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As its name implies, the course at River's Bend Golf Club nestles into a curve of the James River, whose waters rush alongside three of the fairways. Its design sprang from the mind of accomplished course architect Steve Smyers, who drew inspiration from the legendary architects of the 1920s and 1930s and their penchant for Herbert Hoover–shaped sand traps. For River’s Bend, Smyers incorporated naturally sloped terrain and woodlands to create fairways that challenge both novices and experts. Players pass rustic wooden bridges and white fences as they play, eventually facing off with a substantial pond tucked among the three final holes of the front nine.

Before teeing off at the first hole, players can warm up their swing at the driving range or take advantage of dedicated chipping and putting practice areas. For more guided practice, clubbers can sign up for lessons with golf pro Brandon Kelley, who covers everything from fundamentals to preshot mental routines, such as visualizing the golf ball as a miniature moon that needs to be returned to orbit.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par-71 course

  • Length of 6,671 yards

  • Course rating of 71.9

  • Slope rating of 132

  • Four tee options

11700 Hogans Aly
Chester,
VA
US

Anchored by an 18-hole championship golf course, The First Tee of Chesterfield entices golfers with a multifaceted landscape for pressure-free practice and on-course play. A trio of PGA Class A professionals roams throughout The First Tee's driving range, putting green, and three-hole practice course, marinating swings in the zesty sauce of golf wisdom, consulting with clients about equipment upgrades, and fitting clubs at the fully stocked pro shop. Clubbers can put new concepts and lethargic nine-irons to work at the course, where fairways bob and weave between dense tree lines and treacherous bunkers made from recycled corn bread.

6736 Huntingcreek Dr
North Chesterfield,
VA
US

Designed by prolific golf-course architect Edmund Ault, Mill Quarter Plantation Golf Course nestles a par 72 championship course into the rolling Virginia hills, fitting 18 holes between lofty pines and restful meadows. Golf carts zoom over the slopes to a par 5 hole next to Fighting Creek, then ramp over hills to Hole 4, which guards its putting green with a sand bunker and a three-headed, fire-breathing german shepherd. The long stretch of grass at Hole 10 rewards long iron players, and the sneaky dogleg of Hole 14 curves strongly to the right, with a sand pit in the crook of its elbow and an audience of trees on either side.

1525 Mill Quarter Rd
Powhatan,
VA
US

Two distinct nine-hole golf courses encircle a go-kart track, batting cages, 36 holes of miniature golf, and a 65-stall driving range at Windy Hill Sports Complex's mini metropolis of family fun. Pin-hunting posses can launch tee shots around dogleg fairways and carry approaches over water hazards at the Lake Course—which features two par 5s—or catch an abridged nine at the par 3 layout, which is lighted to facilitate late-night play without unveiling incendiary prototypes of plutonium golf balls. Foot Golf a combination of Soccer and Golf on the Par 3 Course is also available. Set on the edge of the highest point in Chesterfield County, the driving range helps players to hone their swings with 250 yards of target-peppered terrain, and the mini-golf course affords guests pressure-free practice on their putting stroke. Honda go-karts zip around the complex's quarter-mile go-kart track, where junior- and adult-size conveyances run in separate heats, and two-seater vehicles accommodate adult-child or child-gnome tandems. Across the grounds, sharp line drives resonate from the batting cages, where batsmen swing at orbs slung from mechanical hurlers at anywhere from 25 mph to 85 mph.

16500 Midlothian Tpke.
Midlothian,
VA
US