Royal New Kent Golf Club is located between Williamsburg and Richmond, Virginia, one of the nation’s most historic sites. Williamsburg itself was once ranked by Golf Digest number 24 on their list of the top 50 golf destinations in the world? Royal New Kent Golf Club is nestled among the lowland hills of Virginia between Diascund Creek and the Chickahominy River.
Royal New Kent opened in 1997 rave reviews and was promptly named "Best New Upscale Public Course in the Nation" by GolfDigest and No. 23 on Golf Magazines’s Top 100 you can play. Again, in 1999, Royal New Kent Golf Club was named one of "America’s Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses" by Golf Digest. In 2001, Golf Digest ranked the club among the top three courses in Virginia, and in 2002 Golf Digest awarded Royal New Kent 4 1/2 stars. And so it goes on; Royal New Kent continues to offer a world-class championship golf course and first-rate conveniences such as a full-service bar, dining and meeting rooms, practice facilities, and a pro shop.
Architect Mike Strantz had a vision for his course at Royal New Kent. The description “links-style” is one I’m not to fond of. Rarely does a course measure up to those found in Scotland, Ireland and even England, where the cold winds sweep relentlessly in off the ocean. Strantz’s vision does, I think, come very close to the real thing. Royal New Kent was intended to be a true depiction of an Irish links in the tradition of Royal County Down and Ballybunion.
The course plays 7,372 yards across a wild and windswept landscape for a par of 72. From the championship, “Invicta” tees it’s rated 76.5 (wow) with a slope of 147.
Rolling moorland, wry grass dunes, grass-covered knolls, dry stone walls and rough the likes of which you’re not likely to see this side of Scotland sometimes lend Royal New Kent an air of quiet desolation. The rolling fairways are generous, but doglegs and grass-covered dunes often demand blind shots to massive, speedy greens guarded by deep pot bunkers. The par 72 layout features five sets of tees and more than 120 bunkers, many of them deep pits lined with fescue grass. Yes, this one will challenge you, that’s for sure.
Even so, players of every skill will find they can score well at Royal New Kent, always provided they take the time to think each shot through, especially at the three signature holes:
The first hole at Royal New Kent is a par 4 of 418 yards off the back tee. It features a 75 foot drop from the tee to the fairway and then an uphill shot to a double-tiered, false-front green.
Number seven is a downhill par 3 of 197 yards. If you miss the green, you’ll find either the creek that fronts it or one of the bunkers that closely guard it to the right. If you’re short, the chance are you’ll find the creek that runs parallel to the fairway then cuts left in front of the green. Find one of those bunkers to the right and you’ll need to make the perfect shot in order to stop your ball from rolling off the green and into the creek.
The 18th is a wonderful finishing hole. A par 4 of 463 yards, you’ll need everything you have in the bag to hit the island-like fairway and leave yourself a short-iron shot to the green. The green itself, with water to the front, rear and right is almost an island. In fact, water is in play the entire length of the hole: awesome!
Royal New Kent is a semi-private golf club owned and operated by Traditional Golf Properties. Traditional Golf also owns and operates The Tradition Golf Club at Stonehouse and The Tradition Golf Club at The Crossings in Virginia as well as The Tradition Golf Club at Windsor and The Tradition golf Club at Wallingford in Connecticut.
Range from $44 for afternoon play to a high of $99 for play during peak periods and dates.
Where to Stay:
You might try the Holiday Inn Patriot in the heart of Williamsburg’s Historic Triangle. It’s close to Williamsburg's 10 championship golf courses, Busch Gardens historic Colonial Williamsburg. And, as always, you can rely on a certain standard of service offered at Holiday Inns.
Even so, you might like to check other local hotels and Compare Prices
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How to get There:
The closest regional airport is the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. The airport is served by Delta, US Air, AirTran, and several others.
The Tradition Golf Club at Royal New Kent
10100 Kentland Trail Road
Providence Forge, VA 23140
Phone (804) 966-7023