Lansdowne Resort - Sharkbite golf course - hole 1
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Lansdowne Resort - Sharkbite golf course - hole 1
The Sharkbite Course at Lansdowne Resort and Spa is just nine holes, but it's plenty of golf, starting with this 268-yard par 4. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Lansdowne Resort - Sharkbite golf course - hole 2
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Lansdowne Resort - Sharkbite golf course - hole 2
The second hole on the Sharkbite at Lansdowne Resort and Spa is 144 yards and the first of four par 3s on the nine-hole golf course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Lansdowne Resort - Sharkbite golf course - hole 3
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Lansdowne Resort - Sharkbite golf course - hole 3
A hazard runs in front of the fairway on the par-4 third hole on the Sharkbite golf course at Lansdowne Resort and Spa near Washington D.C. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Lansdowne Resort - Sharkbite golf course - hole 4
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Lansdowne Resort - Sharkbite golf course - hole 4
There are five sets of tees on Lansdowne Resort's Sharkbite golf course. The fourth hole can play as short as 57 yards. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Lansdowne Resort - Sharkbite golf course - hole 5
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Lansdowne Resort - Sharkbite golf course - hole 5
A large bunker will catch long approaches on the par-4 fifth hole on the Sharkbite Course at Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Virginia. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Lansdowne Resort - Sharkbite golf course - hole 6
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Lansdowne Resort - Sharkbite golf course - hole 6
There's little trouble on the 319-yard, par-4 sixth hole on the longest par 3 on the Sharkbite golf course at Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Virginia. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Lansdowne Resort - Sharkbite golf course - hole 7
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Lansdowne Resort - Sharkbite golf course - hole 7
The longest par 3 on the Sharkbite golf course at Lansdowne Resort and Spa is the 186-yard sixth. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Lansdowne Resort - Sharkbite golf course - hole 8
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Lansdowne Resort - Sharkbite golf course - hole 8
There's a short forced carry on the par-3 eighth hole on the Sharkbite golf course at Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Virginia. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Lansdowne Resort - Sharkbite golf course - hole 9
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Lansdowne Resort - Sharkbite golf course - hole 9
The longest and most difficult hole on the Sharkbite golf course at Lansdowne is the 420-yard, par-4 ninth. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

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.

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.
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