Best golf courses: Virginia (Southeast)

Virginia (Southeast): the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in this country or region. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key for the rating definitions.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Norfolk / Virginia Beach
Nicklaus, Jack

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Visitors welcome

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Norfolk / Virginia Beach

Designer

Original 18-hole design by Jack Nicklaus; back-nine loop closed in 2020.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Norfolk / Virginia Beach
Palmer, Arnold

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Norfolk / Virginia Beach

Designer

An Arnold Palmer Signature Course.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Norfolk / Virginia Beach
Findlay, Clark & Strange

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Norfolk / Virginia Beach

Designer

Original design by Fred Findlay. Redesigned by Tom Clark (of Ault, Clark & Associates) in collaboration with Curtis Strange.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Richmond, VA
Clark & Strange

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Richmond, VA

Designer

Thomas E. "Tom" Clark (of Ault, Clark & Associates) in collaboration with Curtis Strange.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Richmond, VA
Maples, Dan

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Richmond, VA

Designer

Father/son team of Ellis & Dan Maples designed Ford Colony's original Marsh Hawk course (1985). Dan Maples designed the Blue Heron (1999) and Blackheath (1999) courses.
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Norfolk / Virginia Beach
Jones, RT Sr & Rees Jones

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Norfolk / Virginia Beach

Designer

Original design by Robert Trent Jones Sr with later modifications by his son Rees Jones (1997 and 2016).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Norfolk / Virginia Beach
Jones, Rees

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Norfolk / Virginia Beach

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Rees Jones

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Norfolk / Virginia Beach
Couples & Bates

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Norfolk / Virginia Beach

Designer

Fred Couples & Gene Bates
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Richmond, VA
Fazio, Tom

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Richmond, VA

Designer

Original design by Tom Fazio (2001); updated by Lester George (2014).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Richmond, VA
Weiman, Joel

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Richmond, VA

Designer

Joel Weiman
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Norfolk / Virginia Beach
Palmer, Arnold

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Norfolk / Virginia Beach

Designer

Arnold Palmer & Ed Seay

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Norfolk / Virginia Beach
Dye, Pete

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Norfolk / Virginia Beach

Designer

Pete Dye

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Richmond, VA
George & Giles

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Private club

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Richmond, VA

Designer

Lester George & Vinny Giles.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Richmond, VA
LaFoy, John

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Richmond, VA

Designer

John LaFoy
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Richmond, VA
Nicklaus Design

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Richmond, VA

Designer

Original 9-hole course (built in 2010 and known as Westham GC) was completely redesigned and extended to 18-holes by Nicklaus Design in association with Tom Clark (2015).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Norfolk / Virginia Beach
Doak, Tom

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Norfolk / Virginia Beach

Designer

Tom Doak

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Richmond, VA
Stranz, Mike

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Richmond, VA

Designer

Mike Stranz

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Norfolk / Virginia Beach
Palmer, Arnold

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Norfolk / Virginia Beach

Designer

An Arnold Palmer Signature Course.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Richmond, VA
Stranz, Mike

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Richmond, VA

Designer

Mike Stranz
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Richmond, VA
Jones, Rees

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Richmond, VA

Designer

Rees Jones
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Norfolk / Virginia Beach
Dye & Strange

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Visitors welcome

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Norfolk / Virginia Beach

Designer

Pete Dye in consultation with Curtis Strange.

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