Stoneleigh Golf & Country Club, in Round Hill, has a little more history than most clubs in LoCo. The original manor house was built by the James family in 1852, renowned stone masons of Loudoun County. Many original structures still stand, including the barn and Founder’s Cottage. During World War I, William E. Dodd, the US Ambassador to Germany, owned the property and would spend summers at the farm to get away from the politics of Washington. In the 1940’s, the site was an orchard for what is now Mom’s Apple Pie at Hill High, and you can still find a few apple trees scattered throughout the property.
The course was designed by Hall of Fame Architect Lisa Maki and opened for play in 1992. At 6782 yards from the back tees and a slope rating of 142, Stoneleigh is one of the hardest in the Commonwealth. It’s definitely the the type of course to play twice before deciding whether or not you like it, you could easily shoot 5-10 strokes better the second time around. There are a few forced carries, lots of elevation changes, and the greens are big with just enough undulation. The most talked about hole is #2, with a dramatic rise from tee to green and a crazy putting surface that has been cursed by many. Original plans called for the clubhouse to sit on the site of the second green with the hole playing down the hill, but they had to be abandoned. It’s not the best hole on the course, but after a few rounds you learn where the flag is and it isn’t too bad. Another great hole is #12, a brutal uphill par 4 that plays much longer than the 429 yards. A stone wall runs up the right side of the fairway and after a good tee shot you are left with a 30 foot uphill approach from 150 – 200 yards to the green. Lots of rounds have fallen apart here.
One of the best features of the club, aside from the majestic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is the overall feeling of serenity. I’m not just saying that, ask any member you meet and they will tell you the same thing. There is something about being on this course, with it’s wide open views, that makes you forget about life for a while and enjoy the game. The club is currently for members only, however there are a number of charity tournaments open to the public and Stoneleigh also hosts a couple of “Town Days” to allow local residents the chance to be a member for the day.
The community surrounding Stoneleigh has just over 140 homes, featuring a wide variety of architectural styles situated to take advantage of the amazing views. In the last year, seven homes have sold ranging in price between $650,000 and $700,000. If you would like to learn more about this community, send us a note and we will be glad to help.