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★ Ranked 2nd Best VA Golf Courses by GolfAdvisor 2019
★ 5th by Golf Advisor Top 100 Best Courses from 2012-2017
Ed Carton - Course Designer
“Tom Fazio was my primary influence - making courses visual, visually pleasing, and very player-friendly,” said 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 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.”
Best course in Virginia...you won't be disappointed. The course is immaculate, the scenery is amazing... The staff is incredibly friendly and members that I encountered were pleasant to be around as well. It is worth every penny!
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!