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Royal New Kent Course in VA...anyone play this? is it as difficult as it appears? playing it this weekend and was lookin for some help/tips or things i should know about before playing it (first timer). Any help/tips would be greatly appreciated :)
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Royal New Kent Course in VA...anyone play this? is it as difficult as it appears? playing it this weekend and was lookin for some help/tips or things i should know about before playing it (first timer). Any help/tips would be greatly appreciated :)

Royal New Kent is a great course,and yes it is pretty tough. Here is a link to an article I wrote about it and a few comments from people who have played it.

http://www.top100golfcourses.co.uk/h...ls.asp?id=1457
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I live about twenty minutes from RNK, yet I have only played it once. Here are a couple of things you need two know:

1) Find any Mike Strantz course, and play it. Caledonia in Myrtle Beach is an absolute gem. You will never have more fun playing golf while avoiding very expensive greens fees.

2) Play RNK on a down time. Due to its difficulty/looks, some people take a vvveerrryyy long time to play. My round was 6 hours long.

3) It's tough, but beatable. If you can stay out of major trouble, you can score here. After a triple on the first, a double on 6, I limped into the halfway house with a 44. However, I drove the ball terribly and was regularly finding the fescue stuff. I hit 6 fairways on 7 greens on the back nine and shot a respectable 40 (triple on the last ). The point is, the reason why RNK is considered so tough is because of the trouble you can find. If your swing is good, it's a very fair course.

here are some pics i took of the course:
http://www.panoramio.com/user/1820796
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Thanks hoof and sabram...i'll be playing this this coming sunday with my dad and bestfriend. this weekend we have golden horseshoe green at noon on fri, the crossings in the am and fords colony blackheath in the afternoon saturday and sunday morning is RNK
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I have played RNK twice and many of Mark Strantz's designs. I would recommend getting a yardage book at choosing your lines carefully. One thing I have noticed about many of Strantz's designs is that you need to be able to see your ball flight and control your distance. A beautifully struck shot can easily disappear on many of the blind shots. On another note...have fun on the Green course at the Golden Horseshoe...It's not the gold but is still a great course...and get a hotdog with red relish at the concession stand...they are fantastic!!
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**UPDATE** if anyone would like to join our group at the following places/times:
Golden Horseshoe Green: 12:00pm (arrive at 11:15am) - 39 bucks...Friday, Feb 26th
Fords Colony Blackheath: 1:03pm (arrive at 12:30pm) - 35 bucks...Saturday, Feb 27th
RNK: 9:27am - 50somethin? bucks...Sunday, Feb 28th

anyone interested send me a PM for contact info...
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Wish I could take you up on this but I am heading to Myrtle Beach on Saturday for a week. Have fun though and I would agree that RNK is one tough track!
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