Raspberry Falls: 18 holes | Par 72 | 7,191 yards from the tips | Five tee options
Caddy's Report: Reminiscent of a course in the British Isles, Raspberry Falls whisks golfers across rippling terrain outfitted with streams, bunkers, and stone walls. In past lives, this property hosted fox hunts and was also a raspberry farm, which explains the name and the wild raspberry bushes growing about today.
Bull Run Golf Club: 18 holes | Par 72 | 6,961 yards from the tips | Five tee options
Caddy's Report: Water hazards come into play from the very first hole, where a pond lies in wait to swallow up balls that don't carry or aren't fitted with mini propellers. Located in the foothills of Bull Run Mountain, the course fluctuates between wide open fairways and challenging stretches hemmed in by rows of trees.
Old Hickory Golf Club: 18 holes | Par 72 | 7,077 yards from the tips | Five tee options
Caddy's Report: Every hole at Old Hickory is bunkered, and fast greens mean players must practice caution. To that end, mounded fairways also cause balls to bounce back toward the middle of the fairway?skilled golfers can take advantage of this feature by using the mounds to move shots forward.
Augustine Golf Club: 18 holes | Par 71 | 6,817 yards from the tips | Five tee options
Caddy's Report: Emerald-green fairways and white bunkers set against a darkened hardwood forest provides a lesson in contrast, but players can't be lulled by this club's beauty. Several holes readily decimate scores, including the 572-yard fourth hole, which features a double dogleg and a particularly tiny green.
On the 250-acre campus of Great Meadow, about 40 local winemakers set up tents to show off a harvest that has been years in the making. At the entrance of the Virginia Wine Festival, you can pick up your souvenir glass, stop by one of the booths for a tasting, and then take home your favorite varietals by the bottle or case. Complimentary wine seminars are held throughout the day, featuring visits from renowned chefs, tutorials on judging wines, and tips for choosing the correct glass for a given wine, such as throwing two glasses against the wall and seeing which one doesn't break.
Area musicians including Jr. Cline and the Recliners, Johnny and the Headhunters, Inner Rhythm Quartet, and Glory on the Floor play folk, R&B, and jazz throughout the day, while artisans of handmade products show off their wares. At the Family Tent, Becki the Balloon Lady makes balloon animals for the kiddies.
Positivity. Simple as it sounds, it's a central pillar of the philosophy behind Life Champ Martial Arts. At each of the school's five locations, the warm, supportive atmosphere starts with the instructors. Sure, they pass along years of martial arts wisdom, but they also strive to help students?younger ones, especially?realize that having fun doesn't necessarily mean sitting in front of a TV, or arguing the legitimacy of the moon landing with an imaginary friend. Through programs for kids, teens, and even entire families, Life Champ's instructors lead students along a path that builds self-confidence and improves self-defense techniques. Instructors build on these same skills in extracurricular offerings, which include after-school programs, birthday parties, and week-long summer camps.
Since founding her equestrian outfit in June of 2010, Karen E. Feeney has been inviting students of all levels to her full-service facility to learn the fundementals of hunter/jumper, equitation, and fox hunting. Students train with gentle horses as they navigate the facility’s many facets, including rock walls, high jumps, and an indoor training space designed to reduce the appearance of saddle tanlines.
Augustine Golf Club's award-winning course was sculpted to reflect its natural beauty with its distinctive par 4s sculpted by course architect, Rick Jacobson. Although the greens at Augustine declined for a few years, recent renovations have restored the course to its former glory, once again luring golfers to its babbling streams and forest. Farther north, rivals Augustine's sister course, Raspberry Falls. Course architect Gary Player remarked that the Falls, once an 18th-century plantation, “was made for a golf course.” Inspired by this ideal setting, he dreamed up the links-style course at Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club, whose meandering brooks, stone walls, and stacked-sod bunkers evoke Scotland, while its vista of the Catoctin Mountains remind players they’re in Virginia.
These golf havens have more than picturesque views in common—they are two of six award-winning courses united by Raspberry Golf Management’s portfolio, which stretches from Virginia to Pennsylvania and skips over to Arizona. Gary Player’s design team for Raspberry Falls included Tim Freeland, who went on to design two of the firm’s other courses: Royal Manchester Golf Links, whose bentgrass fairways sidle up to the Susquehanna River, and Old Hickory Golf Club, a parkland-style course crisscrossed by Beaver Creek. The management company's other gems include The Legacy Golf Resort, where cowboys used to ride their rocking horses around a 7,500-acre ranch, and Bull Run Golf Club, which sprawls across more than 450 acres of meadows and woodlands at the foot of the Bull Run Mountains.
The chefs at Desiderio Italian-American Grill hand-roll meatballs, sprinkle spices into the house marina, and fill plates with ravioli shells. They craft every dish using the family recipes of owners Rick Marrero and Victor Rodriguez, creating ricotta cheesecake and Grandma Joanie's meatballs, which blend veal, pork, and beef. What isn't crafted in-house is still handmade—the cannolis arrive fresh from Artuso Pastry, a bakery in the Little Italy neighborhood of the Bronx. The restaurant's dining space extends to an outdoor patio, which shades patrons with an awning, trees, and a cumulus cloud tethered to the roof.