Monday, May 6, 2019

Royal New Kent's Rave Reviews

Golfers from around the country are flocking to enjoy the completely restored Royal New Kent Golf Club, located between Richmond and Williamsburg, Va. They are responding with high praise across the board.

(NEW KENT, VA) — The reviews of the completely restored Royal New Kent Golf Club are in — and they are glowing.

Royal New Kent was widely hailed as a masterpiece when architect Mike Strantz’s design originally debuted in 1997. Now, numerous golfers from across the country are travelling to New Kent, Va. — midway between Richmond and Williamsburg — to play the storied layout that was recently renovated by its new ownership company, Wingfield Golf Management.

Those who have enjoyed the enhanced playing experience are raving on-line and through social media. One reviewer even compared the “new” Royal New Kent favorably to the site of the 2019 PGA Championship, Bethpage Black on New York’s Long Island. Among the many, overwhelming positive reviews of Royal New Kent:

* “I'm from New York, but I was able to play this course a few weeks ago on vacation. Not only was the scenery beautiful, but also the design of the course and the difficulty were fantastic. Probably the best course I have played … and yes, that includes Bethpage Black.”

* “So glad they've brought Royal New Kent back to life...very unique & beautiful. A little piece of Ireland in Virginia.”

* “Great service from the friendly staff. Beautiful setting and course layout. Tough but fair course that forces you to think your way around. My group loved our 36 holes at Royal New Kent and would not hesitate to go back next time we are in the area golfing.”

* “One of my absolute favorite golf courses. Every hole is memorable.”

* “Amazing what has been done here to bring this place back. Bunkers are better than they’ve ever been and I should know; I was in several of them! Greens are absolutely beautiful; fast and roll true. Nice new golf carts too! If I had one round of golf left in my life I would want to play it here.”

* “The course is in great shape and the staff is incredible! Now is the time to go get reacquainted with a classic Virginia track!”

* “In my top 5 courses I've played.”

“Wingfield Golf Management completely re-enhanced Royal New Kent, both on and away from the golf course,” said General Manager and Director of Golf Chip Sullivan. “It is rewarding to hear such positive feedback for the work that has been done here. We could not be more pleased and proud of our finished product, and we are truly happy to hear the golfing world agrees.”

Consistently rated as one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s finest layouts, Royal New Kent is a Virginia original sprinkled with Irish seasoning. Strantz paid tribute to the fabled seaside links of the Emerald Isle, with an emphasis on the character and feel of two of the architect’s favorites — Ireland’s Royal County Down and Ballybunion.

In mid-2018, Wingfield Golf Management purchased Royal New Kent. The Greenville, S.C.-based firm immediately began performing a total overhaul on the entire golf complex — including an improved clubhouse — along with rebuilt greens, bunkers and an updated irrigation system for better course drainage.

During the restoration, Royal New Kent’s green complexes were converted from bent grass to the more heat-tolerant Champion Bermuda. Wingfield Golf trucked in 2,300 tons of new sand to reconstruct the Royal New Kent bunkers, making the golf course more playable and easier to maintain. The upgrades to the irrigation system include a new pump station, and all 120 inlets were rebuilt for better drainage. Meanwhile, substantial clubhouse upgrades were also performed.

With Royal New Kent, Wingfield Golf now owns a pair of outstanding public access courses located within a short drive of one another. The other is The Club at Viniterra, a Rees Jones design that opened in late 2009 and quickly won the hearts of the area’s golfers and a fixture amongst Golfweek’s Top Courses to Play in Virginia.

Wingfield Golf, which owns eight golf courses in Florida, Mississippi and Virginia, also owns the South Riding and Pleasant Valley golf clubs in Northern Virginia.

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