Burke Lake Golf Gets a New Look
Big changes are coming to Burke Lake Golf Center! By fall 2017, the site will feature new, updated facilities including a double-decker, 64-station driving range with 24 covered and heated stations that will accommodate practice and classes through cold winter days. A rentable area with indoor seating and television screens will also be available for business functions.
"This has been a long time in coming," said Burke Lake golf manager Lewis Musolf, who has worked at the course since 1997. "The old range had 40 traditional open, uncovered stations, and because of demand, it was sometimes hard for customers to get in practice time on the range, especially during weekends and evenings. The new expanded facility will be much more accommodating with additional practice opportunities for our customers year-round."
Burke Lake Golf Center opened in 1970 at a time when golf's greatest player and the sport's most popular player dominated the headlines in one of golf's greatest rivalries. "The Golden Bear," Jack Nicklaus, was in his prime then, just eight years after dethroning "The King" Arnold Palmer for the first time in an 18-hole, U.S. Open playoff that still resonates today with golf's most passionate fans. Legendary women's player Nancy Lopez also became a household name as she dominated the LPGA tour and inspired girls to learn to play golf in the decade that expanded sports opportunities for female athletes through Title IX of the Federal Education Amendments Act. Public demand for playing facilities grew, and Burke Lake Golf Center quickly became a Fairfax County favorite place to play.
Just as time takes its toll on any athlete's abilities, the aging Burke Lake Golf Center has faced its challenges in recent years. Thanks to 2008 and 2012 park bond funding, the center will soon be revitalized with 21st century amenities. The 18-month construction plan is already underway with utility infrastructure improvements that will support a new clubhouse and its updated dining area, a new pro shop and Wi-Fi access from the buildings to the driving range. "The existing clubhouse will remain open until we are able to move into the new building," Musolf said. "The long-range plan is to build a dedicated putting green, and make the existing shared putting/chipping green a dedicated chipping green."
The outdoor patio will also be moved to the northeast side of the clubhouse and away from the hot, setting sun so that summer outings can end with comfortable outdoor dining. Construction is expected to be complete by Oct. 2017.
For more information, please contact the Project Manager, Eric Inman at Eric.Inman@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-324-8698.