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3.7
Value
3.9
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.1
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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Style Parkland
Par 72
Length 6892 yards
Slope 145
Rating 73.2

War Admiral is one of two championship courses at GlenRiddle Golf Club in Berlin. The other is the Man O' War, which incorporates part of a historic racetrack that was used to train champion thoroughbreds. The War Admiral Course offers a different character with a layout that is routed through mature woodlands, completely sheltered from the wind unlike its wide-open sister course. The scenic landscape is dotted with water features including a scenic tidal marsh that lends itself to five dramatic holes. In addition to the natural features, there are also numerous bunkers strategically placed throughout. It is a golf course that demands accuracy. Although it is less than 6,900 yards from the back tees, the hazards make it seem much longer. One characteristic that both courses at GlenRiddle Golf Club have in common are the scenic views that can be enjoyed from nearly every hole.

Course Details

Year Built 2007
Fairways Bentgrass
Greens Bentgrass
Golf Season Seasonal
Architect Joel Weiman (2007)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "GlenRiddle Shool of Golf"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire & etiquette is required at all times.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Maryland (2017 #10)

Reviews

4.1
65 Reviews (65)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Dinner 9
Amazing Food 8
Drinks 7
Course Challenges Include:
Forced Carries 18
Bunkers 13
Undulating Greens 12
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 16
A Weekend Splurge 11
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 10
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 12
At a Resort 9
Convenient to the City 9

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Reviews 18
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice recovery

I have played this course for than 10 years and always considered it one of my favorites in the OC area. Over that last few I have noticed conditions degrade. One consequence has been easier tee time access and lower course fees.

Last year I came with a group and War Admiral was closed for some reason and we played Man-o-War which is the second course at Glen Riddle. It is also a terrific layout, but conditions were as bad as I have ever played. and I was told that War Admiral was in worse shape.

With little play due to the pandemic, I decided to give WA a try and what a pleasant surprise. It was in great shape. Not tournament conditions but shade of its former self.

I will come back

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 45
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Went downhill

Thursday am round, second groups off played in 3.5 hours, was CPO , explained to us that they water extra due to recent heat wave , greens were awful compared to past times I played, Sandy , each one had a different speed , some held shots some didn’t, target golf , will not hurry back

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 61
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 191
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Indy Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Challenging Layout

War Admiral is a challenging parkland, target style layout. It has a lot of character in the form or forced carries, water, and contours around the greens. It is not a bombs away with the driver course; you have to hit the right spots in the fairway or you'll be chipping back to the fairway. Greens were not too fast but challenging enough to produce several lip outs on solid putts. Some greens you cannot aim at the flag, but at the right spot to catch the slope.

The course does have its share of water damage from the recent deluge of rain that the area has experienced, especially right around the greens in the fringes and run-up from the fairway. Because of that I wouldn't recommend it at full freight, but if you can find a deal (check their webpage tee sheet) it's worth a go.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

great course for experienced player

I decided to play a last minute round before leaving ocean city and this is the only course out of probably five that accomadated my last minute request. First of all the nice man in the pro shop gave me the after 1 price at noon. Everyone I came in contact with where extremely helpful and very nice. This is definetly a target golf course and with the sandy soil its built on their will be dry spots. I come to expect this at most beach area courses. Other than those spots the course was very well manicured. It is very well designed. If you hit the ball where u are supposed to you will be rewarded. If you do not it will take skill to make a par. I hear people on here complaining that their are too many hazards which is certainly not the case. Their are just as many as most other high end well designed courses. Check course ratings and be honest about your own game before writing reviews. Its no cake walk but not unfair in any sense. I highly recommend it if u want a great test. And it is now semiprivate I was on vacation and had no problem at all getting a tee time. Last second at that.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Well maintained parkland course

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
1.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Blaming the Hot Summer

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.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Not as overrated as War Admiral, but still overrated!

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.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course great staff tough rough

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Man o war

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

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Challenging

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

great condition and design

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

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

Love War Admiral

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Complicated

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Course

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

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Ok course but some bad holes

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.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Check Gps

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

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

world class golf at the beach

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Walked

Great Golf

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Not for the average Joe

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

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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