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Lakeside Park

Richmond, Virginia
ArchitectBadgeDonald Ross
Richmond, Virginia
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  • Address1700 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228, USA

The Lakeside Park Club got involved in golf prior to the onset of the 20th Century with a nine-hole design from Willie Tucker, but it’s another Scot who left his mark on the course that is celebrating its centenary during 2021: Donald Ross is responsible for the current course.

The course is another example of Ross using his routing expertise to fit a full 18-hole course into a tight parcel; Lakeside Park plays to less than 6,300 yards from its back tees. As length was never going to be a hurdle for the biggest hitters, the importance of Ross’s bunkering comes to the fore, and thanks to a recent renovation from Kris Spence, those bunkers are playing to their peak today.

Nos. 6 and 15 are examples of short par threes (156 and 141, respectively) that rely on a wave of bunkering to keep their putting surfaces safe from invaders. Likewise, the three reachable par fives are designed to tempt the big hitter with their short distances but well-equipped to turn that eagle opportunity into a par, or worse.

There is one hole that lost some charm when Ross came through, however: Tucker’s opener, “Zoo,” once went past the membership’s collection of exotic fauna.

The Lakeside Park Club got involved in golf prior to the onset of the 20th Century with a nine-hole design from Willie Tucker, but it’s another Scot who left his mark on the course that is celebrating its centenary during 2021: Donald Ross is responsible for the current course.

The course is another example of Ross using his routing expertise to fit a full 18-hole course into a tight parcel; Lakeside Park plays to less than 6,300 yards from its back tees. As length was never going to be a hurdle for the biggest hitters, the importance of Ross’s bunkering comes to the fore, and thanks to a recent renovation from Kris Spence, those bunkers are playing to their peak today.

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Donald Ross

Donald Ross worked with Old Tom Morris at St Andrews in 1893 then spent part of the following season at Carnoustie before returning to serve under the Dornoch club secretary John Sutherland.

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