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6383 Declaration Dr
Ruther Glen, VA  22546-2952
United States
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Pendleton Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 7,093 yards

Bermuda grass

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Pendleton Golf Course

The 18-hole "Pendleton" course at the Pendleton Golf Club facility in Ruther Glen, Virginia features 7,093 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Designed by Thomas Walker, the Pendleton golf course opened in 2007. James Mason, PGA manages the course as the Director of Golf.


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Reviewed May 09, 2020

Pendleton GC was in amazing condition even on a day with cart path only conditions after the area had lots of rain the day prior. One of the best maintained courses in the DC area, and definately a hidden gem. However I have a major issue with the management.
I booked 3 tee times for 12 golfers prior to the COVID pandemic and also personally took a lesson from the PGA Pro in February of this year.
A week prior to our outing I called the pro shop and was told that the course had limited carts so the one person per cart rule would be tough to comply with on a weekend but the manager said that he would try his best.
2 days prior to our outing the manager said that it would be okay to walk but it was highly discouraged because of the size of the course.
On the morning of our weekend round I was extremely disappointed when 3 of our 8 players who decided to walk had to pay the usual $70 greens and cart fee? The pro (Jim Mason) told me that the course doesn't have a separate fee for walkers?
Really?? During these difficult times and the COVID pandemic walking is encouraged in order to adhere to the social distancing guidelines.
Needless to say I won't be coming back which is sad because this really is a nice course but this was unacceptable and shouldn't be tolerated.

Reviewed July 22, 2017

This was my first time playing this course. Absolutely wonderful. I can't say enough about this course. Fairways were in great shape, greens were in great shape, bunkers were in great shape. Hats off to the grounds crew and head greens keeper. It was 1.5 hours drive for me, but well worth the trip. I plan on playing this course more in the future. The staff was friendly, courteous and attentive. It was a pretty hot day so perhaps a second beverage cart would be nice. If your an avid golfer, this course should be on your must play list.

Reviewed February 11, 2015

I have played Pendleton 50+ times since it has opened. If it wasn't almost an hour from my house, I would have played there a lot more. This is a great value. I have never seen the course not in decent to excellent shape. If you avoid aeration times, you should always find the course to be in great shape and ready to play. The greens have always been good, not lightning fast, but they've never been slow by any means. They are faster than average at this price point. There is a good variety of tees. The back is brutal, but there are tees to suit all playing levels. This is as good a value for the money as you're going to find anywhere. It's a GREAT place to play. It has a nice well stocked pro shop, and a decent grill with good food and cold beer. What more could you possibly need? I have been playing golf for almost 40 years. Take my word for it. You won't be disappointed if you make the trip to Pendleton. Definitely worth the trip from Richmond.

Reviewed July 25, 2013

Back nine is outstanding and contains two interesting par 5s with eagle possibilities. Middle of the front nine does get a little goofy but 8 and 9 are solid finishing holes. Playing on a weekday afternoon is very peaceful; course is usually not busy then. Practice facility is one of the best in the state. Should get 4 stars - not sure what is up with the rating system on here.

Reviewed July 05, 2012

As of July 2012, the only conditioning issues on the golf course are a few bare patches on 10- Dificult golf course with forced carries on 2,3,5,6 making pacing on the front 9 slow specially on week end mornings. At any other time it is fun and rewarding experience.

Reviewed March 20, 2012

As an avid golfer for almost 40 years who averages over 100 rounds a year, I was shocked when I read the negative reviews for Pendleton that I saw on this site. I have played several HUNDRED rounds at this course over the past three years. In that time, they have lost some fairways and even some greens, but repairs were made and the fairways and greens were quickly restored. In that time, surrounding area courses also suffered similar problems due to the vagaries of weather.

Most courses have restrictions on letting players start on number 10. When you finish the front nine, do you really want to see some ya-hoo suddenly appear in front of you, slowing you down, when no one has been in front of you on eight or nine?

