I literally did this same exact trip a week ago (starting in Reston though). I should preface this by saying we’d gotten a TON of rain that week and it drizzled most of the round at SW. Where to start on South Wales…first I’ll mention the greens are pretty bad, like worst I’ve seen in years bad lol BUT they rolled semi straight, so there’s that. Second, it’s cheap as hell to play and beers are like 3 bucks. Third, it’s extremely laid back, never very crowded and rounds hardly take more than 4 hours (big plus in my eyes).
Depends on your expectations. If you wanna have fun and get warmed up before hitting SH9 and have cheap beers along the way, go for it. If you’re actually trying to put together a decent score and play well, I probably wouldn’t go and would head to Blue Ridge Shadows instead in Front Royal. It’s a tiny bit out of the way in relation to SH9, but more worth it in my opinion.