Whole Lotta Love at Hunting Hawk Golf Club in Glen Allen, Virginia

GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- Bill Love designed two golf courses in Glen Allen, one just a wedge shot from the other across the Chickahominy River.

Location is where the similarities end between the private Dominion Club, co-designed by Curtis Strange, and public Hunting Hawk Golf Club, where water conservation and environmental protection are foremost.

While houses line many of the fairways of the Dominion Club, there is not a home to be seen at Hunting Hawk. While the Dominion Club has a 28,000-square-foot clubhouse with a grand Rotunda and elegant dining room, Hunting Hawk has a single-story structure with a no-nonsense pro shop and snack bar. While the Dominion Club has a pool, tennis and baby-sitting service, Hunting Hawk is all about golf.

At Hunting Hawk, rainfall is captured and stored with an intricate network of streams, underground pipes and ponds. With water conservation the theme, the course is brown and barren in many of the peripheral areas, but well conditioned on the bentgrass greens, Bermuda fairways and primary rough. The naturally beautiful course traverses woodlands, wetlands and rolling land in a surprisingly secluded property, 20 miles northwest of Richmond. Hunting Hawk measures 6,882 yards from the tips, playing to a 73.2 rating and a hefty slope of 140.

Feb 11, 2014

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Kevin Dunleavy is a longtime resident of northern Virginia, a graduate of George Mason University, an award-winning reporter covering golf, colleges, and other sports for the Washington Examiner, and a single-digit handicap still seeking his elusive first hole-in-one. Follow Kevin on Twitter at @KDunleavy.