Course Designer | Ed Carton
"Tom Fazio was my primary influence - making courses visual, visually pleasing, and very player-friendly." Ed Carton, Course Designer. Carton became a senior design associate with Hurdzan Golf, and then he began associations with Gary Player, Sam Snead and Raymond Floyd. "The second part of my career, working with some of the greatest professional golfers in the world, gave me their point of view." The result of his collaboration with Sam Snead was the universally praised Poplar Grove, in Amherst.
"We spent time driving back and forth from the Masters, and I'd ask him, 'What do you think of these bunkers?' or 'What do you think of this green?' One of the things Sam liked was creating a green which he thought of as a catcher's mitt - where, if you hit the green, the ball doesn't just trickle off, but instead, you're rewarded with hitting the green. Another thing I took from him was a sense of shot values coming into the green - and, for example, how to make hazards very visible." As a result of his background, Ed Carton feels that he's been able to design a course that is playable for higher-handicap golfers, and can be challenging for tournament professionals.
"What I've tried to do - and I feel like I've pulled it off - is to create a golf course which incorporates both those aspects, so that it's very playable but yet has the capability to being pushed to where you could have a tournament on it and can be as difficult as you want to make it. Here's an example relating to playability and reward: we try to keep the fairway at least 40 yards wide at the landing areas, but typically we'll start to narrow down to 30 when we get out to around 300 yards. That requires long hitters to be accurate, too - you don't want them to be able to bomb the ball out there anywhere and expect to be in the fairway."
"At the same time, you also like to see a really good drive rewarded. So some fairways - such as No. 15 at Spring Creek - are designed to add extra run to a drive if you reach certain spots. I call them 'Speed Slots' - where your ball will actually carry a little bit extra yardage and reward you for carrying the hazard. We've incorporated that into quite a few of the holes at Spring Creek."
The result at Spring Creek - a championship golf course offering enjoyment for a lifetime - speaks for itself.
Meticulously groomed and ingeniously laid out, Spring Creek unfolds over peaceful rolling hills and woods beneath the mountains of Central Virginia. Our award winning course offers a strategic challenge in a placid setting.
Throughout the course, rock walls and bridges emphasize a theme of old-fashioned elegance and practicality. Bent grass fairways, beautiful greens and the natural contour of the land help make Spring Creek a unique, exceptional golfing experience.
Spring Creek Golf Club was designed as a course that is accessible for higher-handicap golfers, and challenging for tournament professionals.
Awards & Recognition
The Management approved these dress codes as a complement to the continued high standards of Spring Creek. Adherence to these codes by members, their dependents and their guests is greatly appreciated. Please consult the descriptions below or club management on any questions you may have. No cut-offs or tee shirts with or without graphics are permitted. Hats and visors must be worn with the brim forward. Although not the preferred attire, denim is allowed ONLY in the clubhouse and tavern areas. Appropriate Golf Attire must be worn at all times in the following areas: Golf course, Practice greens and Driving range.
Men & Boys: Bermuda shorts or slacks, collared shirts or mocks. No tee shirts or tank tops. No denim of any kind, cut-offs, athletic shorts or jogging pants, swimwear or short shorts (no more than two inches about the knee). Women & Girls: Bermuda shorts, skorts or skirts of mid-thigh length. Collared shirts or mocks. No denim of any kind, swimwear, cut-offs, athletic shorts or jogging pants.
"Unbelievably beautiful golf course that can be as tough or easy as you want it to be depending on the set of tees that you play. The all bent grass golf course in central Virginia is a treat to play. This is a must play for any avid golfer!" - Jack
"What a course! Every hole is gorgeous, challenging yet fair. A must to play if you're in the Charlottesville area. A solid 10+" - Burns
"Best course in Virginia...you won't be disappointed. This is the best course in the state of Virginia, guaranteed. The course is immaculate, the scenery is amazing, and the course is challenging. I would not recommend it for beginners, but all golfers will appreciate the course layout and beauty. The staff is incredibly friendly and members that I encountered were pleasant to be around as well. Anyone who has anything negative to say about this course is crazy. It is worth every penny!" - JB
*Spring Creek Members have preferences on Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays so please call the golf shop for availability.
|Off Season Rates (December to March)|
|Monday - Thursday||Friday||*Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays|
|9am - 3pm||$65||$75||$95|
The full-service golf shop at Spring Creek Golf Club can provide you with all your equipment and golfing apparel needs to get to the first tee in comfort and style. We offer the latest apparel and equipment from the top brands in the industry.
Our golf professionals can assist you with purchases for yourself or for friends and family. Stop by to pick up gifts for holidays or special occasions for that avid golfer in your life. We also offer gift certificates that may be used for greens fees and merchandise.
Our professional staff is experienced, certified club fitters and we can order new equipment for you from any major manufacturer. In-house repair services include re-gripping and shaft length modifications.