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2016 Lesson Pricing

Director of Instruction, Patrick McCarthy

Single Lessons

$40 - Half hour

$35 - Half hour junior/military

$70 - One hour

$60 - One hour junior/military

Lesson Packages

$195 - Three one hours

$165 - Three one hours junior/military

$300 - Five one hours

$250 - Five one hours junior/military

Our Head Golf Pro giving putting lessons to junior golfer at Lake Ridge Golf Course
Lake Ridge Golf Course's golf instructor giving a playing lesson on driving the fairway to one of his students

"Any student would be lucky to have Patrick as an instructor. His ability to teach the fundamentals of golf surpassed my expectations, but his ability to refocus negative energy to look and feel positive creates a confident, well played round of golf, which is beyond what I longed for when I met Patrick in 2014." - Jill J.

"Based from my experiences, Mr. McCarthy is a fundamentally natural teacher. He is patient, driven and intuitive of a student’s own physical capabilities with a drive to push them forward." - Doug W.


"Get Golf Ready" 

$99 per person for four 75-minute classes.

Looking to learn the basics of golf? Then Get Golf Ready is perfect for you! Our instructor will teach you everything you need to know to become a play-ready golfer in four consecutive Saturday classes.

Class 1: Full Swing - Grip, Aim, Stance, Posture, Swing basics and a tour of the clubhouse and facilities.

Class 2: Chipping, Rules & etiquette, Proper equipment & attire.

Class 3: Putting, Putting Green Rules & etiquette, booking and arriving for a tee time.

Class 4: Tee to Green practice, Pace of play, options for improvement after class.

For 2016 there are currently three sessions scheduled:
- Session 1 dates: April 23rd, April 30th, May 7th and May 14th.
- Session 2 dates: June 18th, June 25th, July 2nd and July 9th.
- Session 3 dates: July 23rd, July 30th, August 6th and August 13th.

For more information, or to sign up call the golf shop at 703-494-5564.
What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive. Arnold Palmer
Rules of Play

Understanding the rules of golf can be both time-consuming and confusing. This page is dedicated to explaining some of basic rules and providing an easier way to understand them.

The USGA is the governing agency for golf played in the United States. The Rules of Golf reads:

“Golf is played, for the most part, without supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the Rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship and all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be.”

Ask the Superintendent: Golf Course Maintenance Rule of Play
Aaron Redd, Superintendent of Lake Ridge Golf Course

Simply walking across a golf green covered with frost can cause damage. One foursome can leave several hundred foot prints on each green, the damage can be very extensive.

  • Greens are fragile so they are vulnerable to attacks from insects, disease, heat, drought, cold and frost.
  • When frosted, the normal resilient plant cells become brittle and easily crushed.
  • A short delay while the frost melts can preserve the quality of the greens and prevent needless repairs.
  • Ask the Golf Professional: Three Tips to Have Fun
    Alan Smith, Executive Director of The First Tee of Prince William County


    I have always felt that having fun on the golf course is why my game improved and why people, even strangers, liked having me join their groups.  The 3 tips for having fun are:  Be Patient, Be Positive, and Ask For Help.

    • Be Patient – Stay calm while you are waiting or working on a skill.  You may not get the results you wanted on the first try.  Give yourself plenty of chances to succeed by trying again and again.  When you finally achieve what you were looking for, you will be glad that you had the patience to stick with it.  Your efforts will also teach others the benefits of being patient.
    • Be Positive – Make sure you enjoy what you are doing regardless of the outcome.  Focus on what you are doing right, then figure out what you can do better next time.  With practice, fun challenges, even a partner, you will have more fun and see the results that you are looking for.  Remember, it is a lot harder to hit the ball when you are tense and angry.
    • Ask For Help -  It is okay to ask for help because this is how we learn.  Having someone show us how to hit a certain shot, or how to understand a rule on the course is how we improve.  If you are out on the golf course and do not know where to go or what to do, ask your coach or even a fellow player if they can help.  We can all help each other by showing support and respect.

    Golf, like life, is not something we can master.  We can only hope to improve and become a better golfer and a better person along the way.  Golf and Life will be more fun If we take the time to be patient, be positive and ask for help.  Smile, stand up straight, and walk down the fairways of life with confidence and the respect that you have earned and deserve.