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1400 Parker Ln
Bluemont, VA  20135-4634
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Virginia National Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 6,316 yards | 137 slope

73.3 rating | Bent grass


Virginia National Golf Course


The 18-hole "Virginia National" course at the Virginia National Golf Club facility in Bluemont, Virginia features 6,316 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73.3 and it has a slope rating of 137 on Bent grass. Designed by Jerry Matthews, ASGCA, the Virginia National golf course opened in 1999. Love Golf Management manages this facility, with John Kuliesh as the Golf Professional.

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Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed March 05, 2011

Unfortunately, the poor reviews from 2009 still stand as accurate in my opinion. Played today and while we're just thawing from the winter months the course is in awful condition. Even at $29, it's tough to get excited about this course when half the greens are almost unputtable. Overall, I left disappointed, but intrigued because the design and scenery hold a great deal of potential if they can get this course fixed up.

Greens: Some of the greens have tarps over parts of the greens that are unplayable. You'll find divots in some, and deadspots in just about all. I can only think of 3 greens where I felt the putts were true, a lot of times you're putting over sand-filled deadspots or your ball will simply jump off line because of the roughness of the greens. It's frustrating to know that no matter how well (or poor) you're putting it almost doesn't matter because the line isn't true by any means.

Fairways & Tee boxes: I thought the fairways were average, some deadspots in areas but it is basically winter so can't expect beauty in all areas. Tee boxes were a little less stellar. Many had tarps over them and on just about every hole there was only one set of tees you could play from.

Scenery and Course Layout: It's a beautiful backdrop at Virginia National. Lots of very picturesque scenery and the course design has a lot of character. It's unfortunate because this course has a ton of potential and I could see it being a true 'gem' (#6 I thought was a pretty cool hole with the elevated shot to the fairway below with river on right and pond on left) if they could get the course conditions to play better.

Other: Be prepared for a front end alignment after driving the road to the course. Potholes O'plenty on the gravel path. I will also say the staff seemed very nice and provided good service while we were there (brought carts out as we pulled into parking lot, helpful and friendly in our purchases beginning and during round).

Reviewed April 19, 2009

Completely agree with the April 9 review--played the course this AM and won't be back. Let me add that my friend and I are long time Preferred Players at the course but were told this AM that our Cards, issued by previous mgt, were no longer valid. We could, however, get new cards for an additional $49. Great way to treat long-time patrons...instead of welcoming them back, squeeze out every last dollar. The course is an absolute disgrace--conditions exactly as reported by the April 9 reviewer along with some dandelions in the fairway. Charging more than $40 for this course is a joke and I will warn my friends to stay away.

Reviewed April 09, 2009

*Please note: This course has filed for bankruptcy*

Bottom line: If you can play this course for under $40, it might be worth it. Maybe. I absolutely can't imagine having paid $80+ for it, though. If that were the case, I would have stopped after 3 holes and demanded a refund.

What a disappointment! This course is a perfect example of what happens when a management company either does not know what it is doing or does not care. The course was in absolutely terrible, terrible, terrible shape:

Greens: Many of the greens have multiple deadspots. Whoever cut them last time tore them up something terrible. Absolutely no consistency. It's a shame, too, because they are small, undulating, extremely difficult greens.

Fairways & Tee boxes: Much like the greens, deadspots abound on the fairways. The tee boxes were overgrown, making it difficult to distinguish where the actual "box" was.

Sand traps: Sand? What sand? I hit one shot out of clay.

Other: The cartpaths were once upon a time compressed gravel. They have completely fallen apart, and there are more potholes than well-constructed paths. Driving range was in awful shape as well.

Scenery: The scenery is, definitely, very nice. I don't think I would describe it as one of the most amazing courses in Virginia, though.

Reviewed July 31, 2008

I still love this course, but after playing it today for the first time in over a year I had to adjust my rating a bit. The course is not in all that great shape anymore. The two mountain greens were unplayable due to all the dead grass, and many other greens showed severe wear due to brown spots and some sort of burrowing creatures that dug up small mounds onto several greens. Fairways were okay, but again, many bare spots. Rough is very penalizing but reasonable - at least the grass is growing nicely. I lowered my maintenance and value ratings down - I can't say it's a good bang for the buck ($44-60 regular rates) with the conditions being average at best. Still a great layout, great scenery. Just not quite worth it at this point in my opinion.

