Prince William County and Manassas in Virginia Is the Place for a Well-Rounded Golf Getaway
I had the distinct pleasure to visit Prince William County and Manassas in northern Virginia late this summer and found out what this special and very active area of the East Coast has to offer.
There is tons of history, a number of top notch wineries, funky downtown area in the City of Manassas and other smaller towns, such as Historic Occoquan….and lots and lots of superb golf.
After spending our first day checking out the Quicken Loans PGA Tour stop at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, a splendid track that hosted a Ryder Cup, we had a chance to sample Stonewall Golf Club at Lake Manassas, a well struck drive way from the RTJ layout. It is said that Stonewell Golf Club is the daily fee equivalent of the private club located nearby and who is to argue with that statement. The layout is interesting and spectacular at times, perhaps nowhere more than on one of the best par-fives I have ever played, the 18th hole that has water on the right all the way and begs you to try and hit the green in two after a long drive.
Then it was off to a wine tasting at the Winery at La Grange where we discovered that Virginia is one of the up and coming wine producing states in the nation. After delicious lunch at Grafton Street, we got a tour of the Manassas Battlefield Park and a very descriptive lesson from a park ranger on the first real battle in the East during the Civil War. It is a moving and unforgettable experience to stand where men fought and died for a cause. That evening we checked out the Heritage Brewing Company and the Bad Wolf Brewing Company, which are putting out some of the best craft beers on the East Coast, followed by dinner at Zandra’s Taqueria in Historic Downtown Manassas, with it’s chic shops, laid back atmosphere and wide array of dining establishments and pubs.
The second day involved several additional history lessons, first at the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Center, followed by another moving visit to the National Museum of the Marine Corps, located just off Route 95. The museum is an amazingly well done and overwhelming at times tribute to the men and women who have fought in the Corps and we walked away with a deeper appreciation of the sacrifices these individuals mad and continue to make.
In the afternoon we walked around the aforementioned Historic Occoquan and explored the shops and a few museums that this quiet and charming little town has to offer. Then it was off to Potomac Shores Golf Club, which is part of a comprehensive community and resort that is currently under construction. Potomac Shoes is full of great holes and is coming back to its original luster after lying unused for several years until new ownership took it over and reopened the Jack Nicklaus design last year. Après golf we enjoyed a sumptuous dinner at charming the Tidewater Grill, which is located inside the Potomac Shores clubhouse.
On getaway day, photographer Mark William Paul and I decided to try out another layout in the area, Old Hickory Golf Club, which we had heard good things about. We weren’t disappointed. The course features a very approachable routing with few forced carries but enough trouble lurking in the form of water and other hazards that you have to keep your mind on each shot. The conditions were ideal and the staff welcoming.
We wished we could have stayed in the area for a week, as the county has, located outside of our nation’s capital, offers 12 championship golf courses, including some of the best layouts in the state of Virginia. There is a plethora of things to do and see and all sorts of non-golf recreation to enjoy.
For more information about this special area and to plan a visit check out www.DiscoverPWM.com.