GlenRiddle Golf Club - War Admiral Course

4.4500000000 4.5 stars from 5 (60)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6892 yards
  • Slope: 145
  • Rating: 73.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "GlenRiddle Shool of Golf"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire & etiquette is required at all times.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6892 yards 73.2 145
Blue 72 6475 yards 71.6 138
White 72 5727 yards 68.4 122
White (W) 72 5727 yards 74.0 147
Red (W) 72 4765 yards 69.2 125

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 60 Reviews
5 stars:
39
4 stars:
14
3 stars:
4
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

52 out of 60 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive at a resort convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers a weekend splurge wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include forced carries bunkers undulating greens   Great for dinner amazing food drinks  

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"Well maintained parkland course"


captainsensible's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

After playing the sister course (Man O' War) in the morning, this course seemed more challenging and less interesting, but it's possible I was just tired. It's a more traditional parkland course, similar to some of the better public courses I've played near DC. The layout has some interesting holes but a few too many forced carries for my taste. It's definitely in great shape, just don't expect anything too distinctive.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Blaming the Hot Summer"



1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

We played this course this weekend as part of our annual golf getaway. We picked to play this course because we had played it as part of our golf trip two years ago and it was a great experience back then. We were shocked to see how badly this course had deteriorated. And the overall attitude of the staff about the reason the course was in bad shape left a lot to be desired.

First the good stuff - the course layout is interesting and not like most courses. This is not a grip and rip course. One must play the course and pick shots properly. There are lots of hazards and risk-reward decisions to be made. It is very pretty and the pace of play was quite good.

The course was in terrible shape. We had the starter tell us that this was because they had two days in a week where it rained 4 to 5 inches and these two days were interspersed with very hot days. And as a result the "grass was cooked". And that is why the course was the way it was. We reached there and the front office staff were forthright and told us that the course was in bad shape. But, then they told us as if they were doing us a huge favor that they will give us a credit for next year. We will not be coming back next year, and we were more focused on the course condition this year.

The fairways were either wet or there were huge bald patches all over. The rough was non existent in places with hard pans all around the greens. These hard pan areas also extended near hazards making it virtually certain that an errant shot would not be held up in the rough. The greens were beaten up with scuff marks and spike indentations making it clear that it had never been rolled in days. The bunkers were hard and not raked.

They will tell you that the summer was very harsh. However, we played their other course Man O'War the same day, and it was in much better shape. We also played a couple of other courses a few miles away, and they were in fantastic shape. They all experience the same weather. It was sad to see such a nice course deteriorating the way it has.

We are definitely not coming back here...We don't want credits and free rounds. We want a good experience on our golf outings.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Not as overrated as War Admiral, but still overrated!"


DHamster123's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Played both GlenRiddle courses in a weekend event, and probably won't ever play here again. The trend with many golf courses in recent years is to let them decline year after year, and either pretend it's intentional or blame it on the weather. I prefer this course to War Admiral, but it's still overrated. Some of the staff members are very good and seem to understand why they're there. Others have no clue at all, and don't realize that they are in a service industry. In fact, the gentleman who seemed to be in charge of the event seemed to be a genuine jerk. As with most "beach" courses, they go out of there way to offer services that require a tip from the golfer. But by the time you've paid the outrageous greens fees, bought a few drinks or sandwiches, tipped at the bag drop, tipped at the snack stand, tipped at the beverage carts/stations, tipped the kids to clean the clubs, tipped to store the clubs (this event happened to be a 2-day event), it becomes a very expensive outing. Not that I mind splurging occasionally, but for this amount of money, I expect the course to be in pristine condition. It wasn't. I expect the staff members to be nice and courteous. They weren't, with a few exceptions. I expect the food to be very good. It wasn't. I expect the distance markers to be accurate. They weren't. I expect some well-designed holes (versus awkwardly quirky ones). They weren't. As I said, it's better (and more playable) than War Admiral, but I won't be back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Great course great staff tough rough"


joelamari's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Can't talk about greens cause recently airation however otherwise great course. Staff friendly and helpful. Staff reduced cost because of condition. Overall nice round with challanging course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Man o war"


hisspidyotendoeten's avatar
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

