Red at East Potomac Public Golf Course
|Red (W)||27||965 yards|
|White M: 27.1/88||208||154||102||108||171||64||66||111||158||1142||1142|
|Red W: 27.7/90||175||132||65||98||138||63||65||96||133||965||965|
Best option in DC
I'm surprised I haven't reviewed East Potomac before now, but I walked away very impressed by my early spring round.
The Blue is the sort of municipal course every city should have. Affordable and straightforward but not without interest for good players. East Potomac won't swallow many golf balls (even a mid-handicapper can play 18 without losing one), but it's no slouch either, especially if some wind picks up.
On the front, some favorite holes include 6, a par 5 that veers towards the right, bordered by the Potomac up the right hand side, and 7, a very short (300 yard) par 4 with a severe dogleg left that presents many options for players.
After the turn, I enjoy the 11th, a semi-blind par 3 with a green that is larger than it appears from the tee. The next three holes play up the island toward Hains Point, with the river on the right, before turning back towards the clubhouse.
The course can get crowded and slow on summer afternoons, but we played in about 4 hours with a 9 am tee time on Saturday.
They converted the tees and fairways to bermuda last year, and I have never seen them in better shape. I can't wait to see how well they play in the heat of summer. The course used to let the rough grow far too long, I hope they keep the current look with moderate rough.
Fun, windy round at EP on 4/29. Greens were punched and rough needs to be trimmed (it's US Open length right now). Hopefully it'll round into good form now that spring is here.
Friday winter golf
Honestly reading the reviews I thought the course was going to be horrible.
The threesome was me and my two juniors.
We had a blast! Reminds me of my childhood and the course I grew up on.
It’s a great value and great place to work on your short game.
Can’t wait to play here again. For the money it’s a steal.
Great for the money
Played this course twice recently. I hadn't played it in 4 years at least. It looked and played the exact same way! The fairways and greens are in good shape and the course has enough hazards to be challenging. It's neat to see the Washington monument and Potomac river throughout the course. Nearly everyone I've played with (which is a lot since I'm usually a single) has been very nice and enjoyable. I recommend this course to everyone.
For an urban par-3, it's worth it.
It seems like many of the reviews on this page are actually for the Blue course and not the red. The red course is a 9-hole, par-3 course. It's not in the greatest condition, but for $13 per round (a price which had not gone up in over three years), it's a total deal, especially for someone who is either beginning or working on their short game. I'm a solo golfer, generally, and I've gone out early in the morning and walked this entire course by myself in 45 minutes, which is awesome. Whenever paired with others, it's been an enjoyable experience. Keep in mind, that it caters to less-advanced golfers, so the pace may be slowed down by parties in front of you, but for the money, it's a nice little public par-3 course.
Best way to see the Cherry Blossoms
This is East Potomac's 9-hole executive course. It has an open layout with fairly straight fairways and few hazards. Can get a bit muddy at times, but it is situated in the middle of an island in the Potomac. Also note, there are frequent flyovers by various government aircraft, mostly helicopter, including Marine One, so if you like that kind of stuff, it's a fun 9 holes to play. It's also a guaranteed way to enjoy the cherry blossoms up close without the annoying crowds that descend on DC in the spring (just get there early because the tourists don't seem to understand that the parking lot is only for golfers. This is a problem only during the cherry blossom festival. The rest of the year, no problem with parking). The staff is awesome, but the course could use some more upkeep than the federal budget will allow (it's run by the NPS). Overall, a nice way to get in 9 holes with lovely views.
Course Needs Serious TLC but Views and Location are Great
Took a trip to DC with buddies for a bachelor party and played 18 here. It's early in the season and the course is in seriously rough shape. We started aiming for the rough because it was so difficult to play short iron shots from the 'fairway,' which are really just long stretches of dirt with a thin shade of green. However the convenient location to the city, holes right by the water, and views of sites like the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial make it a unique experience worth trying. The staff was very friendly and understood that we were there primarily for a good time rather than shooting low. If you're staying in DC and want to see cool views, drink beers, and hack around on a beat-up track, this is the place to go. Otherwise you're better off going farther out and paying more to play a real course.
I believe you might have played the blue or white course, as the red course is only a nine hole course.
I am guessing a lot of my problems have to do with "winter" conditions. But this has to be one of the worst conditioned courses i have ever played.
The greens were all torn by what looks like someone took a shovel every green. The course is COVERED in Goose droppings. I get that it's nature and that the course is on an Island in the middle of the Potomac, but come on...
Pace was great as no one was there, the grille was still running so the burger was delicious. Staff was perfectly polite. Great deals at the pro shop.
Ill come back later in the year hoping that some fixes have been made.
After all, you can't really complain when you are golfing in February.
I played this course while I was on vacation in DC and to be honest I was excited. But for a $30 round of golf there had to be a catch. When you hit the first tee one thing stood out the most, the amount of geese dung that covered the majority of the course like a minefield. Luckily I left my golf shoes at my hotel because if I would have worn them then they would have been ruined. Other than that the holes really don't have much variety and is fairly bland. If you choose to risk this course don't dress in your nicest clothes because you may ruin them.
This comment is so misguided and there is no need for it. It costs $30 to play 18 - when paying that do you expect a perfectly groomed executive course? This course doesn't try to be anything it isn't. For $30 it is a good muni track to work on your game. As a +1 HC I have played over 50 rounds at East Potomac, and I have never left disappointed. You know exactly what you're going to get when you walk on the course, and if you expect more than you are at the wrong place.
