Riverfront Golf Course
This place is actually beautiful. Regardless of how well you play, the scenery here is worth the green fees.
Wide open fairways, very few undulations. Some hazards in the way of deep bunkers and sandtraps near the greens and water everywhere (peripheral ro and across the fairways).
Three hours of golf and wait is needed to cover the popular 5200 yards to 6900 yards of this course. Greens fees are $45 for 18-holes and $12 for a cart.
There are driving ranges and putting greens and chipping areas.
There is a pro shop and snack bar. Pool, lockers and showers are for club members only.
This is a private club which allows public access on weekdays and non-tournament weekends when members are not playing. You must call 24 hours in advance to book a tee time. You can even book it online.
This was my first visit to this area. The downtown area is very clean, and well-maintained. City workers were out early in the morning cleaning the waterfront park of any trash, mowing, etc.
In speaking to some of the locals, Norfolk has seen a great improvement over the past 4 years or so. With a new police station downtown, the area between the waterfront on the south side of the Elizabeth River, and the Scope Arena, bordered by St. Paul St. on one side, is a much safer area to be walking around in than it apparently used to be.
City officials have been bringing in more festivals, entertainment, etc. into the city, and for the surrounding cities making up the Hampton Roads district, Norfolk seems to be the place to come to.
The actual beach at Virginia Beach is just a 25 min drive east along the highway.
For those staying at the Sheraton or the Marriott Hotels downtown, you'll find there's a lack of a liquor store in the safer part of the city. There are a few bars, however. You may wish to drive 10 minutes east up the highway and take the exit for Military Hwy North. There, you'll find plenty of restaurants and malls, and places to purchase beer, wine, etc.