2013 APL Course Overview

Course architect Bill Love created an 18-hole championship course on 280 acres of land that formerly housed the D.C. Department of Corrections facility at Lorton. During construction, Love and his team skillfully transformed the property from a former prison into one of the premier public courses in the state. They utilized the mature trees and native grasses and allowed some of the 18th century buildings from the prison to remain in full view. At its peak, the prison housed as many as 11,000 inmates.

The course opened in 2005 – five years after the prison closed – and almost immediately began hosting big competitions, including the Virginia State Golf Association Public Links Championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2011, it was a USGA sectional qualifying site for both the Amateur Public Links and Women’s Amateur Public Links

Paying homage to early course designers in American golf, Love, whose works include the Iron Forge Course at Penn National and Hunting Hawk in Glenn Allen, Va., wanted the natural beauty of the topography to dictate the course’s character.

One of Laurel Hill’s more interesting holes is the par-3 11th, which offers two separate teeing grounds that give the golfer two different angles to the green. One set requires the golfer to carry a large ravine to a deep, wide green protected by a large bunker in front. The other set of tees sits next to a large barn and silo and requires a shot to a long, narrow green protected by bunkers on both sides.

In 2011 Golfweek magazine ranked Laurel Hill No. 13 among its Top 50 best municipal courses in the United States.

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The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.

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Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.

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IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website, www.usopen.com, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit http://www.usopen.com/IBM

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Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

For more information on Lexus, visit http://www.lexus.com/

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Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

For more information on American Express visit www.americanexpress.com/entertainment

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