Rock Creek Public Golf Course
|White (W)||65||4951 yards||68.6||116|
|Red (W)||65||4559 yards||66.4||111|
|Yellow Family||65||3680 yards|
|White M: 63.9/107 W: 68.6/116||302||285||160||173||202||360||202||270||330||2284||400||160||315||170||339||371||370||200||342||2667||4951|
|Red M: 66.9/97 W: 66.4/111||292||270||150||159||170||340||185||240||310||2116||365||150||280||142||314||365||325||175||327||2443||4559|
|Yellow W: 64.2/108||260||255||140||125||130||240||125||220||275||1770||285||125||240||130||220||290||240||160||220||1910||3680|
Quiet course in the middle of the city . . . Could use some updates to the facilities
If you are looking for an affordable 18 holes of golf with some challenging holes, this is a great course. The front nine is wide open with long fairways. The back nine provides a different challenge with narrow fairways bounded by the woods. It's beautiful year round, but especially in the fall when the leaves are changing (beware the fact that the leaves will be all over the greens . . . see photo). For the most part, its far quieter than the other public courses in DC, with an older demographic. The facilities could use some updates - the pro shop is rather disappointing, they don't have a full concession stand, and the bathrooms could use some work. It is, however, an awesome mid-century building, so with some TLC it could be an outstanding facility. Also- it's literally just off all of the 16th street routes, so for those without a car, or who don't want to drive inside the city, it's quite accessible by public transportation.
Summer Heat and Bad Irrigation
I had been warned about the conditions at Rock Creek Park Golf Course before I played, but living in the nation's capitol at the time, I felt compelled to play it at least once. Unfortunately for me, the course was in terrible shape. The greens, fairways and tee boxes were scorched by the summer heat leaving everything a straw brown/golden color even in late September while the rough was still lush and green.
The course itself had some fun challenges as it dips in and out of Rock Creek Park, but those challenges didn't make up for the course conditions. I've heard that since Rock Creek Park Golf Course is on federal lands, there are restrictions in place regarding how much the course can be altered. Suffice it to say that it is not properly irrigated and after a summer of extreme heat, the course is in pretty bad shape.
I will probably play again, and on the recommendation of friends, will try to play in the spring when the ground is in much better condition.