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14300 Old Gunpowder Rd
Laurel, MD  20707-3126
United States
P: (301) 725-4532
Gunpowder Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

70 par | 6,061 yards | 110 slope

67.3 rating | Rye grass

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Gunpowder Golf Course

The 18-hole "Gunpowder" course at the Gunpowder Golf Course facility in Laurel, Maryland features 6,061 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. The course rating is 67.3 and it has a slope rating of 110 on Rye grass. Designed by Robert C. Milligan, the Gunpowder golf course opened in 1955. Thomas S. Milligan manages the course as the General Manager.


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Reviewed April 21, 2022

Even though I shot a 39 & 45 this week; the course always has issues. Majority of greens are essentially unfair; most don't have a level spot on them for hole placement. Sand traps are rarely raked even several days after a rain, as traps remain hard and are unplayable. The trap for #18 needs redone. The bunker is in front of elevated green, which is okay, but it is poorly placed as its 6 feet below the edge of the green, and is losing dirt down into the hole as runoff rain erodes the dirt/sand at top of hole with deep crevices. Gradually grade up to the green so that the bunker is almost level with the green. Many tees are not level, they're on a slope--either downhill or sidehill. Tees aren't mowed short enough, often they just move the tee blocks to an un-mown area. In cold/cool weather the club house runs out of hot chocolate--who manages this place? C'mon staff; the course isn't that cheap you let course maintenance slip, or take care of customers!

Reviewed March 01, 2020

We had a great time playing Gunpowder! It’s a challenging course with lots of natural scenery and they don’t fuss over every little detail which makes it feel more relaxed. We will play there again!

Beverages Available Challenging Club Rentals Food Available Friendly Staff Good For Beginners Great Deal Pro Shop Putting Green Quick Pace Scenic Walkable Well Maintained
Reviewed January 03, 2013

(1) It's like hitting in a hallway - you MUST hit straight or you'll lose at least one ball per hole. I like it because it makes you concentrate on eliminating fades & hooks.
(2) Virgil (the marshal) is really nice. He played the last three holes with me at the end of a slow day and we had a great time.
(3) There's a little bit of an ant problem on a couple holes on the front nine.
(4) The pitch-and-putt section is a good idea, but is not maintained at ALL.
(5) The clubhouse is more than decent for a public course but, as it seems for most public courses in this area, the changing area (bathroom) is really bad - I guess they do that on purpose to make you get dressed at home, which is no good if you're coming straight from work.
(6) The local rule is that you're entitled to grass. Be sure to take that relief 'cause some areas are rocky instead of rough..!
(7) The par 3s are all platform-to-platform - difficult enough to warrant a tougher course/slope rating, in my opinion.
(Overall) a good value. I'll go there often to work on my accuracy.

Reviewed September 07, 2012

Reviewed January 01, 2012

Course in terrible shape. Almost no grass, tee boxes were mud, no yard markers anywhere. Not sure why they were even open. Should just close for the winter if they're not going to invest anything in maintaining the course. Waste of money & time. Probably in better condition in-season but I'm not going back.

Reviewed June 13, 2011

The best value for your dollar in the DC area. Many walkers do not allow faster cart players to play through. Hole 16 (signature) always a pleasure to play. Love to shoot this course, but would like to see a few small improvements like the irrigation on center of greens removed.


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Nick C. 20 40 20 06/16/11
2 Misael A. 34 62 28 06/15/11
3 james G. 13 45 32 08/05/08
4 DJ F. 15 55 40 07/15/11
5 Craig W. 11 74 63 04/18/09
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About Gunpowder

Gunpowder Golf Course

Golf Only facility

18 regulation holes

Awards at Gunpowder

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Course Staff

Thomas S. Milligan, General Manager
Dale Leith, Golf Professional
Scott Comignaghi, Superintendent