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Bobby Weed to Design Washington National
Weed Design will create one of two courses for Washington National Golf Club in the Celebrate Virginia North development in Stafford County, Virginia, about an hour south of Dulles Airport, overlooking the Rappahannock River. The 640-acre golf complex is being developed by Deane Beman, former PGA Tour Commissioner, and Gary Schaal, former President of the PGA of America. Beman will also design a course for the project, his first.
“I am excited to have an opportunity to work with Deane Beman again,” said Bobby Weed, who was chief architect for the PGA Tour under Beman. “We are good friends, and I know this project will be special because of the expertise both he and Gary Schaal bring to it.”
According to Beman and Schaal, Washington National Golf Club will have core courses, without real estate around them. They likened the approach to the Pinehurst Resort. Green fees will be affordable, with $50 as the expected price per round. Construction is slated for this summer. Work has begun on the surrounding Celebrate Virginia North, a 2,400-acre, $2-billion mixed-use project that includes commercial components and this golf resort.
Although Beman has not designed a course previously, he conceived of the idea for the TPC at Sawgrass and the family of TPC courses. There are now 24 domestic courses in the TPC network and five international ones.
Schaal was President of the PGA of America in 1993-94. He is the operator/owner of multiple courses in the Carolinas and a partner of TSC Golf, Inc., which manages golf courses in South Carolina and Mississippi and acts as consultant for golf development and construction of new courses.