|4/13/2009||The Brian Mitchell American Heart Association Celebrity Golf Classic drew predictably fewer players than in previous years. Many outings have bee cancelled or postponed due to lagging corporate support. There were plenty of former Redskins this year, nearly as many as paying golfers it seemed. The course has matured nicely since its opening 3 years ago. Drainage issues still haunt a few holes, but problems are a far cry from yester year. The Norman course is certainly more difficult than the resort style RTJ. Both are fine layouts, but for challenge play the newer Norman course. This time out I had a chance to warm up on the adjacent nine hole executive course. The course is a popular inclusion in stay and play packages at the hotel. The signature for the Norman course is the final four holes which measure 1,760 yards from the tips, and they call “the toughest mile in golf". Ayce|
|7/16/2007||The older, Robert Trent Jones course seemed to be in average condition for the 288 person outing on this weekday. It is usually 90 degrees for carts while the newer Norman course is cart path only. Aside from that advantage, the RTJ seems old and tired alongside its new mate. The new clubhouse is a great improvement and the staff remains one of the best in the business. Since you can only play the courses as a member, guest (hotel or with a member,) or in an outing, hope that you can get on the new course. Unless you have played the RTJ track it pales in comparison to the Norman experience. While I never thought I would feel this way about the older resort course, the massive development of housing around it has changed my perception of this once very enjoyable course. Ayce|
|6/5/2006||Now that these two resorts courses (RTJ and Norman) no longer offer public play, you must be in an outing, guest of a member, or guest of the hotel. The original course (RTJ) remains the solid resort course for all occasional golfers. The new 18 offers wonderful challenges to all golfers. The signature “toughest mile in golf” which comprises the last 4 holes is outstanding but there are some holes its equal sprinkled amongst the other 14 holes. It is worth it to stay at the property, which has undergone major enhancements, just to play these two courses. A favorite tournament of Waggle.com is the annual Ben E. King outing which will be on the new Norman course on Aug 21. We’ll look for you there. Ayce|
|10/20/2004||Always fun to play this resort course! Outings there get top notch treatment on this RTJ designed beauty. Now the fun is to play the ‘revised’ route with the 2 new holes. The old finishing two have been destroyed and the former #16 made the finishing, with two new par 4s inserted in the back nine. Another reason to play now is to get a peak at the new eighteen adjacent to the present layout. I can’t wait to get on that one. Ayce|
|8/17/2004||I and a friend played the course at Lansdowne Resort & Conference Center on Tuesday. We didn't tour the entire resort, but saw some of the amenities one would expect - nice restaurant, pool, great locker room, large pro shop and a pretty big snack bar between 9 and 10 holes. I checked in with Jason Powell, the first assistant pro. Nice young man who was very personable and got us set up quickly and sent us to the driving range.
The course was very player friendly, at least on the front nine. Although it is a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, and I live on a RTJ course, the false fronts he is noted for didn't seem too evident. Not so on the back nine. The approaches were familiar but that doesn't mean I scored well. The elevation changes and the streams that were bordered by large rocks were visually attractive. And the driving accuracy had to be better. The other RTJ trait that I didn't adapt to but should have, was his contouring - or lack of - on the greens. One tends to read too much into them and they don't have the break you would expect.
The course was well maintained and the I think zoysia fairways are terrific. It was really a pleasurable experience and one I'm glad I had the opportunity to experience. I heard or read that when the Greg Norman course that is presently under construction at Lansdowne is completed, the course may be closed to the public and be for resort guests and members only. So play it now! Steve - Year of Golf Winner