Please forgive me if this has been discussed - I'm new.
We all know about the courses that the major publications tout as America's greatest .... but what about the lesser known and unheralded? I'd like to know about them, and talk about them. So .... what are some great courses that few people would know about, other than those who've stumbled upon them, or live nearby? Are the green fees reasonable, or they on the higher side? It's a topic worth discussing, I think.
I'll start this off with Blue Ridge Shadows in Front Royal, VA. It's just off I-66 in northern VA, and partners with a Holiday Inn for package deals (which is a little odd, I agree).
The first hole is a mid length par 4 with a split fairway; high side to the right, and a lower tier to the left. The approach is downhill to a green that's guarded by a pond short and left.
In between the first and final holes are a great mix of mountain view holes, and some incorporate the mountain into play - not just the view. For example, the 10th hole descends about 80 feet from tee to fairway, but the approach to the green, and the entire next hole are relatively flat.
The final hole is a short par 4 with the approach over water, with a stone structure (that I think was supposed to be a waterfall) behind the green.
It's a fun course to play, and is usually in great condition, but doesn't have that "it" factor that would impress the mainstream publications.
Any others worth sharing?