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For the Love of the Game!Golf is a lifetime sport, and the Fairfax County Park Authority gives golfers the opportunity of a lifetime to play through the seasons on quality courses at affordable prices. From par-three to championship length, the Park Authority offers courses to suit beginner and expert golfers alike. All courses are professionally designed and carefully conditioned and maintained to provide the finest golfing in Northern Virginia. All courses are open year round, weather permitting.

Teetimes.comPlease arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled tee time. Failure to report 30 minutes prior could result in the loss of your tee time.

Tee times are available seven days a week through an automated phone-in system for all Park Authority golf courses. All callers may access the system by calling 1-888-989-9077 twenty-four hours a day for reservations up to 72 hours in advance. Subscribers to the service receive access up to fourteen days in advance. The annual subscription fee is $26. To subscribe call 1-888-325-8808 or go online at TeetimesFCPA.com. Same-day reservations may be made by calling the course of your choice.

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PRIME/NON-PRIME DEFINITIONS

Prime Time is specific days and times of the year where the fees for playing are higher. Prime Time days and time of year varies by location, as follows:

  • Burke lake, Jefferson, Oak Marr, Pinecrest: Weekends & Holidays - Mid-March through Mid-December
  • Greendale, Twin Lakes - Lakes Course: Weekends & Holidays – Mid-March through Mid-December AND Fridays through Sundays and Holidays – May through September
  • Twin Lakes – Oaks Course: Friday through Sunday & Holidays – all year round
  • Laurel Hill: Monday through Thursday – April 1 – October 31

Non-Prime Time would be the dates and times not specified as Prime Time. The exception to this is for Laurel Hill. Non-Prime time for Laurel Hill is Monday through Thursday, November 1 – March 31. It does not include Friday through Sunday when golf passes are not accepted. Also, note that Laurel Hill multi-round discount passes are available for junior and senior County Residents only.

Yoga Helps Golfers Shave Strokes off Their Game

Yoga Helps Golfers Shave Strokes off Their GameIt’s Thursday night, and three aging golfers descend down the long ramp toward four indoor driving bays located in the Pinecrest Golf Course clubhouse basement. The men aren’t carrying golf clubs, however. Instead, each has a rolled-up yoga mat under his arm. They’re here for Yoga for Golfers, one of the new fitness classes offered at Pinecrest and the only one of its kind in the Washington D.C. metro area.

“I’m taking the class because I felt I needed a different form of preparation, plus I needed more flexibility,” said Eric Petersen, 62, an avid golfer since 1973. “I anticipate my game will improve from doing the movements that I am learning in the class.”

Established by well-known yoga expert and author Katherine Roberts, Yoga for Golfers focuses on limbering and lengthening muscles used to play golf. Students practice balance exercises to improve their stability, range of motion, and swing rotation. “Yoga is an excellent cross training activity for any sport and is particularly complimentary for movements used in golf,” said certified Yoga for Golfers instructor Connie deLorimier. “Golfers benefit from yoga through increased strength and mobility, improved balance, rhythm, and coordination, and by building on the mind-body connection.”

“It’s harder than it looks,” said James Ivery, 63, who enrolled in Yoga for Gofers class at Pinecrest. “The lunges are the hardest part because you have to use your leg muscles for 30 seconds or longer. I’m not as flexible as I used to be.” He’s seeing positive results, too. “My swing is able to get around now.”

One unique aspect of Yoga for Golfers is the use of golf clubs in poses. “I use golf clubs as props for many poses,” said deLorimier. “They help students maintain balance and also provide some resistance for twisting stretches.” Ivery appreciates the aid provided by the golf clubs, noting with a chuckle, “Some of us aren’t able to stand on one leg.”

In class, deLorimier teaches poses to stabilize the core (abdominal muscles) and to increase flexibility needed to open the hips and shoulders. “This increases the “X-factor,” the differential between your shoulder line and hip line angle at your full rotation. Greater differential provides more power to the swing,” she explained. Yoga’s combination of strength and flexibility training along with mind-body control techniques is proving to be a winning strategy for golfers nationwide.

Although Pinecrest is the only Fairfax County Park Authority golf course with an indoor practice area suitable for yoga, there are other golf specific fitness classes available such as Golf Fit at South Run RECenter and Pilates for Golf at Spring Hill RECenter.

“I’ve heard golf described as a long walk ruined,” said Park Authority fitness expert John Bartok who teaches yoga at Spring Hill RECenter. “Greater wisdom about ourselves and being in the present moment can translate to not only a lower score but also a more enjoyable game experience.”

Handicap AccessibleAll Fairfax County golf courses are accessible for persons with disabilities and adapted power carts are available to rent. These carts can be reserved for any golfer with a disability. Reservations should be made 24 hours in advance by calling the course. For further information, please contact the individual course or the Park Authority's Access Section at 703-324-8563. TTY 703-803-3354.


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