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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 perennial Virginian No.1 is a modern layout at the Kinloch Golf Club. 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.

Our Virginia Best In State Rankings were last updated in June 2018. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Virginia

Kinloch Golf Club

1st 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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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

Olde Farm

2nd 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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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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Description: 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. Rating: 5 out of 6

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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Description: 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. Rating: 5 out of 6

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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Description: Set in a dramatic 190-acre tract of land that rises and falls spectacularly with breathtaking elevation changes, Ballyhack Golf Club is pure golf. Rating: 5 out of 6

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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Description: 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... Rating: 6 out of 6

Full Cry at Keswick Hall

7th Virginia - Best in Area

Keswick Hall Golf Club is set in the heart of Virginia’s Hunt Country and the club’s new Pete Dye-designed “Full Cry” course is laid out over a 1990s Arnold Palmer layout. Beware of the hounds!

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Golden Horseshoe (Gold)

8th Virginia - Best in Area

Golden Horseshoe's Gold course was closed during 2016/17 when an extensive renovation was carried out by Rees Jones and Greg Muirhead. Bunkers were reconstructed, greens resurfaced and the entire course re-grassed.

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Description: Golden Horseshoe's Gold course was closed during 2016/17 when an extensive renovation was carried out by Rees Jones and Greg Muirhead. Bunkers were reconstructed, greens resurfaced and the entire course re-grassed. Rating: 5 out of 6

Virginian

10th 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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