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4.6
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
97.2%
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Value
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4.7
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About

Holes 18
Type Municipal
Par 71
Length 7010 yards
Slope 145
Rating 74.6

Laurel Hill Golf Club has some of the best conditions of any public course in the area, which is why it is popular amongst the locals. It is hard to believe that the club sits where the DC Department of Corrections facility at Lorton used to be located. The layout has a traditional design, but unlike older golf courses it runs a lengthy 7,102 yards from the back tees. The greens are lightning fast and undulating. There is defined contouring throughout the course, which allows for some interesting holes. Although the fairways are wide open they are still punishing towards errant shots. There are dramatic elevation changes throughout the golf course, making a flat lie nearly impossible to find. The course provides a formidable test for even the most seasoned players.

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Course Details

Year Built 2005
Golf Season Year round
Architect Bill Love (2005) Matt Lohmann (2013) Matt Lohmann (2005)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper attire is required. No tee-shirts, jeans, cutoffs or sandals.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Locker Rooms

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Reviews

4.7
177 Reviews (177)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 9
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 28
Plays Long 25
Elevation Changes 24
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 31
Locals 18
A Weekend Splurge 16
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 22
In the 'Burbs 17
Worth the Drive 17

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Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Challenge and reward

This course sits just 2 miles off of Route 95 and wraps around old prison grounds of Lorton correctional facility Despite being close to the city you feel like you’re out in the country with rare views of houses or development along the course. Historical signs that the Teebox is giving you a sense of the history of this area

The course has five tea boxes and it’s most important to choose the right Teebox for your game or you’ll have a frustrating around. Elevation changes dog legs left and right and pristine interesting greens are the characteristics of this course. course was in excellent condition

As many as five bunkers protect some of the greens and line the fairways turning an errant shot into a sandy par chance. Other errant shots will find their way into the woods or fescue but most fairways are generous ...however approach shots tend to be with elevation either up or down and you won’t find flat lies very often as you approach the greens

This course is a little pricey for a municipal course particular on the weekends however price value is excellent. Staff was friendly and professional ....pace of play was excellent and this is a must play if you’re a golfer in Northern Virginia

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course but customer service could improve

Great course but definitely not a great place to relax afterwards with the staff acting like they don’t want you there

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent course

I played with a member which was extremely helpful. It's a tough layout,, make sure to pay attention to the rating/slope and use the right tee box. Excellent condition and maintained, , very challenging, highly recommended.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

I had a great time.

First time playing the course — I had a great time!

Immediately met by kind people at check in and at the starter station. Very efficient and clear with procedures. I appreciated the free warm up range balls.

As mentioned by other reviewers the course was long on some holes (combo of distance and elevation) — I played white tees. I normally drive 250yds and was glad to make par on some through short pitch/chip and putt. However the fairways were comfortably wide, with traps to punish only the most pushed or pulled shots.

Beautiful holes and maintenance.

Greens were great! And much faster and contoured than I was used to on weaker muni courses. However practice green by clubhouse was fair representation. I recommend a few minutes earlier to take advantage.

Pace of play was perfect! My group (I was single matched with others) didn’t need to wait more that a minute ore two on one or two holes for those ahead of us to clear. This could have been because of individual carts due to protective Covid measures or timing distribution. Whatever it was, it worked very well.

Very fun!

Thank you!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

too long, ridiculous rough in/around bunkers on #5

Some holes from the white tees were ridiculously long. 440yds par 4. 566 par 5.
Most irritating was hole #5. They have bunkers on the left side near and around the green. there were probably 6 or more fairway/greenside bunkers there. That's ok. What's NOT OK was the RIDICULOUS junk/weeds/high grass framing the bunkers. Seriously....the bunkers are already a hazaard but NOT MOWING OR MAINTAINING the WEEDS between the bunkers? cmon, its already a hazard but placing a hazard within a hazard is STUPID,

they had the same situation at Bristow Manor a few years ago and i wrote the same complaint to the GM there and a few months later, they removed the hazard within the hazard.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Laurel Hill Golf Cours

Love the course layout! Great condition. Sand in the traps was the best I’ve seen this year. Only negative comment would be the geese droppings all over the 16th green. First time I’ve played here. Definitely would like to return.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Round of Golf

The course was a little crowded, but people kept their distance and the staff were helpful in moving people along. The greens were in good condition and the course in general was very nice.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Nice Course and Members are Friendly

When ariving the people who work there are very courteous and welcoming. Since we only had two people, we were paired up with another member who was very nice. I do not pretend to be good or decent at golf. The course was nice and wide (for all the times I topped the ball and slice it). The course is very well maintained and overall was an enjoyable time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best in the area

Course was great. Pace of play was great. One of the toughest and most enjoyable in the area. Play the correct tee boxes folks because this golf course will test you.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great course, Expensive

Course was in great condition. They somehow took #18 back. (The geese and a guy with a shot gun owned it for a while.)

