Just right: Sharkbite golf course at Lansdowne Resort and Spa near Washington D.C. is good for all golfers

LEESBURG, Va. -- There are 45 holes of golf at Lansdowne Resort and Spa, including two championship courses -- the Robert Trent Jones Jr. Course and the Greg Norman Course. The other nine holes -- the Sharkbite Course -- are perfect for every level of golfer who wants to get in a premium golf experience in less than two hours.

With five sets of tees from 870 yards to 2,319 yards, the Greg Norman-designed Sharkbite Course (which is part of the overall private Golf Club at Lansdowne, available to resort guests) caters to families, beginners, intermediates, seniors and even good players, since from the tips, the course isn't a pushover. The par 32 features four par 3s and five par 4s with tree-lined bentgrass greens, fairway and greenside bunkers and a few water hazards. Built on a flood plain, the greens and tees are also elevated to allow for rising water levels. After heavy rainfall, the golf course can take on an entirely different look.

The shortest hole from the tips is the 144-yard, par-3 second, while the longest is the 420-yard ninth, a slight dogleg left that seems to play a little longer.

Sep 16, 2016

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Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.