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Best Public Golf Courses in Virginia Beach, Virginia

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There’s a lot going on in Virginia Beach, especially during the warm summer months.  Located where Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, the city is paradise for folks on the Eastern Seaboard every year.

That’s great for people that want to play in the water and work on their tan.  More power to them.  But what you might not realize is that there’s a plethora of great golf courses to be played too. 

When I reached out to our readers for their thoughts about golf in the area, the response was immediate and overwhelming.

What follows are their collective thoughts about the best public tracks anyone can play.

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Chesapeake Golf Club

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Ellis Maples broke ground at Chesapeake Golf Club in 1986.  Less than a year later the course was complete and open for play. 

Over the years, both the course and the facility at large have undergone significant changes and improvements.  Today, the greens are said to be some of the best around.

Even though this course won’t overwhelm you with length, it provides a steady challenge.  That’s especially true when the proverbial coastal winds kick up in the afternoon.

A local’s favorite since it opened, Chesapeake Golf Club comes highly recommended.

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Hell’s Point Golf Club

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When I first heard about this track, I thought that’s one hell of a name for a golf course (I know, I really am that funny). 

All bad jokes aside, Hell’s Point is a sturdy test of target golf that makes its way through wooded lowlands and coastal estuaries. 

The course is demanding from tee to green and errant shots are almost certain to result in a big number. 

A wide variety of holes test every club in your bag and provide ample opportunity for both risk and reward. 

I’m told local knowledge is key around here, so you might want to schedule more than one round. 

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Red Wing Golf Course

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Red Wing Golf Course is the work of renowned architect George Cobb. 

This classic design features a number of holes along the water where wind comes into play most days.  The rest of the course is farther inland with fairways that are lined by pines.  A common theme in Virginia Beach, accuracy trumps length.

Bent grass fairways and greens are always in good shape, and you won’t find a much better deal anywhere.

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Kempsville Greens Golf Course

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Water hazards are the defense at Kempsville Greens.  While the fairways are on the generous side, shots hit offline will likely end up in a watery grave. 

With that being said, this course is on the shorter side measuring less than 6,000 yards from the back tees.  This makes it a popular choice for both beginners and families. 

I’ve been told that this track can get busy on weekends, so if you can play during the week, you’ll probably get around more quickly.

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Cypress Point Country Club

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Cypress Point Country Club isn’t the same one on the California Coast.  That place is so exclusive even ex-presidents have a hard time getting on.

The Cypress Point in Virginia Beach is nothing to sneeze at though.  This semi-private track was designed by Thomas Clark and is bordered by Lake Lawson and Lake Smith.  That’s what golfers seem to enjoy most about this course, it’s quiet and set away from the hustle and bustle of Virginia Beach proper.

Opened in 1987, the layout moves through gently rolling terrain, secluded wetlands and wooded forests. 

Like a lot of courses in Virginia Beach, this course isn’t going to beat you with its length.  Instead, it asks that you keep the ball in front of you and play each hole as it was meant to be played.

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Honey Bee Golf Club

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You’ll find Honey Bee Golf Club in the very heart of Virginia Beach.  That makes getting to and from the course ease. 

Designed by Rees Jones, this course tips out at just over 6,000 yards.  Don’t let the short length fool you though.  There are plenty of hazards that come into play and fairways are narrow. 

The course also has the reputation of always being in superb condition.  No bad lies in the fairways and the greens roll like pool tables.  If you get the speed dialed in, you can really light it up with the flatstick. 

When you’re done with your round, be sure to stop by the Star Spangled Grill for an ice-cold beer and hearty helping of food.  The portions are huge and the prices friendly.

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Stumpy Lake Golf Course

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Robert Trent Jones was the mastermind behind Stumpy Lakes.  True to its name, the course meanders through the wetlands of a 1,400-acre nature preserve where you won’t see any signs of human influence.  It’s just you and nature out here.

This is target golf.  While the landing areas are generous, errant will be punished.  It might be a good idea to bring an extra sleeve of balls. 

If you finish your round early enough, try your hand at catching dinner from the fishing pier or unwind with a scenic canoe ride on one of the property’s many lakes.

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Bow Creek Golf Course

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Bow Creek is a local’s favorite and easy to overlook.

While it only measures just south of 6,000 yards, it’s full of character and charm.  Doglegs and a demanding set of par threes ask for your very best from tee to green.

Bermuda fairways are a treat to play from and the greens roll true, but can be tricky to read. 

A welcoming atmosphere and memorable round of golf await at Bow Creek.

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Battlefield Golf Club

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Battlefield Golf Club occupies a large expanse of wetlands.  Even though the course appears wide-open, it plays deceptively narrow because of the plentiful hazards. 

When the wind kicks up in the afternoon, sound ball striking becomes especially important. 

The greens present an equally fun challenge.  They’re undulating, and sneakily fast. 

The distance between greens and tees is also substantial.  Sounds like carts are the way to go out here.

A fun, yet challenging round of golf, Battlefield sounds like the place to be.

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Lampert’s Point Golf Course

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If you’re short on time but still want to get out and play, Lampert’s Point is the place to do it.

This nine-hole track is a links style design that sits on the banks of the Elizabeth River.  Use the ground to get the ball where you want it to end up.  Shots that spend too much time in the air can take funky bounces when they land. 

The greens are undulating too.  Pay careful attention to where the pins are located. 

A unique golf experience that won’t take you all day, I can’t wait to play Lampert’s Point.

Conclusion

Clearly, there’s plenty of great golf to be found in Virginia Beach.  Along with everything else there is to do, it’s hard to be bored here.

Both locals and visitors love the variety and affordability of golf here.  Whether you fancy a seaside links, or a quiet round in the forest, you can find it at a reasonable price.

I can’t say enough about the continued support our loyal readers continue to provide as we churn out these course guides.  Their insight is invaluable.

If you have additional thoughts about golf in Virginia Beach, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below.