The up market Lansdowne Resort offers golf club members and residents 45 top class holes of golf with two 18-hole courses and an executive 9-hole layout. The first 18 holes were laid out by Robert Trent Jones II, opening in 1992 and the remaining 27-holes followed in 2005 when Greg Norman designed a full sized championship course and a short track called Shark Bite.
The front nine of the Norman course are routed along the Potomac River, beside holes 16 to 18 of the RTJ II course, then the back nine returns west along the river towards Goose Creek. Many of the fairways lie adjacent to the Potomac Heritage Trail, an old Indian pathway that runs right along the banks of the river. As the holes lie on a flood plain, most of the greens have all been raised to protect them from possible future flooding.
From the tips, the Norman course measures over 7,300 yards, so it can play long but even the "grip-it-and-rip-it" brigade have to give strategy a little consideration when playing holes like the 331-yard short par four 5th. The final four holes measure 408, 442, 663 and 247 yards – a total of 1,760 yards which The Great White Shark describes as "the hardest mile in golf".
In spring 2017 a complete bunker renovation
programme was undertaken, managed by Chris Campbell of Greg Norman Golf Course
Design, who originally directed the construction of the Norman course, along
with Ron Despain of Troon Golf.