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I travel often for work and thought I would share reviews of the different courses I play as I play them. I've already played courses in California where I currently live, NY, Richmond VA, Allentown PA, Mesa AZ, Indianapolis IN, Dallas TX, with many more cities to come!

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Greetings from Idaho! Indeed! Bring it on! Always love to hear about new tracks and experiences! we hope to see/hear from you about all those soon!

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Superstition Springs in Mesa, AZ

Date played : 6/4/18

Tee off time : 0500 ( had a 0930 meeting that day!)

Price : $29 including cart ( through militaryteetimes.com )

Course conditions : fair considering the price 

 

Managed to get in a round before my 0930 meeting that morning! I teed off at 0500 ( around 510 when i actually teed off). It was not very crowded that early in the morning on a weekday. The shop attendant was very friendly and explained that the kitchen was not open and that they had sandwiches for sale. They have "mango towels" to help you cool off during your round though i did not use it so no comment on those! The course conditions were fair considering the price. The tee boxes were well kept with a few tee boxes that could have used a little more TLC ( uneven, lots of divots) but overall well kept. The groundskeepers were out as i was playing so i had to keep an eye out for them! The fairways for the most part are in good condition. A few brown spots here and there most likely from divots that were reseeded. The greens were not too fast and matched my tempo well. 

 

Playability wise i would say this course was challenging! The attendant at the bag drop (which at 0500 was not available but he was there when i returned my cart)  told me that this course used to be a PGA qualifying course. There are many blind holes where you cannot see the flag and have to be strategic in where you place your tee shot. Bunkers galore with most greens being guarded by bunkers. Somehow i only managed to get into 3 or 4 bunkers during the entire round! The course is more hilly than my home course with many holes having small mounds and valleys leading up to the green. Water is not a major hazard in most holes but there are a few, namely hole 17 where the green is a penninsula surrounded on 3 sides by water! Hole 10 I believe has a dried up pond on the left side. The most memorable hole for me was number 12 which is a par 3 with the green way up on top of a hill. Any mishit and your ball goes rolling down and you will not be able to see the flag from even halfway up the hill! 

 

Overall i highly recommend this course for the value and playability. I would definitely return for another round if I am in the area. 

 

Since this is my first course review, I welcome any feedback that would make it better! Let me know how i can make my reviews more informative! Thanks!

 

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Hardcorelooper since you asked about Richmond!

 

Fort Lee Golf Course (US Army Base)

Chesterfield, VA (work and course had me in chesterfield but Richmond is the largest metro area)

Date played : 3/22/18

Price : ~$60 including cart (no specials for this one)

Course conditions : absolutely terrible (although it was in the middle of March)

 

This was an army base golf course in Chesterfield. Interestingly the guard at the entrance to the base was an old timer who i guess was stationed in Korea for some time because when he saw my ID and my last name he said hello to me in Korean! Anyway, the course is easy enough to find and for civilians to play here you just have to go to the main base office/visitor center and get a pass. I am a veteran but there is no such thing as a "veteran" military ID card so i carry my old expired ID card so i still needed to get my pass. They don't have any special discounts for veterans (maybe for active duty?) so I paid full price. I am noticing that playing golf in the Northeast tends to be more expensive than the Southwest. 

 

The course conditions made playability very difficult. I understand this is still late winter/early spring for the Northeast since I grew up in NYC. However, considering that i paid $60 including cart to play a course where the only green on the course was the spray painted greens and the fringes on the green it was very disappointing. In addition, because it had just rained that day, it was cart path only and there were a lot of small ponds on the course ( water filled bunkers, depressions, etc) This made pace of play slow but luckily there weren't any groups ahead or behind me. I really feel they should reduce green fees during off seasons especially when the course conditions are that bad. As for the difficulty of the course itself, it wasn't particularly difficult but by no means an "easy" course. A good mix of holes with wide fairways and some holes that required strategic ball placement off the tee to get a good approach to the green. Considering I played 3 months ago, the only memorable hole was a short par 3 in which the approach is downhill with a pond guarding the green. 

