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Panel’s picks remain consistent on the second round of rankings

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The Cascades course is the top course for two years straight.
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For the second consecutive year, the Virginia Golf Ratings Panel showcases its rankings of the commonwealth’s top 50 golf courses. And for the second consecutive year, the Cascades course — William Flynn’s classic design masterpiece that opened in 1923 — at The Omni Homestead is No. 1.

There was subtle movement in the top 10 courses in the ranking, most notably the Full Cry course at Keswick Hall & Golf Club improving from 10th to sixth. Panelists were impressed by the maturity of what was originally an Arnold Palmer design. The course was completely redone by Pete Dye in 2014.

The only new addition to this year’s rankings is Draper Valley Golf Club, near Radford, which debuts at No. 50.

The mission of the Virginia Golf Ratings Panel is to provide rankings that a broad spectrum of golfers can appreciate and to promote what panel members believe is a great game. The panel currently includes 46 men and women who, while their playing ability varies, share a passion for the game and an appreciation for course design. Each also maintains his or her primary residence in Virginia.

In voting for the top 50, panelists were asked to consider a number of factors — variety in design, routing, strategy, fairness, shot values, memorability and aesthetics — in determining their individual rankings. They could vote only for courses they’ve played (and there are more than 300 courses in the commonwealth).

From their ballots, the top 50 was determined by a blended scoring system that, first, averaged a course’s ranking per number of panelists who had played it and, second, rewarded total points received (the higher the ranking the greater the number of total points). 

Kevin Brafford is executive director of the Virginia Golf Ratings Panel, virginiagolfratings.com.

 

The Virginia Golf Ratings Panel’s Top 50 Courses

Rank Previous Rank Golf course Location Par Yards
1 1 The Omni Homestead (Cascades) Hot Springs 70 6,667
2 2 Kinloch Golf Club Manakin-Sabot 72 7,203
3 3 The Virginian Golf Club Bristol 72 7,025
4 5 The Olde Farm Bristol 70 7,119
5 7 Farmington Country Club (North-South) Charlottesville 70 6,766
6 10 Keswick Hall & Golf Club Keswick 72 7,134
7 6 Robert Trent Jones Golf Club Gainesville 72 7,445
8 9 The Country Club of Virginia (James River) Richmond 72 7,025
9 4 Spring Creek Golf Club Gordonsville 72 7,389
10 8 The Highland Course at Primland Meadows of Dan 72 7,053
11 11 The Federal Club Glen Allen 72 7,073
12 13 Trump National Golf Club (Championship) Potomac Falls 72 7,693
13 14 Bay Creek Resort and Club (Palmer) Cape Charles 72 7,250
14 12 Ballyhack Golf Club Roanoke 72 7,294
15 16 The Club at Creighton Farms Aldie 72 7,410
16 15 Kingsmill Resort (River) Williamsburg 71 6,831
17 17 Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Gold) Williamsburg 71 6,817
18 19 Hermitage Country Club (Sabot) Manakin-Sabot 72 7,048
19 18 Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech Radford 72 7,685
20 23 Two Rivers Country Club Williamsburg 72 6,911
21 20 Army Navy Country Club (Arlington) Arlington 71 6,640
22 21 River Bend Golf & Country Club Great Falls 71 6,917
23 24 Independence Golf Club Midlothian 72 7,135
24 22 Wintergreen Resort (Stoney Creek) Nellysford 72 7,158
25 25 Bay Creek Resort and Club (Nicklaus) Cape Charles 72 7,417
26 27 Bayville Golf Club Virginia Beach 72 7,138
27 26 The Foundry Golf Club Powhatan 72 6,901
28 28 Hermitage Country Club (Manakin) Manakin-Sabot 72 6,955
29 29 Birdwood Golf Course Charlottesville 72 6,920
30 31 Army Navy Country Club (Fairfax) Fairfax 72 6,644
31 30 Boonsboro Country Club Lynchburg 72 6,428
32 34 Trump National Golf Club (Riverview) Potomac Falls 72 7,234
33 32 Glenmore Country Club Keswick 72 6,951
34 33 The Country Club of Virginia (Westhampton) Richmond 70 6,214
35 36 The Dominion Club Glen Allen 72 7,229
36 37 Golden Eagle Golf Club at the Tides Inn Irvington 72 7,025
37 35 Jefferson Lakeside Country Club Richmond 71 6,272
38 38 The Tradition Golf Club at Royal New Kent Providence Forge 72 7,480
39 40 Princess Anne Country Club Virginia Beach 70 6,042
40 39 Mattaponi Springs Golf Club Ruther Glen 72 6,937
41 42 Roanoke Country Club Roanoke 71 6,504
42 41 James River Country Club Newport News 70 6,598
43 43 Belle Haven Country Club Alexandria 72 6,965
44 44 Williamsburg National Golf Club (Jamestown) Williamsburg 72 6,953
45 48 Winchester Country Club Winchester 70 6,367
46 48 Poplar Grove Golf Club Amherst 72 7,059
47 47 Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Green) Williamsburg 72 7,120
48 49 The Homestead (Old Course) Hot Springs 72 6,099
49 50 Laurel Hill Golf Club Lorton 71 7,010
50 NR Draper Valley Golf Club Draper 72 7,070

 




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