Royal New Kent golf club is located between Williamsburg and Richmond, Virginia, and is set upon the low hills between Diascund Creek and the Chickahominy River. In 1997, Royal New Kent opened to outstanding reviews and was named 'Best New Upscale Public Course in the Nation' by Golf Digest and No. 23 on Golf Magazines's Top 100 you can play. In 1999, Royal New Kent was named one of 'America's Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses' by Golf Digest. In 2001, Golf Digest ranked Royal New Kent among the top three courses in Virginia, and in 2002 Royal New Kent was awarded 4 1/2 star by Golf Digest.
Flowing across 7,372 yards of a windswept, rugged landscape, Royal New Kent has been called 'the truest representation of an Irish links in America.' Royal New Kent is reminiscent of the Irish Landscape where links course such as Royal County Down and Ballybunion were built. Greens hide behind sharp, grassy knolls, hand stacked rock walls and tall fescue grasses. The generous, countoured fairways occasionally demand blind shots. The par 72 design features over 120 bunkers, many are deep shadow bunkers lined with fescue grass. The enormous, fast greens have bold swales and ridges. Each hole offers several playing options.
At Royal New Kent, an attendant at the clubhouse curb greets you with a warm hello, asks your name, and unloads your bag of clubs. A starter guides you to the first tee with a smile. A course monitor checks in with you on the fairway to see that you are satisfied. A waitperson in the dining room refills your water glass without being asked. And, finally, a curbside attendant remembers your name as he wipes your clubs and puts them in the trunk of your car.