Musket Ridge Golf Club

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4.4
Value
4.7
Layout
4.9
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.6
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6902
Slope 140
Rating 73.4
Type Public
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6902 yards 73.4 140
Blue 72 6416 yards 71.4 135
White 72 5884 yards 68.9 128
Red 72 5333 yards 70.5 126
Scorecard for Musket Ridge Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gray M: 73.4/140 408 168 400 450 391 520 448 215 567 3567 543 358 505 188 401 360 413 185 382 3335 6902
Blue M: 71.4/135 394 155 368 387 374 491 422 193 543 3327 511 319 474 163 384 341 389 148 360 3089 6416
White M: 68.9/128 371 135 339 362 356 459 386 170 528 3106 476 268 436 148 336 319 354 125 316 2778 5884
Red M: 66.6/122 W: 70.5/126 357 125 325 318 330 422 359 136 467 2839 442 242 409 116 306 282 310 96 291 2494 5333
Handicap 13 17 9 3 11 7 5 15 1 4 14 6 18 8 12 2 16 10
Par 4 3 4 4 4 5 4 3 5 36 5 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 11 17 13 9 7 3 5 15 1 2 14 8 18 10 12 4 16 6

Course Details

Year Built 2001
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Architect Joe Lee (2001)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area No
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Appropriate golf attire is required at all times. T-shirts, tank tops, cut-offs and jeans are not permitted.

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Annual Trip

Musket Ridge is one of the best tracks in Western Maryland. The hole designs are very diverse...giving you a little bit of everything, including mounds, narrow and wide landing areas, and uphill/downhill shots. Tee boxes, fairways, and bunkers were all in excellent shape. They had just aerated the greens, so they were a bit bumpy, but they did adjust the greens fees to $55 (from $76) to offset the less-than-smooth greens. The staff is excellent--from the starter and cart loading area, to the Pro Shop. My only issue is some of the clientele--I make the hour drive once or twice a year and always have the same experience. The starter tells us to go to #1 tee box where another player is waiting without a cart, clubs, or his partner. He is miffed, but he needs to take that up with the starter, not us. Then, they push us the entire front nine, even when we run into the back of other players and have to wait. Mind you, we played in 3.5 hours (and we are a 12 and 8 handicap), but clearly it wasn't fast enough for them! The clientele I've experience at Musket Ridge are rude, inconsiderate of other players, and clearly don't understand golf course etiquette. There was no reason to push us, especially since we were ahead of the course time and they had no one behind them so they could have paced themselves. Honestly, I think it's because we were women--hate to say that, but that's been my overall experience. This is not the course's fault, but my impression is the clientele wants an "exclusive club." Sad...but makes me want to go elsewhere.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Perfect!

Can’t say enough about the conditions of this course. Every aspect; including tees, greens, fairways, and bunkers were in excellent condition. This course has a lot of elevation changes but landing areas were open and visible. This course is a hem!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Hot weather
Used cart

What a piece of land!

From the moment my brother and I pulled in, we were very impressed. What a piece of land this track is on! Having played a majority of the Northern Virginia/Maryland public-private courses, we heard this was a must play! This place is a hidden gem and I would suggest this to any skill level golfer. It was well worth the hour drive! Best course conditions out of any public track in the DMV.

-Unbelievable views

-Greens are juicy!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Best course in western Maryland

I play here frequently and it's easily the best course in the area. A fair but challenging layout with excellent conditions and terrific views. I have never heard anyone say a negative word about the course or the staff. When you're done playing, the beer selections are also top shelf.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

A must play!!!

At just over an hour from Northern Va, it was worth the drive.

Plan your trip for after 2 on a weekend to take advantage of the $60.00 Twilight Rates and this course will not disappoint.

Grass Tee practice range with free balls and short game green.

This course is near perfect in condition and will provide not only ample challenge but great visual vistas as well.

Do yourself a favor, play this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Indy Advisor
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Love The Layout, Needs TLC When The Season Starts

I've been able to play this course a few times since it opened, but today was the first time in several years. I love the layout with the elevation changes. This time of year with the fescue cut back you weren't as penalized for spraying a few drives, which I did... a lot. But during the season that would've really ballooned the score.

If you forced me to pick one course in the Frederick area, this would probably be my pick over Whiskey Creek, with a caveat... it will need some work before I'd recommend going full freight. There were several patches in the fairway, and the greens were very bumpy and inconsistent. The 11th green has 2 different grasses on it, and it was almost unputtable. In March, for twilight rate... ok. But if we had paid full price I'd have been very disappointed.

Overall, it's worth a go, but I'd wait and see what other reviewers say before booking a prime time early in the season to see how they handle the spring when it finally arrives and they can do some maintenance.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

A good, wide open course

Musket Ridge has a good layout, not too many blind/tricky tee shots, and is in fairly good shape given the summer weather. Pace of play was rather slow, waited on every shot, but we still finished in 4:45, so not terrible. Greens were soft (surprisingly), but FWs slightly firm, which was great for rollout. Definitely judge elevation changes appropriately, especially off the 1st tee - it plays 20-30 yards shorter than expected.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Not what I expected.

I read a magazine that said this is " must play " course, so I did. The staff was very friendly the area is very scenic the egg and cheese sandwich I had was very good. The cart paths where good. The tee boxes where in good shape as well as the fairways the greens were slow and spongey. The slow group in front of us had a foot dragger in their group and just chewed up every green around the cup. I met 2 players and fortunately they've played here before. I am disappointed in the fact that this course does not have yardage books, if you are day tripping for golf courses they are very helpful and it is rather disturbing the a course that charges $ 100.00 on a Sunday doesn't have this product on the shelf as a complimentary item of for purchase. ( yes I know what GPS is ) How much could a book be to have made up. I understand the cost of things today but a realist value would $ 7.00 to sell in the pro shop I've seen them for 5 as well as $ 10.00 never playing a course before I think a lot of people would buy it for the round as well as a keep sake. I did not have a bad round 94 with a handicap of 13,, I'm ok with that.

I think this is a $ 65.00 course tops maybe a weekend rate of 72.00 The Course at Glenn Mills is a $ 100.00 course, Bulle Rock is a $ 100.00 course Wyncote is an $ 80.00 course They have yardage books too. On the back of the scorecard it has a course layout but you nee a magnifying glass to see it, it also states " # 6 Best place to play in the state of Maryland but I disagree. It's a likeable course but that's it.

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

First time playing here

Good golfing experience, friendly pro shop staff, excellent course with challenging elevation changes, high rough in certain areas. Beautiful scenic views, played on a Wednesday afternoon, pace of play was as good as it gets, and a great value. got a hot dog and house made potato chips at the turn, excellent.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather

Great conditions

I play this course a lot. Last year the greens got a little beat up during the summer months. Right now the course conditions are about as good as I've ever seen them, which is quite good indeed. Greens hold well but are pretty fast too. #11 green still has a bit of a poa annua infestation but the rest are fine. Most of the traps have good sand. Fairways are excellent. Rough is pretty thick and if you hit it in the gorse forget about it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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