Lambert's Point Golf Club in Norfolk, Virginia: An experience unlike any other

NORFOLK, Va. -- Even when you reach Lambert's Point Golf Club, you're not sure you're there. In a sprawling parking lot surrounded by a football stadium, soccer field, tennis courts, and a college athletics building, there are countless people -- mostly young and fit -- coming and going in cars, on bicycles, and on foot.

Then, at one corner of the lot, the modest clubhouse comes into view.

To say that the municipal course -- one of seven under the umbrella of Hampton Roads Golf Clubs -- is in an odd location is an understatement. Not only does Lambert's Point share property with Old Dominion University, it is built on a landfill which juts into the Elizabeth River. Its neighbor to the south is the largest coal exporting operation in the nation, its huge ship-loaders visible from much of the golf course.

Needless to say, Lambert's Point Golf Club is a one-of-a-kind experience. Playing to a par 34 and 2,789-yards, the course might sound suited only for beginners or curiosity-seekers. But its practice facilities are extensive. Its Bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens are finely conditioned. Its views are dramatic. And designed by acclaimed Lester George, it has a unique, windswept Scottish character.

Feb 11, 2014

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Kevin Dunleavy


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.