Course Architect: Robert Trent Jones (1991)
Year Opened: 1991
Location: Lake Manassas, Virginia
Slope: 136. Rating: 75.9
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,238
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 407 Yds    10 - Par 4 382 Yds
                      2 - Par 4 421 Yds    11 - Par 3 185 Yds
                      3 - Par 4 449 Yds    12 - Par 5 507 Yds
                      4 - Par 3 212 Yds    13 - Par 4 454 Yds
                      5 - Par 5 560 Yds    14 - Par 5 583 Yds
                      6 - Par 4 436 Yds    15 - Par 4 459 Yds
                      7 - Par 4 425 Yds    16 - Par 3 166 Yds
                      8 - Par 5 581 Yds    17 - Par 4 383 Yds
                      9 - Par 3 199 Yds    18 - Par 4 429 Yds
                      Par 36  3,690 Yds     Par 36  3,548 Yds

Key Events Held: Presidents Cup (1994, 1996, 2000, 2005),
                 Quicken Loans National (2015).

Awards Won: Ranked #4 - Best in State Rankings - Golf Digest (2005),
            Rated 92nd - America's 100 Greatest Courses - Golf Digest (1998),
            Ranked 33rd - America's 100 Best Modern Courses - GolfWeek (1997).

HISTORY: While scouting the land for another project, famed architect Robert
Trent Jones discovered pristine land along Lake Manassas, just 30 miles west
from downtown Washington, D.C. Jones, who designed more than 450 courses
around the world, felt that "the terrain is aesthetically perfect." Jones'
vision was to design a course for people dedicated to the game of golf and to
build a first-class championship golf course. Since the course opened in 1991,
the club has attracted more than 400 members whose stature in the business
world and the community are widely known, including president of RTJ, Vernon
E. Jordan, Jr., noted Washington attorney. Not only does the course provide a
supreme test of golf, its conditioning and beauty has earned it extensive
honors. In fact, RTJ was the first course in the Commonwealth of Virginia to
be recognized as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. The center piece of the
course is the 850-acre Lake Manassas, visible from nearly every hole, with
eight holes on the back nine running adjacent to it. Only one hole, however,
actually forces the player to carry the water, the par-three 11th. An amazing,
65,000 square foot, red brick, Georgian-style mansion, serves as the
clubhouse. When remembering the past Presidents Cup events held at RTJ, the
1994 clash comes to mind, when Fred Couples clinched the inaugural edition for
the United States with a 1-up win over then No. 1 Nick Price. Couples' nine-
iron to the 17th green spun back to within 18 inches of the hole, and the U.S.
when on to defeat the International squad, 20-12. Couples again provided the
heroics in 1996 when he knocked off Vijay Singh, this time with a long birdie
putt on the 17th, as the United States won 16 1/2 to 15 1/2. The fourth
installment of the Presidents Cup returned to RTJ in 2000, with the Americans
avenging their 1998 loss in Australia with the largest margin of victory in
the short-lived event, 21 1/2 to 10 1/2. Keys to the victory were the U.S.
squad's 9-1 domination in the foursomes, and the lack of fire shown from some
the International team, such as Ernie Els, who posted a dismal 0-5 mark.

REVIEW: The course opens with a fairly easy par-four, just 407 yards,
doglegging to the right. A three-wood to a wide fairway will leave the player
with an uphill second shot to a two-tiered green that slopes quickly back to
front. Uphill is the case on No. 2, as this par-four features a plateau in
the fairway, even with the right-side bunker. The green is protected on the
left side with a bunker, but this surface needs little protection with huge
undulations on all corners with a ridge in the center. The longest par-four on
the front side, the third plays as a slight dogleg right with three massive
bunkers guarding the corner. A large bunker fronts the A-shaped green that
slopes back and to the right. The fourth is the first three-par on the course.
This huge greens makes club selection a key ingredient, as the surface offers
several possible pin placements. A pond and three bunkers guard the green,
while the lake extends to green side on the left. The par-five fifth is
generally a three-shot hole, unless the player can clear the huge fairway
bunker on the corner of the dogleg. Even so, the player is then faced with an
uphill second shot with two bunkers short and two bunkers at the green on both
sides of the fairway. The sensible play is to lay up, leaving a short iron to
a relatively small green. Another dogleg right awaits the player at the sixth.
The tee shot must favor the left side, avoiding the cluster of bunkers on the
right. From there, a mid-iron to a very small green with three bunkers
surrounding the surface awaits. Now it's time for a dogleg left, as the
seventh hole suggests a tee shot on the right side. But beware, since drives
tend to kick left towards the sand. A mid-iron approach to a green that slopes
front and left cannot be missed right, as the surface falls sharply off. The
toughest tee shot on the front side must be faced at the eighth, and may leave
players scratching their heads as they decide what to do. Luckily, it's a par-
five, but don't ease up, seeing that it's 581 yards. On the left is trees, on
the right is a dry pond, played as a hazard. Now its time for the second shot,
uphill to two separate plateaus. The first section will leave a mid to short
iron, while the second fairway, which is guarded by two bunkers, will leave
the player with a short pitch. The green is guarded in front by two bunkers on
each side, while the surface falls off quickly from back to front. You are now
at the farthest point from the clubhouse, the ninth tee, giving you your first
look at Lake Manassas. This downhill par-three features water all along the
left side and behind, with a long two-tiered green that slopes to the front.
What a way to complete nine holes.

