|6/20/2004||Billed as the "truest representation of an Irish Links course in America", Royal New Kent is a breathtaking course. Although we're not used to playing such a course, it was truly enjoyable. At least on the back nine. We could only play nine because we hit the extreme temperature/humidity of last week (T/H index was 105). After dragging ourselves into the pro shop, we asked if they gave "heat checks" similar to rain checks. The staff took one look at us and said of course - I think they thought we were going to collapse of heat stroke.|
I would say this is a Golfer's golf course. You really have to know your game - the links aspect calls for accuracy and imagination. Although we lack those talents, it was easy to see that a golfer of modest talent would have a great time playing Royal New Kent. The course was in terrific shape and standing atop some of the tee boxes and looking at the view produced utterings such as - WOW! We think this a course that must be played if you want to experience "the game".
Another nice aspect of Royal New Kent was that shortly after making a tee time reservation, we received an e-mail with a confirmation, directions to the course and the dress code. Lunch was very tasty and the beer was cold. Special thanks to Andy Bemis and his staff. Steve - Year of Golf Winner
|5/19/2004||On the way to the Outer Banks for research, we decided to stop at Royal New Kent and partake in a round. I hadn’t played there for several years and was anxious to get back and try it out having somewhat established a more consistent game. As usual, when the course shows my game leaves however I’m happy to report that this course was in as good a shape as I remembered it before. All conditions (including the large clubhouse/bar area) were in pristine condition and well manicured. The scenic and visually deceptive holes will make you think shots are longer or shorter than they really are. This is a course you’ll probably need to play several times to learn where to bail out when the pins are placed in tough areas. The greens aren’t the easiest to read either however they putted fast and true. The high slope (141) from the black tees is for real, as you’ll find out when you miss one where you shouldn’t. I remember the traps left and right of the green on the par 3 3rd hole as an example - take a look (hopefully from the green) when you get there and you’ll see what I mean. In any event, you’ll probably be frustrated or elated after playing this course the 1st time, however I’d venture to say you’ll want to play it again. I know I do! Lefty|
|10/31/2003||Part of The Tradition Golf Club, Royal New Kent’s slogan is “dramatic contouring” an appropriate description if there ever was one. It looks as though the architect, Mike Strautz, took a magnificent piece of land and spent millions to move earth around to create an even more beautiful golf course. The look of the course is one of the Irish Links – perhaps Ballybunion. Williamsburg has become a golf destination and Royal New Kent has in five short years become arguably the most talked about course on the scene. Rated in the American Top 100 by Golf Digest, it is one of the few courses in the prestigious group to be accessible to the public. Be sure to get a course book before you tee off, and even so you’ll leave wanting to tackle the course differently on your next visit. This Golf Digest #2 rated course in Virginia is the kind of course you will want to return to in order to show it to your friends. The last hole has to be one of the most daunting final holes of any course. That hole alone will bring you back! Ayce|
|10/10/1999||The second round of the 2nd Waggle.com Invitational featured Royal New Kent. We played from the Black tees, and it was 6500+ yards of tough tee shots, long approach shots, and longer putts. This is a difficult golf course, however the beautiful and visually challenging holes are a joy to play; but only if you have the right attitude! Remember this is only a game, enjoy it. Unlike Stonehouse, RNK was in excellent shape from tee to green. The greens putted true and held approach shots well. This is a long shotmakers course, fun to play, and a Waggle.com favorite! Lefty, Bogeyman|