Bull Run Golf Club
|Location||Virginia, United States|
|Description||The course – "I don't drive the ball that straight myself, so it's a course where you can spray it a little and not be punished too severely. We also started with the idea of multiple tee locations – that not only vary the distances of the holes, but also the angles you play into the landing areas."|
– Rick Jacobson, architect for Bull Run Golf Club
The Bull Run Country Club 18-hole championship golf course, which opened in 1998, is set on a huge piece of open land in the foothills of Virginia's Bull Run Mountain. We are a quick drive from Washington, D.C., a few miles north of Haymarket, and a few miles south of Middleburg.
Our course was designed by Rick Jacobson, a Chicago-area architect who worked for Jack Nicklaus design company before starting his own firm. Jacobson worked on such Nicklaus projects as PGA West in LaQuinta, CA; English Turn, site of the New Orleans PGA Tour stop; and Desert Mountain GC in Scottsdale, AZ. He's also the designer of Bear Trap Dunes in Delaware and Hollow Creek in Frederick, MD.
His aim at Bull Run was to preserve the look of the land and create a player friendly course that also has loads of challenges for the more daring hitters. You will find wide fairways done in a concave/convex shape that steer the ball toward the center. There are large landing areas, sometimes defined by grass hollows, bunkers, or trees.
But there are also water hazards as well, starting from the first tee, a par-4 that measures 383 yards from the back tees and 279 from the forward tees. "This is a great starting hole," says Bull Run's head golf professional Mike Dziabo. "There are no bunkers around the green to give you trouble, but there is a pond. From the back tees the men have to carry about 100 yards over water; the women's tee is off to the side. If that water hazard were on any other hole, it wouldn’t cause any problems. But because it's the first tee, there can be some balls in the water."
There are forced carries over wetlands on some other holes as well. One pond was in existence when the course was built and two others were added by the architect to make things more interesting. No. 2 is a straightaway par-5 (538 yards from the back tees and 406 yards from the forward). "This green is potentially reachable in two shots, particularly from some of the forward tees," says Dziabo.
"When you play Bull Run, you're going to find more than one hole that is picture perfect," says Mike Dziabo. "We're a course without one signature hole. There are lots of options for signature holes here." After your first round on our course, you will spend lots and lots of time going over the holes in your mind and yearning to come back and try them again.