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New Norman Course Under Construction In Virginia


A new Greg Norman Signature Golf Course is currently under construction and scheduled to open in July 2005 at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va. The new course, which will join the existing Robert Trent Jones, Jr. layout, allows the resort to offer 36 holes of championship golf to its guests and members of The Golf Club at Lansdowne. The resort will be closed to the public at the end of 2004 and be converted into a private facility.

While Norman has designed more than 50 courses throughout the world, this is his first foray into the Mid-Atlantic region (his next closest project is The Point Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C.). Norman’s design philosophy is one of “least disturbance,” which focuses on using the natural topography with minimal disturbance. Lansdowne’s new layout runs along the banks and floodplains of the Potomac River. The course is planned to impact only half an acre of wetlands, yet will create wetland enhancements of eight to 10 times that amount.

The 7,291-yard course features a front nine that runs east along the Potomac, parallel to holes 16, 17 and 18 of the neighboring RTJ II course, while the final nine returns west along the river toward Goose Creek. The four finishing holes measure exactly 1,760 yards – equal to one mile – making it, claims Norman, “the hardest mile in golf.”

Accustomed to seeing his courses host noteworthy tournaments, Norman said he is designing the Lansdowne track with the ability to host high-profile events by incorporating spectator-access easements, space for TV compounds and other tournament-friendly features. Among Norman’s current slate of tournament venues are the TPC at Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga., home of the PGA Tour's BellSouth Classic; the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla. (the PGA Tour-sanctioned Franklin Templeton Shootout); and The Grand Golf Club in Queensland, Australia (site of the 2001 Australian Open).

The new Norman Course is the highlight of The Golf Club at Lansdowne’s additions, but certainly not the only feature that may make the resort one of the finest golf destinations in the Mid-Atlantic. Opening at the same time as The Norman Course is an expansive clubhouse. Evoking the style of a country manor home, the structure will feature a 4,200-square-foot ballroom, restaurant and bar, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and a golf shop. Norman also is designing a nine-hole short course for junior golfers and families, which will open in October 2005.

Other changes that are part of the $45 million in renovations to Lansdowne Resort include a complete redesign of all 305 guest rooms and public spaces, due to be completed in February, and an expansive multi-pool water complex next May. In 2006, Lansdowne will add a 12,000-square-foot addition to its spa.

For more information about Lansdowne Resort, or membership at The Golf Club at Lansdowne, call 877/509-8400, or visit www.lansdowneresort.com.