A view from the 16th hole at Clustered Spires Golf Course
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3.9
300 Reviews (300)
5 Stars
106
4 Stars
154
3 Stars
25
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
7
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.0
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.0
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.5
86.8%
Recommend this course
271 out of 300 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.7
34 Reviews (34)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.8
Value
3.8
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
3.7
79.4%
Recommend this course
27 out of 34 reviews
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3.9
47 Reviews (47)
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
23
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.0
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
3.9
85.1%
Recommend this course
40 out of 47 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Municipal
Par 72
Length 6893 yards
Slope 133
Rating 72.6
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Clustered Spires Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1991
Fairways Rye Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Brian Ault (1991) Bill Love (1991)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Maryland (2016 #9)

Reviews

3.9
300 Reviews (300)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 13
Patio Dining 8
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 17
Thick Rough 16
Water Hazards 12
This course/club is great for:
Locals 27
Walkers 16
9-Hole Rounds 12
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 20
Worth the Drive 14
In the 'Burbs 11

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Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Disappointed

The clubhouse is completely closed. The porta-potties were disgusting outside the clubhouse were disgusting and dirty.

The fairways and most of the tee boxes were in bad shape.

Despite covid they didn't have any sponge at the bottom of the cup so that you didn't have to take the ball out.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart

Not enjoyable due to the foursome pressing behind us.
As beginner golfers, being in a rush and inexperienced was a great disadvantage.
We were not aware we would be paired with 2 other golfers, slowing our start and progress through the course. We did not complete the 18 hole round, and left the course after 12.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 53
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course Beat Up Due to All the Play

Played in June and the conditions were perfect. Now not so much due to all the play. Greens had been aerated which is not surprising given it's September but the fairways are gone - mostly dirt with crabgrass creaping in. I would not play till the end of September. I'm sure the course will be fully recovered by next spring.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

1st time Playing

The greens have just been terrified but they did a pretty good job with that. The two boxes were in good shape and most fairways were in nice shape. A lot of holes however had sparse grass in the fairway. Need to improve the fairway conditions

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

Good time will go back

Not our first trip here will go back, enjoyed, starter/ ranger could be better but no real complaints there, they had aerated the greens (early September) decreased overall perception, areas could use more mowing. Overall good value for the money. Will go back.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Front Nine Aerated & Back Nine Closed

Made a tee time through GolfNow and showed up to a Front Nine that was Aerated & a Back Nine that was entirely Closed. I received 0 warnings of either at booking or when I showed up to the course from the Pro Shop attendant and the 2! starters they had working. Paid close to full price via a Hot Deal as well. When I discussed with the GM afterward, he basically told me to deal with it. He said the punched greens were rolled and that I should not have anything to complain about. They were like putting on sandy plinko boards. They had 10 minute apart tee times with half the course closed during a pandemic. Again, there was zero warning about this, every golfer there was caught off guard. The rest of the course was in pretty bad as well; burned out fairways and tee boxes. Do yourself a favor and book a tee time some else.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Front Nine closed

Would of been nice to if known ahead of time that the front nine was closed. I prepaid and could t do anything about it. Course is nice - play was extremely slow and frustrating.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 81
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Maryland Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A Couple of Surprises...

First trip to Clustered Spires this year, although I generally make the hour drive several times a year. I was aware it was two carts per foursome--you could have a cart with a plastic divider or not (your choice); however, I was with family, so not a big deal for me. What did surprise me was that the clubhouse is completely closed...the Pro Shop and Snack Bar had window openings to the outside, and no access to clubhouse restrooms. They had porta potties set up with hand washing stations. The porta potties were clean, which was a good thing; but all the restrooms on the course were taped off...I guess they don't want to clean them. You do have to sign a waiver absolving the course of any liability. Good luck with that one in court...you can't sign away your health obligations. In any event, the course was in good shape...there was some thinning in some of the fairways, and the tee boxes were long. The greens were in excellent condition and a little on the fast side, but a nice change from playing on aerated greens. The rough was long, thick, and brutal, so stay in the fairways. It was cart path only when we started, but on the turn we were able to drive 90 degrees. Pace of play was not bad, although lots of errant shots which came across buffer zones (like #11 onto #10). There was a huge backup on the last par 3, with four groups! Don't know what happened there. Nice course layout, good conditions, but it's bare bones service levels right now.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice course

Great Day with a childhood friend. Great staff, friendly golfers and a beautiful day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Holes were blocked

I don't like putting to a styrofoam plug. Try using a small plug but let the ball fall in the hole

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

cups were blocked

Most courses under the virus restrictions still allow the ball to fall in the cup, although only partly. The full "plastic plug" at Clustered Spires alters your putting stroke almost forcing you to hit the ball more firmly to hold the line if you want to hit the plug, but not really knowing if the ball would go in the hole or spin out. Thats not golf..

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Interaction with Course Starter

Once my playing partner and I got to the starter in separate carts, the starter told us that in order for us to play, we must share a cart. This happened to be the first time I had ever met my playing partner. Upon hearing this, my partner and I shared concerns about the policy due to COVID-19 , at a time when the course was not busy. Before I knew it, the starter became outraged, and said that he had heard enough, that we should follow him to the clubhouse for a refund, because we would not be playing today. As I’m thinking about it, I don’t understand from a business prospective why it is acceptable for employees to threaten customers After I had driven 50 miles for the round. . In addition, he told us that if we played, we needed to sign a release absolving the club of blame in case we got sick. There is a lot going on at Clustered Spires, probably too much for me to go back any time soon.

It was the most disappointing exchange with golf course staff I’ve had in 40 years of playing golf. For me, it was not about the policy as much as the negative tone of the starter. He did appear to be extremely comfortable in his position and explanation. I love the course and frequently travel to play it. It will be helpful in the future to know at booking which clubs allow individual carts. For that matter, GolfNow should start posting course phone numbers on the site to provide easy access to get the information.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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