Classic "Scruffy Muni" - but great fun!
I don't know how many times I've played at East Potomac's Blue Course. But there's probably only two or three courses in the world I've played more than this course. Commonly called Haines Point, this course is one of three golf courses within the District of Columbia. All of them are public, and run by the National Park Service.
East Potomac is the definition of "scruffy Muni." It's cheap, draws all types of golfers, and the conditioning can be spotty - I remember one year where they misapplied weed killer instead of fertilizer to the greens, killing almost all of them. It is just above the water level of the Potomac River, built on landfill, so it can be very wet, and drainage has been a problem.
However, this year I've noticed that the conditioning is the best its been.
Throughout, there's some interesting holes, and a some great views. You're always a part of the city - and there's no where else where you can say "Aim at the Washington Monument!).
As we finish off our round, you should feel happy to have played a historic course in the nation's capitol. As its flat, you should have walked 18 - and you've earned your pitcher of beer in the clubhouse. Chances are, you'll feel pretty good about your score, as its reasonably hard to lose your ball. Enjoy your time at Haines Point - I know I've had many good memories here.
Read the rest of my review, with details on individual holes at: http://dcgolfer.weebly.com/course-reviews/east-potomac-blue-course
unbelievable skyline views of DC
It's the perfect golf course for someone just starting golf or need a cheap round. Closest course for those working downtown. The views on the White course are amazing. Otherwise, it's a flat, wide open cow pasture with flagsticks. The facility has a very good driving range. Sitting out on the veranda of the snack bar is a DC tradition. You never know who you will run into --- I ran into Bob Hope there hitting balls back in the 80's and played with a US Congressmen. . Great place to take a new golfer. Come with patience and the right attitude. Expect long rounds, mediocre conditions - but the price is right! Every now and then someone comes up with a plan to turn this into a really upscale tour level location. I hope this never happens and it maintains the local, family friendly feel.
Great value but can be crowded
I have played at East Potomac at least ten times and its a good course. The course is in Washington DC and centrally located near the monuments. The course is managed by Golf Course Specialties for National Park Service. At the facility there are three courses. The blue, white and red. The blue is the full 18 holes that is more of a regular course. Whereas the White and Red are more for the beginner and are 9 hole courses. The course is a good layout with fairly straight forward golf. The course is not long so if you want a true test play from the back tees are you are a good golfer. However, if you are not capable of scoring less than 80, play it forward for pace of play. The course is one of the most played in the country with over 100K rounds per year. The facility is very busy on the weekend and expect a longer than normal round. The proshop has a good selection of gear and is well priced under retail pricing. The dining and great and offers a good selection of food and drinks The sell great hamburgers and beer so enjoy one after your round. The course is fairly wet due to the proximity of the Potomac River so expect average conditions. The course gets tons of play but is a good course. There are resident red foxes that live on the course and you are more than likely to see one. The course is easy to walk so I recommend most to walk and either carry their bag or use a push cart. Make an early tee time to miss the crowds.
Could be so much more...
East Potomac Park Golf Course could be so much more than it is, but for a variety of reasons it is a pretty average to downright bad golf course. East Potomac Golf Course is a must for any local golfer. The course has a very nice driving range structure and three different courses so that all types of players are able to get out and enjoy a round. Some of the scenery on the course is excellent (e.g. teeing off on 16, I think, you just aim for the Washington Monument.). It is also one of the few places in DC where you get a good breeze in the summer months too! Once you get beyond these two items, however, the course rapidly loses its appeal. The course conditions are below average at best. Due to the course's location out on East Potomac Park (which itself is basically a low-lying island), the course suffers from poor drainage throughout the year, a problem only exacerbated by heavy rains. When the Potomac River and Tidal Basin rise after it rains, the course becomes downright unplayable as water fills low-lying areas on the course, including cart paths, bunkers and even forming large pools in the middle of fairways. Not only does the course suffer from poor maintenance, but the range at the driving range is in absolutely terrible condition. The driving range complex (the area you hit from) is a wonderful, two story structure open longer than nearly any other I've been to. The bays are excellent and provide users plenty of space. The range itself (the area your ball lands) is atrocious! Picture, if you can, indoor/outdoor carpet torn up and folded on top of itself by ball retrievers and windy conditions. The range is in such terrible conditions the ball retrievers wouldn't even go to ever area to retrieve balls. All in all, the course is cheap and playable. If you have access to a car, however, why not get out and try the dozen or so other municipal courses withing a 30 minute drive in the same price point.
It's my home course
Im partial to the course because I play here all the time. It's usually in good shape for the amount of traffic it has and the staff is great. It is BY FAR the cheapest golf around the District and has reasonably priced beer and snacks. My only concern is that the rough gets to tour condition length and makes it hard to find your ball. This results in pace of play issues in addition to drainage issues after heavy rain. Sometimes it gets backed up on weekends and after work but that's to be expected for its location. Overall, it's by far the best value in the area. It's not the most challenging of courses but offers some outstanding holes. For instance, you actually aim your 15th tee shot directly at the Washington Monument. It is also very walker friendly. In addition to the 18 hole Blue course, there is an executive 9 hole course and par 3 Red course available.