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Laurel Hill Golf Club Instruction

Laurel Hill Golf Club

8701 Laurel Crest Drive • Lorton, VA 22079 • 703-493-8849

LHGC 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.

Gene Orrico, PGA Class A ProFor 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 operations.

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.

The First Tee

First Tee Life Skills Experience Comes to Laurel Hill Golf Club and Oak Marr Golf Complex.

Golf Fairfax is partnering with The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC, to offer The First Tee Life Skills Experience Certifying Program, at Laurel Hill Golf Club and Oak Marr Golf Complex.

Young people ages 7-18, learn the game of golf, rules and etiquette, as well as how to manage emotions, set goals, resolve conflict and effectively communicate with others.

The program incorporates The First Tee Nine Core Values that represent the positive values connected with golf: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, judgment and courtesy.

Visit The First Tee for more info or to register!

First Tee

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