Hunting Hawk Golf Club - hole 16
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Hunting Hawk Golf Club - hole 16
The 16th hole at Hunting Hawk Golf Club, a 545-yard par 5, runs along one of the lakes that designer Bill Love created to collect water to irrigate the course. Kevin Dunleavy/GolfAdvisor
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Hunting Hawk Golf Club - hole 1
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Hunting Hawk Golf Club - hole 1
The first hole at Hunting Hawk Golf Club kicks off a strategic nine with wider fairways and fewer hazards than the course's treacherous back nine. Kevin Dunleavy/GolfAdvisor
Hunting Hawk golf course - 4th
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Hunting Hawk golf course - 4th
As if 460 yards weren't enough on Hunting Hawk Golf Club's longest par 4, a steep-faced fairway bunker adds to the difficulty of the fourth hole. Kevin Dunleavy/GolfAdvisor
Hunting Hawk Golf Club - hole 9
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Hunting Hawk Golf Club - hole 9
The green on no. 9 at Hunting Hawk Golf Club, the longest hole on the course at 568 yards, is reachable in two shots for long hitters who want to cut yardage from the dogleg and gamble over water. Kevin Dunleavy/GolfAdvisor
Hunting Hawk G.C. - 10th hole
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Hunting Hawk G.C. - 10th hole
Many fairway bunkers, like this at no. 10 at Hunting Hawk Golf Club, can prevent players from reaching the green. Kevin Dunleavy/GolfAdvisor
Hunting Hawk Golf Club - hole 10
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Hunting Hawk Golf Club - hole 10
With an environmental strip fronting the green, the 10th hole is appropriately difficult, introducing the tighter, tougher back nine at Hunting Hawk Golf Club in Glen Allen, Virginia. Kevin Dunleavy/GolfAdvisor
Hunting Hawk golf course - 11th
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Hunting Hawk golf course - 11th
Lakes figure prominently on three of Hunting Hawk Golf Club's four par 5s, including the 11th hole. Kevin Dunleavy/GolfAdvisor
Hunting Hawk Golf Club - hole 12
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Hunting Hawk Golf Club - hole 12
The 12th hole at Hunting Hawk Golf Club is a beautifully secluded par 3 that plays over an environmental hazard from tee to green. Kevin Dunleavy/GolfAdvisor
Hunting Hawk golf course - 14th
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Hunting Hawk golf course - 14th
At no. 14 at Hunting Hawk Golf Club, players have to carry a wide environmental area off the tee and a narrow strip on the approach. Kevin Dunleavy/GolfAdvisor
Hunting Hawk Golf Club - hole 16
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Hunting Hawk Golf Club - hole 16
The putting surfaces at Hunting Hawk Golf Club are a special strain of drought-resistant bentgrass. Kevin Dunleavy/GolfAdvisor
Hunting Hawk Golf Club - hole 17
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Hunting Hawk Golf Club - hole 17
The par-3 17th hole at Hunting Hawk Golf Club is all carry to a bunker-protected green. Kevin Dunleavy/GolfAdvisor
Hunting Hawk Golf Club - hole 17 green
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Hunting Hawk Golf Club - hole 17 green
The two-tiered green at no. 17 at Hunting Hawk Golf Club is a challenge. Kevin Dunleavy/GolfAdvisor
Hunting Hawk GC - hole 18
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Hunting Hawk GC - hole 18
Deep fairway bunkers add to the difficulty at no. 18 at Hunting Hawk Golf Club, which plays toward the clubhouse. Kevin Dunleavy/GolfAdvisor

Whole Lotta Love at Hunting Hawk Golf Club in Glen Allen, Virginia

GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- Bill Love designed two golf courses in Glen Allen, one just a wedge shot from the other across the Chickahominy River.

Location is where the similarities end between the private Dominion Club, co-designed by Curtis Strange, and public Hunting Hawk Golf Club , where water conservation and environmental protection are foremost.

While houses line many of the fairways of the Dominion Club , there is not a home to be seen at Hunting Hawk. While the Dominion Club has a 28,000-square-foot clubhouse with a grand Rotunda and elegant dining room, Hunting Hawk has a single-story structure with a no-nonsense pro shop and snack bar. While the Dominion Club has a pool, tennis and baby-sitting service, Hunting Hawk is all about golf.

At Hunting Hawk, rainfall is captured and stored with an intricate network of streams, underground pipes and ponds. With water conservation the theme, the course is brown and barren in many of the peripheral areas, but well conditioned on the bentgrass greens, Bermuda fairways and primary rough. The naturally beautiful course traverses woodlands, wetlands and rolling land in a surprisingly secluded property, 20 miles northwest of Richmond. Hunting Hawk measures 6,882 yards from the tips, playing to a 73.2 rating and a hefty slope of 140.

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.
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