124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2



Royal New Kent Golf Club

Providence Forge, VA Public

Overview

One year after winning his first Golf Digest Best New Course design for Stonehouse, Strantz hit gold again with Royal New Kent, the 1997 Best New Upscale Public Course. Royal New Kent is just a 20-minute drive west of Stonehouse, but it couldn’t be more different. The general theme is golf in the United Kingdom, with holes like the sporty par-4 first that lays out a visible section of tumbling fairway on one line and hides a different section tucked behind a grassy dune on another. The first nine holes are a treasure, especially four through eight that gallop over a peaceful, heathlands-like sector with gorgeous ground movement. The left-right/right-left par-5 10th is another winner, but from there the real estate gets in the way and the routing becomes broken and boxed in. But it didn’t stop Strantz from pulling, twisting and hiding targets. When the land wasn’t giving him much to work with, he made his own fun. The course re-opened under new ownership in 2020 and is currently ranked 12th in state.

About

Holes 18
Length 7336
Slope 147
Price $98
Facility Type Public
Designer Mike Strantz

Awards

Best Courses in Every State

Best in State: Ranked top five, 1999-'01, Ranked top 10, 2003-'05. Ranked top 15, 2007. Ranked 12th, 2021-'22. Ranked 19th, 2023,'24. 

Golf Digest Logo Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
6.784
Character
6.6424
Challenge
7.285
Layout Variety
6.9693
Fun
6.4858
Aesthetics
6.5635
Conditioning
6.3434

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