What Lincoln is Thinkin' - Independence Golf Club

Throughout the summer, I'll be teeing it up all over Central Virginia.  You might be saying, but Matt, I see you all the time on NBC12... how can you possibly have time to play golf?

Well, how and when I find the time to play, is for me to know, and for you to find out.

Just so you know a little about my golfing pedigree - I've been playing the game for about seven years.  Before coming to Richmond, I worked in Myrtle Beach, the so-called World's Center of Golf.  While in MB, I hosted an all-golf radio show on the local ESPN affiliate, and hosted events for MBGolf.com.

As for my game.. it's here and there.  I like to think of myself as a golf Everyman - I have times where I play a hole like an 8 handicap, and times when I play it like a 25 handicap.  So, I can play 18 holes, and have a good feeling of what everyone might think about a golf course.

So, I'm going to give you my thoughts on golf courses all summer.  My hope is that you will use this space to add your thoughts as well.

Today I teed it up at the Independence Club in Midlothian.  The Fazio-designed course is owned an operated by the Virginia State Golf Association Foundation.  Because of that fact, Indy has an incomparable training facility for both youths and adults.  I showed up 30 minutes early to use the range, and it is one of the largest, and most well-kept that I've ever used.  So when you're hitting perfect shots on the range, it makes them look even better.

If you've played a Fazio course before, you know you're in for a challenge.  Well over a hundred strategically-placed bunkers are gorgeous, even if they are incredible troublesome for those high handicappers.  One thing that's great about Indy is that there are five tee placements, that keep the challenging course from feeling too long.

Numerous times during the round did I find myself looking out at the tee and saying out loud "This is a pretty view from the tee."  Fazio's bunkers are never just regular old ovals, and the tees are often are either raised, or below, the rest of the hole.

One of my playing partners - Ryan Nobles (you may  have heard of him) - had this to add: "I re-learned something about my golf game. I am very average for 9 holes and after that it goes downhill fast."  That doesn't particularly add anything about Independence Golf Club, but does give you a glimpse into his golf game.

One other note - I've played lots of rounds of golf in the Southeast, but I've never seen deer run through a fairway before.  But today, there was definitely a doe and her young ones that when flying by as we were playing hole #10.  If you're into that sort of thing, Indy is the place to be.  Especially if it's hunting season.

Overall, Independence Golf Club is a challenging course, with multiple memorable holes.  Head out there to play, or use the practice facility.  And make sure your sand game is up to par.