Our group of 13 made our annual trip here for our marathon of 7 rounds in 4 days. The course is in rough shape to put it kindly. Grass on the tee boxes is virtually non-existent, especially on number 2.
The greens were deseased again this year and are not improving. There were a few of the bunkers where new white sand had been added but most of the traps are filled with ground clay and rocks, no fun if you find yourself in them. The staff are as nice as they can be and we never had an issue with any of the carts. This is a tough layout. If you are 65 and older swallow your pride and hit from the gold tees unless you are absolutely even length wise with the group you are playing with. You have to be an absolute beast to reach any of the 5's in two. We had some long hitters in our group and no one did even during our afternoon scrambles. Our Sunday morning round took nearly 5 1/2 hours. We made contact with the ranger once we reached hole 10 and there were 4 groups backed up on the tee. The ranger rode forward and found the problem but did not push the group ahead a hole to ease everyone elses pain.
If you are looking for views and tough test, give it a shot. If you are looking for a top notch course you may have to go to Shadows of Blue Ridge in Front Royal 25 minutes north on 340
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