Most Affordable Golf Courses In Washington DC

July 6, 2013 8:00 AM

Photo Credit: Pinecrest

Photo Credit: Pinecrest

Photo Credit: Pinecrest

Not just for retirees, golf is a favorite pastime for both the young and young at heart. The Washington DC area is riddled with beautiful private and public golf courses. While you might not find Tiger Woods putting on these greens, you can enjoy a relaxing inexpensive day of nine holes at these courses. 

Paint Branch Golf Complex
4690 University Blvd.

College Park, MD 20740
(301) 935-0330 

One of the least expensive yet inclusive public golf courses, the Paint Branch Golf Complex is one of the best courses in the area. With golf lessons and clinics, the course caters to beginners. Newbies can practice on the indoor putting green or one of the two simulators. The course is also a part of the First Tee Program, an organization with a mission to foster values, skills and character in youth. You and your whole family can enjoy the benefits of learning and playing golf at this executive course.

East Potomac Golf Course
972 Ohio Drive S.W.

Washington, DC 20002
(202) 554-7660

East Potomac Golf Course is the full package; multiple golf courses, driving range, lessons and, as part of the National Park Service, excellent views. The patriotic courses — red, white and blue — have varying levels of difficulty and challenges. The Blue Course, designed in the early 1900s, is considered the most difficult, the white is for intermediate players and the red for par-three practice. With views of the monuments, this historic golf course is a great choice for tourists and residents.

Hilltop Golf Course
7900 Telegraph Road
Alexandria, VA 22315
(703) 719-6504 

Created by an award-winning architect, the Hilltop Golf Course boasts gorgeous views and challenging holes. The owners of the course know that it doesn’t compare to the Augusta National Golf Club, but promise that you will more than enjoy their course. Each hole has its own unique quirk that may prove difficult for inexperienced players, and might even trip up some of you more experienced players. On one of the holes, a mistake might leave you with no hope of recovery. Test out your skills on this stunning course.

Related: Best Public Golf Courses in the DC Area

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

Golf in the district seems like it would be exclusive and reserved for diplomats and dignitaries. Of course, those courses do exist, but luckily for the average resident, there are golf courses available that don’t require a special clearance. Located in the beautiful Rock Creek Park, this golf course is proud to be environmentally friendly, it was even recognized by Audubon International for its maintenance practices. The course is affordable, accessible and a great course for beginners. With par threes and fours, expert and amateur golfers might not find it difficult, but it still might give you new golfers a bit of trouble. Visit the course for its scenery and stay for nine holes.

Pinecrest Golf Course
6600 Little River Turnpike 

Alexandria, VA 22312
(703) 941-1061

Tagged as “the best-kept secret inside the Beltway,” the Pinecrest Golf Course offers area golf lovers an alternative to joining a private club. This small golf course is great for those looking to explore the game. Beginners can get a taste of how challenging the game can be without feeling like they are playing against Tiger Woods. And the more experienced golfers can have a quick relaxing round, while focusing on their skills. Try this course if you want to dip your toe into golf. 

Related: Best Private Golf Courses In The DC Area

Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on

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