NICKLAUS: Cart may drive on fairways today. PALMER: Cart may drive on fairways today.
Two 18-hole Signature Courses
It’s not often you get to take your pick between golf on a Nicklaus or Palmer course, two of the biggest names in golf. 36 fairways wind through some of the most scenic holes found in Eastern Virginia. Aside from the fairways and greens, though, there are miles and miles of walking and biking trails that provide full access to the gorgeous views and vistas throughout the community.
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Bay Creek’s award-winning golf resort is the first in the United States to feature Signature® courses from two of the top names in golf—Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Golf Digest has consistently named our 18-hole courses among the best in the state, while Golf World ranked Bay Creek 12th in its list of top golf resorts in America.
The Arnold Palmer Signature® Golf Course
With four holes on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, eight holes on Old Plantation Creek and several holes framed by sand dunes and large beach bunkers, the Palmer Course is a nature lover’s delight. The 7,250-yard championship course pampers its golfers with smooth A-4 greens and perfectly manicured Tifway 419 Bermuda fairways. Five strategically placed sets of tees are guaranteed to make golf fun and challenging for players of all skill levels. The course opened in 2001 and has earned yearly rankings on national award lists. The course opened in 2001 and earned Golf Digest’s “Best Upscale Course” award in 2002. “I don’t know if you could pick a better spot, better terrain, for a golf course than this. It’s remarkable to be out here… I could play this golf course every day and love it…it’s just perfect.” –Arnold Palmer, July 2001
The Jack Nicklaus Signature® Golf Course
Breathtaking views of the Chesapeake Bay and Old Plantation Creek are paired with acres of natural dunes in Jack’s design for Bay Creek. Measuring 7,417 yards with Tifsport Bermuda fairways and smooth A-4 bent grass greens, the Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course is characterized by large waste bunkers and more than 100 formal bunkers. With acres of dunes, mature trees, small well-protected greens, and water on several holes, this course will challenge the best. The course opened in 2006 and is currently ranked 8th best course in Virginia by Golfweek magazine. Watch Jack Nicklaus Play Bay Creek > > “I believe we have given everyone a golf course they can be proud of here at Bay Creek. It’s very pleasing to the eye. It has great views, particularly looking out at the water. It’s very pretty area and environmentally sensitive.” –Jack Nicklaus, May 2006
Awards and Accolades
“Golf Magazine’s 2015 Top Courses in Virginia”
– Nicklaus, Ranked 6th
– Palmer, Ranked 11th
“America’s Best New Golf Courses (Palmer), 9th Place.” Golf Digest, January 2003.
“America’s Greatest Golf Courses (Palmer), 86th Place” Golf Digest, May 2003
“America’s Best New Golf Courses (Nicklaus), 2nd Place.” Golf Digest, January 2006.
“America’s Greatest Golf Courses (Nicklaus), 42nd Place” Golf Digest, May 2006
“BEST NEW GOLF COURSE (Palmer)” TravelGolf.com, January 2002
“TOP TEN YOU CAN PLAY (Palmer)” Golf Magazine, March 2002
“Best for Resort Lifestyle” December 2009, Special Issue Links Magazine, America’s Premier Properties
“12th Best Resort in the US” Golf World 9/28/09 Issue –– 2010 Reader’s Choice Awards
“America’s Top 100 Golf Courses” ZAGAT –2009/2010