$107 for a county course is crazy.

Chef at Burger stand near driving range was awesome. Why not build a permanent stand and tables out there so we don't have to walk so far to go inside?

Very courteous staff!

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Used cart

In Great Shape

Course is in fantastic shape. The greens are rolling smooth and the fairways are perfect.

Really fun course layout and challenging. Awesome practice facilities (putting green, range with greens for targets, chipping area with bunkers).

The cart girls came around several times per nine holes.

Highly recommended and worth the price.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 196
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Virginia Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Walked

Beautiful And Brutal

Laurel Hill Golf Club has hosted numerous state and national amateur championships and it only takes playing a few holes to see why. The combination of immaculate conditions, aesthetic appeal, and brutally unforgiving design make this the closest Virginia has to a US Open-worthy public course. In fact, it could pretty much host one here tomorrow.

I rarely label a course on here as "extremely challenging" but no course deserves the designation more than this course. I've played TPC Sawgrass... this course was harder. The rough is back-strainingly thick. If you miss the fairway, you can pretty much forget trying to reach the green on the next shot. Likewise, chipping and pitching around the greens is no easy task as few balls will have enough back spin to hold onto the green. The greens themselves are sloped, fast, and not the easiest to read either. Oh, did I not mention the bunkers? There are A TON of bunkers, both greenside and fairway and every one of them in a place you're likely to end up.

Perhaps the more impressive aspect of this course isn't its difficulty but rather its ability to make you enjoy yourself despite not scoring well as happened to me during my round.

The conditions here are as good as any public course in the state and puts nearby, more expensive alternatives to shame with lush, even, smooth grass from tee to green. No soggy areas, no burn-out, no rotten or diseased bare spots, every hole is just a carpet of green. The many bunkers are full and smooth and hitting out of them is predictable. The greens, though visibly punched (small holes) nonetheless roll true and somewhat quickly (they probably didn't roll them the day I played, which was fine by me with all my 3-putts).

Conditions is one thing, but value is quite another and are often at odds with each other. After all, anyone to can travel to Primland or The Homestead or Kingsmill and pay $200+ to get great conditions. Or you can play here for as low as $39 with cart, range balls, fully-featured practice facility, and friendly staff all included at no extra charge. That's pretty much a mike-drop in my book. And it makes Laurel Hill the best value in Virginia public golf.

A final note on pace of play. I typically find when I play anywhere in Northern VA that it takes about 30-40 minutes longer to complete a round than it otherwise would elsewhere, so if you aren't from the area keep that in mind. That said, I had no issues in my round despite a busy weekday afternoon and playing in a foursome with foursomes in front and behind. We all finished in about 4:15. The starter really keeps on top of making sure everyone gets out on time and there are course marshals around to monitor during the round as well. Also: walking the course is every bit as challenging as playing it, you've been warned.

Perhaps the richest county in the country having the best municipal golf course isn't that surprising, but it's no less impressive. A beautiful layout, serene conditions and a challenge on each and every shot all for less than a toll road trip through the DMV during rush hour. What more could you ask for?

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

best public course in DC area

Wow, kudos to Fairfax county for doing it right! On the grounds of the old Lorton prison (and farm). Great driving range and chipping area too (which is very rare in the DC area). The course is almost always in great shape. It's long due to the changes in terrain and elevation. Watch out for bounces into wetlands or OB usually on the right hand of each hole...play left more than you think on most holes off the tee... Don't play from the blues unless you can drive it 250. This is a hard course and I see too many fools who barely drive it 210 off the tee struggling all day long. It held the USGA publinks for a reason. This is not an easy muni - go to another Fairfax county park course if you are a new or learning golfer. They've gotten better in policing the 5 - 6 hours round that used to be the norm.

Course was closed for Covid 19 for about 7 weeks and it really enjoyed the rest....It's in great shape. Greens are huge and not overly undulating or fast (with the exception of a few like 2, 18 ). Really good closing holes...

The staff had a bad reputation but I've seen marked improvement over the past two years in friendliness. Club house is okay, for some silly reason they didn't face the glass areas toward 18, so it's a pretty dark room and has no course view. Small patio.

Eisman golf teaching school now open at the site.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great track!

The course was in great condition and the layout was fantastic. Practice areas were very nice. Would highly recommend!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great track

Awesome elevation changes, fast smooth greens visually it’s very deceptive from a lot of the tee boxes, you have more room then you can see most of the time.Would definitely play again

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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