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Best Value Courses in Northern VA (near Reston/Herndon)


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#1 jdish

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 05:50 AM

Interested in members thoughts on the best public courses in the northern VA area with proximity to Reston/Herndon and up to 45 minutes or so away--emphasis on best golf for the money.


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 03:17 PM

Every golf course in NoVA is overpriced compared to similar courses everywhere else I've lived. Value here really depends on whether you consider cost, time, or condition more important.

If driving an hour each way isn't a big deal, you can get much better value in Fredericksburg, or west of Leesburg.

There are tons of threads on this subject in the Mid Atlantic sub-forum.

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 11:49 AM

The Twin Lakes courses in Clifton are a decent value IMHO, especially the newer Oaks course.  Comparatively reasonably priced, even on weekends.  Fairly easy to get on as a walk on, and they have a free tee time reservation system.  Pretty well maintained for public courses, except for the bunkers on the Lakes course.  Pace of play is usually good.  Both courses are easily walkable too.

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 02:38 PM

Best golf for the money is probably 45 minutes west in Front Royal - Shenandoah Valley and/or Bowling Green

Close by and best for the price are Herndon Centennial, Brambleton, Algonkian and Twin Lakes

Higher priced, but still OK for the money are South Riding, Pleasant Valley, and Bristow Manor

Easily the best public, but overpriced, is Laurel Hills

Not recommended:

Raspberry Falls - very overpriced, declining condition
Reston - Expensive, given the poor conditioning
1757 - Expensive, given the cramped, uninteresting design
Westpark - a goat track for choppers, with poor customer service
Blue RIdge Shadows - strange design, expensive, and declining conditioning

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 03:18 PM

I've been opting to go into MD, it's much cheaper IMO, especially during twilight.

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 08:25 PM

Bull Run in Manassas is very nice. 1757 is a little gimmicky but overall solid. Springfield is a good track. Laurel Hill is nice as well. Lastly, I  haven't been out there in a while but if you're in Reston may as well play Reston National (I tried to keep these in or very close to Reston)
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Posted 07 June 2017 - 08:20 AM

View PostDonatelloNobodie, on 06 June 2017 - 02:38 PM, said:

Best golf for the money is probably 45 minutes west in Front Royal - Shenandoah Valley and/or Bowling Green

Close by and best for the price are Herndon Centennial, Brambleton, Algonkian and Twin Lakes

Higher priced, but still OK for the money are South Riding, Pleasant Valley, and Bristow Manor

Easily the best public, but overpriced, is Laurel Hills

Not recommended:

Raspberry Falls - very overpriced, declining condition
Reston - Expensive, given the poor conditioning
1757 - Expensive, given the cramped, uninteresting design
Westpark - a goat track for choppers, with poor customer service
Blue RIdge Shadows - strange design, expensive, and declining conditioning

I mostly agree with your list, except I'd put Westpark in the category with Twin Lakes, Brambleton, etc. It's nothing spectacular, but I wouldn't call it close to a goat track. It's a bit less expensive than the others in this group too.

I'd also say Westfields and Bull Run are in the higher, but OK category, IF you have a deal for less than full price. Their full rates are both way too high, but it's not hard to find deals for either. If you can get on for ~$65 or less they are worth it.
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Posted 07 June 2017 - 10:27 AM

View PostDpak05, on 06 June 2017 - 03:18 PM, said:

I've been opting to go into MD, it's much cheaper IMO, especially during twilight.

MD does have some good value courses.  Frederick area has 2 or 3.  Worthington Manor may be worth the high price.  Whiskey Creek is nice, but may not be worth the cost.  Getting to MD is the problem.  Well more than 45 minutes from Reston/Herndon.

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 10:10 PM

I would put Herndon Centennial at the top of the list, especially if you've got Reston/Herndon as your starting point. As a course itself, there are betters in the area, but it's a solid track, is usually in very good condition, has some of the less expensive rack rates, and is less crowded than many others.

Next grouping, I would put Pleasant Valley, South Riding and Twin Lakes - Oaks. They are more expensive than HC and are probably going to be more crowded, but are still reasonable by DC area standards (why by default is crowded and expensive).

Decent discounts can be found at times at Raspberry Falls and Bull Run; jump on the discounts if/when you see them.

Though also nearby, be careful with Reston National. The course itself is fine, but it tends to get very crowded and the people who live in the course are wacky (e.g. not uncommon to see people playing fetch with their dogs on the course and you have to get their attention to get off the course before you hit).

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 10:24 PM

For value it's going to be twin lakes or maybe penderbrook

For course- Westfield's, South Riding, pleasant valley

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 01:50 PM

Westfields is great!

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 10:50 AM

View Postjdish, on 03 June 2017 - 05:50 AM, said:

Interested in members thoughts on the best public courses in the northern VA area with proximity to Reston/Herndon and up to 45 minutes or so away--emphasis on best golf for the money.

I'm on the MD side but have played all the courses over ther, so I'll throw 3 names out:

Stonewall, Rasberry and Westfields are all good.Price is about the same for all of them, $85-90 WEEKDAYS, &95-$120 weekends, SOME HAVE BETTER RATES AFTER 2PM.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 08:18 AM

I played Westpark last week and it was pretty beat up. The pro shop was barren too. I am always wondering if it's a matter of when someone will buy that land and put residential housing on it. I have played Brambleton and  Algonkian recently and those are in much better shape. Plus both of them are more suitable for walking. You can walk those two for $40 to $50 depending on the time of day.

I think some of the nicest courses are up the 270 corridor in Maryland, Musket Ridge, Whiskey Creek, Worthington Manor and PB Dye. You have to drive a while but the rates are about the same and the courses are much nicer. Sometimes you can find a deal for afternoon tee times with them that is really reasonable.

That said, I agree with the sentiment that all of the courses in the DC area are more expensive compared to other metro areas.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:40 PM

Bull Run is in Haymarket, another 5 miles down the road from Manassas.  Nearby Stonewall is pretty nice, too.  Neither are cheap.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:09 PM

The back 9 at Langston. Skip the front 9.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:43 PM

I got a good deal on 1757 last year- think I paid like $40.  Course was in phenomenal shape and is beautiful, but it is way cramped.  They only have enough space for like 13 holes but instead decided to build 18.  I think I would still recommend it though, it's a fun track.

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