Getting To Know: Stoney Creek Golf Course
An Insightful Interview With Geoff Redgrave , Director of Golf
By Brian Weis
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Geoff Redgrave who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Meandering through the fertile floor of the historic Rockfish Valley, the Stoney Creek golf complex originally was only 18 holes, consisting of what now are the Monocan and Shamokin nines. Golf Digest selected it as runner-up for "Best New Resort Courses" in 1989. A decade later, Tuckahoe was the final nine blended into the design, upon which Rees Jones remarked, "I think what Stoney Creek is to me, is one of the great settings in mountain golf."
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Playing golf at Stoney Creek combines a natural setting with three challenging nines designed by Rees Jones. The Monocan and Shamokin rotation, the original eighteen, provides the golfer with two distinct nines. The Monocan side allows for the golfer to 'air it out' off the tee. Undulating greens and local knowedge about Crawford's Knob will go a long way into making putts on the outward nine. The Shamokin side forces the golfer to shape the tee ball off the tee. Doglegs are protected and the golfer must navigate around this nine "placing" the ball through the tree lined inward half.
The Tuckahoe nine, built in 1998, grabs the golfer with its Cavalier Zoysia fairways and green surrounds. This scenic nine works up and down and around as the golfer maneuvers around this nine and finishes with a lengthy three shot par 5 with the mountains as a scenic back drop.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
The Monocan nine greens are really influenced by Crawford's Knob. Most putts will move away from the mountain. Many greens are also double tiered that requires the golfer to accurately get their golf ball either on the correct side or the correct tier. Misplaced approach shots will require a deft putting touch.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
The course has received numerous awards and we are most proud about how much competitive players enjoy competing on the course.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Stoney Creek signature hole - Tuckahoe 1 - a scenic beauty of a par 4 at 429 yards gets the golfer's attention quickly. An elevated tee box some 50 feet above the fairway shows off the entire hole and its mountainous surroundings. A demanding hole (especially if this is the start of your round) with water down the entire right side of the hole and a hill side protecting the left side, forces the player to accurately place his/her tee shot down the left hand side of the fairway. A mid iron second shot to a green that has slope in the middle requires pin point accuracy if par or birdie is what the golfer is seeking.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
Shamokin 6 is a par 4 of only 410 yards from the back tee but really gets the players attention. Off the tee will require a precisely placed tee shot flanked by trees and classic Rees Jones mounding on both sides of the landing area. Better players will play a three wood off the tee , leaving about 150 yards for the approach shot over the winding creek comes more into play the more you miss the shot left. The green is long but still requires a good approach to set up a birdie. Par is a good score here.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
The Stoney Creek Bar & Grill is on the top floor of the clubhouse, offering both indoor and distinctive alfresco dining with panoramic views of the Rockfish Valley and the golf course. The restaurant's casual menu and "neighborhood" atmosphere are available year round. Lunch is served daily and dinner nightly. Brunch is served on Sunday. For reservations, call (434) 325-8110.
The signature Californina Club sandwich is a favorite "eat" after the round!
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
64 by Canadian Tour player Alan McLean for the men and Isabelle Lendl for the women who shot 67 In the Women's Eastern Amateur.
Back Tee Stats
Stoney Creek Golf Course
Wintergreen, VA, 22958
Revised: 06/19/2012 - Article Viewed 21,132 Times - View Golf Course Profile
Written By: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
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