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129 Tavern Ln
Amherst, VA  24521-4686
United States
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Poplar Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 7,059 yards | 141 slope

75.0 rating | Bent grass

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Poplar Golf Course

The 18-hole "Poplar" course at the Poplar Grove Golf Club facility in Amherst, Virginia features 7,059 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 75.0 and it has a slope rating of 141 on Bent grass. Designed by Ed Carton/Sam Snead, the Poplar golf course opened in 2004. 

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Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed April 19, 2010

Played this course for the first time on April 1, 2010. I had heard that the course was in foreclosure, and poorly maintained. I was pleasantly surprised that the course was not in foreclosure, and was in fantastic shape. The greens were fast and had a lot of undulations to them. The bunkers had just be re-done, and filled with sand. The scenery is beautiful. A great course that I highly recommend.

Reviewed November 13, 2009

Used to be a great course, played first in 2007. Went again in Sept. 2009 and overall maintenance has gone down hill. Hate to see a Sam Snead course let be run down like this

Reviewed September 01, 2009

A great course, one of the best courses in central-Virginia!!! Don't let the first hole discourage you, it may be the worst hole on the course, it is in competition with 18. And those are the only two blemishes on the course, shame they are 1 & 18. In fact it tells you how strong the other holes are, 2 and 3 are phenomenal, as are many of the rest, and 13 is one of the best short par 3s I have ever played, especially when the pin is up front. If you are in the area this is a must play, and when you are finished do yourself a favor and head up to Spring Creek to play another very good Ed Calton-designed course.

Reviewed August 16, 2008

One of the most beautiful courses I've ever played. A wonderful variety of interesting holes. Inconvenient access, but worth the effort. Demanding - not a lot of room for error on most holes. Fairways are reasonably generous, but you don't want to stray from them! Given the quality, a great value. Not really walkable. At this time, inadequate clubhouse/restaurant facilities. Everything considered, easily my favorite course.

Reviewed July 02, 2008

This course is the best course in central Virgina for the price. There is no one on the course even on a Saturday in the summer. Make sure to play from the back tees to get the full extent of how wonderfully made this course is. The par threes from the back tee are a challenge and the par fives are not much easier from the back. There doesn't seem to be much change on par fours based on what tees your on.

Reviewed June 23, 2008

The best course in the Lynchburg area.

Reviewed October 04, 2007

Played on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007. Beautiful, challenging layout. Greens were recently aeriated but were rolling reasonably smooth. Unfortunately greens were full of pockmarks where idiot golfers did not repair their ball marks. This is not really a criticism of the course as it is each golfer's responsibility to take care of the course. Fairways were in great shape (except for numerous places where knuckleheaded idiots didn't replace their divots or fill them in with sand/seed mixture.) I look forward to returning when the greens are in great shape! Must play course.

Reviewed October 01, 2007

This course is a great value if you play twilight or during the week. As of the 2007 season, it is $45 to play after 2pm on the weekends and all day Mon-Thu. This course has all of the markings of a high-end course -- it is well manicured (though, strangely, not that well maintained in some parts of the course), the sand is fluffy and far better than the clay-like "sand" at most other western VA courses, there is plenty of water and elevation variances for challenge, and the greens are intelligently laid out and offer a very good challenge.

If you are not a scratch golfer, it is easy to lose a lot of balls at Poplar Grove, especially from the tips or blue tees (140+ slope from the back), so bring at least a dozen.

PG has a gnat problem during the hot summer months, so be weary, because it gets old very fast. Even if you bring "Off" spray, the gnats are still pretty annoying (due to the type of grass at PG). So play very early or very late if you are going out in July or August.

Otherwise, this is a fantastic value, the most challenging course open to the public in Virginia, short of Kinloch and Cascades at Hot Springs, and a beautiful location.

GPS carts are also a great plus.

Reviewed August 06, 2007

I played this course driving through Virginia and played from the far back tees. It was extremely tough and my score reflected that. However, the course was beautiful with great scenery with a combination of sand, water, and trees. My only complaint about this course was the shape of some of the fairways. Some of them had portions of grass missing. The price was good on a weekday at $45 for 18 and a cart. The GPS on the cart was the best I have ever seen.

Reviewed July 29, 2007

Great Course! This course is a challenge I'm glad I didn't have to play n my own ball! It has elevation changes, water, and delvilishly designed greens that require above average imagination and shotmaking to score well on. Bring your "A" game, patience and lots of balls.

Reviewed June 06, 2007

Best Course Ever!!

This course is awesome, but for the area that the course is in and the amount of driving you have to do to get to this secluded location it is an incredibly expensive course. One a year play for me.

Reviewed April 22, 2007

Great Layout

Played PG on Sunday, April 22, 2007, and the course was in pretty good shape for early in the year. Fairways were in good shape, but the rough around the greens was spotty. The greens were recently aerated, but still rolled welled. In about another week or two greens should be perfect - the greens are some of the best you can play. Front side is easier than the back, but overall it is a fair test. The views are incredible and although there has been some increase in development, there are not many homes on the course. This is by far the best course near Lynchburg and all should play if they get the chance. Green fees are very reasonable and staff if extremely friendly and helpful.

Reviewed July 27, 2006

Reviewed June 29, 2006


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  • Latest Scores
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Jim H. 15 84 69 04/01/10
2 james C. 3 76 73 03/07/09
3 George B. 43 117 74 08/25/09
4 Jonathan A. 18 93 75 05/10/07
5 Daniel C. 21 100 79 10/01/07
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About Poplar Grove

Poplar Grove Golf Club

Community facility

15 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Jacob Mast, PGA, Head Golf Professional
Jeremy Curry, Superintendent
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