Pendleton offers variety unlike many other courses in the area. First, its a Links-style course rather than just another course that is cut through some forest. There are 5 sets of Tees to offer challenge to any level of golfer. The holes have unique designs mixing length with strategy. On some holes, you have to lay-up if you don't have the length to carry the hazard. There are pot bunkers, and greens that are multi-tiered, large and quite fast. The rough is zoysia, fairways are bermuda and the greens are bent grass.

There are Senior and Mens Golf Associations offering Tournaments, VSGA Handicap Services and reduced green fees. They also have Annual Memberships. I am not only a big fan of the course - I am a member!

Do yourself a favor. Instead of being swayed by someones bad experience, go and try the course for yourself. I am confident that you will thank me! I give it 4 1/2 stars (golflinks star system does not work right).

Reviewed June 17, 2011

I enjoy playing this course due to its convenience to home and easy access during the week. On weekends the course often has serious pace of play problems. The course is tough but has had conditioning issues since day one, with the exception of the greens which are excellent - fast even in winter. Holes 5 (hazard right in the landing area), 6 (just a bad hole with a screwed up green) and 7 (a par 3 with a blind tee shot) are awful but the rest of the layout is generally good.

Reviewed June 05, 2011

I've played Pendleton many times since it opened and thoroughly enjoyed the course every time I've played, whether it be in a tournament, with friends or playing on my own. Although I've had fun playing there, I recently had an experience involving staff that left me in awe.

It started with the Director,Jim Mason, I asked him about a twilight special that was offered the prior summer(my friends and I played it almost every weekend)and he told me there was no such thing and looked at me like I was an idiot for even asking. I didn't want to argue so I paid for 9 holes and went on my way.

My next issue was with whom I believe was the Marshall that day. I'm putting my bag on the back of a cart when I noticed the cart was drenched inside and out from being washed off. I didn't want to get my shorts wet so I chose a cart in the middle of the line that was dry, apparently the Marshall didn't like it to well. He said, with an attitude, the one in the back is almost dry. Any other day a wet cart wouldn't have bothered me but today I was playing with my fiancee and preferred a dry one.

Waiting to tee off was a train-wreck, carts everywhere, extremly disorganized. I decided since its only me playing, (my fiance was just riding along) that I would play the back nine holes (hole #10 had no one teeing off, other golfers waiting said they hadn't seen anyone there in a while) as I'm getting ready to tee off, the Marshall yells to me that I can't play that hole. I scratch my head and ask why, there's no one there and it's just me, I'm not great but I'll play faster than all the foursomes lined up to tee off at #1. The Marshall said the Director didn't want me playing there. I drove the cart back and went inside to speak with the Director. I ask the Director what the problem is and he said he didn't want me starting at #10, that there was a group that would be there any minute. I told the Director the group isn't there, its just me playing and the group would never know I'm in front of them (You don't have to be a genius to figure that out, why would you make a single player only playing 9 wait, when you could start them on the back 9 that had no one teeing off!). After telling Jim how unbelievably crappy the attitudes and service at his facilty are, I asked for a refund, which he seemed more than happy to give.

The experience that I had was very disappointing. I've played golf for over 12 years and have never been treated like this before. Although I've enjoyed playing Pendleton, there are plenty of other courses in the area where I will be spending my money from now on. I will be sure to inform others of my experience here and be sure to discourage them from wasting their money there as well!

Reviewed May 16, 2011

Very disappointed. Fairways without grass. ?Herbacide accident? Layout has great potential but the conditions are hard to overcome. Wish we would have kept driving.

Reviewed March 26, 2010

I played this course 3-20-10. To early in the year. The course grass is bad. Look forward to coming back later in the year. The ground crew have some work to do in the traps and fairways.
They have a few young people that could use a few lessons on how to show some respect. SEVERAL times we had to avoid being hit by carless youth drivers. Only saw the beer cart twice. Its a VERY long course. Play in the afternoon for the best deal.

