The Highland Course at Primland – Played November 2016
- Rankings: Golf Digest Public #21, Golf Magazine Public #36
- Location: 2000 Busted Rock Road, Meadows of Dan, Virginia
- Year: 2006
- Architect: Martin Ebert & Donald Steel
- Course Access: Resort
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Black: 7,053 yards, Par 72, 75.1 Rating/150 Slope
- Black/Red: 6,771 yards, Par 72, 73.9 Rating/147 Slope
- Red: 6,450 yards, Par 72, 72.5 Rating/143 Slope
- Blue: 6,002 yards, Par 72, 70.7 Rating/139 Slope (Men’s), 75.7 Rating/142 Slope (Women’s)
- Green: 5,140 yards, Par 72, 70.9 Rating/131 Slope
I needed something to do on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and I thought the best use of my time was to play a Top 100 golf course! Can you blame me? So I hopped in the car and made the trip up to Primland. Check out the scorecard below.
The resort was built to embrace the environment. The entire property is a testament to that. It was founded by Didier Primat, the heir to the Schlumberger fortune and he poured plenty of resources into the area.
The accommodations seem top-notch. This was a day trip for me so I didn’t see them, but they looked immaculate from the outside.
The resort has a multitude of activities. There is a full spa and a laundry list of activities including bird watching, geocaching, horseback riding, sporting clays, and stargazing. And this isn’t just any stargazing. According to the website, due to the elevation and clear night sky the viewing is spectacular. To enhance it further, the resort has an observatory dome complete with a Celestron CGE Pro 1400 telescope! It can see objects far beyond our solar system. You can see it attached to the Lodge and pro shop below.
You are definitely one with nature here. Once off the main road it was about 6 miles until I got to the resort. There were some seriously winding roads and plenty of signs for bear. The website even has a section devoted to safety while at the resort.
Let’s get into this tour! It was pretty cold on this day, but I was by myself and was able to jet around the course. I was just hoping not to get eaten by a bear! I played the red tees and all distances will be from those.
Hole 1 – 509 yards – Par 5
The first tee shot is not too hard. The only real trouble is to the right. Some deep bunkers are on that side and it falls off past those.
I’ll just say it here, the views are going to continue to be stunning. The scale here is awesome and the vistas astounding. The elevation change and visual here is wonderful.
This hole is very gettable. Once you crest the hill there is a big down slope that will propel the ball forward. The best line is up the left.
I really like this hole because of the up slope. It is a short hole, but the elevation makes you think. In addition, there is a deep bunker to the front and right of the green.
In 40 degree weather I will take shorter holes. The tee shot plays quite a bit downhill, but it lands into an uphill slope negating the roll. Depending on your club selection the bunker on the left can be in play.
This was a tough tee shot for me. Everything is guiding you to the left, but you need to play a fade here. Anything going left will most likely bound down the slope and at this time of year it will be lost in the leaves.
Below is a look at the rock inlaid tee markers.
In case you forgot, the eighth is a reminder that you are in the mountains. It is an extreme drop down to the green from the tee.
This is a short hole on the card, but it plays longer due to the slope. Longer hitters can go for the green and an easier chance at birdie.
Just as I got to this tee a woman walked by heading to her room. She noticed my headcover and asked if I was a Clemson fan. I let her know that I was an alum and was of course a fan! It turns out she is from one town over from me. Small world! The tee shot needs to be kept up the left side.
This hole is built specifically for me. It calls for a draw up the left side, but there is plenty of room up the right in case you come out of the shot.
The first part of this carry is all or nothing, but once you get past that there is a pristine patch of grass until the green.
Long hitters may be able to get home in two, but it plays uphill all the way. The angle of the fairway favors a draw off the tee.
For the best birdie opportunity you will want to be on the correct tier. You can see the multiple levels of the green in the photo below. Notice how short the flags are. I was told this was because the bears played with them and it was better if they were shorter.
You will want to summon a solid shot here due to the dead area from tee to green. The green is shallow and very wide.
There isn’t much to this hole off the tee. It is a shorter hole where you really just need to avoid the miss to the right.
This is just a solid hole. You need a good drive to set up the approach. If you leak it to the right you may get caught up in the bunkers or rough.
The fairway is wide for most of the landing area, but it slopes to the right. The best play is up the left side.
The views don’t stop. Below is what you see from the final tee box.
Primland is a real treat. It was extremely cold, but that didn’t detract from the experience. The views around the course were some of the best I have seen in mountain golf. The tee shot vistas were spectacular and the greens had some of the most severe undulation I have encountered. This was a really fun course and one that I would recommend to anyone.