Spring Creek Golf Club – Played September 2017
- Rankings: Golf Digest Public #58
- Location: 109 Clubhouse Way, Gordonsville, Virginia
- Year: 2006
- Architect: Ed Carton
- Course Access: Semi-Private
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Championship: 7,389 yards, Par 72, 76.5 Rating/152 Slope
- Marble: 6,673 yards, Par 72, 73.1 Rating/144 Slope
- Onyx: 6,197 yards, Par 72, 71.0 Rating/139 Slope (Men’s), 76.6 Rating/146 Slope (Women’s)
- Salmon: 5,589 yards, Par 72, 68.2 Rating/132 Slope (Men’s), 73.3 Rating/139 Slope (Women’s)
- Pewter: 4,781 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/129 Slope
In late September of 2017, Clemson had an away game and I was itching to to get in some golf. I had had the Virginia courses on my list in my mind for a little while. I thought that it made sense to head up and get some golf and sightseeing in. The wife and I did some research and got everything booked for a quick getaway.
First up on our schedule was Spring Creek. It was designed by Ed Carton who has had professional associations with Hurzdan Golf, Gary Player, Sam Snead, and Raymond Floyd. He believes in challenging course that are also playable. Now we hear that all the time, but his strategy has a tangible aspect. For example, he likes to keep the fairway 40 yards wide at the landing area, but narrower at around 300 yards. He also likes to employ “speed slots” to give a boost to good drives.
Spring Creek is semi-private, but the access is pretty easy. I played on a Friday with no problem. While Ms. TGT did some work in the grill, I was off to play. You can see the clubhouse below. I played the Marble tees and all distances will reflect that.
Your attention is grabbed on the first tee. This longer par 4 is more open than it looks. There is fairway to the right so cheat that way to avoid the large bunker on the left.
For me this is a three shot hole. You can see that the ground is angled right to left. A draw up the right side is ideal.
The tee shot here isn’t overly demanding on accuracy, but the length of the hole is evident. Keep the drive between the bunkers and hit it as far as possible.
The course tightens up a bit here, but the shorter hole allows for more options off the tee. The shape of the hole and the trees favor a fade.
This is one of the prettier holes at Spring Creek. The bunkers frame the green nicely and the hazard is definitely an eye catcher. It plays slightly downhill, which helped me because the tees were well back of the stated yardage.
This is an interesting hole that varies depending on your strategy and length. If you can carry the right bunker the hole opens up. If not you can plat short, but will face a long shot in. To the direct left of the bunker there is fairway, but it is considerably narrower.
This is a difficult driving hole. Length and accuracy are required. Both bunkers are quite large, but I imagine the right one is a bit more playable.
On this hole I joined up with some locals so I only got the one picture. This shorter par 3 has a very large green.
The end of the front nine definitely provides a birdie opportunity in this short par five. The hole bends to the right off the tee.
This is a tough hole to start this side. A sharp dogleg to the right that plays uphill is challenging from the start. If you can carry the bunker on the right that is the ideal play.
The tee shot here is to a wide fairway, but due to the uphill slope you won’t get too much roll.
There is a wide open target here, but you play to a blind landing area over the hill. If you can shade towards the left side the better the angle.
This hole varies greatly in difficulty depending on the pin position. On this day, we had it in the skinny front section of the green which is a small target. There is a backstop behind the flag however.
This is a very hard driving hole. You need an arrow straight drive as there is trouble on each side. The fairway slopes from right to left so the right side of the fairway is the best landing spot.
You get some options off this tee. Long hitters can go for the green, but for the mere mortals we can take long irons or three woods off the tee. The fairway is pretty wide, but you may run out of room on the left.
The play here is to keep the ball to the right. A hazard extends the entire left side of the hole. Due to the length driver is not needed.
There’s nothing tricky about this one. It requires a solid mid to long iron shot to a larger green.
The 18th is probably the signature hole of the course. The pond goes the entire length of the hole so just like a few holes before the right side is the goal.
The experience at Spring Creek was a fun one. It has the feel of the upscale, daily-fee that it is. The course was in good shape and the greens putted very smoothly. Like all public courses it could use some TLC from the players on their ball marks. I suppose the same could also be said for some private tracks as well. If you are in the area I certainly recommend stopping by. Along with the courses at Colonial Williamsburg this can be a great weekend trip. That course tour is coming up next.