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This article will be evaluating Fords Colony Country Club and the Black Heath course in Williamsburg Virginia.
Course Name: Blackheath
Location: Ford’s Colony Country Club Williamsburg Virginia
Rates: The April to June rates for 18 holes at this course is $89.00 with twilight rates being $69.00. For Virginia residents it is $55.00 and $45.00 for the twilight rate. Military or First Responders can play here for $39.00
Time of Year Played: Spring
Handicap of Player: 5-8
Black Tees: Par 71 playing 6,621 yards
Gold Tees: Par 71 playing 6,101 yards
Silver Tees: Par 71 playing 5,338 yards
Bronze Tees: Par 71 playing 4,523 yards
Facilities: A very large main facility is pleasing while you unload your bag. The pro shop personnel were average. Nothing negative to say about them but do not expect a warm welcome either. On the lower floor is also a bar/snack bar area with a kitchen. You can expect normal fare that you might get at any course. Upstairs are ample facilities to handle large groups, weddings, or anything else you might want. Very well constructed and manicured so the area is pleasing to the eye.
Driving Range: The driving range at Fords Colony is ample but you are encouraged to use mats. Personally, I cannot stand a driving range that forces mats. It makes it much harder to determine how solid I am hitting. But to loosen up, this range is ample size allowing you to hit every club in your bag.
Putting Green: The putting green here is perfectly serviceable. Not massive but will definitely get the job done. Unlike some courses, this putting green actually provides an accurate representation of the speed you will see on the course.
Course Layout: The layout of Blackheath is reasonable for the weekend golfer, however be prepared for elevation changes as there are many on this course. There are 13 holes on this course that have water in play. There are also nine doglegs throughout the course with each green on the course being protected by at least one bunker. While the tips might claim to be only 6,621 yards; that is deceiving as this course will feel like a 6,900 yard course as you play it.
Course Condition: Average; I have played this course before and seen better conditions. Unfortunately the fairways were not in the best of shape (many brown patches and some uneven mowing) and the green appeared to still be returning from a winter that did not treat them the best. However, if you are comparing this to the normal “dirt track” then you will be pleasantly surprised even under these conditions.
Overall Impression: The facilities are nice so your day will start out correctly. The course itself has a very nice layout that will ensure you play almost every club in your bag (depending on tees) and even in the shape the course was in the day I played it Ford’s Colony was still superior to the local municipal course. As a Virginia resident or playing twilight you really will be hard pressed to beat the price in the area.
Play It Again: Yes and I feel like I got a solid value for my dollars.
Rating (Based on a score out of 10): Blackheath warrants a score of 6 out of 10.
About the Author: Adam Solowiei
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