The rolling terrain of Northern Virginia was tailor-made for golfing, and there are plenty of options for a quick lesson or to play a scenic—and challenging—18 holes. One of the most praised public courses is Bull Run Golf Club in Haymarket. Its 18 holes meander past meadows, ponds and woodlands, serving up a good mix of short and long pars. Some duffers claim it has one of the area’s best finishing holes, a downhill par 5.
Beautiful Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville also garners praise. The first nine ramble through open land around Lake Manassas and the back nine (arguably the best back nine in the area) wind through densely wooded hills. The view from the 16th is outstanding.
Looking for a little practice or a quick nine holes? Try Bristow’s Broad Run Golf and Practice Facility, a challenging par-35 course with an all-weather driving range, a two-acre short game practice area and a 10,000-square-foot putting area.
Other courses and practice facilities include:
Golf Tour Trailer Studios Game Improvement Center in Warrenton has a putting green, pro shop and LPGA instructors.
Soaring trees surround Nokesville's 18-hole course at Prince William Golf Club favored by beginning and intermediate golfers.
South Wales Golf Club, praised for its layout, offers a flat course with water hazards on seven holes in Jeffersonton.