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JUNE 18 - 24, 2009 ALEXANDRIA TIMES B1

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Time To Tee Up For Summer Fun
By Marty DeVine

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njoying a round of golf can be a relaxing way to spend a few hours,
with some people even squeezing in nine holes before heading off
to work. The greater Washington area is home to more than 100
public and private golf courses with many excellent, reasonably
priced places to play within a short drive from the center of Alexandria.
Three of the best public courses are in Washington, while some of the fin-
Courtesy photo
est holes, according to Washingtonian Magazine’s panel of golf pros, are
Sara Rich gets spooked by an elephant while working in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. located on public courses near Alexandria. For those who are learning or
not quite ready to hit the pro tour, there are several places to take lessons

Alexandria’s Rich Makes a Difference, or simply tweak your swing.


Rich Heilman, owner of Old Town Ace Hardware, likes to play during

One Adventure at a Time


the week on his day off. “I really enjoy playing one of the nine-hole cours-
es at Potomac Ridge,” Heilman said. “It isn’t too far down 210, the three
nine-hole courses are pretty and it doesn’t cost too much to play there.”
By Marty DeVine and receiving an Alexandria Women’s also the Middle School Coordinator Similarly, Tom Jones said that his schedule at Fannie Mae is extremely
Commission Award. She ultimately and a soccer coach.  The 250 K-12 TA- busy and so he used to try to squeeze in time at Hill Top’s driving range

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testified  on Capitol Hill for the 25th SOK students hail from more than 40 on Telegraph Road. Now, he said, “I like playing the Hill Top nine-hole
eneration Y — sometimes Anniversary of Title IX. countries and, as a result, the school course because it doesn’t take a lot of time to play nine holes and the cost
known as the Millennium That would be a tough act to follow has an international atmosphere. is reasonable.”
Generation — is stereo- for anyone, so while she was a stu- While teaching last year, Rich en- Finding a comprehensive list of places to play in the greater Alexan-
typed as being all about dent at T.C., Rich proclaimed to her listed the help of her mother, Sally dria area and the costs associated with playing a round is not always easy.
texting, Facebook and MySpace. father, retired Alexandria City Coun- Reams, to help her raise $5,000 to Many courses have special discounts on certain days or designated times
With a reputation for being high- cilman Lonnie Rich, that her life had take her varsity soccer team to South for seniors, military personnel, women and junior golfers. Below are some
maintenance, they are “known for peaked when she was in eighth grade. Africa for a tournament.  Having suc- courses worth checking out, with the mileage from the Alexandria City
rolling into work late while wearing But little did she know that her life cessfully raised the funds, the TASOK center and the price for playing the course at the end of each entry.
headphones and dressing as if every was going to become even more excit- girls’ soccer team flew to South Africa
day were casual Friday,” according to Public or municipal golf courses 10 miles or less from the
ing once she left T.C. and completed and showed their appreciation by fin-
Clay Collins, a popular Generation center of Alexandria
her B.A. and M.A. in education at the ishing in fifth place even though they
Y blogger. However, there are some University of Virginia. were not considered to be a particu-
20-somethings who are out trying to Greendale Golf Course — 18 holes; par 70; 6700 Telegraph Rd., Alexan-
A rugby player at UVA, Rich saw larly strong team.
make a difference in the world, and dria, VA 22310; 703-971-6170; 4 miles. Greens fees $28-$35.
again what a positive attitude and de- Outside of work, life is not easy for
2002 T.C. Williams graduate Sara termined spirit can achieve. Her UVA Rich. She lives on the grounds of the
Rich is one of them.   Hilltop Golf Club — 9 holes; par 31; 7900 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria, VA
rugby team, led by volunteer coaches, school and she and her friends only
Rich has chosen to venture far out- 22315; 703-719-6504; 5 miles. Greens fees $20-$32.
became one of the top five teams in go out on the town in groups because
side her comfort zone — and conti- the nation. They competed against conditions are tough and Kinshasa
nent — in her desire to help others. Pinecrest Golf Course — 9 holes; par 35; 6600 Little River Turnpike, Al-
teams from the likes of Stanford, can be dangerous.  Still, she has no
She is finishing up her second year as exandria, VA 22312; 703-941-1061; 9 miles. Greens fees $17-$20.
Penn State and the University of Illi- regrets about taking on the teaching
a teacher at the American School of nois, all elite rugby schools where the assignment. “I never dreamed I’d end
Kinshasa, also known as TASOK, in Atlantic Golf at Potomac Ridge — 9 holes; par 71; 15800 Sharpersville
coaches are paid. “My coaches, Nancy up thousands of miles from my family
the capital city of the Democratic Re- Rd., Waldorf, MD 20601; 1-800-791-9078; 6 miles. Greens fees $43-$57
Kechner and Jules Comer, are totally in a country where life is never simple
public of the Congo, formally known (including cart and use of driving range).
amazing and were a big reminder to and everyone is laid back about every-
as Zaire. me that you don’t have to get paid in thing,” Rich said. “There is no sense
At an early age, Rich demonstrated Atlantic Golf at Potomac Ridge, Hollow Ridge Course — 9 holes; par
order to be committed and work hard of urgency and punctuality….I was
that she is not afraid to jump in and 73; 15800 Sharpersville Rd., Waldorf, MD 20601; 1-800-791-9078; 6 miles.
at something you love,” Rich said. not surprised by the poverty or chaos,
roll up her sleeves to get the job done. Greens fees $43-$57 (including cart and use of driving range).
After graduating from UVA, Rich’s but I was surprised by the age gap be-
While she was in middle school, she destination was TASOK in Kinshasa. tween me and my teaching colleagues
organized a  petition drive to imple- Atlantic Golf at Potomac Ridge, Ridge Meadow Course — 9 holes;
Now, instead of organizing people to and fellow expatriates who are all
ment improvements for Alexandria help upgrade Alexandria softball for
girls softball. That led to her being See TEE TIME| B3
girls, she is teaching English and so-
interviewed by local TV news stations See RICH REWARDS | B3
cial studies at TASOK, where she is