Reviewed June 12, 2008

Another nice course west of DC and Baltimore. We played on a hot June day. First of all, the scenery is amazing. The two elevated holes on the back 9 give a great view of the Shenandoah River and beyond. Unfortunately, the greens on those elevated holes suffer from some sort of maintenance issue. Portions of both of the greens are brown and make putting quite difficult. Other than those two greens, I felt the greens were in excellent shape. Clover also abounds and can be thick in the rough so watch an errant tee shot carefully so as not to lose a ball in a hittable lie. No GPS, no drink cart (at least on the weekday we played), but the clubhouse has a variety of items available. Also, you can register on their website and get online coupons to save you and your group a few bucks.

Reviewed October 16, 2007

Reviewed October 11, 2007

Reviewed October 01, 2007

Beautiful golf course. Very good value.

Reviewed September 17, 2007

This is a great course, very difficult for me. I don't hit the ball long (yet). Many tees require a long drive to avoid fairway hazards.

I live less than a mile from here and the course is busy usually till about 3 or 4. They also have one of the nicest practice putting greens in the area which is nice if you live as close as I do..

As I've stated in my other reviews I am an adament walker, but my pull cart stays in the car unless I am only going to walk the front nine. I'm not man enough to try and walk the back nine.

Between the drought and a large forest fire last year some of the course is not as nice as it used to be, but I'm sure the staff will have it back up to speed in the next few seasons.

Number fourteen is one of the coolest holes to play, feels like you could almost tee off with a putter, it's around 166 yards but it looks like it's straight down..Takes about five minutes to get to the tee by cart so you know why I dont want to walk this one.

If you play early or late you should see plenty of wildlife on this course.

The staff of this course are very generous to the Clarke County High School golf program and they host there home matches and spend a great deal of time working with the area youth.

The only knock I have is sometimes play comes to a standstill on weekends on this course as I have seen sixsomes with three carts playing one hole..

This is a championship caliber course, bring your A game if you want to do well on this course.

Reviewed August 01, 2007

In golfing terms, the scenery almost takes your breathe away. There simply is no course more scenic than the back nine of this course though the front is great too! The maintenance problem stems from the sod on greens 3 and 4 that still have not been fixed. Everything else about this course is fantastic. Staff outstanding! The Shenandoah River is visible along several holes and a couple of holes are up on a mountain. The Par 3's on this course are all signature holes and the Par 5 15th was challenging but fun! Tough finishing hole...the way it should be! Most interesting hole is the Par 3 14th that falls down over 100 feet...makes for an interesting club selection. The view from Hole 14 offers an expansive view across the Shenandoah Valley. Course comparible to Packsaddle Ridge, but loved this one more. Played on a Wednesday morning...no crowd. Will definitely come back here again even though from PA!

Reviewed September 18, 2006

Better to wait until next year at this point.

Played Virginia National for the first time on 9/17/06. I definitely agree with what everybody has said about the scenery... the vistas, woods, and river views are spectacular.

Unfortunately, what is decidedly unspectacular right now is the condition of many holes on the course. Several fairways looked like they hadn't been mown in at least 3 days, with tufts of what looked like a different darker green grass type reaching 2 inches in height. Other fairways were simply lost, with broad stretches of brown crackly surface probably from water damage. Though the course was playing with 90 degree cart rules, several holes were designated as cart path only... and it happened that most of those were the ones that required the most significant hikes up and down steep hills to and from the cart paths.

There were many times also that I thought that the layout of the holes were insufficiently spaced. Several of these holes are reasonably narrow, and even a small directional mistake would put you into an adjoining fairway or green.

I do plan on trying to come back sometime earlier in the year to see what it is like before the accumulated damage of the season makes things not so nice, as it is at the moment.

Reviewed May 01, 2006

I love this place!

I held a membership here last year (2005) and I absolutely fell in love with this place. $35 twilight during the week, including cart, for one of the most challenging golf courses in the area. Weekends are always packed, but if you arrive here during the week you virtually have the entire course to yourself. What scenery, what a golf course, and what a great place to get away from it all. I'd live here if I could. It's that good!

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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Brent N. N/A 49 49 05/04/10
2 jon Y. 11 81 70 07/10/11
3 Jeff P. 6 76 70 04/11/10
4 ken W. 6 76 70 06/30/07
5 john B. 19 89 70 12/02/09
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About Virginia National

Virginia National Golf Club

Golf Only facility

Managed by Love Golf Management

40 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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John Kuliesh, Golf Professional
Alan Sowers, Superintendent
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