With a 119 slope from the back tees, the Edward Ault designed course, is not the most challenging in the area. On most days it can be the perfect course to walk however at 6,132 yards at its furthest and mostly flat, it can be played on foot in well under four hours on most days. The front nine plays considerably easier in my opinion, with several short wide open par 4’s coming on #’s 1,2,4,6 & 9. The only trouble one can get into on the front is off the tee on the par 5 third, with a lake off the right side of the fairway and a large bunker guarding the left, as well as on the par 4 eighth, where a slightly blind tee shot could potentially leave you in the woods if you’re drive veers off too far in either direction. Otherwise, the front nine is straightforward and allows for plenty of practice to go pin-hunting with a wedge in your hand.
The back nine at Herndon Centennial is where the course manages to find its charm. The par 4 11th & 12th holes are my favorite on the course as they are the only tee shots that require the ball flight to follow the shape of the hole. Both are par 4’s just over 400 yards and both, if played from the fairway, leave attractive approaches in to the green. All three par 5’s on the course are reachable with only the 5th measuring just over 500 yards. Overall, Herndon is a fun course to play, especially when you don’t have five hours to spend on a round. During the week, there is rarely a problem walking right on, which is definitely not the case at nearby Reston National. The overall conditions are generally a step above the average muni, although I’ve found the greens to be inconsistent from hole to hole.
Weekend rate: $47 w/o cart
Weekday rate: $33 w.o cart
– Alex Dickson