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hells pointTo me the whole experience was very average. Our foursome played here twice during our week at Sandbridge. Best thing going for it is its proximity to where we stayed. Course is pretty short which helped with the pace of play, but fairways are narrow and many lateral hazards make things fairly interesting. I would characterize overall course conditioning as okay. Greens were slower than I expected considering what I had heard.Starter informed me we left for first tee that I was to fix every ball mark on hole six. Evidently, each foursome is assigned a different hole to fix. New one on me...interesting concept, but felt like the high school kids (staff)riding around in carts talking on cell phones should probably fix a few themselves. Tried going in on one evening (6:45 P.M.) to play nine, but was told it was to late. People were on the driving range so I asked to buy a couple of tokens, but was informed it was closed also. Told the gentleman behind the counter that I was interested in playing a couple of evenings as well and wanted to know what time course closed. Never got an answer. I understand closing hours, although most courses I have played stay open until dark. I generally walk, but could have easily played nine holes with a cart on that course in an hour or so. No big deal, drove 6 miles or so up the road to a municipal course with a range, hit a bag with my son and drove back by Hells Point only to find people still there. Interesting that a for profit course wouldn't sell me a bag of balls, but the government owned course would...seems like it should be the other way around. I am not a demanding consumer and I am sure they do well here, but I liked Heron Ridge better...its in better shape and just encountered more professionalism and better attitudes all the way around. A little longer drive, but it in my opinion well worth a little extra effort.
Played Hell's Point on Mon 22 Aug 2011. What a disappointment! The greens were absolute crap all the way through the course. Many, many plugs had been taken out and filled with sand, but not all the way to the top of the holes (I think from poa annua grass). Also, the majority of the greens were hard-packed soil or sand with many bare areas. Any Superintendent worth his salt would have just shut down the course instead of allowing the course to charge people full price for a round on those greens. There were many putts that my twosome litteraly saw jump all over the place, then the ball sometimes would come to a stop in one of the not quite completely filled plugs. Just awful, and this from a course that used to be one of the top-rated tracks in the Hampton Roads area.
Hells PointMy cousin Bob and I played Hells Point on the afternoon of 02/22/07 (the off season). All things considered, it was a positive experience. The weather was beautiful and the course was in reasonable shape considering the time of the year. From what I understand, Hells Point was once one of the premier courses in the area. The course itself lives up to the expectation, but the clubhouse is in need of some renovation and expansion. Our cart died on the 12th hole and we barely limped it back to the starter shack. It's obvious that the equipment is just getting old. On the flip side, Bob had the best double stack bacon burger he has ever tasted, in their snack shop. Prices there were very reasonable too. If you can get a good rate, I'd recommend Hells Point.
Very interesting review from 14 July. Despite that incident, I play Hell's Point often and it's one of my favorite courses in VB. I live on the other end of town and wish it was closer but it's still worth the drive when I have time.Staff always seems friendly, never encountered anything different. Course conditions are always very high-end but it can get damp after a rain. Beautiful water and layout throughout course.Unfortunately, the GPS carts are gone. A staffer told me the company who provides and maintains the GPS unit is a bad business partner and they had to part ways.Overall, I'd play here more often if it was closer. I just enjoy my round tremendously there everytime I play.
The closest course to my summer beach house in Sandbridge, VA. We played in a foursome with 2 associate club members. The course was in ok condition but not great. They let us play at the resident rate eventhough we were from out of town. Saved us $20. We got hit into 2x by the foursome behind us. After the 2nd time, one of the associate club members that we were playing with threw their ball into the water and left the flagstick down. A cursing match ensued about 15 minutes later. A decent course but I would play Heron's Ridge and Virginia National instead of this one.
Very Impressed with the changes that have been made at Hell's Point over the past year. New superintendent has done more with the course this year than has been done over the prior five. Incredible difference in the greens currently than last year at this time. Great job returning the course to playable conditions. Course lost a lot of membership but I think if they saw the course now they would be looking to rejoin. New carts, quick greens, practice facilities being redone, and friendly staff. Keep up the great work.
Played with a three-some on 10/14/07. All are VB natives. It was $47, inclusive, for Sunday morning play. Polite staff, well-stocked pro shop, and had great yardage books for only 2 bucks. The only confusion was over what tee to play: here the “Whites” are “Orange.” Typical Rees Jones course with lots of sculpted sand. Greens were in great shape. Open layout, but shots did require thought and planning. All agreed that it was a nice challenge and will definitely play again.
Kitchen was good. Staff was friendly. Greens were in ok shape but we've had a hot summer. The course was very scenic and there were several memorable holes with good risk/reward shots. The ONLY drawback that I saw was that the course doesn't drain well and was a mudhole. I had a enjoyable time playing and would recommend it if there hasn't been rain in a few days. Price was moderate.
Hell's Point GolfI played a two man scramble July 2006 on the front 9, and had a good time. The course is beautiful and well kept. New golf carts have built in GPS that shows maps of the holes, yards to the pin, and can keep your score. This is one of the nicer courses that I've played at. If you golf and are vacationing at VA beach, golf here.
If you have a coupon ir catch a good rate with the pro shop staff it is a course to play. It has some narrow fairways. This close to the ocean (Sandbridge) it has a lot of marsh on the fringe of many fairways and some fairways stay wet days after a rain. Carts have GPS. It is a scenic course. Staff can be unfriendly often.
STAFF VERY FRIENDLY, NICE COURSE TO PLAY. HAD A $39 AFTERNOON SPECIAL IN MAY AND THEY GOT US OUT EARLY. WOULD PLAY AGAIN.
the course was average, not too well maintained but the staff was friendly... it wasnt bad but not my favorite course
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