 

Overall, considering the conditions I played in and the price i paid, i would not recommend this course. I am sure the conditions improve in the summer so I may be biased considering I live in SoCal where you can play golf year round. However, I did play a round early March in NY on a municipal course with similar green and cart fees and the course conditions were in much better shape. Most likely I will not return to play this course the next time i am back in the Richmond area.

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Virginia would be very angry that you consider them in the Northeast. Mid Atlantic or southeast would be more accurate since they are south of the Mason Dixon line.

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Virginia would be very angry that you consider them in the Northeast. Mid Atlantic or southeast would be more accurate since they are south of the Mason Dixon line.

Yeah I guess so!

 

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Good ol' Fort Lee. I'm a little surprised that they don't offer veteran's discounts; that's somewhat disappointing. Their memberships are extremely affordable, and open to the general public if you're sponsored by a member. A good buddy of mine used to belong there (he's since moved on to the Country Club of Petersburg, a much nicer course), so I'd usually play there once or twice a year. I don't think I ever paid $60, but we always walked.

 

You'll have to forgive us for the condition of our courses this spring. Especially because we had spring in February, then winter came in March. So the Bermuda grass is extremely confused and has stayed dormant an extremely long time, and courses with bent grass greens (I can't remember if Fort Lee has Bermuda or bent greens) weren't getting the mild weather they needed to get them into shape. Two courses around here with Champions Bermuda greens have actually lost all of their greens and are replanting them. In the first week of June, we're finally starting to see conditions that we usually see in late April.

 

Fort Lee's a nice, old-school layout, but it's nothing to write home about. If work is taking you to the southern Chesterfield/Tri-Cities area, I'd check out Dogwood Trace in Petersburg. It's a little nicer than Fort Lee, and Golf Now is forever running specials. Or better yet, get someone to get you on at Country Club of Petersburg. Our best public course south of the James (Independence Golf Club, a solid 30+ minutes from the Fort Lee area) is one of the two that lost its greens, so that's out of the running.

 

The Highlands and Lake Chesdin are two other nice courses in southern Chesterfield, but they're both fairly out of the way (again, 30+ minutes from Fort Lee).

 

Hope you get to come back sometime soon, now that we actually have some grass on our golf courses.

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Dominion club lost their greens too. Membership has been jumping over to hunting hawk. What a strange spring it's been.

Good ol' Fort Lee. I'm a little surprised that they don't offer veteran's discounts; that's somewhat disappointing. Their memberships are extremely affordable, and open to the general public if you're sponsored by a member. A good buddy of mine used to belong there (he's since moved on to the Country Club of Petersburg, a much nicer course), so I'd usually play there once or twice a year. I don't think I ever paid $60, but we always walked.

 

You'll have to forgive us for the condition of our courses this spring. Especially because we had spring in February, then winter came in March. So the Bermuda grass is extremely confused and has stayed dormant an extremely long time, and courses with bent grass greens (I can't remember if Fort Lee has Bermuda or bent greens) weren't getting the mild weather they needed to get them into shape. Two courses around here with Champions Bermuda greens have actually lost all of their greens and are replanting them. In the first week of June, we're finally starting to see conditions that we usually see in late April.

 

Fort Lee's a nice, old-school layout, but it's nothing to write home about. If work is taking you to the southern Chesterfield/Tri-Cities area, I'd check out Dogwood Trace in Petersburg. It's a little nicer than Fort Lee, and Golf Now is forever running specials. Or better yet, get someone to get you on at Country Club of Petersburg. Our best public course south of the James (Independence Golf Club, a solid 30+ minutes from the Fort Lee area) is one of the two that lost its greens, so that's out of the running.

 

The Highlands and Lake Chesdin are two other nice courses in southern Chesterfield, but they're both fairly out of the way (again, 30+ minutes from Fort Lee).

 

Hope you get to come back sometime soon, now that we actually have some grass on our golf courses.

