Rock Harbor Golf Course

Rock Harbor Located just outside of Winchester off of I-81 is one of the Shenandoah Valley’s true gems-Rock Harbor Golf Course. A participant of the VSGA program, for the cost of a cart ($26) we played “The Rock” course which is the original part of the golf course which now has 27 holes fully operational and a few others that can be played as part of the “Boulder Course” which should be completed by next summer giving the course a 36 hole tract. The first time I played the course, which was several years ago, I was amazed at the amount of work must have been involved in moving the huge boulders, creating the lakes, spectacular tee-boxes and enormous greens. The additional holes that have been added are stunning! The 200 yd. 17th hole par 3, that must have a 200’ elevation drop to a heart-shaped green, is breath-taking with expansive views of the valley. Each hole is unique with many challenges including elevation changes, risk-reward options, water-hazards, well- placed bunkers, a formidable rough, undulating massive greens, cinder-waste areas and random boulders, but clearly a fair course that is well-maintained and visually appealing. I always look forward to returning to Rock Harbor, not just for the golf, but the Rock Harbor Grill is one of my absolute favorite 19th holes of any of the 100+ courses I’ve played in Virginia. Susie, one of the managers in the grill,  welcomed us in the morning and three of us chose a country ham, egg and cheese sandwich on rye-which was definitely the best breakfast sandwich I’ve had all year. The ham was cooked to perfection, not too salty and complimented with a slice of cheddar cheese it was a great way to start the day. As I explained to Susie,  in my world golf is just an excuse to eat, and we would be back at the end of our round, she concurred with the suggestion from Ava’s mom that the crab-cake sandwich would be a great choice for lunch. My round was a “If I could only make a putt” round, that featured 12 bogies, over half of which involved a missed putt that burned the edge of the cup. Oh well, it is a game of inches! Thankfully, I had the vision of crab-cake sandwiches to sustain me as I plodded my way around the course. My foursome finished well ahead of the other foursome that was part of our group, so we headed into the Grill. As advised, I ordered the crab-cake sandwich. Served on a soft Kaiser roll, with a tarter-sauce blend that added just the right amount of flavor to a sandwich that was mostly crab meat with little filler, and that any Chesapeake Bay seafood eatery would be proud to call their signature sandwich; it was worth the potential for a gout flare-up I sometimes get from seafood. While teeing off on 16, one of the course marshalls recommended the “Rock Club”, essentially a club sandwich, but with chicken salad to compliment the ham and bacon. All four who ordered the sandwich were impressed by the great chicken salad twist to the old classic and the size of the sandwich. I left more impressed than ever with this great eatery, which has won numerous local restaurant awards, and the friendly staff that makes even us hackers feel most welcome. I’ll be back soon and so should you, as Rock Harbor gets my first 5 star rating this season for both the course and the food! Wow and Yum!

Food:5 Stars (5 / 5)
Course:5 Stars (5 / 5)
Staff:5 Stars (5 / 5)