At first glance, the impression one may get pulling into the Pleasant Valley Golf Club could easily be negative, based on the undistinguished facade of the clubhouse and surrounding parking lot. Until you take out your clubs, the feel to it may leave you worried that you overpaid for 18 holes that you can find at any low-budget muni in northern Virginia, as Pleasant Valley doesnt seem to use much of their funds on the pro-shop, snackbar, or locker rooms, but that in no way is a refection on what’s most important…. the course itself, which is worth every penny.
Right out of the gate, Pleasant Valley shows you what you’re in store for off the first tee, with a picturesque short par 4 with three tall oak trees lining the left side of the fairway protecting a direct shot towards the green. You will immediately notice how PV mows the fairways, by pushing the grass on the left half of the fairway and pulling the grass on the right, giving each hole a unique appearance. At first look , it almost appears to be different cuts of grass, but once played, gives the golfer a line to shoot to divide the fairway.
Pleasant Valley is owned and operated with its sister course, South Riding just up the road, the clear difference being the lack of houses on the PV course. Here you can play eighteen holes without laying eyes on a single home which always scores big points in this golfer’s eyes. What you won’t see at Pleasant Valley is much elevation change at all, as most up and down on the course seems made, and several drives from the tee are slightly less clear than i’d like, yet not completely blind. What they’ve designed is a track with soft rolling hills of challenging holes, with a mix of long par 4’s, like the brutal 479 yd 12th hole and 450 yd 15th, along with a few short ones that will tempt your driver like the 329 yd 9th and 333 yd 16th. Three of the four par 3’s on the course require a mid-to-long iron, (if not more on the 222 yd fouth hole) and the par 5’s are really difficult to reach in to. By all accounts this is the tougher of the two courses they run, between Peasant valley & South Riding, but in my view stretches your dollar and golf ball further.
The track can play slow, as our recent round ran every bit of five hours, but was thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless. Peak rates run $98 per round, but they do participate on golfnow and my golf partners and I recently ran the course for $50 midday on a friday afternoon.