Lorton Golf CoursesBuilt on land occupied until 2000 by a maximum-security prison, Laurel Hill Golf Club was a revelation when it opened to golfers five years later. The transformation of the forbidding property, formerly marked by guard towers and razor wire, to perhaps the Washington, D.C.-area's premium public golf address is an intriguing success story.Laurel Hill Golf Club, which opened in 2005, has quickly become an old favorite. There aren't many trees and water only comes into play on one hole. Instead, the challenges come from the length and the elevation changes. Designer Bill Love also incorporated sprawling, asymmetric bunkers that both narrow the fairways and protect the greens.