Designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan, The Hamptons Golf Course is located in Hampton, Virginia, and is comprised of three nine hole courses named "Woods," "Lakes," and "Links." What follows is my review of Woods and Lakes courses having played them recently.
As far as positives go, both of the courses were kept up in pretty good condition. There were no patches on the fairways or anything, and the greens on both of them were rolling fast and smooth. There is a great mix of holes on both of the courses as far as difficulty and shot making ability go as well. On the Woods course there are tight holes to start off but then it gets easier towards the back end, and the Lakes Course has long par 3s over water mixed in with short par 4s that provide for birdie opportunities. One will more than likely use every club in their bag at least once when playing at these two courses.
The only real negative comes in regard to the jet noise. I was playing on a weekday afternoon and the jet noise was unbearably loud, especially on the Lakes Course. It is a golf course that requires accuracy off the tee as well, so golfers who don't hit it as straight may find themselves have a rough day when all is said and done. Make sure to bring a few extra golf balls along.
Overall I enjoyed playing the Woods and Lakes courses. They offer a great amount of variety and are very challenging from the blue tees, especially on the Lakes course; there are two par 3s that require an over 200 yard carry over water in order to reach the green, and are arguably two of the most difficult holes to play in the region. The jet noise is pretty bad, but if you can play on a day when they aren't up in the air it should be an enjoyable experience.
Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for well over a decade. He covers sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, and currently resides in Virginia.
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