Bull Run Golf Club in Haymarket, Virginia is your classic, daily-fee up-scale facility. The course is well maintained, and the staff is friendly.
Everything about the course is run of the mill, except the course itself. WOW. Who knew it was such a nice place to play golf???
I have been playing golf in the DC Area for about four years now and I only heard of this course last year. Sure, its a hike from downtown, but its not further than most of the other good golf in our area.
The ownership of the course, or at least its day to day operation, recently changed hands, and that may have something to do with it. The course is now "sister courses" and managed by Raspberry Falls which is just a few miles up the road. Despite arriving about 30 minutes after our scheduled tee time, the staff was friendly and accommodating. They even gave us a few minutes to hit putts and take swings at the range before sending us off.
From the first shot on the first hole, I could tell that this was a course I should have played before. The grass on the fairways, greens and rough just looked and felt like it was well cared for. The bunkers, even though they were wet from the recent rain, also felt luxurious. The tee boxes were straight. And the holes were cut sharp. Just looking around, you felt like you were playing a course from a magazine.
While the par threes are somewhat forgettable, the par fives are anything but. Number two and number 14 are both mid-length winding par fives that put a premium on your second shot. Miss right or left on either approach and you will be lucky to escape with a bogey.
Bull Run will be making it into my regular rotation of courses. It is a stellar layout and very well maintained. It is a shame that it took me so long to find this gem.
Grizzly Golfer Rating: 8.0