Rock Harbor Golf Course
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365 Rock Harbor Dr
Winchester, VA 22602
This new jewel in the Shenandoah Valley is distinct in its abundance of rock, water and orchards. Its elevation variance and course length stretches from the shortest course of 3800 yards to the longest of 7200 yards. Spacious tee boxes, rolling greens of Penn A-4 Bent grass, and a variety of shot options provide a schematic for all levels of play.
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Jbeck - 1/15/13
I love this course, I like the way they make you work the ball to set up oportunities. The view from on top of some of the hills are awsome. This is a must play for the average joe like me.
BigV - 12/6/11
This course has the 4 best holes in the area. The play is slow but the course is a real challenge to play.
mparrish03 - 6/26/11
The main thing wrong with this course is the new back nine. Hole 12's green seems better suited to be on a miniature putt-putt green than on a nice golf course. Hole 17's (204 yd par-3) elevation is so high, you have to play it around 130 yd. Very strange.
It's not the most expensive place to play, even though yesterday I paid $49 at 3pm, I don't know where that price came from.
The pace of play is really bad here. They don't really abide by their tee times. If someone shows up at 1pm and has a tee time at 2pm, they'll let them tee off anyway, which makes it very slow on the course.
The course is pretty well kept for the most part with just some minor flaws throughout the course.
The hospitality could be better. The marshals are great and will sit and talk with you during slow play.
The scenery is really beautiful with this course, especially on the tall elevations on the back nine.
Ben Crane - 5/5/10
Rock Harbor recently opened up their new holes to the public. Instead of creating a new course, Rock Harbor split up the existing 18 to make 2 completely new courses - the Rock and Boulder courses. Unfortunately, this has destroyed a beautiful course.
The new Rock course uses the old Front 9 along with holes 16, 17 and 15 in a different order mixed in with 6 new holes.
The new holes were obviously designed by someone on meth at the time. There is a 6 foot bowl in the middle of the green on #12 with little shelf around it. Several black sand (I guess that is what it was, but it resembled coarse ground rock) bunkers were completely covering fairways making it almost certain you will hit into them.
The Rock course now plays like an adult miniature golf course. A huge drop-shot par 3 on #17, large bunkers in the fairways that they touted "you can drive into them if you want", a huge ravine on the very short #16, a split fairway with the left side having 12' high rocks staggered for you to shoot through just reeks of relying on gimmicks instead of course quality.
I cannot comment on the new Boulder holes, but speaking with a couple of course employees indicated the holes had the same traits as the new holes on the Rock course.
Sadly, they destroyed a beautiful course layout with the renovations.
Hospitality - the employees are still as friendly as ever
Value - For $25 on the Tee Time Book, it can't be beat
Pace of Play - it still takes right around 4hrs 10mins to get around the course without hustling
Maintenance - the old holes are still in excellent shape. The new holes have a long way to go, but believe that will only come with time. Probably should have let them "season" for another year before allowing all-out play on them
Scenery - the old course routed you through views of the valley and orchard. The new holes take you right along the quarry with all the smells associated with it.
bstewart - 2/18/09
A very quirkly layout, Rock Harbor is the creation of a local owner of a quarry. It's obvious once you've played it that the designer had a lot of earth-moving equipment at his disposal! A fair amount of water, an island green and a couple of very long (though downhill) par fives. It's an unusual design, but very fun to play.
Mr RU - 3/20/13
checkheck - 10/14/11
jake70 - 9/4/11
ak14 - 6/15/10
Steve Renner - 4/13/10
Best Score: 73
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