The Hermitage Country Club, outside of Richmond, featured 27 holes of Ed Ault-designed golf when it opened during 1977, but the club has since seen to expand and improve with two new architects. Keith Foster completed a redesign of the Manakin course, and Arthur Hills both added a new nine holes as well as renovating the remaining nine to complete the Sabot loop.
The course is largely removed from housing in the surrounding hills (one of Richmond’s wealthiest...Kinloch Country Club is right down the road), traveling primarily through forest. Those looking for some club curiosities should inquire about the baseball field hidden in the woods between the loop created by hole Nos. 12 - 14.
The Sabot is generally considered the more difficult of the two courses; although just a hair longer than the Manakin, a little more than 7,000 yards, it also calls for a number of heroic feats from players in typical Hillsian style. The closing number makes this most evident, where the tee shot will leave all players with a lengthy carry over Broad Branch Lake to get to the final green.