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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 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.

Reviewed September 05, 2009

I am a beginner, and this is only the second course I have played, and it is the first and only full 18 hole course. (Thus far.)

The price was great. The staff and customers very friendly and welcoming to this new and unskilled player, and the course was challenging to me, giving me a lot to think about during my next trips to the driving range.

The grass on some of the tees was thin, the fairways were a bit bumpy and rough, while the greens were a lot better than I expected from a municipal course. Not what I'd expect from a country club course, but then this was far below country club priced. In my mind it's a great value.

There were several holes demanding fairly precise drives, at least to my beginners eyes. Maybe half the holes are back in some hilly woods, and those woods devour slices and hooks. Either it's slope rating should be higher, or I should beware of going to other courses for a while.

On the other hand, many holes had wide fairways, providing a fair chance to recover from an errant drive. So while I found the holes in the woods frustrating, the more open holes allowed me to build confidence. Good mix, imo.

It's also quite hilly in places, with some very steep slopes. I suspect players with limited mobility mightput a few balls into locations they can't reach. On the other hand, walking the course carrying a bag of clubs felt like a fair workout for those who escew carts.

All in all, I found it to be a fun course, with a great price, providing, to my mind, an excellent value. I've already returned to it once, and I plan on many visits in the future.

Reviewed April 21, 2009

Reviewed October 21, 2008

Let me start off by saying this, the only way that I would EVER play at this golf course again, would be if EVERY other golf course in the state of Maryland closed.
I had a day off, wanted to smack that little golf ball, but save a few dollars at the same time. The next time, I will just pay a few extra dollars and play somewhere else. Trust me, its not worth it for the overall experience you will have at Gunpowder.

1) The Pro Shop is an absolute joke.
2) There are no tee times there. It's a complete and total free-for-all. You just walk up, pay, and play whenever you feel like it. No organization whatsoever.
3) I was almost clocked upside the head FOUR times by other peoples tee shots while I was on the fairway. It's as if nobody checks the fairway for other players b4 they tee off.
4) 99% of the cart path is unpaved. So you are bouncing up and down, and zig-zagging over rocks, dust, dirt, and debris the entire course. When you bring the cart to a full stop, it takes 5 minutes for the cloud of dust and soot to settle.
5) The cart I received was the absolute DIRTIEST cart that I have ever rented in all my years of playing golf. It looked like it hadn't been cleaned in YEARS! On top of that, there was trash and junk still in it from the prior rental.
6) On a lighter note, the wildlife on the course was abundant and vibrant. I counted close to 6 plump, healthy groundhogs, over 30 deer, and countless squirrels and birds, etc. I think Gunpowder would be better served as a Wildlife Preserve, than a golf course. This is not a sarcastic joke folks. I really think they should close the golf course, and let it become a protected, state of Maryland wildlife preserve.

One thing I will say though, is that they have a decent chipping and pitching area in the front of the property.
I will definitely use that area to work on my short game in the future.

Reviewed September 25, 2007

If you like elevator golf (hills) on a very basic course for not a lot of money , this course is for you. It's nothing fancy, just plain golf. Just be careful & check the ground for rocks before you hit, or you will find yourself having to buy new iron(s) or wood(s). If your a slicer/hooker, bring extra balls(lots)

Reviewed December 09, 2006

Reviewed November 18, 2006

Reviewed July 08, 2006


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  • Latest Scores
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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

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Course Staff

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