Exploring NOVA: Golf Courses

Posted by Jared Midwood on 10/2/16 9:30 AM

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It’s no secret that Northern Virginia, and especially Loudoun County, boasts some of the quaintest sunsets and most picturesque landscapes in the nation. For the golf enthusiast, however, the attractions aren’t limited to the wine tastings and riding competitions that make NOVA a haven of postcard sales.

The communities surrounding Patrick Henry College are home to some of the most desirable golf courses in the region. And for the growing contingent of PHC students that enjoy a day out at the links, this revelation is most welcome indeed.

Not all college students can afford the financial capital and time it takes to play golf in the richest county in the United States. But all students need downtime, and playing the local courses can be a fun way to interact with the community and get out some energy. So if you happen to be both a PHC attendee and an enthusiast of the sport, here are the three courses (and one unique golfing experience) you have to try.

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1. Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club. This business in Leesburg is “like nothing you’ve ever experienced this side of the Atlantic,” boasts Gary Player, a recognizable name from both the PGA and Champions Tour. Player designed the course that makes the club a top attraction, which was recognized by Golf Digest on multiple occasions as one of the top golfing sites in the state of Virginia. Raspberry Falls prides itself on its Scottish style stacked pot bunkers, which are all individually named. One shot out of “Satan’s Foxhole” on #14 is enough to convince even the seasoned pro that he is competing for the Claret Jug itself. The course also features stone walls, rolling terrain, “meandering” streams, and a beautiful view of the distant Catoctin Mountains. For tech savvy players, the course is now compatible with the popular Looper caddie app.

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2. Brambleton Regional Park Golf Course. Moving to Ashburn, Brambleton Regional Park Golf Course is described as a challenging yet rewarding golf experience. Playing off the natural contours of the land, its designers intended to provide a round of golf suitable for all experience levels while retaining a strong element of difficulty. A player at Brambleton is likely to encounter some unique local wildlife, and enjoy the specially manicured fairways and putting greens. The course provides special rates for golfers over 55 and under 17, and its outdoor pavilion adds to the immersive experience. The onsite Ale House and wedding reception area provide nice areas to relax before the first hole, or after the 18th.

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3. Stoneleigh Golf and Country Club. Round Hill is home to a popular course in Stoneleigh Golf and Country Club. The facility focuses on charitable, corporate, and association golf outings throughout the season. Fundraising and entertainment receive special emphasis, but the typically uncrowded site also reaches out to other subsets of the golfing community. Stoneleigh has a reputation for being friendly to women golfers. Being at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Snickersville Gap afford the course a plethora of historical attractions and outstanding services. A player at Stoneleigh encounters everything from pre-Civil War manor houses and barns to artifacts and toll roads that play a part in American history.

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4. Top Golf. Rounding out this list is Top Golf in Ashburn, a driving-range-on-steroids that functions as a hybrid of athletics and entertainment. The range part of the attraction features over one hundred bays to hit from. But the fun doesn’t stop there. A great view of Loudoun’s bustling interstate system, coupled with pool tables and television screens showing the latest sporting events, makes for a memorable night out on the town. Top Golf also prides itself on ritzy cuisine and social events for the upper class golf enthusiast.

Loudoun County, Virginia, is a goldmine for both golfing novices and seasoned pros. So whether you just caught the bug before coming to the area, or are accustomed to wining junior club championships in the summer between semesters, get out to our beautiful county and play some golf this fall!