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Bear Creek West - Dallas, TX


Date played : 6/19/18


Tee off time : 1442


Price : $35 including cart 


Course conditions : great


 


Ok TBH this is the third time I am writing this review. Network keeps messing up. First two reviews written were great now I am just annoyed and will give the pertinent details. Overall this is a great course with good conditions especially considering the prices are fair. I played the East course before so today i played West. Both courses are good and have their own set of challenges. West course rewards for long and accurate drives. East i believe is more about strategy. Some blind holes due to greens being over a hill or in a valley. Hole 7 has a flagpole for players to raise and lower when in the landing zone. Started to rain cats and dogs towards the end of hole 7 but i played through and it stopped by the time i got to the tee for hole 8. That is normal Texas weather for y'all. i highly recommend this course for its conditions, pricing, and layout as well as proximity to DFW airport. It is within minutes. If you are ever flying through or to DFW and looking for a course to get in a quick round i highly recommend! Phew ok now i am going to copy this just in case!


 


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sorry cant figure out how to get this to orient correctly


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view from the bridge crossing the gulley after hitting off the tee at this hole


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hit a low flying drive here but it managed to roll up the hill and over to get me this great position


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Dominion club lost their greens too. Membership has been jumping over to hunting hawk. What a strange spring it's been.

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Did Dominion go with Champions as well? We're just too far north to grow Champions without taking some serious precautions.

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Did Dominion go with Champions as well? We're just too far north to grow Champions without taking some serious precautions.

I really don't know. This is all hearsay. I spoke to someone this past weekend that said the green loss is an exaggeration. However, our courses butt up to one another and I haven't heard anyone on the course in several weeks. I don't play there, so I haven't seen with my own eyes. The guy I spoke with seems to be reliable, but still, now I'm not 100% certain anymore. There are a lot of Dominion members in our men's club though, but I guess that could be due to how well it's run and the amount of fun it is. Sorry for the long response with useless information

 

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Prairie Lakes Golf Course Red/White - Dallas, TX


Date played : 6/20/18


Tee off time : 1530


Price : $30 including cart 


Course conditions : good especially for the price!


 


Played Prairie Lakes at the suggestion of a co-worker. They have a $20 9 and dine option but I chose to play a full 18. After 4PM it is $20 including cart but i started at 330 so I paid $30. Had a dinner appointment to get to so i needed the extra time. This course is technically located in Grand Prairie, south of Dallas. it is easy to get to and a great value.


 


The course is actually 3 9 hole courses so total of 27 holes you can play. They usually start at Red then White then Blue ( Red White and Blue just like Old Glory!). The course layout is challenging but enjoyable. A few holes with blind turns but not very blind. You can still see the flag through the trees. Being that it is on Mountain Creek Lake, water is a definite hazard on many holes here. Careful shot placement is absolute. The course is well kept especially for the price so this is a great value for anyone and the difficulty is varied depending on the tee you play. They have 4 tees to choose from including the red women's tees. The course is not very long and long accurate drives will get you within 150 yards for most par 4's. The par 3's are challenging with water guarding most par 3 greens. The most memorable hole was #8 on red. The blue and white tees force you to make a choice. Either try and drive it over the lake at 225 yards from white tee to the far edge of the lake or play it safe and hit to the fairway on the right. I made the effort and ended up fading but landed on the fairway. Definitely not a good hole for hookers!


 


Overall a great fun course to play and a great value too. I highly recommend it and will definitely try to get another round in before I go home! 


 


Red Hole 8 view from the white tee box


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my tee shot landing


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views from White Hole 6 marker (lost 3 balls into the water here! all great shots just not long enough!)


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I came up to Richmond a month of two ago and was hoping to play Independence Golf Club; unfortunately they decided to close the course a couple days prior to they could completely re do all of the greens they lost as a result of the winter kill

 

buddy of mine who is a super up in the NOVA area said the club let their super go, which is pretty unfortunate

 

we ended up playing Glenwood, as they were the only public course we could find in the area with a tee time that fit our needs; old school muni thats touted as the oldest public course in Richmond...wasnt very long, but had a solid design to it; for the price it was a fun course but probably wouldnt go back

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