quite a challenging course...I would come back again
The rough is so long here that you can mark exactly where your ball went in to the first cut and still can't find it unless you step on it. Highly penalizing for a mid range muni.
I decided on taking my grandfather somewhere better than the usual par 3 for our yearly golf trip.
The course was very pretty and fairly challenging for us par 3 players who still have a tendency to find the rough more than we find the fairway.
Sadly there were many occasions where finding the rough meant losing the ball due to the high level of rough and chopped up leaves. The most frustrating part was not playing to course but having to chase and find your ball. The course is very "hilly" and if you hit over a hill you cannot track your ball at all.
It was great getting to be with my granddad but it shouldn't take 6.5 hours to play 18 holes because you spend 10 minutes looking for each shot. Sure, some may say the easy solution is hit it better to the fairway, as beginner level golfers that's easier said than done I'm afraid and everyone reading this has been there.
Great staff even though the computer made a mix up on our tee time, they made some adjustments and got us right it.
The facility is great, the course is fun and I hope to play it again one day.
The younger of the two courses at the Twin Lakes Complex in Clifton,VA - the Oaks Course - is also the tightest and the toughest. To refresh, the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) oversees the maintenance and operation of nine golf courses - five 18-hole layouts, three 9-hole venues, and one par three course. The crown jewel of the litany is the nationally-ranked Laurel Hill, used by the USGA for the Amateur Publinks Championship in 2013. Twin Lakes is a 36-hole complex with a massive driving range and soon-to-be opened short game facility that will rival the one at Laurel Hill. With the Oaks Course, players can get a nice compliment to both the easier Lakes Course and tournament-tough Laurel Hill for it offers a different type of difficulty especially with recent upgrades like top-of-the-line bunkering and tighter grooming. Like Laurel Hill, the Oaks Course has had it share of tournament play having hosted several Virginia State championships and four USGA events over the years making it a relatively high-end municipal. Opened in 1998 with its tree-lined tee shots and well-protected green, the Oaks is an excellent judge of the truth of one's handicap.
Like the Lakes course, the greens are undulated, and run about 10 - 10.5 daily on the Stipmeter but can be brought to 11+ for tournament play. Where the Lakes relies more on the wind to be tougher to score on, the Oaks requires accuracy off the tee and solid club selection on most approaches with the greens being a little smaller and more heavily guarded. Although the Oaks is a little longer in distance than the Lakes, most of that stems from a couple of long par-5s and for the most part, playing the appropriate tees will allow a player to keep the driver in the bag a little longer than when playng the Lakes Course. There are no easy holes on the Oaks and the slope of 137 from the tips at 6700 yards could make even the low handicapper think twice about marching back there.
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Lakes course a little easier than the woods course , but plays well from blue tees at 6600 yards. Played for 23 bucks and it was quiet as most of the play was on the newer Woods course