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Tom Clark designed Cutalong at Lake Anna Hosts holds official grand opening

By |  August 5, 2021 0 Comments

Cutalong at Lake Anna held the official grand opening of its championship 18-hole golf course on July 1. Near Mineral in Louisa County, Va., Cutalong features an 18-hole private golf course designed by renowned architect Tom Clark.

“The concept at Cutalong is big wide fairways and very difficult greens, making it a ‘second shot’ golf course,” said Clark, a partner at Ault, Clark & Associates and a past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA). “Golfers who put their shot in the right segment are going to have a chance at a birdie putt. But if they put it in the wrong segment, they may have a three putt.”

Hole No. 1 at Cutalong. (Photo courtesy of Mike Klemme)

Hole No. 1 at Cutalong. (Photo courtesy of Mike Klemme)

Ron Whitten, former Architectural Editor of Golf Digest Magazine, worked with Clark to create a unique experience at Cutalong, combining knowledge of old and new courses to present historic golf highlights. The pair worked and reworked the design of the course since its inception back in 2000.

Hole No. 9 at Cutalong. (Photo courtesy of Mike Klemme)

Hole No. 9 at Cutalong. (Photo courtesy of Mike Klemme)

Totaling 7,399 yards, the course recreates features and hole layouts from some of the most famous British and American courses. On No. 4, you’ll find a challenging green patterned after hole No. 17 at Pebble Beach. Another difficult green on hole No. 9 offers a green that is a mirror image of Alistair Mackenzie’s 14th green at Augusta National.

Hole No. 14 at Cutalong. (Photo courtesy of Mike Klemme)

Hole No. 14 at Cutalong. (Photo courtesy of Mike Klemme)

On the back nine you’ll find more holes inspired by some of the most iconic holes in the world. The par 5 No. 14 used elements of Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw’s second hole at Talking Stick North in Arizona. Taking influence from a hole you can find overseas in England, Clark modeled the par 3 No. 17 after one of his favorite of Alistair Mackenzie’s holes. Clark created the hole true to scale of the original at Gibraltar at Moortown in Leeds, England.

Hole No. 17 at Cutalong. (Photo courtesy of Mike Klemme)

Hole No. 17 at Cutalong. (Photo courtesy of Mike Klemme)

The course also showcases the area’s mining heritage. Spoil mounds from the region’s mining days can be found on some holes, while railroad timbers flank bunkers on others. It is the only private access golf course community at Lake Anna and currently has more than 120 members.

At the grand opening media day event, representatives shared updates on the 891-unit master planned community being built on the 1,000-acre site at Cutalong. Renderings of the golf clubhouse and activity center were also shared during the grand opening event. Other renderings shared during the grand opening included such amenities that will break ground soon, including multi-story clubhouses, a resident activity center, marina, golf villas and other facilities.

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