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BACKYARD ADVENTURE lie, also a fine teaching pro, have their own instructional area in their backyard in nearby Aldie. “He’s an interesting guy,” said Gutten- berg, now director of instruction for the Raspberry Falls golf group out of Bull Run Golf Club in Haymarket. “In the begin- ning, I could never find out what he did. He told me he was a writer. He says, ‘I write a lot of checks.’” Phipps also told Guttenberg he had a lot of land and was thinking about installing a practice green near his art studio. Gutten- berg came out one day, saw the property and suggested positioning the green at the end of what was then a hay field, far from the studio and safe from possible errant window-shattering missed shots. “Everyone who plays wants to be an ar- chitect,” Guttenberg said. “I designed a two-tiered green for him. I drew out the shape, where the traps would go. And then we created a 270-yard tee shot and then a 150-yard shot. I loved being part of the process. I’m not Nicklaus or Crenshaw, but this was a great thing for me.” The golf hole itself is nothing fancy—a well-manicured, straightforward fairway, generously wide with a first cut of rough, then longer grass. A lawn service keeps it mowed to regular fairway length. It’s framed on both sides by tall trees that re- ally don’t come into play and it’s slightly downhill to the green that was installed by Winchester’s Rich Shoemaker. And if Phipps ever decided to put other tees left, right, or behind, there’s probably enough land to make nine different holes aimed at that single green. For now, he’s more than satisfied with what he’s got. “Hubert can hit it pretty far,” Gutten- berg said. “Scoring wise, he’s probably a 90s shooter. In all the time he’s taken \ۜHYKHؘXHۛH^\˜X]ۙH܈[HYX\ۈHYB[\\KH\[Y^H[\XX\ 'B'H\[Y^H[\XX\ 'BKܙ”HHHH H  MHHHHH