Photo/Katherine Parkinson
Seniors pose for the flashbulbs before arriving at the prom.
A Rite of Passage ...
T.C. Seniors Celebrate Prom Night
By Katherine Parkinson ples. While some wore traditional Duchess, followed by Danny Ack-
tuxes and evening gowns, many erman and Rudy Abate, the Prince
This weekend, T.C. Williams se- students got creative. Among the and Princess of the night. The final
niors celebrated the end of their high boys, there were top hats and canes, announcement came as no sur-
school careers with the year’s most pinstriped suits and matching Nike prise, when the star basketball duo
anticipated event: Prom Night. Air-Force Ones. For the girls, the Edward Jenkins and Tierra Ruf-
The evening began with a photo- popular trend seemed to be shorter fin-Pratt were crowned King and
shoot, as adoring parents took pic- dresses in bright, funky colors. Queen.
tures of their soon-to-be graduates. The Marriot ballroom was also Carlie McGuire, a graduating
Many couples and groups also went dressed for the occasion, with gar- senior who attended the dance last
out to dinner on the town before nished tables and chairs surround- year, thinks this year’s prom will be
heading to the dance. ing the dance floor. As students her most memorable.
As soon as the doors opened at 8 danced the night away, the T.C. “It was more special this year be-
p.m., a fleet of luxury cars, limou- administrators and teacher-chaper- cause I got to share it with friends
sines and stretch SUVs began to ar- ones made sure everyone had a safe, who I’ve gone through the ups and GOLF MECCA:
rive at the Marriot Crystal Gateway fun-filled prom. downs of high school with.” There are 10 public or municipal golf courses within
in Crystal City where the dance was At the end of the evening, the Although the night to remember 10 miles or from the center of Alexandria.
held. student-elected Prom Court was has passed, T.C. seniors still have
Decorated in their finest evenin- announced. Marcus Via and Illhan next week’s graduation to look for-
gwear, the students piled out in cou- Ali were pronounced Duke and ward to.
ALEXANDRIA TIMES UP CLOSE JUNE 18 - 24 , 2009 B3

