Richmond Virginia’s Stonehenge Golf and Country Club, an Ed Ault design, is an interesting course. It has a good variety of challenging golf holes, variety of par 3s, and is very playable for the average golfer if played from the white tees. The par 5s are three shot holes for the average player and the par fours have enough variety in lengths to allow the player to use most of the clubs in the bag.
Although some of the landing areas for your tee shots seem intimidating, the player does not need to use driver and can avoid these landing zones. A good example is number 11. A lateral water hazard runs along almost the entire length of the hole. A drive with even a slight fade could be in trouble. Using a fairway wood or hybrid still puts you in good position to lay up just short of the green. It is a par 4 but better to lay up than having to drop and hit three from about 220 yards.
The three par 5s are similar in length, varying only by about fifty yards from shortest to longest. Still three shot holes for the average player. The challenge comes on the approach shot into well protected greens which are definitely not flat. Twenty foot putts can easily end up being a three putt green. Always a good idea to hit approach shots close!
Two of the four par 3s are over 180 yards which is trouble for the average player. The need to hit a long iron or even hybrid into an undulating, well protected green is intimidating. The other two par 3s, although similar in length on the card, play differently from the tees. The par 3 thirteenth is basically level tee to green with a fairly large green. Number seven, the other short par 3, has elevated tees and hits into a very undulating and well bunkered green.
The only hole which I thought was a little quirky was number 10. The fairway, at about 150 yards disappears. The first time player has no clue what club or where to hit the tee shot. Both sides of the fairway are out of bounds which add to the problem. As it turns out, the fairway becomes a black diamond ski slope to a small green. A perfectly hit tee shot would be driver over the right side of the fairway which places the ball on the ski slope, running down to about 80 yards from the green. Who knew!
Overall, Stonehenge Golf and Country Club is enjoyable. The course is usually in great condition and the greens roll fast and true. Notice the word fast describing the greens. This can cause a problem on undulating greens. Many players will be happy only three putting some greens. I would definitely play the course again. Next time I will hit driver over the right side on number 10. Maybe I will have that 80 yard approach shot they talk about.