This site is dedicated to the pursuit of the game of golf at River Creek Country Club. In ancient days, men would gather to beat the ground with sticks. Today, we call it golf!!
Golf is a very old game of which the exact origins are unclear. The origin of golf is open to debate as to being Chinese, Dutch or Scottish. However, the most accepted golf history theory is that this sport originated from Scotland in the 1100s.The oldest playing golf course in the world is The Musselburgh Old Links Golf Course. Evidence has shown that golf was played here in 1672 although Mary, Queen of Scots reputedly played there in 1567.
Golf courses have not always had eighteen holes. The St Andrews Links occupy a narrow strip of land along the sea. As early as the 15th century, golfers at St Andrews, in Fife, established a customary route through the undulating terrain, playing to holes whose locations were dictated by topography. The course that emerged featured eleven holes, laid out end to end from the clubhouse to the far end of the property. One played the holes out, turned around, and played the holes in, for a total of 22 holes. In 1764, several of the holes were deemed too short, and were therefore combined. The number was thereby reduced from 11 to nine, so that a complete round of the links was comprised of 18 holes.
The major changes in equipment since the 19th century have been better mowers, especially for the greens, better golf ball designs, using rubber and man-made materials since about 1900, and the introduction of the metal shaft beginning in the 1930s. Also in the 1930s the wooden golf tee was invented. In the 1970s the use of steel and then titanium to replace wood heads began, and shafts made of "graphite" were introduced in the 1980s. Though wooden tees are still most popular, various designs of plastic tees have been developed in recent years, and the synthetic materials composing the modern ball continue to be developed.
In 2005, Golf Digest calculated that there were nearly 32,000 golf courses in the world, approximately half of them in the United States. The River Creek Golf Course, located along the banks of the Potomac River in Loudoun County, is one of the finest courses in the Northern Virginia area. We believe you will find it both picturesque and challenging. It is home for the members of River Creek Club and we welcome you to this site and to the golf course.
This site is for the enjoyment and use of the golf members at River Creek Country Club. The site is broken down into two parts: the Men's Golf Association and the Women's Golf Association. These Associations are informal groups dedicated to the pursuit of the social game of golf. Each group separately sponsors tournaments, fun events and an annual joint tournament. For more information, you are invited to contact the Presidents of the MGA and WGA via e-mail or inquire within the Pro Shop.
This site is for the sole use of the members of the River Creek Golf Club. This site is copyrighted in 2008. All users of this site agree that the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia shall apply.