TEE TIME RICH engineer in Del Ray and has


been content to remain in
From | B1 REWARDS Alexandria.  Her mother still
resides in Alexandria as does
From | B1
par 73; 15800 Sharpersville Rd., her father and step-mother,
Waldorf, MD 20601; 1-800- Marcia. The strong female role
791-9078; 6 miles. Greens fees 35-years old or older. That was models in Rich’s life have been
$43-$57 (including cart and a difficult transition for me.” a big influence in her decision
use of driving range). Rich went on to add, “I was to teach abroad. Her mother
Henson Creek Golf Course, surprised at how living abroad has always encouraged Rich in
Henson Creek Course — 9 can make you so intensely her pursuit of teaching and her
holes; par 33; 1641 Tucker Rd., aware of your own culture — stepmother served in the Peace
Fort Washington, MD 20744; and in so many ways! There’s Corps in what was then Zaire.
301-567-4646, 6 miles. Greens just no better way than living After her final year at TA-
fees $14-$22. abroad for a few years to make SOK, Rich said that she may
Pohick Bay Regional Park Golf Photo/Marty DeVine you realize that so many of teach somewhere in Latin
Course, Pohick Bay Course — If the long links aren’t quite your style you can still enjoy the things you always thought Courtesy photo America and attempt to master
18 holes; par 72; 10301 Gun- putting around on a miniature golf course. were ‘normal’ are unique to Spanish. “I’d love to go to Chile,
our culture. It’s helped me Sara Rich in her Kinshasa Argentina or Guatemala,” said
ston Rd., Lorton, VA 22079; classroom.
703-339-8585; 8 miles. Greens grow to understand what being the adventurous Rich.  “Once
fees $48-$60 (including cart). Rock Creek Park Golf Course twists and turns and can be an American, a Virginian and you live abroad you quickly re-
— 18 holes; par 65; 16th St. played in an hour, then min- an Alexandrian really means.” uru Peak, at the top of Mount alize how important it is to be
East Potomac Park Golf
NW & Rittenhouse St. NW, iature golf or putt-putt may be She summed up her Congo- Kilimanjaro, has been one of at LEAST bilingual.  However,
Course , Blue Course, White
Washington, DC 20011; 202- just what you need. lese teaching adventure by say- her most exciting and reward- I’m also very open to South-
Course or Red Course — 18
882-7332; 16 miles; $22 to $27. Cameron Run Regional Park ing that she agreed with Maya ing experiences. At the mo- ern Asia. Nepal is definitely at
holes; par 72 (Blue); Greens
Oak Marr Golf Center — 9 — 4001 Eisenhower Ave., Al- Angelou, who wrote, “All peo- ment, Rich is traveling through the top of my list. I can dream
fees $26-$43; par 34 (White)
holes; par 27; 3200 Jerman- exandria, VA 22304; 703-960- ples cry, laugh, eat, worry and Jordan before returning to the myself into almost any place in
Greens fees $12-$24 and par
town Rd., Oakton, VA 22124; 0767. die...”  Rich said that “as much states to visit with family and the world if I think it’s going to
31 (Red); Greens fees $9-$21;
703-255-5390 x 4; 17 miles. as the cultures of our economic friends on her summer break. be a valuable experience.”  
972 Ohio Dr. SW, Washington, TopGolf Kingstowne — 6625
background or nationality may   Rich plans to return to Al- A few years from now,
D.C. 20024; 202-554-7660; 10 Lake Arbor Golf Course — 18 S. Van Dorn St., Alexandria,
seem to clash, when it comes exandria following her trip though, Rich may be teaching
miles. holes; par 71; 1401 Golf Course VA 22315; 703-924-2600.
down to it, everything is the to Jordan and before visiting in Alexandria’s public schools.
Laurel Hill Golf Club — 18 Dr., Mitchellville, MD 20721; Upton Hill Regional Park — same everywhere.  The kids I rugby friends in San Francisco. “I thought it would be valuable
holes; par 71; 8701 Laurel Crest 301-336-7771; 18 miles. 6060 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, teach have a lot of the opportu- From there, she will be driving to teach small classes of kids
