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The Atlantic state of Virginia, or the Commonwealth of Virginia to be precise, is synonymous with the Blue Ridge Mountains and immortalised by Laurel & Hardy in the Trail of the Lonesome Pine. A state with many nicknames: Old Dominion State – thanks to Charles II of England, Mother State – as it was the first state to be colonised, and sometimes the Mother of Presidents – because eight US presidents were born in Virginia.

Regardless of nicknames, the most important association for golfers in the Old Dominion State is the Virginia State Golf Association which has been serving the needs of Virginians since 1904. With nearly 330 golf clubs across the state, there is plenty of choice for locals and visiting golfers and there is history aplenty too.

The Virginian No.1 position is fiercely contested and usually results in a tussle between the modern layouts at the Kinloch Golf Club and The Olde Farm. However the Homestead is America’s premier mountain resort and Virginia’s equivalent to Scotland’s Gleneagles, so most intrepid golfers head to Hot Springs to sample Golden Age architecture in both turf and mortar.

Cutalong at Lake Anna opened at the start of 2021 within a new residential development close to Lake Anna. Tom Clark collaborated with journalist Ron Whitten to fashion an array of holes based on designs from Golden Age designers such as Colt, MacKenzie, Ross and Simpson.

Our Virginia Best In State Rankings were last updated in November 2020. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Virginia

The Olde Farm

1st Virginia - Best in Area

The Olde Farm Golf Club is located at Bristol in southwest Virginia and the Bobby Weed-designed course opened for play in 2000.

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Kinloch Golf Club

2nd Virginia - Best in Area

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.

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Homestead (Cascades)

3rd Virginia - Best in Area

The Homestead mountain setting is truly delightful and the Cascades golf course looks totally natural with its ponds, streams and slopes, but the fairways were blasted through the limestone using tons of dynamite.

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Robert Trent Jones

4th Virginia - Best in Area

Robert Trent Jones Golf Club bears all the trademark design traits of the old master – expansive fairways, plenty of water hazards, lots of flashed bunker complexes and large, contoured greens.

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Ballyhack

5th Virginia - Best in Area

Set in a dramatic 190-acre tract of land that rises and falls spectacularly with breathtaking elevation changes, Ballyhack Golf Club is pure golf.

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Highland at Primland

6th Virginia - Best in Area

Martin Ebert laid out the fairways of the Highland course here at Primland along the tops of ridges and through valleys with holes offering sensational views...

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Washington Golf & Country Club

7th Virginia - Best in Area

An under-the-radar 1907 Donald Ross design that was later modified by William Flynn, the course at Washington Golf and Country Club (the oldest private country club in Virginia) was re-imagined by Renaissance Golf Design in 2020.

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Virginian

9th Virginia - Best in Area

Laid out over rolling terrain in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the Virginian Golf Club is a wonderfully member-friendly course where the fairways are wide and forgiving...

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Farmington (Main)

10th Virginia - Best in Area

The holes at Farmington Country Club extend on three sides of the elegant clubhouse – a former plantation house – and the entire round is played under the watchful guard of several mountain ranges.

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Virginia Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 James VanArsdall Courses Played 48
2 David Harak Courses Played 29
3 Jon Gillman Courses Played 28
4 Patrick Bonds Courses Played 18
= Joseph Andriole Courses Played 18
= Charlie Funk Courses Played 18
7 Patrick S Courses Played 17
= Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 17
= Mark Simpson Courses Played 17
10 BAM Courses Played 16