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10100 Kentland Trl
Providence Forge, VA  23140-3464
United States

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Royal New Kent Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

71 par | 6,963 yards | 140 slope

75.0 rating

Royal New Kent Golf Course

The 18-hole "Royal New Kent" course at the The Tradition Golf Club At Royal New Kent facility in Providence Forge, Virginia features 6,963 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 75.0 and it has a slope rating of 140. Designed by Mike Strantz, the Royal New Kent golf course opened in 1996. Traditional Golf Properties manages this facility.


Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed June 27, 2016

Reviewed October 21, 2011

Very poor conditioned golf course. What a disappointment.

Reviewed July 05, 2011

Some might be struck by my all-over-the-map ratings on the amenities, difficulty, et al. There's definitely a reason for the inconsistencies. The course is by far the most difficult layout I have ever played and my playing partners concurred. Royal New Kent has more blind shots than most any course you will ever play in your life. Rolling hills, fairways snaking left to right to left again and unending uphill shots make it damn near impossible to hit the right club let alone know where your ball is after you've hit. Just plain humbling. Now for the bad news. While the greens were immaculate and speedy, the tee boxes were an embarrassment for a 4th of July weekend. When your fairways are cut better than your tee boxes you know you have a maintenance issue. If the goal is to maintain the "green grass" of the tee boxes for fall golf, then the course supervisor is well on his way to achieving his goal. The fairways were quite parched and the lack of rain in the Mid-Atlantic in the last month has taken a toll on the course's fairways. They were cut nice and short, like the greens, but if you're thinking of playing this course and paying more than $40, you're money can be spent better elsewhere on better year-round irrigated tracks in Northern Virginia. Otherwise, I would recommend you play New Kent in the fall.

Reviewed June 30, 2011

I've played courses all around the country and this is by FAR the most beautiful layout I've been on. When you're out there it literally feels like you are playing in the UK.

The course is extremely challenging. They offer a yardage card which is extremely helpful seeing as there are plenty of blind shots. Normally blind shots are annoying but it just adds to the mystique and beauty Royal New Kent.

Reviewed August 09, 2010

There is a reason this is THE most reviewed Virginia course on any review website!
Favorite course... 14 years after opening onto Golf Digest's Best Course List this monster is STILL well-kept, well-staffed and now well-priced.
Local players get a decent rate cut and for what you are paying, the shot caliber is unmatched. Bring all 14 clubs; you can bump and run from 50 yds out or drop a spinner to the fastest greens in Virginia.

If blind drives or pot bunkers scare you, just spend a moment reviewing the GPS in-cart... they're super-detailed.
The only "unfair hole" is #3 a 176-yd Par 3 with a berm blocking the view.

The late, great Mike Strantz was called The Maverick and it's well-deserved. His idea of course design appeals to golf trip groups and locals alike. This course has immense replay value; every hole has options to suit your style.
Every hole ( except #3 :) is worthy of an iPhone picture... especially in autumn.

Weak scorers can play from the 6,000 yd red tees and scratcher from the 7,336 tips.
You will not be sorry...

Reviewed July 15, 2010

WOW!!!!!!!!!!! It is ranked the 16th hardest in the country. they have these valleys of death guarding almost all the green. That course made me pretty much want to cry. But still at the end i very much enjoyed my round at New Kent. If you can hit your blind shots, and hit your 3 wood aways you will love this course

Reviewed April 07, 2009

I've played many courses across the US including Pebble Beach, and RNK is my favorite. This course is mind boggling enormous, a monster, and unbelievably beautiful. You can't wait to see what's around the next turn or over the next hill. It's an experience playing here, and you will never forget it.

Reviewed November 13, 2008

I liked this course a lot with different looks and a nice spread out environment where you often don't see other players. VERY tough course!

Reviewed October 12, 2008

Played New Kent on 10/5/08. The prior reviews are correct, it is a well-designed layout and a fun test of golf.

Although the course was ranked as the 16th most difficult in the US by Golf Digest, I can't agree with the assessment. The landing areas on most holes are wide and unless you spray the ball wildly or routinely make poor contact it is a very fair test. Additionally, although a good course, it is not even remotely close to being the second best course in the state.

Unfortunately for my group, the greens had been recently aerated. Evidently, because of the aeration, the greens could not be mowed and the dew did not burn off until the back nine. Even without the water, the layer of sand made putting impossible. Quite honestly, it was a joke. I booked our trip through Virginia Golf Vacations and suffice to say I was disppointed we were not told about the condition of the greens.

On the postive side, the scenery, other than the generic townhouses lining a few holes on the back nine, was glorious. Hopefully, the constrcution will be limited because the views and the remoteness of the course add to the experience. The course, other than the greens, was in good shape and it reminded me of another Stranz gem, Tobacco Road in Pinehurst.

We teed off early and the pace of play was great - I imagine there are six hour rounds for those who feel the need to look for every ball hit into the "gorse". Also, if you don't have a range finder or sky caddie, the course will play much more difficult because of the blind shots and the large greens. Don't waste your money on the yardage "book" - it offers very little information and quite frankly it they should not charge for it.

Although my experience may have been different if the greens were in better shape, I still liked the course very much. I recommend it and look forward to playing again when the greens are in better shape.

Reviewed September 27, 2008

Take your tee shot over the dunes and play to the open side of the fairway. Front 9 plays through total wilderness. Many great risk/reward holes here for the better golfer

Reviewed June 29, 2008

Reviewed July 22, 2007

Most fun you can have playing golf. A must play golf course. Had my A game with me today and enjoyed to day, but could be tough if you are sligthly off. great value - I will play this course every time I'm in Williamsburg.

Reviewed July 12, 2007

Golf Digest ranked this course as the 16th hardest public course in the country. It's easy to see why!!

Reviewed July 04, 2007

As good as it gets

If you appreciate great golf holes, this will not disappoint. Mike Stranz, the designer, died prematurely, but he's destined to join the ranks of "best ever" golf course architects. Make sure to play from the appropriate tees if you want to enjoy the course.

Reviewed May 24, 2007

Play hard

This is the most difficult course I have ever played, bring your "A" game and pray!

Reviewed March 06, 2007

Awesome Links Style Course

Closest thing to a links style course that I've seen. Excellent layout but watch out for the blind shots. #2 is a monster. Gotta play this one.


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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 anthony P. 21 48 27 07/25/12
2 Bobby K. 22 93 71 04/10/10
3 Matthew W. 38 109 71 08/15/06
4 Deck M. 12 85 73 12/04/11
5 Billy G. 10 84 74 11/30/16
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
5 Billy G. 10 84 74 11/30/16
16 Michael P. N/A 97 80 04/15/16
10 Jonathan A. 18 93 75 04/25/14

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About The Tradition Golf Club At Royal New Kent

The Tradition Golf Club At Royal New Kent

Golf Only facility

Managed by Traditional Golf Properties

20 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Lester Poole, Golf Professional
Kevin McIntire, Superintendent
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