DULLES, Va. — I’ve played 1757 several times, but the time Jake and I played it together was as part of the World’s Largest Golf Outing, a scramble tournament that helps benefit Fisher House Foundation. Mercifully, that saves us from having to share our usual scorecard.
The course was originally built to be private and retains much of that feel. In addition to the café, there’s a large banquet facility. Beyond the standard range, there’s a grass range for members and an extensive practice area, featuring several chipping greens and bunkers.
“We probably have the most extensive practice facility in the area,” said General Manager Gary Huebner, and it’s easy to see why. There’s a good reason why golf prodigy Sihan Sindhu chooses to practice there.
It was also originally just 10 holes, so the final eight were added after Billy Casper Golf bought the course back in 2009. Named for the year Loudoun County was founded, it’s on a huge plot of land befitting of the area.
You can walk if you really want to, but carts are included in every greens fee and some of the holes have a long distance between them. The course isn’t hilly, but you’ll do a lot of walking if you decide not to drive.
From the white tees, it plays just 5,530 yards, but can be as long as 6,623 from the tips, where it transforms into a completely different course. Fairways are generally wide and open, but there’s a whole lot of water (hazards on 17 of the 18 holes), so you don’t have to be perfect, but you do have to make smart shots.
“It’s not real long, but obviously it’s really challenging,” said Huebner. “There’s a lot of water out there.”
Take his word for it.
For the tournament, we started on 15 and finished on 14, but for simplicity’s sake, we’re still laying the course out in order.
I really liked this course. The practice facility is top notch. The driving range is huge. It has a great putting area. You can really work on your game at this place.
As for the course, it’s challenging but fair for all skill levels. A lot of people say it but in this case, it’s a must — especially for the casual golfer like myself: If you keep the ball in the fairway, you can have a good round. You don’t want to mess around in the rough.
If you have an aversion to water, bring extra golf balls because there are a lot of water hazards. I lost a few balls during the round, but that had more to do with the person swinging the club, not the course. You may find this strange, but my favorite holes were the ones with the water hazards. I guess I’m learning to embrace my enemy.
Course uses dynamic pricing, which shifts rates lower, depending on traffic
Three levels of membership: Seven-day full, seven-day limited (weekends after 12), five-day (weekdays only)
Loyalty card: $57, guarantees lowest greens fee, plus a free round for every five played
Pace of play
Rated at 4:35, course tries to stay consistently under 4:40
General golf attire, collared shirts and no denim
More relaxed on range (T-shirt ok)
Address: 45120 Waxpool Road, Dulles, Virginia
Take either Harry Byrd Highway or the Dulles Toll Road to the northwest to VA Highway 28. Waxpool Road is roughly halfway between the highways. Exit to the west and the course will be on your right after the first intersection.