and I were off to tame another Virginia golf course. This time it was the
Bull Run Golf Club out near the site of the infamous battle of Bull Run.
Our battle with the course was more like a micro-skirmish compared to our
previous annihilation at the hands of The Osprey’s golf course.
We had our
choice of colors: black (7009 yds); blue (6552 yds); white (6219 yds); green
(5727 yds) and red (5069 yds). No, we didn’t opt for the wimpy green. This
being another new course (again) to us we choose white as a compromise.
There were a
few water holes, but none that intimidated until the five hundred yard 18th
hole where a body of water cuts across the fairway just about where you need
to make a decision. The big "d" being, can I hit it far enough to carry
over the stream or should I lay up and save a ball and a couple of strokes?
How did we do? The hole is ranked as the eighth hardest on the course, but
if we were to rank it we'd give it a number one. That’s how we did.
There are the
usual sand traps sprinkled amidst the woodlands and wide undeveloped
meadows, however, most pins were visible from the tees. What was not so
good the day we played were the greens. They were being aerated. That was
unfortunate because Bull Run has been rated locally as “the best public
course in the DC area”; “100 must play courses in the Mid-Atlantic” and so
on. We'll try it again when it's back to being one of the "must play
It was a nice
day weather-wise, but we started late and finished late; thus choose not to
stop at the 19th hole even though it looked inviting. Next time
we'll start earlier.
fees can be had off their web site at
The web site
shows a hole by hole display that can be blown up to illustrate the flavor
of the course and the Virginia countryside where fierce battles once raged.