bit of golf during the winter months and this review is based on conditions I've seen at other courses.
Greens - Slow, Bumpy, Very Soft and Sparse in Areas
Tees - OK
Fairways - OK
Rough - Non Existent, No Grass in Many Areas
I would imagine they concentrate their efforts on course conditions in season and that's why they have received so many great reviews.
Everything was great! the only thing was the cart path was bumpy in a few areas were tree roots are going under
Front excellent, except traps need sand. Back nine not maintained as well. Leaves on most greens. Several traps with ground under repair signs. I think they close over the winter which will explain back nine. This is one of my favorite courses. Greens roll true. The course requires your A game. I left that at home this time.
I recommend this course to all serious golfers.
Golden Eagle golf
An exceptionally beautiful course . At this time of year almost no one else playing, so I played from golds. Lots of variety and a good test for experienced golfers. Don't miss it if you are in the area. About 1 hr drive from Williamsburg.
Interesting and challenging
Played from the white tees (5900 yards). Course has many narrow fairways. A number of fairways have significantly undulating, sloping terrain. A few holes have water hazards that must be cleared from the tees. Greens are tricky with only a few cup positions on flat ground. Bring extra golf balls if you are an average player.
The Golden Eagle is one of the finest golf courses in Virginia. Being a "resort" course, it probably does not get as much play as other public courses. In years past, the Virginia State Amatur (sp) Open was played on the Eagle and it is truly a championship course.
Challenging course with tight Fairways
I enjoy playing the Golden Eagle. I am a Bogey golfer but if I break 100 at this course I am happy.
Outstanding value on great course
Our group of 3 had a wonderful time on the Northern Neck. I hope that all Virginia golfers get to play the Golden Eagle sometime.
We will be back soon !
Beautiful golf course
This is a excellent golf course in the Tidewater region.
love this course!
First played this course July 4th,and have played it twice since.loved it the first time and even more now.the conditions are generally excellent for a mature golf course.great course design.it is a little off the beaten path,but well worth the trip to this delightful corner of the earth,and I came from Florida.
i'am a 12 hadicap and played from the whites and was still challeged..will play again.......
Diamond of Coastal Virginia
WOW..is what I can say. The greens were superb, fairways were flush. The elevation change at each hole provided various different types of shots. Both challenging and rewarding. Staff was friendly and quickly got you out on the course. Worth the 2 hour drive for me from Smithfield VA. I have found a new favorite course!!!!!
Do yourself a favor and play this course. This course was recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint. The staff said it was an aged course but it did not show its wear except on the cart path with the roots from the trees. The fairways and greens were in excellent shape and the scenery was amazing. Some water comes in into play throughout the course, the par 5's are long but manageable and the greens have multiple bunkers surrounding them. Looking forward to playing there again.
Great fairways and greens
The Golden Eagle was fun to play. The fairways and greens were in perfect condition. However, the bunkers and cart paths need attention but I wouldn't let that stop anyone from playing the course. We ate lunch there and the food was good. All the staff were friendly and the service was excellent.
Course was well cared for. Fairways were smooth and the greens pristine. Signage to the course is difficult to locate.
The course was in a good condition. The sand traps (bunkers) had very little sand and were very stony. The greens had been aerated and wer not running very true. they were a bit bouncy.
what a great place
The golden eagle is a course where you must place your shots. I had an awesome time playing here. The greens were fast but receptive. The fairways were in awesome shape. The beauty of this course was amazing. Very scenic. I will be back to play again. The food was outstanding. A+ for this place.