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3.4
127 Reviews (127)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
15
1 Stars
11
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.1
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.9
63.4%
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90 out of 127 reviews
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3.8
31 Reviews (31)
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.5
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.4
74.2%
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23 out of 31 reviews
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3.4
50 Reviews (50)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
11
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
7
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.2
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
60.0%
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30 out of 50 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort/Public
Par 72
Length 7020 yards
Slope 144
Rating 74.7
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Potomac Shores Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 2014
Fairways Latitude 36 Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (2014) Jacobson Golf Course Design (2014) Chad Goetz (2019)

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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities, Lockers

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Virginia (2016 #18)

Reviews

3.4
127 Reviews (127)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 11
Patio Dining 10
19th Hole Scenic Views 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 15
Elevation Changes 15
Undulating Greens 15
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 12
Locals 11
A Weekend Splurge 9
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 8
Worth the Drive 7

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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great course and Great Shape

This is a fun and challenging course with great views and a super friendly staff

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Potomac Shores

Very well maintained, staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Price is always very high here, so getting a good deal online was too good to pass up.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Ignore Old Reviews

If you are reading any reviews older than say 6 months they can be ignored. The course has under gone a renovation and is now in fantastic shape. The fairways and greens and in excellent shape. To be fair the greens were a little slower than I would have liked. Tee boxes are in good shape also. The course does have a lot of bunkers so if you struggler there you may be in for a long day. Be warned the course is a loop and does not come back to the club house after the 9th hole. They sell hot dogs on the cart but they are not very hot. On any blind shots I would suggest driving up so you are not surprised, they bite me a couple of times.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great conditions

This was a great course, that was in fantastic shape. Fairways and greens were immaculate. Pace of play was average.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful Course.

This course was recommended to me by a friend who lives in the area. The course exceeded expectations. The course was in perfect condition and the layout is beautiful. Played from the Gold tees which is about 6,500 yards. Tee boxes and greens were in great shape. Pro shop staff was friendly and inviting. The starter Harry was extremely friendly and gave us a great send off before we hit the first tee. We played in the afternoon for $59 which is a great value for this course. We ate after our round at the onsite restaurant which had great food. I would highly recommend this course if you’ve never played it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Under appreciated

I’m shocked that the reviews of this course aren’t as high as I would expect. The new fairways were in pristine shape. With them being so smooth, you can really take advantage of all the undulations and elevation the course offers. It makes for a really stimulating round that will keep you thinking. Only visited one bunker but it was in great shape with plenty of soft sand. Greens were firm and rolled true. Tee boxes were a bit beat up but not nearly as bad as similar tier public courses are. Beverage cart came by four times. Our round took 3:40. There is literally nothing I could complain about. If you’ve played here in the past and had a bad experience, you will be seriously rewarded for giving them another shot.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Problems corrected

If you scroll below, you are bound to see some bad reviews for this course, as it looks like it had a bad 2017-2019. Whatever those problems were, they have been corrected. The course was in fantastic condition, with teeboxes, fairways and greens showing no signs of issues.

The only thing I would suggest to the course owners is working with the GPS providers to fix the hole routing. There has been a change and its weird to figure out what hole your GPS is measuring versus what hole you are actually on. Truly, a nitpick if there ever was one.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great first experience

First time playing at Potomac Shores and will definitely play it again. Been living in the area for a year and this is by far the best course I've played. The course was immaculate, challenging and well staffed. Highly recommend playing here, I don't believe you will be disappointed.

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

Great Layout

Good value, great layout. Fairway conditions good, rough ok, tee boxes fair, and greens smooth but very slow.

Friendly staff, tasty menu choices, and nice outdoor "19th hole" overlooking 16th hole, which used to be 18th hole.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Improvement

Potomac Shores has improved since my last visit (2018). It is definitely not a course for a walkers. The new re-routing makes for some long spaces between some holes. However, it is nice to finish on what was Hole #3; unless you don't like to hit your approach over a wide gully
The fairways and greens have improved and should get better when the weather warms up. Their was a beverage cart out with snacks and food. I will play there again...soon.

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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Course Looks great!

Played 18 in 2.5 hrs. Course was in great shape. Fairways were beautiful and hard patches from the late fall were more lush. Bunkers in good shape. Greens recently punched were a bit slow and sandy but all else was great. Although the new #16 was a nice finishing hole, I Like the new layout and old #3 is a nice starting hole and makes more sense even to to the driving range. Good work Potomac Shores Team!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

First Time

Our usual foursome wanted to trying a new course. The price was right and it was an easy drive down 95. The course was in good shape but will be better in a few weeks. Challenging, but not too challenging. Greenside bunkers were no joke. I like that off the tee, you can be a little aggressive with the angles. But you will pay if you bite off too much. The greens were a little hard to hold. I expect they will hold better and be faster as the weather improves. Worth it and we'll be back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice course kinda pricey

Great course condition was great. $90 pp and no military discount on weekends. Guess military is only valued on weekdays.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Course

The course is in great shape except for one recently repaired green. I love the course layout.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Needs Serious Work

This may have been a very good golf design and could be a fine, challenging course. But Troon needs to spend serious money. Rerouting 18th to 16th hole ruins finish adding drive back through condos. Clearly done to save money so starter can monitor both practice tee and starting hole, former 3rd. So many blind shots that course almost unplayable first few times from cart path only. Fairways have damage; rough a joke. Greens punched but many bare spots and no effort to make them consistent at least. Bunkers concrete under top sand layer. Clear drainage problems. 150 yard marker poles are silly and in the way.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Greens need to be mowed

Nice layout but greens were real shaggy. Need to cut the greens. Also cartpath only was an issue.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

Unfortunately needs some work

This was at one point one of the better courses in the area, but still some work to be done. Half the greens were shag carpeting, and the rest were inconsistent at best. Some areas you couldn’t even putt because of holes/dead areas. Fairways were better, but still some areas were not great. Also 18 coming up to the clubhouse now being the 16th hole is just a bad decision. Hopefully one day they put the money in and make this place what it could be again.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Progress is noticeable!

I have continued to play this course at least every 6 weeks. The fairways are immaculate and some of the best in the area. They are fantastic. The tee boxes ARE the best in the area. I play alot of other courses in the area - Westfeilds, Old Hickory, Raspberry, Whiskey, Lake Presidential, Worthington, etc. - and the Potomac Shores tee boxes are excellent (Hole 2, formerly hole 4, is really the only exception). The greens are in the best shape thus far this season and the season has really just started. The traps are broken in from the massive redo last season and are in good shape.

The rough is rough. There are still patches from all of the construction the last two years. There are is still patchy rough that has not grown in; however, its really only behind a bit compared to other courses in VA that have been getting pounded with play because a certain MD governor is ... well that is a different post.

Cart path only is killing me and I am not sure I love the new layout flow, especially when it gets to 16, 17, 18.

Keep up the good work Potomac Shores! See you soon.

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