Reston National Golf Course to Host Annual Junior Golf Day Saturday, May 10

Reston National Golf Course to Host Annual Junior Golf Day Saturday, May 10

Free Admission, Contests, Prizes, Inflatable Dinosaur ‘Golfzilla’ Among Highlights

(VIENNA, VA) – Reston National Golf Course – managed by Billy Casper Golf (BCG), the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in the U.S. – will host its annual Junior Golf Day on Saturday, May 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Attendees will enjoy free admission, instructional clinics conducted by PGA Professionals, contests and prizes, and even the chance to witness “Golfzilla,” a 19-foot tall inflatable dinosaur. Golfers can demo the latest Nike Golf clubs on Reston National’s driving range.

“We will create a fun, fair-like atmosphere for the community to enjoy,” says Shaun Strand, Director of Instruction at the Nike Golf Academy at Reston National. “Juniors of all ability levels will take delight in learning new skills during the clinics.”

Last year more than 60 juniors attended, and event organizers anticipate that number to double this year.

Conveniently located 30 minutes west of Washington DC, Reston National is among Northern Virginia’s favorite classic, 18-hole layouts. The par-71, Ed Ault design is nestled among mature trees and rolling terrain. At 6,870 yards with wide fairways and receptive greens, Reston National provides memorable experiences time and again to both high and low handicappers.

Home to the Nike Golf Learning Center, Reston National is a popular place to practice. Its golfer development programs for amateurs and juniors are taught by a highly trained staff. Use of video analysis as well as short-game and on-course instruction combine to improve skills and scores.

More information:, 703.620.9333.

About Billy Casper Golf

Founded more than 20 years ago in cooperation with golf legend Billy Casper, the company is the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in the U.S. with more than 170 properties in 28 states. Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia with regional offices across America, BCG directs course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations, food-and-beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management.

Billy Casper Golf divisions:

  • Buffalo Communications is the leading global golf-lifestyle public relations, branding, marketing-communications and creative services firm representing top brands in and related to golf.

  • Buffalo Turf & Landscape Company provides golf course agronomic programs with a new fee-for-service structure that allows owners unfettered visibility into actual activities and costs.

  • Women on Course is the nation’s premier golf-networking organization, further solidifying Billy Casper Golf’s commitment to grow participation in the golf lifestyle.

More information:, 703.761.1444.

Vote for an Official Reston Bird

Election Begins at Spring Festival

Reston, VA - The Bald Eagle represents the U.S.A., Virginia has the Cardinal, and now, Friends of Reston is campaigning to designate an official Reston bird in honor of Reston’s 50th anniversary this year. All are invited to vote for one of five bird candidates nominated by Reston naturalists. Write-in candidates will also be counted. Based on their year-round presence, ease of recognition and beauty, the five nominees are:

American Goldfinch

Barred Owl

Eastern Bluebird

Great Blue Heron

Pileated Woodpecker

How to vote: Online, find Friends of Reston’s Facebook page, Like it, and vote in the survey, which will show results during the campaign. In person, vote by ballot at Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston, VA 20191, open 6 days a week (closed Tuesdays), where voting begins at the Spring Festival on Saturday, May 3 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Polling will end on September 30, and the elected bird will be announced and celebrated at the Friends of Reston annual meeting in November. Pending sanction by Reston Association Board of Directors, this election will designate the Official Bird of Reston. For more information, call Walker Nature Center at 703-476-9689.

“In recognition of Reston’s 50th anniversary this year, it seems like a good time to honor one of the wonderful wild neighbors in our diverse community,” says Katie Shaw, Executive Director of Friends of Reston.

Official sightings confirm that 182 species of birds live in Reston with its abundance of trees and appropriate habitat. For the 20th consecutive year, Reston has received designation as a Tree City USA for 2014, and in 2000, Reston was the 3rd in the nation to be certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat by National Wildlife Foundation.

Friends of Reston (FOR), established in 1999, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports Reston Association (RA) through charitable, educational, and scientific activities. FOR operates with an all-volunteer board of directors that works together to raise funds through donations and special events for a variety of community projects including the annual 5K Fund Run, Better Said Than Done storytelling nights, Re-Energize Reston, RA camp scholarships for children, benches for RA facilities, environment and habitat enhancements, and the flagship achievement, the LEED Gold Certified Nature House at the 72-acre Walker Nature Center. Nature House facilitates a variety of programs, special events, free film screenings, and much more, and is available for private occasions. FOR is based at the Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston, VA 20191, T: 703-476-9689. More information is available at, and for the latest updates, follow Friends of Reston on Facebook.