Date Played: May 1, 2012
3.0 out of
No matter what you do, including online options of reserving tee times, you overpay for everything here at Reston, besides a bucket of balls, which is reasonable due its price compared to other courses. The most accommodating aspects of the course are events' settings and the GPS in your cart. And that's it. The rest of the course is average and overpriced. This course is packed even during the week for some reason, and the place is understaffed. Food and drinks are pricey, and the round equipment you need is up there. The selection of balls is above average, but you pay major $ if you pay for balls, tees, etc. at check-in. The range gets packed very often and you need to time your approach to the short game facilities well, because most likely, you're sharing with a decent amount of people. The lower score players, a more polite way of saying it, can be a hazard if you are practicing on the putting green. Occasionally, you are in the duck-hook radius of those teeing off, so clear your ears before you practice and be quick and attentive. The design of the course is "meh," although the atmosphere of the town center in Reston is kinda cool. You don't get to play golf around corporate buildings very often. The course is in the worst shape I've seen it in four years I've played it around this time. The greens tend to suffer elongated periods of time post-aeration. Altitude is a factor on the course, mostly on the front-nine, which does test your ability. Putting can be a guessing game, sometimes. Concerning off-the-course amenities, the Nike Golf learning center is one of the best academies in the area. If you are willing to cough up the cash, they have quite a few professionals willing to teach, and you must approach them earlier in the season to get a schedule compatible with yours. With this being one of the only courses in the area with a big-name golf school, a beautiful town atmosphere, and GPS with you on your price-included cart, this course has its perks, but bring your pocketbook.