General's Ridge Golf Course

3.1403352941 3.1 stars from 5 (152)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6651 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 73.6
  • Layout

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Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6651 yards 73.6 143
Blue 72 6214 yards 71.7 136
White 72 5613 yards 69.3 123
Red (W) 72 4731 yards 67.5 115

Editor's Note: Course closed for business in May 2019.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.7 stars from 5
Value: 3.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 152 Reviews
5 stars:
20
4 stars:
55
3 stars:
42
2 stars:
19
1 stars:
16

recommend this course

103 out of 152 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers locals   Challenges include elevation changes undulating greens narrow fairways   Great for drinks  

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"Farewell for now"


ubercheap's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was a go-to track for me when in the Fairfax area 10-15 years ago, but it will be closing 5/19/19 for budgetary concerns in Prince William County. The conditions are of a course that hasn't been maintained recently, go figure. It was always an interesting layout if you didn't mind the forced carries and occasional circus putt. Lots of dramatic tees and elevation changes. For a 6200 yard course from the blue tees, it sure feels a lot longer. But with unmown rough and dirt tee boxes, erosion, downed trees, poa annua popping up, it was all rather sad. But I'm glad I had a chance to run the track one last time and will remember the good days and rounds gone by.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"General ridge"


u314159267094's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was not in that great of condition, however it was beautiful outside and the staff was friendly. Driving range was closed, I got there early to practice. Staff did allow me to leave early.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Good course to knock the rust off"


Jtschmitt18's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good layout of course. Pin placements were very tough on most holes. Greens were not yet in the best condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Challenging, Hilly Course"


Glenn9750297's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2019
Previously played Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

As a municipal course, General's Ridge suffers from the common limitations, such as uneven fairway turf, poorly maintained greens and hard bunker sand. But its extremely challenging layout — see the slope numbers — and long par 3s, many from severe uphill and downhill tees, make this a good test of your golf game. Driving accuracy is a must to score well.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Do not play here"


Craig3824513's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Was not thrilled playing this course, but the group I play with wanted to try it out. The conditions were absolutely terrible. There was no grass on many tee boxes/fairways. Bunkers were in terrible shape. Cart paths were falling apart, and was a rather bumpy ride all the way around the course. The layout makes for it to be a really tough course, so I think I would enjoy the course if it wasn't for the awful conditions, but i would never recommend this course. Take your money somewhere else. I would take a guess as to say this course will go under over the next couple years. I played on Saturday morning, and I saw two other groups.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Tight fairways and challenging greens"


dann25's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Course is suffering from a tough summer. Tee boxes are a bit of a mess and the fairway is a little thin. Didn't prevent a solid round but I'll be back once its had a chance to recover.

Course is very tight with lots of trees. If you spray you'll pay. Greens are heavily contoured and run true. I got off early so no problems with pace. Staff was very friendly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Challenging public course!"


Michael7517657's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

General's Ridge bills themselves as the toughest course in Northern VA, and they may be right. The slope from the tips is 143. It's not overall long, but it is very narrow, hilly, and has several blind shots. Not for a player who struggles to hit it straight off the tee! The fairways were OK, greens were great, but the tee boxes and bunkers were not in great shape. After recent rains, the water collected, making cart paths slick and lots of mud balls. #1 handicap hole in VA is here, requiring a tee shot of 190-220, and a 170+ approach that plays 2 clubs longer because it is straight uphill. Worth checking out if you want a challenge and are prepared to lose a few balls.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging"


u000007543768's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I would recommend if you play this course to play the upward tees to make it a little less challenging


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Very Strange Set Up"


jstandard1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Very weird course. It only plays about 6200, but the overall topography of the course just makes it not enjoyable. If you miss a fairway by 3 yards you are in the woods. Greens are either 20 yards uphill or downhill on every hole. Just an unfair course to be honest.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



smaciej's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



keithphox's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Bring your flyswatter"



2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It’s not a bad course if they’d put some money into it. Bugs constantly in your face is different. That aside the cart paths are so in need of some more asphalt it’s like you can’t drive off the path or you might break the cart trying to get back on.

Greens are very sloped and sandy. So very fast and break all over. Hard to read. Which I wouldn’t mind if they didn’t errate them so much.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course



qrana8's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Love it, but go early"


William8498558's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is one my favorite Prince William County courses. It is definitely challenging, with the greens having more undulations (and significant ones) than I care for. Three-putts are too common and would not be the case on “normal” greens. Totally unnecessary feature.

But wow...if you tee off between 11am and 3pm, plan on a 5hr round. When I play early, things move very well, and that’s what I’ll do from now on. Playing again this week, in fact.

Great value and it will test you!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Cart mandatory, bring your A game"


dromskyd's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a real gem, but expect to be challenged on every shot. Narrow fairways, rolling hills, curvaceous greens ... Pay close attention to the course guide. Very well maintained and friendly staff. Ranger said hello a few times and gave us pointers on upcoming holes. Not a course for a quick round.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000002430102's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was the worst round of golf I have ever played. The 1st hole tee time was 15 minutes late (understand sometimes that happens so not too upset about that). We had to wait on average 10-15 minutes per hole to tee off. We play 12 holes in 4 hours and 15 minutes and quit on hole 14. The pace of play was horrendous and the marshal did nothing to speed the three groups ahead of us up. There was a 4 some in front of us then a group of 7 which was playing so slow it was ridiculous. It looked like they teed off separately and then all 7 met up and played together. I will never play that course again, we asked for our money back and the lady in the club house said you should have spoken to the marshal. WELL where was he?? I saw him once sitting in the woods not paying any attention on what was going on. Was just a horrible experience all four of us ended up playing 12 holes and had to quit as it was just to slow and the pace was gonna be a 7 hour round which should never happen.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



Mlewis67's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Couldn't have asked for a better day on the course. Early September felt like a fall morning. The course is challenging but well maintained, and the starter will give you a sheet with helpful hints for each hole. That sheet is worth reading. I am an average golfer, so I did lose a lot of balls, but the course and scenery made it worth it. The staff is great all around. The guy at the counter was raising money for the hurricane relief fund and gave us a discounted rate because of our donation. The starter who I think is also the manager, gave us a great feeling of being out there along with that sheet she gave us. She told us that the marshall knew the course extremely well and if we had any questions to flag him down when we saw him and he would help. we did see him, very friendly. The snack bar could use a few more options. We grabbed a large hotdog and some snacks. Beer selection is better than most courses. Know when coming here the challenges but enjoy the course, view and the staff.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course was fun"


u887433508's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was impressed with this course and liked the layout. Play was extremely slow as it took 5 hours to play 18.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging, but gimmicky"


u526159425's avatar
Gender:  Male
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

This course has a unique layout that makes it utterly impossible for a first-timer to compete. Almost every hole is a dog leg or you face a tee shot where you cannot see the green. Multiple approach shots, even from the 100 yard range leave you no clue as to where the pin is. holes that seem quite easy on the scorecard are gimmicky and take driver out of your hands, even for the semi-skilled. A few tee shots are blind and the fairways so narrow you have to hit and hope. While it's certainly interesting, it sucks a lot of fun out of golf until, I hope, you've played it a few times.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"The Lee Boys"


u977200044's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The ranger allows groups of 8 to play. Obviously this slows things down. The group was inexperienced and had never been on a golf course before. When we asked the ranger what was going on he said "those are the Lee boys, they're always up to some kind of shenanigans". He said they were keeping up with the pace of play. Not true. Luckily we were able to play through them on a par 3 but this is ridiculous and shouldn't be tolerated. No 8-Somes!!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course