|Review by: Oscar C
||This is one of the best courses that I have played and the course has a special beauty, style and texture that make for a great golf experience. I have played two other Maverick Trail courses in Virginia, Royal New Kent and Stonehouse, and Tobacco Road does them one better.
Having played the other two courses, I was well prepared for the forced carries, blind shots to fairways or greens, hidden bunkers and fast greens that are usual to Mike Strantz courses. Tobacco Road takes those characteristics and adds more generous waste areas to the mix as you meander through the grounds of an old quarry site.
The course is more than fairways and greens. Tobacco Road is high mounds of gnarly grass, seas of sand and stone, and rolling fairways and sloped greens sometimes just large enough to catch the well-driven golf ball.
The first hole of Tobacco Road could be more than enough for timid golfers to endure. The golfer must hit two accurate shots through or over mounds just to be able to make a par five on the hole. The second and third holes are relaxing par four and three, respectively, as long as the tee shots find the fairway and the green without an intervening misdirection to a waste area. The fourth hole is a par five that is reachable for an eagle putt as it bends the left. The score here will provide the player with a model how to play the eleventh hole, which is another par five, but this one bends to the right. Also, this par five has an elevated tee area, low landing area and elevated green. The thirteenth hole is a delicate par five that requires accurate placement of the approach shot to the green as the green is surrounded like a castle by the grassy mounds which would resemble a fortress if hit into them.
While there is a definite beauty to number 14, a par three that has watered bordering on the right, the par three 17 is a stellar hole that doesn't measure over 150 yards, has an elevated tee box and a crooked finger green that stretches beside a vast waste area.