Located in eastern Orange County, Virginia, Rapidan Golf Club lies on the historic Somerset Farm property, along the banks of the Rapidan River with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the northern horizon.
The course features two completely different nine’s. The front nine plays just 2943 yards (black) and maybe six of the nine holes are birdie holes. There are short par 4’s and par 5’s where it is just going to be a wedge approach. The front is the more forgiving nine and has four parallel holes with high fescue and mounding dividing them. These holes have a links feel to them.
The back is tougher and heads into the woods with some forced carries and doglegs. On the back position is important but a good shot is still rewarded. The course has small, narrow greens which were a good test for your short irons.
The course starts out with a short, downhill par 4 that is all about position. There is trouble down both sides of the hole and the green is narrow. The 3rd is a 485 yard par 5 with an odd tee shot. The tee shot plays downhill to what looks like a generous fairway.
The 8th is the other par 5 on the front and is only 422 yards (472 from the blue). The fairway has a couple creeks that cut across it but a tee shot placed short of the first creek will allow you to go for the green with a hybrid. It is one of those holes that could take a couple times to play. The 9th is the toughest hole on the course and plays only 358 yards. The tee shot is narrow and the approach plays two clubs uphill.
The 10th at Rapidan Golf Club is a 479 yard par 5 that plays downhill and then across a lake. A tee shot down the right leaves a shorter approach into the green but requires a cut shot around a tree to get to the green in two.
The 15th is a standout par 3 that plays across a natural area. The green gets more narrow towards the back so you will have to play short of the flag in order to avoid bringing the trouble (behind and to the left of the green) into play.