Dr., Lorton, VA 22079; 703- University of Maryland Golf VA; 703-534-3437; 6 miles. nities that come with class and up the West Coast to Alaska for my first few years in the
493-8849; 10 miles. Greens Course — 18 holes; par 71; Uni-
Lake Accotink Park — 7500 their front row seat to life in and spending a few days in class room,” Rich said. “That
fees $43-$57. versity of Maryland Bldg.166, Accotink Park Rd., Spring- Congo. I make sure they know Anchorage before taking a way, when I come back to the
College Park, MD 20742; 301- field, VA 22150; 703-569-3464; that, appreciate that and take ferry from Juneau to Belling- states I’ll have some experience
Courses more than 10 miles 314-4653; 19 miles. 8 miles. advantage of that.”  Rich also ham. Rich will also fit in Inter- under my belt before I dive into
from the Alexandria City Enterprise Golf Course — 18 said that she found teaching national Baccalaureate train- the tougher and loftier goal of
Center Jefferson District Park —
holes; par 72; 2802 Enterprise humbling, “but your growth ing at Princeton for the Middle giving back to my community
The Osprey’s Golf Club — 18
7900 Lee Hwy., Falls Church,
Rd., Mitchellville, MD 20721; professionally and as a person Years Program and a big fam- and giving back to the public
holes; par 70; 401 Belmont Bay VA 22042; 703-573-0443; 9
301-249-2040; 19 miles. will be obvious and measur- ily reunion in Tennessee before school system that has given
Dr., Woodbridge, VA 22191; miles.
Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt
able. It’s a huge challenge and it heading back to Kinshasa for me the education I needed to
703-497-1384; 11 miles. Pohick Bay Regional Park — takes a lot of patience and hard her final year of teaching. accomplish anything that I
Club — 41601 Raspberry Dr.,
Naval Surface Warfare Cen- 6501 Pohick Bay Dr., Lorton, work to improve.” “I cannot wait to see my dream up.”
Leesburg, VA 20178; 703-779-
ter Golf Course, Naval Sur- VA 22079; 703-339-6104; 12 In her free time, Rich enjoys family this summer,” Rich No doubt that Rich’s world-
2555; $85 to $105.
face Warfare Center Course — miles. traveling. Thailand, South Af- said. “My mom just visited wide adventures and teach-
Swan Point Yacht & Country
9 holes; par 72; D-61 Koehler GOLFZILLA — 3601 Brinkley rica, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, me for a couple of weeks, but ing experiences will make her
Club — 11550 Swan Point
Dr., Indian Head, MD 20640; Rd., Temple Hills, MD 20748; Denmark and Ireland are just I haven’t seen the rest of my classes all the more interesting
Blvd., Swan Point, MD 20645; some of the fascinating places family in almost a whole year.” and stimulating for any of her
301-744-4662; 12 miles. 301-630-4653; 6 miles.
301-259-0047; $45 to $79. she has explored. Hiking to Uh- Her brother, Alexander, is an future students. 
White Plains Golf Course, Regardless of your skill, abil-
— 18 holes; par 70; 1015 Saint Miniature Golf
ity or golf aspirations, there is
Charles Pkwy., White Plains, If your ideal round of golf has something for everyone who
MD 20695; 301-645-1300; 13 windmills, dinosaurs or crazy wants to enjoy the game of golf.
miles.
Langston Golf Course & D.R.,
Langston Course — 18 holes;
par 72; 2600 Benning Rd. NE,
Washington, DC 20002; 202-
397-8638; 13 miles.
Jefferson District Park — 9
holes; par 35; 7900 Lee Hwy.,
Falls Church, VA 22042; 703-
573-0444; 13 miles.
Burke Lake Golf Center —
18 holes; par 54; 7315 Ox Rd.,
Fairfax Station, VA 22039; 703- We’ve Got You Covered.
323-1641 x4; 14 miles.
Lake Ridge Park Golf & Ma- Just Right Painting
rina, Lake Ridge Course — 9 Interior • Exterior
holes; 12350 Cotton Mill Dr., Residential • Commercial
Woodbridge, VA 22192; 703-
494-5564; 14 miles. FREE EstImatEs
Marlton Golf Club — 18 holes; specializing in Older Homes
par 71; 9413 Midland Turnpike,
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772;
301-856-7566; 15 miles.
Old Hickory Golf Club — 18
holes; par 72; 11921 Chanc-
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eford Dr., Woodbridge, VA 703-548-2553
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