To schedule a lesson call the golf shop
at 703-493-8849 and ask to
speak with our PGA professional, Gene Orrico.
Don't forget to visit our practice
facilities after your lesson where our range, short game
area, and putting green are ideally suited to help you improve all
aspects of your game.
For Gene Orrico, the
introduction to golf came in his front yard, slamming fallen apples
into the street with his dad’s clubs borrowed from the bag parked in
the family’s garage. After Gene failed to win a spot on the baseball
team his freshman year, he got a few lessons from his father and went
on to be the first player at his high school to earn a varsity letter
in golf four years in a row. But he abandoned the game at Old
Dominion University, directing his attention to a bachelor’s degree
in education and sequential career paths in the construction
industry, restaurant management and sporting goods sales.
In the mid-1990s, he returned to the golf course and reclaimed the
form, power and low handicap of earlier years. Initially, it was for
fun but soon it turned into a career quest. To master the business of
golf, Gene landed a job at Reston National, worked on the design,
construction and operation of the Golden Bear Golf Center in Maryland
and the Mid-Atlantic Golf Center in Northern Virginia, and in 2000,
earned his Class A Professional certification from the PGA. He’s been
Director of Golf at Laurel Hill since the course opened five years
ago, teaching individual lessons, setting up workshops, tournaments
and clinics, managing the pro shop and otherwise overseeing golf
Favorite club in the bag? 2 17-degree hybrid club – 99.9
percent of the time, if I swing with it, I hit the ball!
Easiest part of the game to master? Putting. When I’m
teaching novices who’ve never played, I ask if they ever played
putt-putt, and we start with that.
The most common mistake by beginners? Too many people don’t
understand that you need to practice in order to get better. And they
don’t realize that with the golf swing, you don’t begin at the top –
you begin at the bottom and move from the putt to the swing.
The golfer you most admire? Besides my father, it would be
Arnold Palmer. He went from small town roots to become the ambassador
for golf, and he’s a smart business man.
The best thing about Laurel Hill? Playability, for every
single golfer out there as long as they choose the right tees. Laurel
Hill has five to six sets of tees per hole; it appeals to everyone.