I got an invitation to play a round at Westfields Golf Club in Clifton, Virginia this past Thursday. There was lightening and thunder most of Wednesday night and I was sure we wouldn’t be playing, but I called my brother John (another member of this foursome) at 7 am and he told me that he was just leaving for the course. Turns out it didn’t rain nearly as much in Clifton as it did in Sterling, where I live.
I was met in the parking lot by an employee in a golf cart who took my bag for me. Every employee I met gave me a cheerful greeting and it was almost like being a member of a country club. We teed off at about 8 am under a low, gloomy overcast. I put our chances of completing 18 holes at less than 50/50.
We settled on the white tees, largely at my suggestion. (My handicap is right around 15, but I’ve been playing to a solid 25 so far this year.) With five sets of tees, you can select the level of difficulty you want to take on. The white tees play to 6034 yards; the “Boom Boom” tees are 6897 yards.
The course was in great shape, enhancing that “country club” feel, and we had it to ourselves. I guess the threat of rain kept other golfers away that day, but we never came close to another group on the course and only saw other golfers once or twice.
Fairways and greens were in great shape and I played closer to my real handicap on this round. We had a few sprinkles during the front nine, but nothing bad until we were on the 9th green. The rain was heavy by the time we putted out, so we decided to take a longer than normal turn at the clubhouse. There was some question as to whether we’d be able to continue, but after about 40 minutes the rain abated and we were off for the back nine.
There was some more light rain during the back nine, but not enough to stop this intrepid foursome. We completed our round in just about four hours, despite using “cart path only” rules for most of the round. The course was picturesque and I like the fact that there weren’t any houses in sight from anywhere on the course.
Westfields Golf Club – Clifton, VA – westfieldsgolf.com