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4804 Whiskey Ct
Ijamsville, MD  21754-9522
United States
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Whiskey Creek Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 7,001 yards | 137 slope

74.5 rating | Bent grass


Whiskey Creek Golf Course


The 18-hole "Whiskey Creek" course at the Whiskey Creek Golf Club facility in Ijamsville, Maryland features 7,001 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 74.5 and it has a slope rating of 137 on Bent grass. Designed by J. Michael Poellot, ASGCA/Ernie Els, the Whiskey Creek golf course opened in 2000. KemperSports Management, Inc. manages this facility, with Ted Goodenow as the General Manager.

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Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed June 23, 2014

Reviewed September 22, 2011

Have now played this course twice this summer and enjoyed both experiences, most recently, last weekend after the area had received over 10 inches of rain. First, the layout - the scenery and course design are beautiful, very hilly, and generally the holes play uphill and downhill (not many side hill lies out there). I like to get a sense for the hole from the tee box and with the exception of #13, every tee area gave a good feel for the hole you would be playing. Number 13 was the only disappointment with a blind tee shot and no aiming/target line. Whack and hope!

Aesthetics - the views are dynamite and some are stunning. The dramatic downhill #5 is a blast, as is #12. Gorgeous scenery. On the other hand, some minor but annoying elements are missing. For example, would it be too much to ask for a simple marker board on the tee boxes to show distances and a simple schematic of the hole you are about to play? There is no course layout, anywhere. Not on the scorecard, not on the website, not on tee markers. This is a silly omission.

Conditions - My second time out was after ten inches of rain and the course was cart path only. This is a shame as there are very few yardage markers from the fairways (sprinkler heads or other markers) so we were forced to go back and forth across the fairway to our ball, grab clubs (multiple, just in case), in order to hit the shots. Otherwise, the conditions were great - raked bunkers, well-trimmed fairways. HOWEVER, the greens are disappointing. Whiskey Creek has opted to use a cheap and fast growing type of grass for the greens that craters easily, leaves huge holes and repairs poorly. This is what the other reviews mean by the greens being beat up. I play a private club in Erie, PA and we have bent grass that is beautiful, though a couple public courses opted for this same type of grass. I hate it. Try putting a true line after a weekend of steady play has turned it into a moonscape!

Friendliness - The starters and staff are great. Pro shop folks were helpful and friendly. The starters are very good and very personable. It is a well-run operation (yes, I agree that they want to keep play moving) but I never sensed anyone playing the "heavy;" quite the opposite, in fact. Only negative here was that pro shop clothing was very picked over the last time I played here (September 16) so I could not find any good shirts by this time in the season. Next year, play earlier!

Overall - the ruins of the farmhouse in the middle of #18 sort of encapsulate my feelings about Whiskey Creek. When you drive up and take that sort of scenery in, you know you are about to experience something unique and very satisfying. It was a great experience, although not cheap, and a course I will definitely play again.

Reviewed November 21, 2010

Don't stop and the smell the roses; we have a business to run.

The layout is great; it's challenging, but we played the middle tees and really enjoyed the character of this great course. Good shape overall, but the greens were a little beat up. My regular foursome all agreed on the front 9 that this was our best outing ever, and we've been on a lot of great courses. The bar, grill, and clubhouse facility are first rate. We stopped at the turn for dogs and beers, but we stayed a little long and let the group in front get ahead of us.

After the turn, our outlook changed 180 degrees. We don't play fast. We drink beer and smoke cigars and we're not great golfers, but we work not to slow the pace for groups behind us. Today, we were ahead of the pace according to the GPS on the carts, and we were not holding anyone up, but there was that gap in front of us. The staff at Whiskey Creek was all about getting everybody through after a frost delay, and we got contant encouragement to catch up to the group ahead. Too much encouragement. After being repeatedly offered "help" in keeping up, I hit my first bad drive of the day and ended up angrily picking up (I never pick up) on two holes.

If you can play and enjoy 4-hour rounds, this is the course for you. If you bristle at being urged to make room for as many paying customers as possible, go somewhere more relaxed.

