|Last Fall just prior to the opening of Laurel Hill I had the opportunity to ride the course with the GM Todd Johnson and get a sneak preview of Fairfax County's attempt at an upscale offering. By the end of the ride I knew that the FCPA had created a special course at the old Lorton prison complex. Unfortunately my schedule didn't permit a round there after it opened. In January I found out that I would be playing in the Golf Styles Solstice tournament (54 holes in one day) there in June so I decided to wait for my preview and play it 3 times in one day.
At first the weather didn't cooperate. When you leave the house at 4:30Am to tee off at 5:45 and it's raining hard - the smart man goes back to bed - but on we forged. Even though it rained for the first 27 holes we were impressed with the course. Laurel Hill throws every type of hole at you - some straightforward, others tough, some require shotmaking and others you can blast away and not be penalized too bad for errant shots. I was particulary impressed with the bunkering - before you tee off take a moment, look at the holes and think about what designer Bill Love was trying to accomplish.
As the day progressed the sun returned, the course dried and so did we. The final 27 holes were very enjoyable - except for a final soaking when the PM sprinklers came on. Each round we played a different set of tees. Laurel Hill offers multiple tee boxes that make the course challenging yet playable for all level of golfers. Playing a new course 3 times in 1 day is a unique experience and a great way to get to know it. You should get to know this one for yourself! Bogeyman