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Conditions
3.7
Value
3.8
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.9
81.8%
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3.5
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7230 yards
Slope 141
Rating 74.4

Lake Presidential Golf Club is one of Maryland's most popular public courses. It is a challenging championship layout that is player friendly enough to accommodate a wide range of skill levels. It stands out from run-of-the-mill municipal courses with exceptional conditions from the tees to the greens. The layout offers a diverse mix of holes that will have golfers using every club in their bag. There are some especially interesting par 3s that are visible but with enough hazards to make them a challenge. Houses border the front nine holes but they are absent on the back nine. The fairways on the last nine holes are densely lined with mature trees. The golf course finishes with an enjoyable par 5 that plays over a lake. It can be reached in two with a little skill and accuracy.

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Course Details

Year Built 2008
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No

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3.8
432 Reviews (432)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 33
19th Hole Scenic Views 24
Patio Dining 15
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 53
Water Hazards 53
Forced Carries 50
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 52
Locals 31
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 29
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 47
Worth the Drive 38
Convenient to the City 34

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Conditions Excellent
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Handicap 15-19
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Challenging but fun course

Lake Presidential is a well designed course with several challenging holes. Perhaps a bit too tough for some but still worth a try. Course in the best shape of any course I have played in quite some time.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Toughest Parkland Course I Ever Played

This golf course is beautiful. Nice backrop every hole. However, for a short hitter like me, there is no let up every hole! Rough is dense. Greens are big and a good bit of them have collection areas. If you are not on your A game, you are going to have a miserable 4 hours playing it! (I paid $35 for club rental, just FYI.)

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Longest round of my life

group of 12 of us. Tee time was 11 am . we finished at 5PM.. there is no excuse. They put a tournament out on a Saturday morning. and did not leave enough time afterwards for the public play. We waited on every tee except one. sometimes all 12 of us where on the tee. No marshall. The pro did come by and apologize once. The group in front of us played the blue tee and had no business doing so. They should warn people before they tee off over 6600 yards from blue. Will never play on weekend again unless I tee off first. I did mention it to pro shop when we finished. They did nothing to incentivize us to come back.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Could be better

Each year this course seems to go down hill. Course has potential to be beautiful! But.. Never seen so much crab grass on course. Does look they put much seed or preventive weed kill of any kind, lot of bare spots..Never went inside or used facilities so I score it an average 3. Cart girl said it was last go round on 2nd hole at 4pm, still had 4 hours of sunlight, so also scored average. Good price for hotdeal, but wouldn’t pay full price

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Disappointed

Course is in terrible shape. Pace of play is way too slow. No Marshall and no one cutting the grass. Greens are burning up and dry spots everywhere

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Way too slow

The pace of play was way too slow. It took nearly 5 1/2 hours to get through the round. We waited on every hole sometimes having multiple groups waiting. It was the same when I played the course before - was hoping that was a one-time situation. Guess it’s the norm. Add in that the course has seen better days it is not going to be a future destination for me.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Somewhat Disappointed...

My son-in-law got a really good deal on a foursome, so it cost us $48/player (vs. the Saturday rack rate of $85). I was a little concerned about course conditions, but we decided to try it anyway. Here's the good news...they are letting you run on most of the fairways--only 3 are roped off (of course, other than the par 3's). The fairways are mostly green. And, the bunkers had nice sand in them. The bad news...the fairways were extremely wet and soggy, which made easy pitch shots into duffs. The greens were a little long and slower than normal, and had a huge number of unrepaired ball marks. The fairway, also, had unfilled divots. This is not the course's fault, but rather inconsiderate golfers who are too lazy to fix the damage they have done!! Unfortunately, there was a lot of unmowed grass on hills, around bunkers, and on mounding. This could have been mowed--it just made the course ugly and slowed down play because of players trying to play out of it. Additionally, there were a lot of aprons and around the greens that was burned out and had loss the grass. This course is no where near an $85 course and I'm glad we had a deal. I will say, though, that the staff at Lake Presidential is always welcoming, helpful, and pleasant. Having said that, this course needs a lot of work to bring it back to being in pristine shape and worth the $85. It will be a little while before I try it again.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Used cart

Will not return to this course

Lake Presidential has had a lot of problems over the years, which is a shame because it should be a beautiful course.