The back nine begins with a benign par-four, or is it? Although only 382
yards, this hole requires accuracy off the tee with water and woods left along
with a 25-yard long bunker. A short iron is left to a green with a swale in
the center and a surface that slopes to the front. The 11th, another beautiful
par-three, is one of the most photographed holes on the course. The tee shot
from the tips must carry water and a steep bank that slopes up to a narrow
green that's only 27 paces deep. With water front, left and back and the wind
usually playing a significant role, club selection is key. It's gamble time
when you reach the par-five 12th. At 507 yards, this hole is definitely
reachable in two, but beware, as the landing area off the tee is tight, with
water left and right. The green is elevated, so second and third shots will
play longer. Despite the warnings, birdie here is a must, as the remaining
holes will prove difficult. The second-hardest hole and second-longest par-
four on the course, the 13th is a brute. Not only does a long bunker guard the
right side, but the fairway slopes left and downhill, so driver is not always
the correct club off the tee. A long iron is left to a green guarded in front
by two large bunkers and water once again, left and back. This large putting
surface slopes from back to front with a mound towards the back. Another
opportunity for birdie -- maybe -- lies ahead as you walk to the 14th tee. A
solid and long tee shot past the bunkers on the left of this right to left
sloping fairway can leave the player with a reasonable chance at reaching the
green in two. However, a pond fronting the left side of the green brings the
right-side bunkers into play in the bailout area. To make matters worse, the
green slopes toward the water and is one of the smallest surfaces on the
course. An outstanding par-four, the 15th stretches 459 yards from the tips
and requires a right-to-left ball flight off the tee. A series of bunkers
guard the corner of the dogleg, so placement is key. A mid to long iron is
left to a green, fronted by sand, that slopes to the front. Miss this green
and par will be difficult. The final par-three on the course, the 16th, is a
very photogenic hole, with Lake Manassas once again in the background. Though
short, this one-shotter is difficult due to green size and pin placement. Miss
short and a huge bunker awaits, while long will get the same result. Be happy
with par. The 17th plays uphill, but is short, so three-metal or a long iron
is the choice off the tee. Your first shot must head toward the left side of
the fairway, or your approach will be blocked by a single tree, 70 yards shy
of the green. Again, two large bunkers guard the entrance to a green that's
fairly small with mounds around the edges. A 240-yard carry to a narrow
landing area at the 18th will be one of your final tests. A mid-iron approach
should remain to a green that was moved to the left of its original location
in order to bring the water into view. Two gaping bunkers front both sides of
a very large putting surface that slopes to the front.

Getting on this course is next to impossible, but if given the chance, don't
pass it up. The shear beauty of the gigantic clubhouse, Lake Manassas and the
outstanding architecture make the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club one of the top-
five courses in Virginia. Jones' style here was to guard the greens with large
yawning bunkers -- a feature evident on nearly every hole -- and to use the
contours of the lakeside to enhance the design. Eight of the final 10 holes
play in full view of Lake Manassas, including two of the best par-threes Jones
ever created. Jones designed some great courses around the world -- Spyglass
Hill, Hazeltine, Valderrama and Bellerive among them. However, with perhaps
the lone exception his Mauna Kea Golf Course in Hawaii, Robert Trent Jones'
self-named club may be the most picturesque of his creations.