Golfing in the Valley: Front Royal Golf Club - Lower rates, improvements attract new golfers

FRONT ROYAL — In recent week's the powers that be in Warren County and the Parks and Recreation Dept. have decided to lower the daily fee rates at county-owned Front Royal Golf Club to entice more play at the venerable 9-hole track.

So far the results are positive as play is up, as well as snack bar revenue.

"Play does seem to have picked up lately," Warren County administrator Doug Stnaley said. "The new rates are drawing people from Frederick County, and retired teachers, golfers in general, as well as Warren County and Clarke County according to FRGC staff."

The county is also offering a monthly free day which starts this month.

The county has in the past tried to lure more golfers to the club but has faced stiff competition from the other four county golf courses (Blue Ridge Shadows, Jackson's Chase, Bowling Green Golf Club, and Shenandoah Valley).

Being a nine-hole course, albeit one that still has the best putting surfaces in the county, has held back Front Royal Golf Club.

Despite having boating access to the deepest part of the Shenandoah Valley, the William Carson walking trail and foot golf (featuring soccer balls and large holes) FRGC has struggled to attract more play.

But with the new incentives and improvements to the course, players are starting to discover the course.

In a world that offers little recreation time, Front Royal Golf Club is a refreshing alternative.

Many people simply don't have time for an 18-hole round, but with the new super low rates, a nice 9-hole round fits perfectly for some people.

Of course, once at FRGC, a nine-hole match can quickly turn into a fun 18-hole round.

With superb conditions, including those fantastic greens, and stunning views along the Shenandoah River and the Masanutten and Blue Ridge mountain ranges, the grand old course in the county has plenty to offer.

Two sets of tees for each of the nine holes offers a different version of the same hole.

Two practice putting greens and a small practice area on the bottom side of the property also allows golfers to work on their game if they chose.

Stanley pointed out that some of the improvements this spring have been all bunkers receiving new sand, and the redesign of the bunkers on the tough par 5 fourth into grass bunkers.

A new tee box on No. 15 (No. 6 on the front) has just been completed and open.

Front Royal Golf Club also offers a small banquet room that is great for hosting small parties, wedding receptions and meetings.

Built in 1938 and donated to the citizens of Warren County by the Carson family, Front Royal Golf Club still has plenty to offer to area golfers.

Low prices, quality golf, excellent scenery, and hometown charm makes FRGC an attractive alternative and worthy escape from the big boy golf courses located nearby.

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