By Janeé Williams
Golf is a popular sport, especially in Virginia. The season is bringing warm weather and the golf balls and clubs are ready to be put into action. Switch it up this summer and check out some new courses. Here are two new golf courses that just hit our area.
Located in Potomac Shores, this course will be the very first Jack Nicklaus signature designed course open to the public in the area. Offering a European-style playing experience, Potomac Shore is a 72 par-course that winds through a beautiful forest looking out over the Potomac.
There is more to this club than just golf; Potomac Shore also offers residents and visitors a place to dine and relax after their round. The clubhouse is 8,000 square feet with the atmosphere of an elegant Virginia Tidewater estate. Providing an outdoor brick patio looking over the 18th green, fireplaces and an outdoor fire pit, the Potomac Shore wants to make sure you have the best experience. The club also provides a lawn for weddings, tournaments and other group outings. The Potomac Shore Golf Club opened May 5 for residents and daily fee guests play. For tee time information, visit www.potomacshoresgolfclub.com or call 855-808-6051.
Contact for membership information, 25 miles from Fairfax.
– The region’s first hotel resort
– The only publically accessible Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in the D.C. metroplex
– 3.7 million square feet of retail and commercial space in the Town Center
– Two public schools
– More than 15 sports fields and courts
– A 450-slip Marina near the Town Center
– A VRE commuter rail station in the Town Center
– Corporate campus
– 10,0000 square-foot recreation center
– 10 miles of open trails
After opening its first location in Alexandria, Topgolf is making a second appearance in Loudoun with a three-level, 65,000-square-foot flagship. The flagship will be located near the Redskins Park and just miles from heavily populated workspace.
Offering 230 flat screen high definition T.V.’s for your entertainment, an area to relax and enjoy live music and a broad food and drink menu, the facility will be sure to please your every golf need. It will cater to golfers of all ages and all skill levels and provide them with competitive games and cutting-edge technology to track their shots.
The flagship will also include 3,000 square feet of private event space for weddings, parties, gatherings and other large group events. Along with this private space the area will also provide 102 climate-controlled hitting bays, hosting up to six players at once. With construction starting this month, Topgolf is expected to open April 2015. Track Topgolf Dulles’ progress at topgolf.com/dulles, facebook.com/topgolfdulles or on Twitter @topgolfdc
Contact for membership information, 18 miles from Fairfax
– Three levels, 65,000 square feet
– Full-service restaurant and three bars
– 3,000 square feet of private event space
– 102 climate-controlled hitting bays
– 32-inch LCD TVs in every bay. Guests can use the Topgolf app on their phone to change the channel on the TVs
– Rooftop terrace with fire pit and cabanas
– Live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights all summer long
“Hold off from pushing with the primary thumb to create power.
The No. 1 fault in golf for the majority of golfers is distance. In order to get more distance, a golfer should hold the angle of the club at the start of the downswing and wait until impact before using his or her hands.
More than 85 percent of all golfers push the club down with his or her primary thumb on the gloved hand. Now herein lies the problem; no one knows they push, and when they do push, they feel they are creating power. But in actuality, they just threw all their power away.”