Washington, DC’s Public Courses: The Best of the Beltway

By Ryan Watson


Washington, DC and the surrounding area has long been home ot some of the best golf in the country. The following are GolfLink's list of the best courses you can play on your next visit to the nation's capitol. 


East Potomac Golf Course

972 Ohio Dr SW, Washington, DC 20024

One of DC’s 3 municipal facilities, the East Potomac Golf Course features 1 18-hole course and 2 9-hole course. The course is part of DC history, opening back in 1921 and has long sustained the golf playing public in our capital city. The course is challenging and fair and will give golfer’s a beautiful view of the DC skyline complete with views of the Washington Monument. 


Rock Creek Golf Course

6100 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20011 

Also located inside DC is Rock Creek Golf Course. The course is maintained by the National Park Service and feels like you’re in rural Virginia or MAryland rather than a major city. Don’t let the forgiving front-9 lull you into complacency, the back-9 is particularly challenging with elevated greens and rough, hilly terrain. 


University of Maryland Golf Course

3800 Golf Course Road, College Park, MD 20742

Heading out into metro DC, the University of Maryland Golf Course remains an affordable gem to golfers whether they’re Terps or not. The course is kept in great condition and players appreciate the numerous tee boxes which make the course accessible to multiple skill levels. 


Renditions Golf Course

1380 Central Ave, Davidsonville, MD 21035

Renditions Golf Course features “replica” hole from famous courses throughout the world. For example, Augusta National’s “Amen Corner” is recreated faithfully in the MAryland Countryside. Other holes seek to replicate U.S. Open and British Open venues and is a must-play for fans of professional golf and/or golf history. 


Northwest Golf Course

15711 Layhill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906

A 27 hole facility in suburban DC, the Northwest Golf Course is one of the most beautiful courses in the Beltway. The course features tight fairways and strategic bunkering for a course that demands a clear plan and execution. The course has multiple sets of tees making it playable for all skill levels, but challenging enough for scratch golfers to still find something fun. 




About The Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.


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