Potomac Shores Golf Club

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4.2
64
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
20
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.0
Value
3.7
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.0
85.6%
Recommend this course
52 out of 64 reviews
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4.5
6
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.7
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.8
100.0%
Recommend this course
6 out of 6 reviews
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Average Rating
4.3
18
5 Stars
10
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.1
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
88.9%
Recommend this course
16 out of 18 reviews
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Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7020
Slope 144
Rating 74.7
Type Resort/Public
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Potomac Shores Golf Club
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7020 yards 74.7 144
Gold 72 6355 yards 71.6 137
Gold 72 6355 yards 78.4 150
Silver 72 5790 yards 68.9 132
Silver (W) 72 5790 yards 75.2 143
Jade 72 4940 yards 65.2 126
Jade (W) 72 4940 yards 70.4 133
Scorecard for Potomac Shores 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
Black M: 74.7/144 405 405 530 225 355 200 435 305 410 3270 575 420 455 230 515 135 605 410 405 3750 7020
Gold M: 71.6/137 W: 78.4/150 390 365 465 170 335 170 400 285 380 2960 535 375 425 185 485 120 545 390 335 3395 6355
Silver M: 68.9/132 W: 75.2/143 350 305 415 145 315 155 375 270 345 2675 500 350 405 155 435 100 485 365 320 3115 5790
Jade M: 65.2/126 W: 70.4/133 275 265 375 115 300 135 325 235 305 2330 390 290 335 115 405 80 455 275 265 2610 4940
Handicap 11 5 3 15 13 17 1 9 7 2 10 8 16 6 18 4 12 14
Par 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 4 4 35 5 4 4 3 5 3 5 4 4 37 72

Course Details

Year Built 2014
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No

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Reviews

4.2
64

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 11
Patio Dining 10
19th Hole Scenic Views 7
Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 15
Bunkers 14
Elevation Changes 14
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 11
Locals 11
A Weekend Splurge 9
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 8
Worth the Drive 7
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Good experience, but painfully modern

The experience of golfing at Potomac Shores is excellent. Clubhouse is beautiful, staff is friendly and helpful, and the practice area is excellent. If these are the things you care about while golfing, you will not be disappointed.

The course itself is a mixed bag. There are certain holes that are interesting. Nicklaus uses angles and hazards to provide a strategically interesting test. I particularly liked the par 5 10th hole, which provides multiple routes to approach the hole location.

However, this is not a golf course. These are 18 individual holes on the same property, with nothing connecting them While this is common on modern courses, it leads to a painful experience, especially in terms of pace of play and overall enjoyment.

Conditions were pretty good, although the new bermuda fairways are still maturing, and were akin to playing from the second cut of rough.

An unwalkable course like this will never be my cup of tee, but the individual holes are good enough to justify the relatively high cost to play.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A great golfing experience

Before I talk about the course I would like to acknowledge the”front of the house”. The bag drop crew , and pro shop staff were wonderful. They thanked us for choosing Potomac Shores and made sure that we were comfortable with the amenities. Practice range was excellent and my wife and I teed off on time. In short, the course is spectacular! The condition of the course for early May was superb. We live in South Carolina and there are only a few courses along the Grand Strand that compare favorably to this course. During our round, we met one of the course pro’s who couldn’t have been friendlier . He knew about our home course because his parents live in Conway SC. . What a great ambassador for the golf course! If you are in the area, don’t miss the chance to play this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Virginia Advisor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course

Played Potomac Shores on back to back days in above average winds. For early spring the course is in good not great shape. I could not give the course an Excellent rating like so many others due to the condition of the sand traps and having more than a handful of greens that have some turf issues. Really enjoyed playing off Bent grass fairways. Disappointed to hear that they will be replacing the Bent with Bermuda this summer but totally understand why they are doing this. I really enjoyed the challenging elevation changes throughout the course. Three of the Par 3 holes are some of the more challenging holes on the course. The Par 5 holes are set up to get some strokes back if you give up a few on the Par 3's I mentioned. Truly a course that you can score low on if you pick the appropriate club off the tee. Now they know the sand trap issues they have as they mentioned it when I said something at the end of the round. There is sand so be thankful of that but some of the traps do not drain well and ALL the traps need the be filtered of the rocks present in them. Some of the rocks were fist sized. For the price that should not be the case. As for the turf issues on some of the greens. Clearly the mowers get too close on some of the undulation in the greens. Along with that many of the edges near the first cut were showing signs of stress. Just not something you expect to see for the price nor for a Nicklaus Signature course. They have brand new carts so no issues there. The practice facility is nice. Grass on the driving range with a good size chipping and putting area. The putting green next to the clubhouse is attached to the 18th green which was pretty cool to see. Clubhouse is beautiful with fully stocked pro shop, great locker rooms and the restaurant has some tasty food. The staff is phenomenal. Form the bag drop to check in to the maintenance staff back to the bag drop again everyone was extremely friendly, professional and very helpful.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Tough Greens, Great Layout

My spring game was not ready for this challenging track. Conditions were good weather was great, my putter just didn’t show up. Always a great test of all your shots from tee to green.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

great course

last day for winter rates so $65 felt like a real bargain. weekend rates normally a bit steep, but this course goes on the medal stand for best public tracks in the dc area

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

Top 3 DMV Course

Love Potomac Shores. Have played it 6 times in all seasons and love the layout and condition. Last played Feb 2018 and greens/fairways were very reasonable for mid winter. I've played most the good DMV courses and this course is my favorite with Laurel Hill and Lansdowne. Challenging but fair

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

nobody minding the store

we went out on a wet sunday and got to the 12th hole where there was no marshal on the course as well as no drink cart. without the marshal, slow players backed up 4 holes and were not asked to move along. i will not go back

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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