Currently - as of August 2019 - the course is in very poor shape. It has been this way the past few years and new management seems unable to turn it around. Splotchy greens that don't allow putts to roll true, big burnouts in fairways, some tee boxes just dead. Their approach to fixing it is to flood the course in the morning and then cart path only after 1pm - both far from ideal.

The service here is also poor. Chaotic is a better word, no one seems to know what they are doing - from the starters to the snack bar.

Recently played 2 rounds here at 5.5 and 5.0 hours respectively. I have wanted to keep this in the rotation but am giving up. Go somewhere else in the area - this place needs a complete reset!

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great layout, bad conditions

Our hot summer has certainly taken its toll on Lake Presidential. You can see from the start that the course layout is something special. The elevation changes and green-side undulation is really neat.

That said, the course was truly in bad shape. Every single hole had significant burnout areas, in fairways, rough, and on and around the greens. The greens were also extremely slow (assuming they are keeping them long to fight the burnout already taking place). You can see that they are fighting an uphill battle given the lack of wind circulation on many of the holes (there are large fans present on many greensides).

It's a shame, because this course has a fantastic and challenging layout. My guess is when Sept/Oct roll around the conditions will improve, but I think there must be something else missing in the turf management to account for the current state of things.

Price somewhat made up for conditions, though I'd gladly pay 25-30 more to play somewhere else. I hope they turn it around.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Soggy Conditions

Played Lake Presidential on Sunday 8/4. The course is nicely laid out with well cared for greens. Unfortunately they seem to be over watering in the mornings turning the fairways into ponds. These conditions are not enjoyable. With a better irrigation plan this course could be one of the better public courses in the area. Until then, wear your waders.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Slow Greens

Greens were running maybe a 5 or 6. If you are a lower handicap this will be extremely frustrating for you. The course was in good shape but the greens and pace of play didn’t make it worth the money.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very fun layout

My only complaint is the greens were pretty slow. The course overall was awesome. Probably my favorite layout of any course I’ve played in Maryland or Virginia. Highly recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Sorry I got a discount

The staff was absolutely horrible!!!! Well the bartender was very nice.

As soon as we checked in and the 2 guys in the pro shop saw we booked with Golfnow, we immediately record the cold shoulder. The starter was impossible to find and very disinterested in being there. But something good must have been on his phone because he never looked up. The course was empty we had at 3:36 tee time and got there early and when I asked if we could get out early he said nope we are booked up, then we waited as 1 three some went out during the hour we waited.

Not worth full price for sure and I will never go back.

I do have to say the course looked beautiful but was super wet and the greens were in terrible shape.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Is Lake Presidential the Best Course in MD

I have played plenty of nice courses in MD and this one is a stand out,
While i have not yet had the chance to play some of the other top 10 courses like Bulle Rock, Musket Ridge, Whiskey Creek and so on,
I have played enough to know this is a special place to be,
When it compares quality to other $80+ courses i have played in MD it is spot on with Lush Greens that roll true and fairways that are like hitting off of clouds and the rough is perfectly thick (i would hate to play out of it if they cut it long)
The course also has an awesome practice facility frame a real grass driving range not mats at all or the pitching green with a bunker to practice out of,
The club house is one of the nicest i have been to for a public course,
But none of that is what makes this course my favorite in all of MD at this time,
The true beauty of this course is in the layout,
Its hard to even know where to start with this,
Every hole in my opinion is a work of art and unique,
There are carries over water holes,
Tee boxes up high that have carries of gaps in the land,
Water that runs down the side of the full holes,
or a Land gapped island fairway,
i can go on and on about this course,
you will most likely use every club in your bag because of all the different types of shots you will need to use,

Here are two of the understated holes on this course,
These you should forget but because of the other amazing holes you just wont remember but are great non the less

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Nice course layout

I was pleasantly surprised with the overall course layout and conditions of the course. With the weather being so nice on a saturday morning , I guess we were bound to have some delays. Considering the hot deal prices, it was well worth the money. Would definitely recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Improving

Improved conditions v. last year. Be prepared to do long walks from cart paths. And beware no. 18....a real end of round “widowmaker”. with the steep inclines from distant cart path.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course

lake Presidential is a very good golf course. Last year was the first year the course was good again after many years of being in horrible condition. It looks like it continues to get back to where it used to be. I would think that in June/July it should be in outstanding shape. The greens were great today. Too bad there are so many houses going up around the course. It really distracts from the course. I guess that's where the money is.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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