Mill Run Golf Club’s 18-hole course rolls across 6,623 yards of challenging tee-to-green terrain. Water hazards pepper the picturesque par 72 on various holes, beckoning errant golf balls and carts hoping to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming submarines. The course preys on the ill prepared by front-loading its most difficult hole, which appears at the third tee box in the form of a tricky, 429-yard par 4. Along with its lush monolith, Mill Run welcomes link loopers with golfer-friendly facilities, which include a fully-stocked pro shop, expansive driving range, and Hacker’s Grill, a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes that turn into coal when served to diners who falsified their scorecard. Course at a Glance:
First sculpted into Virginia's rolling terrain in 1952, Suffolk Golf Course remains true to the original vision of course architect Dick Wilson. Though not an especially lengthy course, it plays longer due to the elevation changes, tree-lined fairways, and dog-legs that can complicate play throughout the layout. Once golfers reach the green, they face a slick, newly-renovated, Bermuda grass putting surface that—after overseeding in early 2014—provides a particularly true roll. The back nine winds around Lake Kilby, which provides sweeping vistas while threatening to ensnare any wayward shots. A bald eagle is known to dwell around the 12th hole, so golfers should wear their most patriotic wig on the course as a gesture of respect.
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