The 50-year-old, 168-acre Virginia property outside of Washington, D.C., which features a golf course designed by Ed Ault, was bought by developers in 2019, adding to the concerns of a grassroots community group that was formed in 2012 to try to protect the course as open space and that declared “war is on” after the sale. But now KemperSports will seek to make the course a “must-play in the region,” says CEO Steve Skinner.
KemperSports has been selected to manage golf operations at Reston National Golf Course in Reston, Va. Located near Washington, D.C., the 18-hole championship layout designed by Ed Ault has been part of the Reston community since its opening in 1970.
After years of efforts by residents to save the 168-acre property from development, Reston National GC was purchased by two development companies from the Baltimore, Md. area in the spring of 2019 (https://clubandresortbusiness.com/future-of-reston-national-gc-in-question-after-ownership-change/). At the time, Rescue Reston, a group formed in 2012 to protect the city’s open spaces and two golf courses (Hidden Creek Country Club in addition to Reston National), declared that “the war is on” to keep the new owners, Weller Development Cos. and War Horse Cities, from developing the property.
The new owners said they had “no set plans for the property at this time” when they bought the property from RN Golf LLC, a partnership of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance and Billy Casper Golf,
The Reston National course sits on the Chesapeake Bay watershed and spans more than 6,800 yards from the back tees, playing to a par-71. Other facility amenities include a driving range, practice facility, grill room and covered pavilion with seating for 150 people.
The course is also recognized as a certified Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary.
“Reston National is a wonderful golf course in a great community,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner. “We look forward to enhancing the customer experience at every level and making Reston National a must-play in the region.”