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.