Fun to play not in great shape some fairways patchy. Greens slow. Maintenence going so that's a good sign


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Challenging"


Roger8019099's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Be a long hitter or play th forward tees. Certainly fair, but some challenging holes; 18th did me in. Very fast and true greens. And plenty of water on a hot day; more than most courses. Will definitely play there again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"great condition and design"


sc196641's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

worth to play will come back, excellent condition on fairway and green was so good


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Love War Admiral"


Paulthehacker's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

I played this course in a half drizzle 7-11-15. The course is beautifully laid out and challenging. I'm a 5 handicap and shot 81 from the blue tees.Tees fairways and greens all in good shape.Electric carts with excellent GPS to all hazards and pins. As a single they sent me off # 1 alone because the member I was paired with cancelled due to rain. Finishing up # 9, I had caught up with 3 4somes. Amazingly,a ranger took me around them to where it was all clear sailing, and I played the skipped holes after # 18. I cannot say enough about this unprecedented level of customer concern, put into action. Baywood Greens comes very close though. Every July or August for many years, our extended family takes a Bethany Beach vacation, but I'm the only golfer so far, and so have played every worthwhile course within 35 miles, usually very early in am, preferably joining in with a member(s) for local knowledge when new to the course or when too long ago. I would very highly recommend this course to players who can hit it straight and of average length.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Complicated"


BillBohannon's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course can be overly challenging with unplayable areas short, long, left and right on a number of holes. Very much a shot makers course and most off target shots are unplayable. Yardages to numerous hazards on a single shot are complicated to digest. Probably a much better experience if you play in a group with someone who plays the course on a regular basis.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Great Course"


Wfeuer1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tough course, rewards great shots and penalizes the bad ones!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Ok course but some bad holes"


tedinsmore's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course layout was fine on the front until you get to #9. Second shot requires at least 150 yard shot to green. Played with wife and she could not carry the over the junk to get to the green. This also happened 2 other times on the back 9. Too difficult for most women. Staff was nice and stayed at facility for dinner.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Check Gps"


u000002450605's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course! Stay in the fairway and don't go beyond fairway distance


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"world class golf at the beach"


JJDAGGETT's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Doesn't get any better than War Admiral. You hit every club in the bag. The park-like setting belies the fact that you're playing golf at the beach. Greens are in excellent condition...no unfixed ball marks. They are fast and hard. You'll have a great time playing this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Golf"


kenjohnson's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2015
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This is a very nice place to play. Greens and the fairways are great everyone was very friendly and nice to talk to and very helpful. Great place to play golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not for the average Joe"


ppriftakis's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I quit after 9! This is a great course but save your $ if your above a 15 HCP! The layout is brutal.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Amazing design."


smalaisrie's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/03/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Poor weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played @ War Admiral.Several forced carries.Interesting green complexes.Play it before houses sprout up!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Thahksgiving round"


u433151935's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/28/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Poor weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played this beautiful course the day after Thaksgiving. Course was in very good shape regardless of the huge amount of rain we recently had. Temperature was in the low 40's so we could not tee off until 11. regardless of the cold and wind we had a great time on this beautiful and challenging course. Glen Riddle is the best golf experience you will find on thr Delmarva peninsula. Must experience Ruth Chris at the club house. great food and lounge after our round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Man of War in Winter"


Barry1950's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/23/2014
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall course was in very good shape. Greens were a little slow due to weather.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great fairway features"


joecgeorge's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/15/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Ranks right up there with the best courses on Delmarva. Wonderful scenery and love the elevation changes and use of mounds both in and on the edges of the fairways. Highly recommend!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Gem at the Beach"


u000007967629's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A Gem on Maryland's eastern shore. Course was challenging with holes requiring target shots. GPS on course provided details needed for club selection. Greens were fast and in excellent condition. Wind affected couple of holes on the course. Some forced carries and pot bunkers to stay out of. Excellent facility and great value.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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