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Mattaponi Springs

Ruther Glen, Virginia
Ruther Glen, Virginia
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  • Address22490 Penola Rd, Ruther Glen, VA 22546, USA

The planning and construction of the Mattaponi Springs golf course took quite some time before it opened in 2004. After it had been surveyed and purchased, it took another two years to clear the site then a year each for drainage, irrigation, shaping and sodding the fairways with Zoysia grass before yet another year was allowed for grow-in.

Owner Jim Oliff, a North Virginian lawyer, worked very closely with architect Bob Lohmann to ensure his golfing dream came to life exactly as he envisioned it. Indeed, the owner – who took such a hands-on approach that he used almost all his own people and equipment during construction – wanted every aspect of the project done properly, no matter how much time it took.

Oliff's course fits easily within a sizeable 340-acre property and even though there's plenty of space for two 18-hole layouts, he's built a course to fit the land, not the opposite way round. With tree-lined fairways that climb steeply and plunge sharply in and out of little valleys, Mattaponi Springs blends into the landscape beautifully. One commentator, when asked to describe the playing experience replied that, "you're not playing a golf course as much as you're playing the rolling, rocky Virginia countryside".

Two par fours on the course are particularly memorable. The 455-yard 9th hole resembles a roller coaster track with steep rises and plunging dips as the fairway doglegs right to a rock walled green that lies behind a creek. The 413-yard 11th offers a strategic risk-reward choice where the narrow fairway to the right of the landing area offers an easier approach to a green sitting on a little ridge.

The planning and construction of the Mattaponi Springs golf course took quite some time before it opened in 2004. After it had been surveyed and purchased, it took another two years to clear the site then a year each for drainage, irrigation, shaping and sodding the fairways with Zoysia grass before yet another year was allowed for grow-in.

Owner Jim Oliff, a North Virginian lawyer, worked very closely with architect Bob Lohmann to ensure his golfing dream came to life exactly as he envisioned it. Indeed, the owner – who took such a hands-on approach that he used almost all his own people and equipment during construction – wanted every aspect of the project done properly, no matter how much time it took.

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