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Best Public Golf Courses in the DC Area

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If you are looking for some of the best golf courses in DC than look no further than this list. Here are the top public courses which provide beautiful backdrops as the greens stretch on through the forest of DC. 

golfcourse Best Public Golf Courses in the DC Area

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Rock Creek Golf Course
6100 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 882-7332
Rock Creek Golf Course

Price: vary, click here for rates
Hours: Daily – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Located just 15 minutes away from the heart of DC, the Rock Creek Golf Course provides a refuge for golfers and wild animals alike. Operated by the National Park Service, the beautifully maintained public course is home to many species of plants and animals including wild turkeys, deer and hawks. The course provides 18 holes of golf, a 3,500 sq. ft. putting green, pro shop, and a snack bar and beverage cart. Available services include rental clubs, carts and handicap assistance.

Langston Golf Course
2600 Benning Rd. NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 397-8638
Langston Golf Course

Price: vary, click here for rates
Hours: Daily,  7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Since 1939, Langston Golf Course has provided a full-service golf facility for locals and travelers. Many prestigious and prominent professional golfers, celebrities and government officials have played a round at Langston including Bob Hope, President Gerald Ford and Jim Thorpe. Operated by the National Park Service, Langston Golf Course contains beautiful lakes, rolling hills and challenging tees. The public golf course features 18 holes of golf, a 5,000 sq. ft. putting green, a short game area, driving range, pro shop, beverage cart and a full-service restaurant, the Langston Grille. Available services include rental clubs, carts and handicap assistance.

Best Private Golf Courses in the DC Area.

East Potomac Golf Course
972 Ohio Dr. SW
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 554-7660
East Potomac Golf Course

Price: vary, click here for rates
Hours: Daily – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This truly unique public golf course provides three distinct golf courses with different layouts and levels of difficulty. The Blue Course contains 18 holes while the Red and White Courses contain 9 holes with three or four par limits. A full-service golf facility, the East Potomac Golf Course also features a heated and covered driving range, a short game area ranging over 18,000 sq. ft., a three-hole practice course, a pro shop, miniature golf and a full-service restaurant, the Potomac Grille. Available services include rental clubs, carts and handicap assistance.

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Lake Presidential Golf
3151 Presidential Golf Dr.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
(301) 627-8577
http://www.lakepresidential.com/

Price: Mon to Thurs $89; Fri to Sun $99/options available
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 9 a.m. to sunset,  Fri to Sun – 10 a.m. to sunset

Lake Presidential features a championship golf course with challenging slopes and five sets of tees ranging from 4,960 to 7,320 yards. In addition to an 18 hole course, Lake Presidential provides an 11,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, pro shop, a top-of-the-line training facility, a full-service bar and grille and a banquet hall. Lake Presidential also provides special seasonal rates including the popular Rack Rate, which include greens and golf cart fees as well as a complimentary practice bag. Discounts are also available for those who live in the residential areas of the golf course. Available services include rental clubs, senior, military and civil service rates and handicap assistance.

Best Places for Indoor Golf in the DC Area.

Westfields Golf Club
13940 Balmoral Greens Ave.
Clifton, VA 20124
(703) 631-3300
Westfields Golf Club

Price $49 to $109
Hours – Mon to Sun – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Play a round at the Westfields Golf Club and you will feel as if you are at a luxury resort instead of a public golf course. Designed by legendary golfer Fred Couples, the course features 18 holes nestled among the rolling hills, and multimillion dollar homes, of Clifton, VA. Westfields features a newly renovated clubhouse, pro shop, driving range, an 11,000 sq. ft. putting green and a fitting studio where a knowledgeable customer service representative will either match or adjust your current golf clubs to fit your unique playing style and needs. Available services include rental clubs as well as special discounts for children, senior citizens and members of the military.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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