Victoria National Golf Club – Played July 2016
- Rankings: Golf Digest #47
- Location: 2000 Victoria National Boulevard, Newburgh, Indiana
- Year: 1998
- Architect: Tom Fazio
- Course Access: Private
- Walking Rules: Carts & Caddies Available
Score Card Information:
- Victorian: 7,242 yards, Par 72, 77.0 Rating/148 Slope
- Tecumseh: 6,848 yards, Par 72 , 75.1 Rating/145 Slope
- Chinook: 6,423 yards, Par 72, 73.5 Rating/142 Slope
- Ayrshire: 6,130 yards, Par 72, 72.0 Rating/141 Slope (Men’s), 78.6 Rating/144 Slope (Women’s)
- Darlington: 5,013 yards, Par 72, 66.0 Rating/125 Slope (Men’s), 71.0 Rating/129 Slope (Women’s)
Let me just tell you that I was pretty excited for this day! I had seen plenty of pictures of Victoria National, but that doesn’t really compare to seeing the place for yourself.
I didn’t find much on the history of the course besides what you see in the general description above. I can give you some tidbits though. There are accommodations on site for up to 32 guests. The golf membership sits at about 270 with half of those being local. Judging by their website it looks like they are fairly open to outside play, which is really cool. The course is also home to a Web.com Tour event.
I was supposed to be paired up with a couple members, but everyone in the group had to back out at the last minute. Luckily, they kept me set up for the tee time and everything was ok. I really appreciated that. I was also set up with a great caddy who had been there for nine years. He was second in seniority. We got along really well and he was an excellent caddy. He definitely enhanced the experience. Per my member host he is the best caddy at the club.
Alright, let’s get into it. Below is a shot of the modern locker room. I was set up to use my friend’s locker. I can also attest that the showers were really good and made the drive back to SC much more comfortable.
It didn’t take me my normal few holes to remember to get a shot of the tee markers. Check them out below.
This is a cool, shorter hole. Long hitters can certainly challenge the green, but all you really need is something 200 yards out into the fairway.
This is a very tough tee shot to me. The short stuff runs out pretty quickly on the right and the hazard is all the way down the left side. You need to bear down here and hit a straight one.
Another shorter hole here. This hole fits my eye quite well. You can take aim at the bunkers and hit a slinging draw.
This is a really great looking par three. It doesn’t look like it is all carry, but it might as well be. The landing strip up the left side is a feature I didn’t recall seeing anywhere else.
This hole stretches you out a little more than we have seen so far. There is more fairway out there past the tree on the right.
This one rounds out a good set of par threes on the front. The plateau green is guarded by a bunker well below the putting surface. There is some room to the right, but it makes for a tough up and down.
This fairway presents a pretty wide target. The cart on the left is a perfect target. The second shot plays to a green framed by bunkers that is slightly elevated. It’s tough to run up a shot on this hole.
There’s plenty of sand out there to catch your eye, but put all of it on the left out of your mind. There is a lot of room to take it up the right side with a slight draw. A good drive here can leave you with a chance to get home in two.
This is the spot where I played my third shot from and I really liked this angle. The green slopes away from you here and I really just needed to get the ball rolling even though I was 30 yards out. You have a lot of options on this shot.
I always like to have back to back par fives that present birdie opportunities. This one is definitely in that ilk. There is a large landing area that entices you to hit a big drive.
I’ve seen so many people write about their opinions on architecture and one of the things I see is that the par three over water is overdone. I’m a golf architecture newbie so I don’t really understand this viewpoint. The eleventh is a great example of a par three over water to me. The hazard fronts the green and wraps all the way around to the back. In addition, you have to deal with the elevation change and its affect on club selection.
For most players this is not reachable. The smart play is up the fairway about 190-200 yards to leave you with a wedge into the green. The approach doesn’t have any trouble in front.
This was a hole that is made tougher because of the visual aspect of it. You can definitely get in trouble up the right side as the tree next to the bunker is in play. The left side of the hole is an old fairway that has since grown in with some thick rough. The bottom line is that a straight drive is needed.
This hole begins a difficult stretch to finish the course. There is a lot of trouble on both sides, but most players will still need to hit driver.
I thought this was one of the tougher second shots on the entire 18. It is all carry to the green. Anything short is a very tough up and down. The green is also very narrow so distance control is a must.
This is one of the holes I specifically remembered from the tournament being televised. It is a tough tee shot with trouble on both sides. With the length of the hole you will probably need driver so save your best for the day here.
The green is pretty large so you shouldn’t have much to worry about if you have executed on your second shot. The main objective it to carry the water obviously. Depending on the pin position you can get the ball to funnel towards the hole.
This tee shot will get your motor running. Left is absolutely dead and there isn’t much room right aside from the bunker. The rock-lined creek fronts the entire green.
This hole calls for a powerful fade off the tee. The water is the main hazard. There is a good bit of room to the left.
The last hole is an absolute monster. I can imagine my heart being in my throat while trying to hit this shot to win a tournament. Due to my length or lack thereof I could take my shot at the bunkers on the left.
The experience at Victoria is simply awesome. The course is challenging, but doesn’t beat you down. The little touches are what make this place so great. You cannot see cart paths when you walk the course. It is the thought put into the entire property that really elevates the vibe. I know they, like many courses in the country, have had a tough summer with weather. While I am sure they would prefer the course in pristine shape all the time, I didn’t even think about the conditions. It was in great shape in my opinion and was extremely playable. Hats off to this Midwestern gem!