Best Public Golf Courses in Washington, D.C.

July 12, 2014 8:00 AM

If your idea of a fine time is strolling around luscious grass while yelling “fore,” then check out this list of the best public golf courses in the D.C. area. Bring your A-game because many of these beauties feature rolling hills, dramatic elevations and challenging shots.

East Potomac Golf Course
972 Ohio Drive S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 554-7660

For the most breathtaking views when you tee off, check out the East Potomac Golf Course. Located in the heart of D.C.’s Memorial Park District, this full-service golf course features views of the Washington Monument as well as other notable landmarks and beautiful scenery. East Potomac Golf Courses provides three distinct golf courses. The Red Course features 9 holes and all are par 3, perfect for beginners or those who are looking to sharpen their shooting skills. The White Course features 9 holes with par 3s and 4s, which provides a bit more of a challenge. The Blue Course features 18 holes with varying difficulty.

Langston Golf Course
2600 Benning Road N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 397-8638

Home of the international Pro-Am tournament the Capital City Open, the Langston Golf Course has seen the likes of Bob Hope and President Gerald Ford putt along its green. The 18-hole, full-service golf course features rolling hills, a beautiful lake and challenging shots. Practice your tip shot in the 5,000-square-foot putting area or test your driver on the driving range. The golf course also features a golf academy and full-service restaurant. Open dawn until dusk, the Langston Golf Course is open year-round.

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

Located on the tip of Rock Creek Park, the Rock Creek Golf Course features 18 holes of golf with tight fairways and dramatic elevations. This affordable and accessible full-service facility is perfect for golfers of all ages and levels. Enjoy the scenic view as you make your way from hole to hole including beautiful plants, trees and wild animals like foxes, deer and hawks. The golf course also features a 2,500-square-foot putting area, a snack bar and a golf academy. The particular layout of the course will help you strengthen your golf game, with long par 3s and 4s in the front nine and trickier shots in the back.

1757 Golf Club
45120 Waxpool Road
Dulles, VA 20166
(703) 444-0901

For a golf course that’s away from the hustle and bustle of the city, check out 1757 Golf Club in Dulles where you will find luscious greens, lakes and a challenging course. The well-maintained, 18-hole, 6,600-yard course features strategically placed bunkers and streams as well as gorgeous views of the Virginia landscape. Relax in the 16,000-square-foot clubhouse or grab a bite to eat at the full-service restaurant and bar. The 1757 Golf Club offers memberships for five or seven days for adults and kids as well as a Women on Course golf club membership. Improve your game by enrolling in the on-site golf academy. The facility is also used for banquets, weddings and other large gatherings.

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Red Gate Golf Course
14500 Avery Road
Rockville, MD 20850
(240) 406-1650

Nature abounds at the Red Gate Golf Course. Featuring rolling hills, richly-manicured fairways and wildlife, this full-service golf course offers the perfect setting for golfers of all skill levels. Each hole features its own challenges including water hazards, elevation changes and bunkers. The Red Gate Golf Course also features a clubhouse, golf pro shop, a practice facility and driving range. The course also features single-rider carts, available for golfers who have a difficult time walking the entire course. Reservations are required 48 hours in advance for cart. Memberships are available for five or seven days as well as a yearly membership program for kids.

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