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Registration Open for Rescue Reston Golf Classic

by Karen Goff — September 14, 2015 at 2:30 pm 6 Comments

Golfers at Reston NationalAdvocacy group Rescue Reston is holding its first golf classic Oct. 5 at Reston National Golf Course.

Rescue Reston was formed three years ago to support keeping Reston National as open and community space. Many of its founders live on homes backing to the golf course, which is also a wildlife habitat.

Rescue Reston’s owners, RN Golf Management, inquired in 2012 whether the land could be developed residential. When Fairfax County said it was community space, the owners took the case to the board of zoning appeals.

The BZA ruled this year that the space could be redeveloped without a comprehensive plan amendment. That leaves open the possibility that residential development could occur at the course at Sunrise Valley Drive and Colts Neck Road. No specific redevelopment plans have been filed.

Redevelopment of the 166-acre course would affect golfers, of course, but also hundreds of homeowners who purchased nearby because of golf course views and nearby open space.

Rescue Reston, along with Reston Association and Fairfax County, and continuing to fight the ruling. There will be a hearing on motions for summary judgment to reverse the decision in the Circuit Court of Fairfax County on Nov. 6.

Meanwhile, there is golf to be played and money to be raised to aid in Rescue Reston’s battle with developers. Here is what you need to know:

  • 2 p.m. shotgun start/5 p.m. dinner provided by Glory Days Grill.
  • Fees (greens fees, carts, beverages, and dinner): Foursome $240; Individual $60.
  • Proceeds help fund Rescue Reston’s litigation costs
  • Sponsorships available
  • Not a golfer? There will also be a guided nature hike. The hike is free, but a $20 minimum donation will also gain you entry to dinner and clubhouse activities.

For more information and to sign up, visit Rescue Reston.

  • MJay

    Rescue Reston supported the Tetra debacle. To me, that demonstrated a lack of pragmatism and an inability to choose the battles necessary to help preserve the golf course ie removing RA to some degree from the financial equation, etc. As such, I lost faith in that organization.

    • Constance (Connie) Hartke

      Rescue Reston is solely focused on saving the green space at the Reston National Golf Course, a 166-acre Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program Golf Course on the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

      As to the Tetra statement, we had many, many supporters, who used their real names, ask what we thought. The seven member board of directors made a decision to answer them. We received many thanks, again from folks who use their actual names. Sorry to lose some of you, but your anger over Tetra does not make the litigation coming up on November 6 go away. We move forward.

  • Constance (Connie) Hartke

    See Rescue Reston’s growing list of sponsors at http://www.rescuereston.org/golf/. Many thanks to those who grasp the importance of defending this recreational open space from development!

    • MJay

      I believe that development of the golf course under the existing structure will render an already bad traffic area much worse. This is why I am so disheartened with Rescue Reston support of RA members taking out a loan for millions of dollars to preserve the money pit known as Tetra–particularly something that does not benefit the community like the golf course area. To me it tarnished Rescue Reston’s credibility. Instead of choosing the smart battles, Rescue Reston is now marginalized into a zealot organization spouting “We must preserve ALL green space no matter the cost!” It’s nice that you have some sponsors now, but if Rescue Reston continues with this line of ideology, coupled with members’ condescending attitudes toward criticism (and sometimes downright hostility), the fight will be that much more difficult.

      • Colonial Green Owner

        Thank you, MJay, for summing up what I could not. I have been uneasy with what I have heard coming from RR for some time now, and could not quite put my finger on “why”. And for what it’s worth, I do have a dog in this fight. I live on RNGC, and have no desire to have condos in my back yard.

  • Constance (Connie) Hartke

    A fan of John’s has started a collection for a retirement gift – see http://www.gofundme.com/ca4ah6uw

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