Golf Development in Virginia Gets New Life


In May the new owners of the former Presidential Golf Club project in Dulles, Va., hired Billy Casper Golf (BCG) to complete the stalled golf course and surrounding facilities. Now called 1757 Golf Club, the facility's driving range will open May 15.

The first nine holes of the David Heatwole-designed layout will debut around Memorial Day, with the full 18 opening in spring 2010. Heatwole is a former associate with Jack Nicklaus's design company.

The daily-fee course is now owned by Lerner Enterprises and The Tower Companies, both of Rockville, Md. BCG will direct course construction, maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations, golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management at 1757 Golf Club in the Dulles corridor of Northern Virginia.

Named after the year Loudoun County was established, the 1757 Golf Club occupies 200 acres and is part of Dulles 28 Centre - also owned and developed by Lerner and Tower, a 300-acre master planned retail, hotel and golf destination at the intersection of Waxpool Road, Pacific Boulevard and Route 28 in Dulles.

"Known for innovative and customer-centric management practices, Billy Casper Golf will establish our property as a special golf and social scene in Northern Virginia," says Arthur N. Fuccillo, Executive Vice President of Development and Construction for Lerner. "Loudoun County's high-end demographics, the state-of-the-art golf course design and central location near Washington Dulles International Airport are ideal for a successful golf course."

"Billy Casper Golf will introduce 1757 Golf Club as a daily-fee course with premium golf experiences at price points slightly below market," said Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of BCG. "We take great pride in completing and launching this golf course and practice facility, paying keen attention to detail in course layout and conditions, and customer service."

1757 Golf Club is routed through gently rolling terrain with elevation changes upwards of 30 feet. The property features vistas of Broad Run and the Virginia landscape, while streams and creeks cross it. The course, featuring bentgrass turf from tee to green, will require golfers to use every club in the bag while offering fair challenges to all handicappers.

In addition to the course, a 16,000-square-foot clubhouse is scheduled to open in spring 2010. It will celebrate Virginia's rich presidential history with event rooms named after state natives George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe and Woodrow Wilson. A lounge, boardroom, meeting areas and a 250-seat banquet space will help make 1757 Golf Club a suitable venue for weddings and social events. The clubhouse features two outdoor patios as well as men's and women's locker rooms.

For more information or a tee time, call 800/401-5058 or visit www.1757golfclub.com.

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