Reviewed July 26, 2009

Reviewed July 20, 2009

Hate to dog a course, but this place had an unbelievably bad grounds crew. They have ZERO respect for golfers and have zero knowledge of proper golf etiquette… From the first tee and for next 7 holes we were constantly dodging 3 “maintenance” carts and bodies on every shot. After the 8th we thought we were fine until the 10 when the John Deere tractor showed up with no less than 3 other carts over seeding, mowing and lord knows what else. Not once did they stop for us to hit, to putt or to do anything golf related. As for the course, it played OK. There were some questionable markers and weird fairway yardages, but it was OK. We never saw a ranger, never saw a porta potty and certainly never saw a beverage cart… I give this two thumbs down for an overall golf experience! The staff in the club house was nice, however unless they get the rest of the house in order I seriously wouldn’t recommend playing here…

Reviewed October 09, 2008

The course was in great shape. Fairways were great, well maintained, nice and green. Rough was also in great shape and well maintained. It was high enough to effect a shot, but not so thick you couldnt get out of it. Tee boxes were in great shape. Greens are also in great shape. The greens were rather fast during our round, and they are the only greens around that you actually have to read. They had break in them and were very consistant speed and break on every hole. The thing that is wrong with most courses in this area is that the sand traps are in horrible shape, BUT NOT HERE! The crew at Pendelton has taken very good care of their sand traps. There were no rocks, they were nice and soft(not packed down and concrete hard), and there were also no puddles or ponds in the bottoms of the traps. This will definitly test your driver or nerves to clear some junk, if not just take your mulligan (Dave) and try it again.

The clubhouse was very nice, very well presented. The staff was great, very friendly and helpful.

The course has trees and some water all around it, but it is not a narrow course. It is "on par" with the level of most courses around here, Forrest Greens, Lee's Hill,Gauntlet,Meadows Farms. It is definatly in better shape than Lee's Hill and costs less to play.Speaking of costing less, Hey! Dave you still owe me a round remember?

Reviewed October 06, 2008

Extremly georgous course. I was amazed on how spread out this course was. There are some holes that you ride in the cart for a good 30-60 seconds to get to the next Tee Box. This is a great course for the money! I will definitely be playing there again.

Reviewed July 07, 2008

Reviewed May 26, 2008

Fairways not filled in with bermuda yet, need hotter weather.

Reviewed May 21, 2008

God's Great Earth doesn't slope like this.
Gimmicky course in beautiful shape, if you're here at twilight you'll feel the earth exhale, unique and spectacular scenery. Very challenging course, I'm not adverse to blind shots, but there were too many, even one par 3 had a blind shot, need I say more.
Fairways are split so that good shots are not rewarded. Great value, I played at 5pm on a sunny spring day and got around in less than 3 hours with no one else in sight - for thirty bucks!. Don't try walking this course.
I thought the course was too gimmicky; maybe sour grapes cuz it kicked my butt, but when good shots are penalized I don't have the stamina to keep strumming along.

Reviewed May 03, 2008

Spectacular Course. Best greens, private or public, anywhere. Conditioning is superb. Scenery is stunning. Staff is friendly and knowledgable and green fees are ridiculously low. GREAT value for your dollar. I've played all over the world and this gem is a masterpiece!

Reviewed December 07, 2007

I've played just about every course in the area (all but Mattaponi) and the only other course that comes close to this one is Augustine, and Pendleton is 20$ cheaper on weekends. The greens are in perfect condition. The only problem they've had are some spots in the fairway are slightly burnt due to the lack of rain in this summer.

This course has some of the best visual approach shots I've seen. Many of the holes make you feel like you're playing on a $100+ a round course.

Reviewed April 30, 2007


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Kurt F. 5 36 31 08/30/10
2 Ron P. 1 38 37 11/20/11
3 Marvin F. N/A 43 43 08/19/07
4 Tom N. 23 92 69 05/10/10
5 Bob V. 2 72 70 04/17/08
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
6 Darrin S. 25 97 72 11/14/20
6 Darrin S. 24 98 73 07/11/20
6 Darrin S. 25 105 79 06/28/20
6 Darrin S. 25 107 81 03/29/20
6 Darrin S. 26 96 70 04/15/17

Golf Course Information

About Pendleton

Pendleton Golf Club

Community facility

50 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

Awards at Pendleton

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Course Staff

James Mason, PGA, Director of Golf
Mark Price, Superintendent

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