A Premier Course That’s Worth A Play


There are a myriad of public access golf courses in the greater Richmond area, but very few of them are given the care and attention that Lake Chesdin GC is. Great conditions and a very playable layout make it an attractive option if you don’t mind spending a bit more.


With Independence still working its way back to its former glory, I now think Lake Chesdin is the nicest course you can play in town. The greens, fairways, tees, and rough are all in fantastic condition and the bunkers are pretty good considering how wet this summer has been. Even more inviting than the quality of the turf is the wide-open layout from the tees. You won’t have to have the best day with your driver to stay in play but being accurate does have its rewards on your approach shot.


There’s a good mix of distance for all the holes and a good amount are memorable but there are some that run together a bit. Pace of play is another plus for this course as it plays like the semi-private course that it is. You can only book tee times on GolfNow, just don’t expect any Hot Deals. Value is perhaps the one opportunity for the course as the $65 flat rate seems ok for the morning but for an afternoon tee time, I’d wish for a sub-$50 rate.


That said, your greens fee does include free balls for the grass driving range and decent practice facilities, so that helps. Overall, Lake Chesdin is an excellent course and I definitely recommend checking it out. I can’t afford it more than a few times a year but you get a bit more for the extra cost and that’s what it’s all about in the end.

One of the Richmond areas top courses


Lake Chesdin is one the areas top courses I have played. The staff here is very friendly and accommodating. The club house is very nice with a well stocked pro shop.


The practice facility has everything you need from grass driving range, to bunker practice area, to a very large practice green. The practice green was exactly how the greens on the course were so no surprises when you got out there.


There are four sets of tee boxes so you will have something to match your game. The tee boxes are in good shape overall right now. Only a few have some bare spots from the winter. The fairways are greening up nicely and the Bermuda grass is filling in well. The bunkers are nice with consistent depth throughout the course. The greens are top notch in the Richmond area. They have fully recovered from the aeration and winter. They were rolling true, smooth and consistent. There were only a few spots where the skirts around the greens either needed work or just haven't grown in yet this spring.


There is a good mix of holes on this course to say the least. Definitely not a course you can just rip driver every hole and I really like that. The layout is nice and not overly challenging. The carts are really nice with plenty of room for your things as well as two USB ports to charge your stuff while playing. This course is not 100% private as you can book tee times through GolfNow. I highly recommend this course if you want to play something very nice in the Richmond, VA area.

Very enjoyable round of golf.


Played here as a single. Before I booked the tee time, pro shop gave me a heads up that pace of play would be slow. They had a lot of rain day before so cart path only slowed things down. I went ahead and booked anyway. Pace was a bit slower, but not that bad. It was a beautiful day and course was very scenic. After the round and as I was packing things up to leave, I heard someone call out my name. It was the gentleman from the pro shop apologizing again for the slow pace and providing me with a significant discount for my next round. I will definitely be back. A great example of how great customer service builds customer loyalty.

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