Like most golfer’s, we have played in a number of competitions before.  Scrambles, charity outings, etc.   We were invited by The Amateur Tour sponsored by Under Armour, down to Cape Charles, VA to play both the Palmer and Nicholas courses at Bay Creek Resort for the last qualifier for the National Championship.  We could not speak any higher of the experience of this trip – from the golf, to how smooth the weekend ran from a logistics stand point, to the players in the tournament, we could go on and on.

First off, if you have the opportunity to play in any golf outing run by Ray Taranto I suggest you drop what you are doing and sign up now.  This man and his team know how to run a “Grade A” tournament.  The tournament itself had about 100 golfers in it.  We had a practice round on Friday, then the real competition on Saturday on the Palmer Course and to cap off the weekend we were able to have a fun round on the Nicholas course on Sunday.  To see the course layout click here and to see more information on Bay Creek and the courses click here.

Review of the Tournament:

As stated above we cannot speak highly enough of how this tournament operated.  The field of around 100 was divided into 4 flights (A Flight [0-5 handicap], B Flight [6-11 handicap], C Flight [12-20 handicap], D Flight [21-30 handicap]).  The competition was great in each flight, and from everyone we talked each foursome paring was matched perfectly.  Ray really treats everyone who enters with the upmost respect and you can really tell putting on an all-around good event is something he prides himself on.

The practice round was great, and from what we could tell the course was only available to the individuals playing in the tournament.  This really allowed for those of us who had never seen the course to take our time, hit multiple shots and, get a feel for the amazing design.  Friday night we were treated to dinner and a magic show (keep in mind the magician also played in the tournament and from all reports is a scratch golfer).

Saturday was the tourney day.  Everyone set out for a shotgun start and we were off.  The course, which we will review in detail was amazing, challenging, and it didn’t hurt that the weather was amazing.  The competition ranged from guys who I am surprised we don’t see on TV on Sunday to weekend warriors.  After everyone wrapped up their round The Tour had a surprise for everyone.  They invited the guys from Major Series of Putting (MSOP) down to do a qualifier for their National Championship in Las Vegas.  This was a lot of fun and allowed for everyone to get back in the action after their round.  If you have not heard of MSOP, I suggest you go check them out now…click here.

On Sunday, those of us who were lucky enough to stick around were able to play the Nicholas course.  This was a great way to finish the weekend and get to experience both courses Bay Creek had to offer.

Review of the Course:

Those guys Arnie and Jack really knew how to design a course, as they left no stone unturned (and honestly really knew how to place every bunker and tree exactly where my shots went).  Both courses were a hard Par 72 and each hole was designed to really capture the amazing landscape and ocean views Cape Charles has to offer.  Only down side to the course was timing, the greens had just been punched and sanded but that was a very small compliant.

  • Again, I suggest you check out the course lay out here.
  • Rather than go into detail of each hole, check out this amazing fly by video of the courses here.
  • And because I miss seeing Jack play… you can see him playing his design at Bay Creek here.

Here is full list of the awards these courses have received:

“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)”, 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




The Amateur Tour Sponsored by Under Armour provided entry fee and hotel accommodations.   All of the reviews we share on Golf Starz are our own opinions and are products we would undoubtedly recommend, use or purchase on our own.

The Amateur Tour Sponsored by Under Armour Image can be found here:

Bay Creek Course Layout and logo image can be found here:

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