Kinloch Golf Club - Virginia - USA

Kinloch Golf Club,
1100 Hockett Rd,
Virginia (VA) 23103,

  • +1 804 784 8000

  • Jonathan Ireland

  • Lester George and Vinny Giles

  • Mike Gooden

Kinloch Golf Club is situated twelve miles north west of Richmond, Virginia and it’s a beautiful parkland course set in 274 acres with a 70-acre lake as its centerpiece. Opened in 2001, Lester George and Vinny Giles designed the course and it’s mandatory to use a caddie when playing Kinloch.

Astute observers will note the St Andrews cross and US Amateur Trophy on the club crest – these relate to the amateur record of design consultant Giles who won the US Amateur in 1972 (and its British equivalent in 1975) as well as competing at St Andrews in the Walker Cup for the winning USA team in 1975.

The Kinloch course is routed through hardwood and pine trees and the natural look was retained with minimal earth moving and mound creation. Greens are subtle and understated with seamless transition from fairway to putting surface, enabling good old-fashioned bump and run approach shots to be played if so desired. Bunkers are shallow faced and not intended to be overly penal.

The front and back nine holes differ in appearance but complement each other – holes 1 to 9 are constructed through forest with a cliff running through the 6th, 7th and 9th whilst holes 10 to 18 are played around the lake with water in view at every hole. The signature hole is the 8th, a 437-yard par four, which invites a draw off the tee over the crest of a hill then an approach to a green, positioned at a 45 degree angle behind a pond. Many think this hole resembles the 11th at Augusta but then many are also of the opinion that the conditioning at Kinloch matches that at Augusta too.

One unique feature at Kinloch is the 19th hole and no, it's not the clubhouse. It's a 188-yard par three, better known as the “settle-the-bet” one-shotter which is played over the lake to decide any ties after 18 holes!

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Description: One unique feature at Kinloch Golf Club is the 19th hole and no, it's not the clubhouse. It's a 188-yard par three, better known as the "settle-the-bet" one-shotter. Rating: 6 out of 6 Reviews: 2
Steve MacQuarrie

Where else can you watch the greens crew cleaning slime from rocks in water hazards? Kinloch Golf Club features a number of artificial streams. Water is pumped from the large lake that separates the two nines to the beginning of the stream and it then flows naturally back to the lake. When it’s time to remove the algae buildup, the water is turned off and the rocks are cleaned.

Earthmoving was not limited to the creation of artificial streams. The lake around which the back nine plays was enlarged to its current size. But the rest of the property has plenty of variety and architect Lester George took full advantage in his routing. He’s built multiple split fairways and caused plenty of thinking on one’s tee shot on most of the other holes.

The course has a reputation for fine conditioning and in June 2017, superintendent Trevor Hedgepeth’s work was on fine display. I did find the green complexes a bit dull, with too many greens that could have used more contouring……but that’s a small complaint for an overall fine golf experience.

July 10, 2017
6 / 6
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Monkey Snellgrove
We were lucky enough to play Kinloch 2 weeks after it opened. Everything about it is VERY special – even the drive in one of our group said, “it looks like they’ve ironed it!” Turns out all 280plus acres had been turfed. We then spotted a stunning par 3 – that turned out to be just a practice hole!The course itself is stunning – it has the look and feel of one of our Berkshire / Surrey courses that was built at the turn of the 20th century, rather than the turn of the last.Kinloch members want for nothing – there is a heated driving range, satellite-controlled irrigation and 64 full-time green keepers. And pyramids of Pro V1’s on the driving range when these had just been launched by Titleist at £40plus a dozen!
February 01, 2007
6 / 6
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Andy Snellgrove
March 05, 2007
We were very fortunate to play this magnificent course within the first two weeks of it opening. The condition is stunning as you would expect from such an exclusive club. The joining fee was $100,000 back in 2001! That is if you are fortunate enough to be allowed to join! So as you can imagine no expense has been spared. The course itself is a superb mixture of holes. Split fairways offering risk/reward options and a selection of tee boxes. Another nice feature is that the club encourage walking as opposed to Buggies.
September 23, 2007
Kinloch is a remarkable golf course that is challenging and beautiful. It is kept in pristine condition year round. It also offers a full caddie program for its members and guests. It is currently ranked 1st in the state of Virginia and also ranked 29th in the country by Golf Digest and 10th in Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses. Please take the opportunity to learn more about this wonderful golf course.