Reviewed May 26, 2010

Reviewed April 25, 2010

Reviewed July 17, 2008

Greens are in crappy condition. Kinda sad. Overall it is still the best course layout around - but - the conditions are bad. They had some bad bugs and some of the greens need to be ripped up and replaced completely.

Reviewed August 23, 2007

Reviewed July 18, 2007

I have played over 75 courses in the DC metro area. This course is in the top three if not #1. Great conditions, fun course, excellent pro staff, good food...the best! Give it a try, you won't regret it.

Reviewed June 28, 2007

Not for the Hacker!

As a novice, I went to W.C. for a company "off-site" meeting. The price was a little shocking (83+cart). But the service was well tailored. I was met in the parking lot and treated very professionally. Ok, now to the important stuff. Though a relative beginner, I've been blessed with some ability. That said, this course was VERY challenging for all 8 participants in our group. Every hole was a new and different challenge. Slope to the right, slope to the left, dog-legs with high trees. Tee from hill top to hill top. You name it, it was there. The GPS in the carts was helpful, but didn't seem to improve my game AT ALL! But it did help with club selection and apparently it helped the course staff keep everyone moving. As my wife is not yet a golfer, I plan to take her here for her first "ride along". The scenery and serenity of the entire course is breathtaking. Not sure which hole it was, but one tee box is aligned in such a way that it is very difficult to determine which way the fairway is, and it's over very large patch of low trees. One of the course staff stopped by and gave us the direction we needed. I have one other comment that I'll leave a little vague. On the 18th hole, prepare for a very challenging, very beautiful, very rewarding finish to a day. Bring your camera and don't drink too much before you get there. Overall, I find it to be the best course I've played, keeping in mind I don't make my living at it. I think any person wanting a strong challenge and a peaceful retreat, GO WHISKEY CREEK!

Reviewed June 18, 2007

Conditions fine to me

I just read a review of a golfer entitled 'bad conditions.' I dont know if he just had a bad day or if he has unreal expectations, but i brought my dad and uncle there sunday for fathers day and the course was as beautiful as Ive come to expect in the several years since I found this course. I drive an hour and a half to play there 3 or 4 times a year and am never disappointed. The driving range may be nothing special, but I personally dont pay $100 based on driving range conditions. The greens were rolling great and the fairways looked great. I plan to go back as soon as possible and I recommend the same for others looking for a great golf experience.

Reviewed June 18, 2007

Bad Conditions

Played this course 6/16/07 at around 8am.
Driving range was pitiful. Mats with basically a forest to hit into.

The course conditions were poor from the beginning. Tee boxes well chewed up from divots. The greens were recently aeriated and were quite slow because of it. We played early and the bunkers were not raked and most had different "hardness".

For $100 I expected more from this golf course. It was a pretty course with some cool holes. However, the conditions were bad enough that I would not return.

Reviewed May 01, 2006

Great track!

I do take issue with the high cost of greens fees here. I don't normally pay over $50 for a round of golf, so the only time I was able to play here was in the winter on a twilight rate. From the best that I could tell this would be a great course to play when the conditions are prime. The layout was exceptional, and every hole presented challenges all over the place. If you have the cash this is by far one of the best tracks in the DC Metro area. Definite must play.

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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Jimmy L. 32 44 12 06/15/14
2 William E. 30 48 18 08/15/10
3 Zach B. 18 85 67 08/05/11
4 Jospeh F. 23 92 69 07/29/07
5 Chris C. 37 106 69 04/22/10
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30 Matt A. 14 90 76 08/11/17
14 Scott A. 21 93 72 08/04/16
1 Jimmy L. 32 44 12 06/15/14
42 john D. 4 83 79 06/02/14
27 Michael W. 16 92 76 04/11/14

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About Whiskey Creek

Whiskey Creek Golf Club

Community facility

Managed by KemperSports Management, Inc.

20 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Ted Goodenow, General Manager
Mike Jerolamon, Golf Professional
Ed Gasper, Superintendent
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