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Clarksburg, MD  20871-9160
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Little Bennett Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

72 par | 6,706 yards | 133 slope

72.9 rating | Rye grass

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Little Bennett Golf Course

The 18-hole "Little Bennett" course at the Little Bennett Golf Course facility in Clarksburg, Maryland features 6,706 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.9 and it has a slope rating of 133 on Rye grass. Designed by Desmond Muirhead, the Little Bennett golf course opened in 1994. Jeff Blake manages the course as the Golf Professional.


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Reviewed June 10, 2017

Beautiful course. I just wish the greens weren't so fast. It is very frustrating to hit decent drives, fairway shots and approach shots, then watch your chip shots roll to the other side of the green. And 3 putting seems to be about average for the greens. One of the nice things about the course is that the hazards (besides the wrist slittingly fast and inclined greens) are natural. There is a very lengthy review in which the 2 "nearly identical" par 3 holes are described as boringly redundant, and one of several examples of poor golf course design. The reviewer is completely inaccurate. Those 2 par threes both have greens at the bottom of very steep hills. Just the same, they are technically quite different. Hole #3 punishes a golfer who hits past the green and forgives one of hits it short. Hole #15 punishes every shot that is more than 15-20 yards short of hole, and forgives shots less than 10 yards long.

Reviewed November 16, 2011

The holes have been changed. Hole 1 is now hole 10. Hole 10 is now hole 1, making the first hole the most difficult hole the starting hole.

Reviewed August 12, 2011

If you consider yourself a serious golfer and course conditions are critical to you, don't play this course. It is a muni, yes, but not a very good one. Bunkers are nearly unplayable. Many, many beginners. Not enjoyable.

Reviewed April 08, 2011

Muny course, but parts of it look like private courses. If you like to see you have enough skills on uphills and downhills. This is it! Want to go back to there soon.

Reviewed March 23, 2010

The prior reviews really do an excellet job of explaining Little Bennett. I didn't feel overly challenged until I had to putt...greens were like glass. I didn't care for two of the Par 3s....each a steep downhill (one is fine, two too many). 8th hole is boring. Thought 9 and 18 were scenic. Blind shots do abound everywhere. A very enjoyable trip through trees, I felt the course was very scenic. I golfed on a Sunday afternoon with a son...a family rate of $10 a person was fantastic!!!! He had a great experience and that is what golf is ultimately about! Frustrating putting day with many drastic breaks may keep me from multiple visits...but definitely should try it for yourself!

Reviewed August 12, 2007

Little Bennett is worth playing for the challenge, and is a very tough track. It is also located in gorgeous country, with views of Sugarloaf Mountain. It also offers excellent rate discounts through the Montgomery Golf system. However, as someone who has studied golf course design (though not professionally) and is always thinking about how a course is laid out, I have a lot of bones to pick with this design.

Muirhead (the Scots name reminds one of links layouts, but this is the polar opposite) seems to have been hypnotized by the Black Creek ravine or fallen in love with it. Both the 9th and the 18th holes require identical second shots across environmental jungle. Both start with blind downhill dogleg drives to more or less terraced landing areas where the fairway ends 150 yards from the green. The tee shot will run a lot, and you have to play a couple of times to figure out what you need to hit. Going with too much club will send the ball 75 or 100 yards too far into oblivion. If you don't hit far enough, you face a 200+ yard shot over the ravine. This is an example of "penal" golf course design, where the obstacle must be crossed and there is no way for the short hitter to play around it even if willing to accept two additional strokes. It is not risk-reward, it is do or die. This is unpleasant and nerve wracking, and the repetition is boring. One such hole would surely be drama enough. But even then, the relatively long carry over the ravine means that short hitting juniors, beginner, and seniors simply cannot play the course. Poor design.

Second, there are two nearly identical short par threes, even located side by side, that involve a tee shot down into a black hole in the forest with a two to three club drop. One of these would be more than enough. Two is a bore. It is also extremely difficult for the superintendent to keep these holes in good condition given the shade and rocky soil, and fans are often blowing all day across both greens. It is far to easy for even a well struck shot to run off the back of the longer hole, down the steep hill into the environmental no mans land. A bunker at the back to stop long shots is a must, but there is none. The par 3 eighth hole also seems like an afterthought, with no real character, just something thrown in between the 7th green and the 9th tee.

Third, there are far too many uphill blind drives, often involving long carries to the fairway with penal forest tight against at least one side. The fairway on the par five 6th hole is only 12 yards wide in the landing area for most players, with a bunker on the left and mound on the right. Somehow, in country so gorgeous, with those beautiful mountain views, it would have been nice to have a couple more holes where you could see the entire fairway spread out in front of you, and watch a good drive sail through the skies and land.

So, a tough, tough course, definitely a must play, but not a course that will make you feel really comfortable and good about it.

Reviewed July 20, 2007

Played here most recently 7-17-07. Course conditions have slipped a but from prior years, but it's still a great test, and very scenic. NOT walkable for most, too hilly and long distances from green to tees. Excellent course design, and greens are very large and tough. Terrific clubhouse. Good staff. Fees are sometimes hard to figure, so call ahead to confirm. Very good practice facilites, too.

Reviewed July 12, 2007

Reviewed May 20, 2007

Great Challenge

Think you have game? Take it to Little Bennett. You will have to make club choices for elevation changes, definetly gets windy there and the greens can be tricky. Subtle breaks don't always turn as much as you see and don't get on the wrong side or above the hole or you could end up off the green or 8 feet by easy.


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Paul V. 21 48 27 10/11/07
2 Mussie T. N/A 56 56 08/05/07
3 Don S. 26 93 67 05/02/12
4 Richard F. 15 85 70 08/29/07
5 Voronkov D. 6 77 71 07/22/08
See All
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
32 john D. 4 85 80 03/12/19
28 Scott D. 9 88 79 08/29/15

Golf Course Information

About Little Bennett

Little Bennett Golf Course

Resort facility

50 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Jeff Blake, Golf Professional
Dan Wildeman, Superintendent