The Itinerant Golfer

The Itinerant Golfer's Take on Kinloch Golf Club


Kinloch Golf Club

Architect: Lester George & Vinny Giles
Year: 2001

100 Kinloch Drive, Manakin Sabot, Virginia 23103
(804) 784-8000

driving range available
walking only - caddies available
on-site accommodations


The first time I played Kinloch I was a little too excited and overwhelmed to break out my camera at all. The photos that had previously been on this site were ones I borrowed from the Kinloch website. Just before I headed out west for my Monterey trip I played Kinloch again and this time took some photos.

Spring has been a little slow to arrive in Richmond this year, so the course had not really began to bloom and fill out yet. It was still perfectly groomed and the fastest greens I’ve played on yet. My friend Mike took me out as well as my friend Jay from New York who I played Shinnecock Hills with last year and will be playing Winged Foot with later this summer. Below are a couple of photos from my round in April.

This photo below is of the 7th hole which is a great par 3 where you tee off from an elevated tee box. Its a pretty long hole and I hit a utility club here both times I’ve played the course.

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Below is the 8th hole which has a blind drive and then an slightly downhill and left approach over the water. That front bank is shaved and this is the scene of my brother’s Augusta-like moment last fall where his ball landed a foot short of the green and rolled all the way down and into the water.

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The par 5 11th hole is pictured below. This is a downhill hole with a split fairway. Both times that I’ve played here I’ve not scored well on what should be a relatively good opportunity at a birdie.

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I liked the 13th hole which is a par 5 that has a downhill approach with the lake behind the green. Below is a photo of the green.

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I don’t know why I didnt take a picture of the 14th hole which is another great one shot hole to a green mostly surrounded by water. Mike told us that there was talk of building a new tee box in the middle of the lake. That will make for an interesting tee shot on this par 3.

The 16th hole is a par 4 and the signature hole. It doesn’t play quite as long at it looks. I hit a poor tee shot last fall and hit a utility club in and this time I was in much better shape hitting a mid-iron in.

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The 18th hole is played from an elevated tee. Jay absolutely crushed a drive here which unfortunately set up his par that won the hole and took our match all square.

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So Jay and I are all square after the 18th hole and thankfully the 19th hole is there to settle our match. Below is a photo of the 19th hole green just in front of the clubhouse taken from the 18th fairway. I parred the 19th last fall when we played it for fun and lost my match here this time after hitting my first tee shot in the water to set up my double bogey.

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Its always a treat to play a Top 100 course and to get to play one twice is even sweeter. I hope I get a chance to go back and see that new tee box on the 14th hole!

  • David

    Just finished 5 days at Kinloch (MidAtlantic Amateur). What a special place. Greens were running a 14.4 the 3rd round of the tournament. Absolutely pure golf.

    • golftripper

      They like to have the greens tuned up there. Good thing you got out of town yesterday, as it’s raining cats and dogs today!

  • John Cash

    Love the course and it is on the bucket list and would miss the wife and I’s special day to play this course again.. The question is how to play this course again…. Great review