Congratulations to Laurel Hill Golf Club for being selected by the USGA to host the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship!
If you have played this public course run by the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) then you know why it was selected. Since the day Laurel Hill opened in 2005 it has drawn rave reviews from golfers and media alike. The golf course is built on the old Lorton Prison grounds and still has some of the prison structures remaining as its backdrop.
The Amateur Public Links Championship or Publinx as it’s known is the USGA’s national championship for public-course players. It is open to amateur golfers with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 4.4. This year the Amateur Public Links Championship will be played at Bandon Dunes in Oregon.
In 1923, the second year of the tournament, East Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., was selected as the site, causing a great deal of excitement in the nation’s capital. President Warren G. Harding, a golf enthusiast, donated the team trophy.
Laurel Hill is not new to hosting prestigious events. They have previously held U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship sectional qualifiers and the VSGA Public Links Championship.
“It is a tremendous honor for the USGA to have selected Laurel Hill Golf Club to host this national championship,” said Peter Furey, director of golf for the Fairfax County Park Authority. “This selection speaks well for the vision of the Park Authority and Fairfax County in transforming a once desolate and underutilized property into a beautiful and challenging test of golf. A championship like this draws competitors from public-access courses and speaks well of the Park Authority’s mission in public golf.”
If you want to check the course out for yourself… grab a Waggle Golf Pass and save a few dollars while you’re practicing up for 2013.
Laurel Hill Golf Club – Lorton, VA – 703-493-8849