Fall at the 5th tee of Reston National Golf Course credit: Ed Hass

Rescue Reston will be holding a fundraising golf tournament and nature hike on the afternoon of Monday, October 5 at Reston National Golf Course.

What better way to tell the investor-owner of Reston National Golf Course (RNGC) that you support Reston’s planned recreational open space than a fun afternoon golfing or hiking, followed by dinner on the clubhouse patio.

Golf registration and warm-up starts at 1 p.m. with shotgun start at 2 p.m. This 9-hole, Captain’s Choice format will be followed by awards, prizes and dinner starting at 5 p.m. Register to play or sponsor at rescuereston.org/golf.

Sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $200. Add your name to the sponsor list to show that both residents and businesses want to keep Reston the unique place it is today. Rescue Reston is pleased to announce the first Green Jacket Sponsor, Achieve-it, LLC with a $2,000 contribution. Other event sponsors committed to date include Capitol Companies, Apex CoVantage, The Scoggin Hometeam (Coldwell Banker), National Realty, Synergy Design & Construction, Bleevit Interactive, Glory Days Grill and Aspen Jewelry Designs.

Reston National is the home course for the South Lakes High School Golf Team. Seahawks Head Golf Coach Carol Molesky is hoping to have all her golf teams participate. Sponsors who can’t play in the tournament but want to show support can sponsor a Seahawk foursome.

A free Nature Hike will begin at 3 p.m. led by Ed Hass, who spends the better part of most days photographing the wildlife in and around the course and Bill Burton, geologist, birder and amateur astronomer. Wear comfortable shoes and gather at the west end of the South Lakes Drive Park to start this two-hour hike around and on RA pathways through Reston National Golf Course. Join the dinner and events at the clubhouse at 5 p.m. with a minimum $20 donation. More information and sign up at bit.ly/rescuehike.

Proceeds from these events will be donated to help fund the litigation that supports an appeal of the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeal’s decision that threatens to allow redevelopment of RNGC. The investor-owner of RNGC has been attempting to sidestep the normal County process to change the golf course’s permanent recreational open space land use designation to allow residential use. A win will help protect the golf course as the open space it was always intended to be.

For golf/nature hike questions, contact golf@rescuereston.org or phone 571-449-6060.

Photo credit: Fall at the 5th tee of Reston National Golf Course,  Ed Hass