After you have viewed our course, you’ll see why Golf Digest rated us as one of the best new courses when it was constructed in 1982, and the American Society of Golf Course Architects has rated Hell’s Point as one of the 100 best designed courses in the country.
The first hole at Hell’s Point is a very playable par five featuring one of the larger greens on the course and showcasing Rees Jones’ signature sculptured bunkers.
One of the most terrifying holes in Southeastern Virginia, the second hole was chosen “Tidewater’s Most Difficult Hole” in a 1990 poll by The Virginian Pilot. Featuring out of bounds to the left, trees to the right, a sloping fairway and a well protected, two-tiered green, number two is the number one handicap hole at Hell’s Point.
The third hole plays long from the back tees (422 yards) but from the orange tees can yield a par or birdie with some accurate shot making.
The first of four par threes at Hells Point, the 4th is probably the least difficult. A canal just in front of the tee rarely comes into plat and the bowl shaped green holds most shots. Two greenside bunkers guard the right side and the green is very deep. Be sure to check the flagstick placement and use enough club.
Considered one of the toughest holes and most beautiful short par 4′s on the golf course, the 5th hole is a challenge from tee to green. The sharp dog-leg left demands a well placed tee shot followed by an accurate approach to a green defined by water on the left and bunkers on the right.
The 6th hole is short and straight but narrow. The fairway is clearly defined, all the trouble is visible from the tee. A definite birdie hole.
Neatly tucked between walls of tall pines, the wide fairway and large green on the 7th hole present a definite birdie opportunity.
Welcome to the most photographed hole at Hell’s Point. The 8th features one of Rees Jones signature sculptured bunkers, this one stretching from tee to green, nearly 125 yards long! For most golfers, the only portion of the bunker that comes into play is that directly fronting the green. That part of the bunkeris very deep, though, and can make recovery difficult. The only bail out on this hole is a small chipping area in front of the left side of the green, otherwise the tee shot is a forced carry over the bunker. The 8th is a short hole, however, measuring only 155 yards from the back tee.
The 9th is a very reachable par 5 but requires two extremely accurate shots as the landing area is only 14-20 yards wide and the fairway is framed by tall Virginia pines on the left and out of bounds on the right.
This is a par three that will test your nerve. The combination of wind, water and sand makes this hole a challenge for everyone. The tee shot is completely over water to a green that is flanked by two large bunkers. The front two thirds of the green slopes up to the plateau back tier of the green. It is imperative to be below the hole to have a good run at a birdie.
Another risk reward hole that rewards a long accurate tee shot. A tee shot with less than a driver will leave you with a long iron or fairway wood approach shot. This hole also normally plays into the wind.
Do not take the second shortest par 4 hole on this course lightly. Accuracy, not distance, is paramount even though this hole usually plays into the wind.
Hole number 14 is a very short par 5 that usually plays downwind. Combine this with possibly the widest fairway on the course and a large putting surface, making an eagle 3 becomes a reality.
Possibly the prettiest par 3 hole in the Tidewater area, especially in the late afternoon when the tall pine trees shadow the green, making depth perception difficult. The wind, which can hardly be felt on the teeing ground, must be considered when selecting which club to use. Pay attention to the lake, trees and the flagstick to get some clues.
This is by far and away the longest hole on the course, it is also very narrow for the club selections required. Course management and patience is required here. Play this hole to make par. Don’t get greedy. Should you make a birdie, consider it a bonus.
The 17th is a very short picturesque hole sandwiched between lateral water hazards. Many golfers will attempt to drive this green in search of a birdie, most however end up going dejectedly to the next hole with a 6 or even more on the card. Play within yourself and use your brain.
This hole is worthy of it’s position on the score card. Number 18 sums up what Hells Point is all about. It possesses most all of the courses fine attributes but yet gives ample opportunity to score a par or better.