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.

Recent articles
Ocean City has become a bona fide golf destination, with enough stellar public courses to fill even a weeklong trip. And one of them is Ocean Pines Golf & C.C.
There are many stay-and-play options in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C region, but none can match the combination of upscale amenities at a reasonable price, the private-course conditions, the diversity of courses and the Interstate convenience of Turf Valley in Ellicott City, Md.
Since it opened in 1995, family owned Wetlands Golf Club in Aberdeen, Md. has been favored by locals for its fast greens, interesting risk/reward layout, Scottish accents, cozy Cape Cod clubhouse and, most of all, its value.
While golf should never be confused with war, Paul Azinger did learn a valuable lesson from the Navy SEALs for the 2008 Ryder Cup.
As a public course under the new ownership of developer D.R. Horton, the fortunes of Cobblestone Park Golf Club have turned. The evidence is the elegant clubhouse -- in construction limbo for years -- which was finally completed in the fall of 2014.
The seven counties of South Carolina known as the Olde English District is a paradise for golfers who like to play fast, pay less and take the road less traveled.
Sniping at Chief Executives for hitting the course has long been a sport in itself. In chronological order, here's a brief look at each of the presidential golfers -- their games and their contributions to golf.
Blue Mash Golf Course filled a glaring need when it opened in 2001. In a wealthy area with plenty of open space, there wasn't a single upscale public golf course in Montgomery County, Maryland. Blue Mash changed all that. Kevin Dunleavy has more from Laytonsville, Md.
Here's what all D.C.-area military golfers can agree on: Andrews and Belvoir are two of the better military golf facilities in the country. And the Medal of Honor course in Quantico, Va. is a close third.
Hampshire Greens Golf Course in Silver Spring, Md. has the conditioning and quality design to match its affluent zip code. But the most compelling reason to play here is Hampshire Greens' combination of convenience and price. Finding another muni of this pedigree 10 miles from the Beltway in Washington, D.C., is downright impossible.
While most of the Philadelphia courses by legendary designers are private, there are a few examples of their work for all to play. Take a closer look at some of the best public plays in the Philadelphia area.
A list of the top 50 municipal tracks in the U.S. includes five from the Chicago area, more than any other city. Besides quality, what do the Windy City's best tracks have in common? Let's just say size clearly matters.
While it might be a stretch to call Pittsburgh a golf destination, there are few place better than the Steel City to live and play golf. The Steel City's bounty was not lost on Golf Digest, which in 2011 named Pittsburgh the second-best city in the nation for public golf.
Hyatt River Marsh Golf Club in Cambridge, Md. is consistently rated among the state's top-10 courses. Holes play along the Choptank River and Shoal Creek, traversing wetlands, open meadows and forests of hardwood and pine, and sculpted, white-sand bunkers give the course elegance and definition. Considering the scenery and stellar conditions, River Marsh is an appropriate centerpiece of the luxurious Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina.
Golfers know all about Fayetteville, North Carolina. After all, it's where you turn off I-95 to head east to Myrtle Beach or west to Pinehurst. But four outstanding tracks make Fayetteville a golf destination in itself. Cypress Lakes Golf Course, Bayonet at Puppy Creek and Gates Four Golf & C.C. have a lot to offer, Kevin Dunleavy writes.
Many of D.C.'s best courses are private, but you don't have to be a Beltway insider to feel like one at these top upscale publics.
No matter the budget, D.C. area golfers can find a quick golf getaway for them. Local Kevin Dunleavy breaks down the choices.
With a unique water conservation and irrigation scheme, Hunting Hawk Golf Club, located 20 miles northwest of downtown Richmond in Glen Allen, Virginia, represents the future of golf. In a game threatened by the increased scarcity and rising cost of water, Hunting Hawk serves as a case study of how to create an outstanding golf course using natural sources of water. Surrounded by farmland, the golf course stays true to its pristine setting.
Playing Independence Golf Club is like being in Texas. Everything there is big. The course, in the suburbs west of Richmond, Va., has big fairways, big greens, big bunkers, big trees and a big clubhouse. With rates that top out at $75, Independence is a bargain considering its pedigree as the lone daily-fee golf course in Virginia designed by Tom Fazio. Like many of his courses, Independence is both visually pleasing and playable with its wide fairways and five sets of tees.
Few golf courses have undergone as many changes in as little time as Cahoon Plantation Golf Club in Chesapeake, Va. It once had an 18-hole, par-3 course and 27 regulation holes. But while the changes aren't what Cahoon had in mind when it opened in 1999, what remains is a stellar and unique 18 holes. From a flat, treeless, windswept canvas, designer Tom Clark fashioned a course with Scottish accents, setting it apart from the low-lying courses of the Hampton Roads region.
Golfers in the Virginia Beach area are fortunate to have a place like Hampton Roads Golf Clubs, which features seven diverse golf courses for players of all levels and tastes. Golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones and his son Rees Jones are part of the lore here. From Cypress Point C.C., the priciest of the courses, to Owl's Creek Golf Course, the least expensive and ideal for seniors, women, children and players looking for a quick round, Hampton Roads Golf Clubs has you covered.
The Golf Courses of Lawsonia features two 18-hole tracks -- and they couldn't be much different. The Woodlands Course is cut through dense forest, while the Links Course is virtually treeless.
While the 1996 closure of Fort Benjamin Harrison in the suburbs of Indianapolis caused pain, 1,700 of its acres were transformed into the magnificent playground that is Fort Harrison State Park. And the centerpiece is a stunning golf course designed by Indiana native Pete Dye with help from his son P.B. called The Fort Golf Course, which gets high praise from reviewers. Kevin Dunleavy has more.
With extensive renovation under new ownership, White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point, Indiana has been restored to its past glory, reflected in glowing player reviews on The golf course features four nines -- the Red Hawk, Grey Hawk, Black Hawk and Silver Hawk. Designed by Tim and Dick Nugent, White Hawk consistently appears on top-10 lists for the state.
With his golf course design business based 30 miles away in Libertyville, Ill., highly acclaimed Rick Jacobson was an obvious and convenient choice to build Bowes Creek Country Club in Elgin. Based on reviews on, locals approve of the work of their native son, giving Bowes Creek an average rating of 4.5 on a scale of 5. The course has many of the player-friendly touches typical of Jacobson courses: wide fairways, big greens and multiple, scattered tee boxes, giving holes an array of different looks.
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