The golf course at James River Country Club is a classic design from the Golden Age of Architecture in America. Although the designer of the James River Country Club course may not be a household name today, McMenamin was well known as one of the Commonwealth's finest players in the early days of golf in Virginia. The par 5, 18th Hole is ranked one of the top finishing holes in the state of Virginia. A narrowed fairway from flanking trees on both sides combined with an expansive James River framing the backdrop to an unreachable green by most golfers, makes everyone's round a once in a lifetime feel.
While keeping with the genius of McMenamin routing, in 2008, golf course architect John LaFoy skillfully developed an improvement plan that addressed contemporary issues of environmental impact, evolution in golf equipment, technology, advances in golf course agronomy, and today's member expectations. The result elevated the well respected Virginia classic to a "WOW-must play" status. Improvements were carefully planned and phased into James River Country Club for the future by not only improving the quality of the golf experience, but also enhancing the environment and the property in the process. The private, old school layout, has now turned into a state-of-the-art milestone for the Hampton Roads area.
Particular attention was given to shot values by better positioning teeing areas and fairway bunkering. With the combination of beautiful landscaping and picturesque views of the James River, the golf course makes a memorable day that everyone needs to experience. The legendary design of the golf course challenges all skill levels from beginner through perfectionist. Located behind the city life of Newport News and tucked away from residential living with no homes on the golf course, makes a peaceful and enjoyable round of golf for practice, fun play or competition. With Membership at the Club, this masterpiece is at your fingertips and available all year round.
- Click here to view or print the James River Country Club Scorecard.
- Click here to view or print the USGA Green Section Turf Advisory Service Report, August 7, 2013.