If there are two words that I would use to describe Queenfield Golf Club, they would be "tucked away". The course is certainly isolated - located 15 minutes east of Mechanicsville in Manquin. It is not the easiest course to find, just ask my fellow players who were an amazing 40 minutes late for the tee time because of a "faulty GPS." For anyone heading out there, here's a tip, look for the signs that say "Queenfield Golf Club."
Don't let the endless acres of corn fields or the unassuming club house fool you, however. Queenfield is a challenging, fun and amazingly well-kept track, and worth the drive out east.
There is not anything that makes Queenfield incredibly difficult - there's no water, it's pretty flat, and the bunkers are few and far between. The difficulty comes with the way it is maintained. The rough is cut a little longer than usual to punish the wayward drives. Also native grass and shrubbery form OB that runs across many holes on the back nine. There are no homes on the course, and very few fairways butt against each other, so once those shanks and slices hit the tree line, you're basically out of luck.
But, if you are a low handicap, or are playing the round of your life, Queenfield sets up well. The fairways are in remarkable shape, and the bentgrass greens are some of the truest I've played in Virginia.
Also, there are five sets of tees at Queenfield, meaning you can pick the right yardage for you. This really helps for high-handicappers, when those tees inside the tips are just a little too long.
As for me, I'll always look back at Queenfield fondly, because I beat my previous best score there in the scorching heat of a July day. Usually, I see way too much of a golf course by the time I'm through. But my day at Queenfield was extremely enjoyable, thanks to playing on a lot of fairways and greens that were in impeccable shape. Even if they were tucked away.
Have you ever played at Queenfield? What are your thoughts, and what other courses should I review?