On an Indian summer day we played hookey from work to travel a couple of hours south and enjoy the stunning visuals and superb amenities of the Kinloch Golf Club just outside of Richmond. This is the full metal private club experience with all the bells and whistles.
Walking through the doors of the clubhouse you are struck by a comfortable informal atmosphere. Wood paneled hallways are graced with golf memorabilia and evidence of member participation in the tournament plaques. An attended locker room serves your every need and the attached bar/lounge has a wide selection of adult goodies for the festive apres round. The golf shop touts the Kinloch logo without being overbearing.
Stepping out of the golf shop you realize you are not in Kansas anymore. Rolling out below your feet is the ginormous short game area leading to the driving range and first tee on either side of the grand golf preparation building across the grassy knoll.
These are not just target greens on the range, they are maintained to actual green specifications so they hold your shots. The wide array promotes simulation of the type of shots you will hit through the day.
Looking down from the perched tee on #6 to the landing area before the environmental consideration. You can appreciate the attention to detail that George Lester and Vinnie Giles put into this design. Beyond the green is the loch that dominates the center of the property but really does not come into play until the last few holes.
The 175 yard look up the hill from the landing area on #6 is far more abrupt than it appears from the tee.
Leave it to the creativity of their culinary experts to come up with a must try southern delight. Yes this is a charcoal grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Melts in your mouth…and on your shirt if you are not careful.
The variety of golf challenges is depicted in this uphill approach to the naked perched green on the par 4 12th. This is ranked the second hardest hole on the inward side and this green complex is a good part of the reason.
At 130 yards the 14th would appear a bit innocuous but it is a wolf in sheep’s clothing as the target is really small, influenced by the winds off the loch, and those bunkers the left are Titleist magnets.