1757 Golf Club Dulles, VA – 6/30/2009
Right now there are two things to know about 1757 Golf Club. The first is that it was formerly known as Presidential (and before that Bear National), not to be confused with Lake Presidential in Maryland. Presidential was renamed 1757 Golf Club in recognition of the founding year for Loudoun County. The other fact is that the course is open for play as the newest premier daily fee course in Northern Virginia. This is the important point for those of us anxious to play the course we have heard so much about.
Currently ten of the holes designed by David Heatwole are available for play. Heatwole is a long time collaborator with Jack Nicklaus, and the influence is apparent from the first tee. Most of the holes typically show you everything you will encounter as you tee it up. The fair but challenging layout uses the natural terrain to advantage with water or marsh on many holes. While the course will be rerouted upon its completion next spring, a majority of the current holes have bias for right handed slicers!
The clubhouse and facilities are first class. A crescent shaped driving range is anchored by a golf academy building on one end, and the Max Out Golf Labs on the other. The Max Out Labs offer state of the art analysis of any swing under the capable eye of Christian Voges. An active summer golf camp was underway on the day of our visit, and an academy with soon be operating from the vacant training center. The clubhouse is perfectly functional for all types of golf events. A boardroom, ballroom, pro shop, lavish grill room, and offices comprise the main structure. The convenient location, just a mile off busy route 28 near Dulles, affords many golfers the chance to take a “golf lunch” in style.
The course shows its newness, but is in great shape. Next spring this will be an awesome 18 holer that everyone is talking about. Play it now and you will want to be back for the grand opening for sure. Rates now reflect the ten open holes, but a full regulation round is achievable measuring out at 6,600 yards. Ayce