Date Played: May 29, 2009
2.0 out of
Played Virginia National on a Friday morning early 5/29. I arrived about 7:15 without a tee time but I was aware that they had a tournament starting at 9:30. The pro said it was a scramble starting on the back nine, so if he sent me off as a single, I would just run into them at the turn, so he was going to send me with some guy and his wife, the only other people there at the time. I think he was thinking he would slow my play down enough to not interfere with his event. It finally dawned on him that he could
send me off the back nine, but he sent the couple FIRST! They were really nice and let me thru on the second hole. The greens were dead on the back nine, several of them more brown than green. The fairways were average and the rough was a little out of hand too from recent rain. As I was approaching the ninth green, there was a gate that was locked, causing me to have to drive back and over to the first tee, followed by walking a hundred yards to putt out because some knucklehead left the gate locked. I then played the front nine and only encountered one group of three women who generously let me through. The reason for the rush on my part was that I was planning to play Blue Ridge shadows that afternoon. I was done a VN by 9:45 and could not leave fast enough. It's a beautiful setting, and a pretty good design, but the conditions were not worth seventy bucks. And the greens were not worth a pile on Enron stock.
Check out my review of Blue Ridge Shadows soon. It was a completely opposite experience.