Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club

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4.5
315
5 Stars
153
4 Stars
123
3 Stars
26
2 Stars
11
1 Stars
2
Staff Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.3
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
95.9%
Recommend this course
288 out of 315 reviews
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4.5
315
5 Stars
12
4 Stars
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2
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1 Stars
0
Staff Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
100.0%
Recommend this course
19 out of 19 reviews
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315
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
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1 Stars
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Staff Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
100.0%
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7191
Slope 137
Rating 74.5
Type Semi-Private
Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club offers the traditional links course reminiscent of those found in the British Isles, situated amidst Virginia's horse country. The club gets its name from the land's former use, a raspberry field. The scenic terrain overlooks to Catoctin Mountains and there are still a few raspberry bushes dotting the course. By far the layout's most formidable challenges come from the deep, stacked pot bunkers that make it truly feel like a classic Scottish golf course. There are also water hazards on a few holes. The course's signature is the par-4 third hole, which is long but plays downhill all the way. The 10th hole, another par 4, is one of the toughest. The landing area is generous off the tee but there is a creek and pond to the left and fairway bunkers on the right.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7191 yards 74.5 137
Gold 72 6765 yards 72.7 132
Blue 72 6296 yards 70.4 127
White 72 5576 yards 67.7 121
White (W) 72 5576 yards 73.0 127
Raspberry 72 4854 yards 68.7 119
Scorecard for Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 74.5/137 385 428 479 549 204 333 192 443 529 3542 462 590 432 184 431 220 411 369 550 3649 7191
Gold M: 72.7/132 358 397 445 529 182 316 176 407 498 3308 426 570 413 171 412 200 384 342 539 3457 6765
Blue M: 70.4/127 W: 76.4/133 316 375 428 498 138 293 160 365 479 3052 384 542 396 158 390 184 354 301 535 3244 6296
White M: 67.7/121 W: 73.0/135 273 336 411 467 119 270 150 331 420 2777 332 445 352 133 334 158 319 275 451 2799 5576
Raspberry W: 68.7/119 241 300 378 416 83 210 131 260 390 2409 288 405 289 108 292 132 265 248 418 2445 4854
Handicap 9 5 3 11 13 15 17 1 7 2 6 12 16 4 14 10 18 8
Par 4 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 5 36 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 5 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1996
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Gary Player (1996) Wadsworth Golf Construction (1996)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Raspberry Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

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Reviews

4.5
315

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 28
Watching the Game 9
Brunch 8
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 59
Elevation Changes 43
Forced Carries 32
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 42
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 40
A Weekend Splurge 37
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 50
In the 'Burbs 39
Convenient to the City 11
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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Was wet. But still great condition. Great views. I love the course and the lay out. Risk reward and makes you think your misses to minimize damage. Highly recommend.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played

A 5 star course, in all aspects

Top notch all the way, from the bag drop person, to the pro shop, to the starter, and the cart lady. All very enthused about their jobs. Course is exceptional, no 2 holes similar, and all housing sit far back from the course itself. 5 tee boxes to choose from, based on your ability. Pace of play was excellent, about a 4 hour round. Last 2 holes were bad, as three small groups merged into an eight some. Last hole took about 30 minutes to complete. Then, the group didn't leave from behind the green, milling around. Turns out they were members, who apparently had no consideration for other golfers. Oh well, we wouldn't let their lack of class mar the day. Course is as good as other higher priced courses. Play it if you can.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Virginia Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

It’s Worth It

You will find slightly better conditions at Laurel Hills, you will find slightly better service at Westfields, and you may find a slightly better value at Stonewall. But Raspberry Falls remains my favorite Northern Virginia public course because it does so many things so well. The biggest asset of this course over others is layout. Gary Player clearly knows how to design a great one. Every hole has its own character and strategy. From the towering tees on the downhill par-4 3rd to the rising, links-style design of the uphill par-5 10th and one of the best finishing holes in Virginia, you will enjoy the challenge this course brings. Thankfully, the conditions match the layout here as well/ Having played 18 holes prior at another $50+ course earlier the same day, it was easy to see that Raspberry Falls know how to take care of a golf course’s conditions. From tee-to-green, everything was as good as can reasonably be expected with full, lush, freshly-cut grass, groomed bunkers and greens with just the right amount of pace. In all the times I’ve played here, regardless of wet or dry weather patterns, the course has maintained consistently above-average conditions. My one complaint for my visit is despite an hot afternoon tee time, there was no beverage cart to be seen. You do get your clubs cleaned while you’re putting out on the 18th which is nice but I would have traded that service for a beverage cart in a heartbeat. There are several water points on the course, so you won’t get too thirsty if water is your thing. It’s worth mentioning the practice facilities here are second-to-none and they come with the relatively hefty greens fee. I wasn’t thrilled about paying nearly $60 for a weekday twilight rate but in the end, the experience is worth the price of admission. And the 4.5+ hours it takes to play.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Thanks

Pace of play was great and the course was in its usual great condition. Staff was friendly and helpful.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Excellent course, great value!!

I play a lot of golf in the DC area, some may call me an aficionado. In all my local experiences, I have never seen such a great value. The course was in great shape and we played our round in 4 hours with no trouble. It was a busy day, but the starter (Byron?) was consistently making his rounds, very friendly ranger. The pros in the shop gave note-worthy service as well. I would recommend this course to anyone in the DC area who is looking for a private-club experience and course, for a public course rate.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
This was the first time that I played this course and have heard great things for the past 3 years. My wife and I decided on a late tee time with the hope the place would be quiet and we could zoom around the course quickly. Unfortunately, we were very wrong and it was very crowded and the staff had difficulty managing the amount of people there. To be fair, it was a beautiful day and everyone was looking to get out but we teed off 25 minutes late and the range was empty with their complementary golf balls. I joined others walking out to the range to pick up balls. With a course of this reputation in the DC area I would be quite embarrassed of this sight and the general mayhem around the first tee. The front nine took 2.5 hours to complete and the group in front of us was still on the tee when we pulled up for the next hole. From what I could tell, there was no specific group that was was poor and we were playing in a foursome taking our time. Course conditions were what you could expect of any course on a beautiful weekend day at the end of the day. Chewed up and bumpy greens but I would not hold it against the course. Some tee boxes were really bad however, mainly just dirt and mud. Course lay out was interesting and fun with every hole memorable. This was a major positive. I am scheduled to play in a tournament next Sunday here and expect pace of play to be much better and the conditions to be better. I am rating the course tougher due to the regard it holds among many that I talk to and play with. I would say that I am resoundly disappointed in this experience but would give it a pass because it seemed like a perfect storm of things working against the course.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Poor
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Fair
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great twilight round

Enjoyed our round out at Raspberry Falls as usual. Course was in good shape, save for some grass clippings in the rough due to all the heavy rain we have had recently. Not a really big issue since those should be gone soon. Fairways were in great shape, and greens were in great shape as well. If you can withstand the traffic getting there, it is worth a twilight round. We paid $34, and that felt like a steal. No other courses will you pay that low and get the same quality of course. We had NOBODY in front, and nobody behind. Made for a really good day out there. We will be back!
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent

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