Golf News for Friday, April 11, 2014 | Courses

Two golf courses in Washington, D.C. area introduce foot golf

VIENNA, Va. -- General's Ridge Golf Course and Lake Ridge Golf Course - owned by Prince William County Park Authority and managed by Billy Casper Golf (BCG) - will introduce FootGolf, a hybrid of golf and soccer, at its courses:

• The Washington, D.C. FootGolf Open starts on Saturday, April 12 with a 9 a.m. shotgun at Lake Ridge, and concludes on Sunday, April 13 with a 9 a.m. shotgun at General's Ridge. Registration is $119 for individuals and includes practice, two tournament rounds, cart fee, hat, gift bag and banquet.

Created in conjunction with the American FootGolf League (AFGL) and the first of its kind in the Washington, D.C.-area, FootGolf at General's Ridge and Lake Ridge golf courses will be played over nine or 18 holes in length. Each hole is assigned "par" and players tee off using a soccer ball, strategically kicking it until it drops into the cup. The holes are cut in the rough to avoid damage to fairways and greens. AFGL provides a rule book for players to follow.

The FootGolf courses at both General's Ridge and Lake Ridge are open for play year-round (weather permitting) during twilight hours through the core golf season.

"Billy Casper Golf has a history of innovation in the game of golf," says Roberto Balestrini, Founder of AFGL. "General's Ridge and Lake Ridge provide the perfect inaugural venue for FootGolf in the Mid-Atlantic."

"The reaction to FootGolf has been amazing," says Dan Wagner, General Manager of General's Ridge. "Our regular golfers and sports enthusiasts are excited to try this new, creative and fun sport."

For more information about FootGolf or participating in the tournament:

About General's Ridge Golf Course
One of the most challenging courses in the Washington, D.C. region, General's Ridge is an 18-hole, par-72, 6,651-yard championship course in Manassas Park, VA and named for the area's rich Civil War history. Nestled among a forest of oak, beech and poplar trees, the layout rambles over rolling hills and spectacular scenery, grabbing golfers' attentions form the first tee. Described as North Carolina mountain style, General's Ridge is a secluded retreat and home to local hawks, deer, fox and other wildlife.

A driving range with 10 covered hitting bays, large putting and chipping green, as well as instruction, ensure golfers hone their games between rounds. Golfers take their post-round tales to the clubhouse and its restaurant serving lunch and dinner daily. A fully-stocked pro shop satisfies golfers' apparel and gear needs. General's Ridge is popular for business and social functions.

For more information or to reserve a tee time:, 703.335.0777.

About Lake Ridge Golf Course
Located within the popular Lake Ridge Park in Woodbridge, VA, Lake Ridge Golf Course is a challenging 9-hole, par-3 layout designed for a quick round and to introduce new golfers to the game. Home to the First Tee of Prince William County, Lake Ridge is a family-friendly course popular for lessons, junior camps, leagues and tournaments. Lake Ridge Park features a marina and beautiful vistas of the Occoquan Reservoir.

For more information or to reserve a tee time:, 703.494.5564.

About Billy Casper Golf
Founded more than 20 years ago in cooperation with golf legend Billy Casper, the company is the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in the U.S. with more than 150 properties in 28 states. Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia with regional offices across America, Billy Casper Golf directs all aspects of course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations, food-and-beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management.

Billy Casper Golf divisions:
• Buffalo Communications is the leading global golf-lifestyle public relations, branding, marketing-communications and creative services firm representing top brands in and related to golf.

• Buffalo Turf & Landscape Company provides golf course maintenance-only programs with a new fee-for-service structure that allows property owners unfettered visibility into actual activities and costs.

• Women on Course is the nation's premier golf-networking organization, further solidifying Billy Casper Golf's commitment to grow participation in the golf lifestyle.

More information:, 703.761.1444.

Tommy Glasgow
Billy Casper Golf / Buffalo Communications