Located in eastern Orange County, Virginia, Rapidan Golf Club lies on the historic Somerset Farm property, along the banks of the Rapidan River with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the northern horizon. Rapidan is located off Route 3, just 16 miles west of Fredericksburg and less than a one-hour drive away from Washington DC and Richmond. The Antebellum setting of the golf course offers the relaxed, refined lifestyle of traditional Virginia, along with today’s finest leisure options. The property’s historic manor house was built in 1834, by James S. Somerville, and used to shelter pickets of General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War.
Today, Rapidan retains much of its history, as the semi-private/public golf course winds through gently rolling woodlands and wetlands, while offering unspoiled views of the Virginia countryside. Rapidan’s 6,500-plus-yard course offers 18 Signature holes with traditional and links style play. A slope rating of 138 makes the layout one of the most challenging in Virginia, yet four sets of tees provide “play-ability” and challenge for golfers of every level. The course was designed by Tulsa-based architect Jerry Slack, who masterfully incorporated the heritage of Somerset Farm’s natural terrain into the design, while preserving the natural areas and wetlands of the property. The character and traditions of yesterday live on at Rapidan Golf Club.