Water, bunkers, hills, and fast greens; more water, bunkers, hills, and fast greens; and even more water, bunkers, hills, and fast greens. That is what you will find at Captains Cove Golf & Yacht Club in Greenbackville, VA. Greenbackville – it sounds like a made up name as in the movie
“Mr. Deeds”. Remember – Winchestertonfieldville?
So let’s discuss that water, those bunkers and hills, and those quick greens. The theme starts at Hole #1 with water left; water right; and water everywhere. So much for starting a round with an easy par 4 of 311 yards from the maroon tees. They were just starting to change their their tee box color scheme when we played. We were played from the gold/maroon tees. A nice hole but…
Your tee shot needs to carry water on Hole #2 to safely find the fairway. Then all you have to do is avoid all the hills and bunkers to the right as you approach the green. Hole #3 is a par 4 of 356 yards and it was a little tricky determining where the fairway went because of those pesky hills. It is a dogleg left and there is a fairway out there but it is a tight driving hole. Be careful because there is out-of-bounds (and someone’s backyard) to the left and of course, bunkers to the right.
Another blind tee shot greets you at Hole #4. Just aim between the bunkers to find the fairway. Needless to say, water may come into play on the left with your second or possibly third shot on this dogleg right par 5. The par 3 fifth hole is 156 yards with water and vegetation to carry. We played it with a strong headwind which required us to ponder our club choice. We all failed!
Let ‘er rip at Hole #6. This par 4 is straight, hilly and 351 yards long. It is your chance to secure a good score. Hole #7 is a little respite from the difficult course. Two large bunkers front the huge, huge, huge green. Hole #8 is the number one handicap but didn’t play that difficult. Of course I couldn’t hit my drive far enough for the pond to cause any issue. You need to wisely choose the club to hit off the tee. The last hole of the day is a dogleg left par 5 which is generously sprinkled with bunkers all the way home.
Ace: Today this was a difficult and very challenging course…and we were playing from the maroon (old gold) tee boxes! The yardage for 9 holes from these tees is 2859 yards with a par of 36. The course was in excellent shape and we were able to move around in a little over 2 hours. Our only disappointment was that the restaurant (which is separate from the clubhouse & by the water) was not open. We missed it by one week.
Didn’t get enough water, bunkers, and hills on the front nine? The course has an excellent setup to make sure the back nine plays different from the front. They move the tees left or right and forward or back to give the golfer a new perspective of the same holes. Nice job!
3332 Captain’s Corridor, Greenbackville, VA 23356; 757-824-3465; www.captcoveyc.com