|10/27/2008||Sometimes marginal conditions can seem idealic (is this a word?) when an apparent weather cancelled round works out. This was the case today as what was a rained out day for many in the NOVA area turned into a fine afternoon round at Stonewall.
As I began travelling I-66 on the way to the course the rain started falling and the wind started blowing. Certain that we wouldn't be playing, I was ready to turn around and head back to the office. But something made me continue. Perhaps it was the fact that it was a client that had invited me to play, or perhaps the idea of heading back to the office kept me going, or most likely it was the "golfer's hope" that somehow things would work out. Whatever it was, I made the right decision. After we arrived the rain stopped, the wind subsided and the front 9 was beautiful golf. A little wind and a few sprinkles visited on the back but not enough to ruin the day.
Stonewall is one of the premiere courses in Northern Virginia and definitely in my top 3 favorite to play. The course is always in immaculate condition and today was no exception. Your choice of tee box will definitely decide how the course will play so choose correctly or you could be in for a punishing round. #1 seems like a simple uphill dogleg right par 4 but keep your tee shot in position or you can end up with a blind approach to the green. You'll hit most your clubs and Stonewall and you'll have to make a few decisions about whether to go for it or not. #18 is a great finishing hole and I've seen many close matches change here.
The golf season may be wrapping up here soon, but if you get a chance head out to Stonewall - you'll be glad you did! Bogeyman|
|5/11/2007||Just as good as it gets. That’s the way to describe a Friday outing in perfect May weather at Stonewall. This course is arguably one of the best public access courses in the Washington area. Be careful of the traffic mess on Route 66 due to construction lest you miss your tee time. Other than traffic it’s hard to find any negatives about this course. Enjoy spending a quarter per gallon less on gas while you cruise through Gainesville on the way. Bonefish Grill makes a nice stopping point, too. Ayce|
|5/4/2006||Always a joy to play this beautiful course! This is one of the best public access courses in the Mid Atlantic-and appropriately located across the lake from one of the best private courses in RTJ. In a recent outing the service was exceptional, the course near perfect. Love looking at the homes surrounding the course. Most are a respectable distance from the action to be appreciated, not annoyed by. The finishing hole which is a three shot par five is one of the best such holes in the region. Clubhouse and food are wonderful so plan on being spoiled. Ayce|
|10/3/2005||If the closest you get to golfing RTJ is Stonewall, you are not fareing too badly. Sure RTJ is a gem, but Stonewall ranks up there with the best of the public access courses. The view of the Lake Manassas shore is awesome, and the beautiful homes (set far enough back from the course) provide good drooling material. Now some of the houses are in resale mode so you can occasionally pick up real estate info from a backyard to see how closely you have guessed the asking price. Greens are always true rolling and the generous fairways are well kept. This high end property is worth taking that out of town guest or old golf buddy to for a treat. Ayce|
|6/6/2005||The Waggle men participated in our 8th or 9th annual Summer Solstice Survival on a hot muggy day at Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville VA. For any of you out there that want a really nice treat of golf which is challenging yet fair, give Stonewall a try. For the Solstice, we were able to play both the white and blue tees and each presented a nice variety of shots and required you to use some sense off the tee box. My favorite was number 6 which is a par 5 - reachable in 2 but if you don’t make it or you’re just a little short or right, you’re wet as the green and fringe feeds the lake! Risk vs. reward at its finest! Bogeyman raves about the back nine being the best in the area – I can’t argue with him but I can say the front is pretty darn nice too! The fairways, tee boxes, sand traps, greens and clubhouse were all in excellent condition – the way a golf course should be. There is enough of a challenge (136 slope from the whites, 139/blue), but if you think a little and miss shots where you have some room to miss, you’ll be treated fairly. As you can probably sense, we really enjoyed the course and I think you will too! Lefty|
|10/12/2003||By now most every golfer has heard the rave reviews about the new course on Lake Manassas next to RTJ—Stonewall. On a recent visit I found all the praise to be deserved and then some. Conditions were excellent and carts were allowed on the course, but the design is awesome. It seemed as though the shorter holes had some tricks to compensate for their lack of length and vice versa for the muscle holes. Several holes call for almost 200 yard carries over ravines or ponds. The front nine offers challenging holes with sights of dream houses that are far enough away that they do not intrude on play. But the back nine is what this course is all about. Scenic holes through the woods with terrific water views make this backside possibly the best nine in the area. The clubhouse is beautiful, the food is good, and the staff friendly - so don’t let the price keep you from enjoying Stonewall. Try to get into an outing in order to take in the practice area, food, and leisurely pace. Ayce|