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Conditions
3.8
Value
4.3
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.5
87.3%
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162 out of 170 reviews
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4.0
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3.8
Value
4.4
Layout
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Pace
4.0
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4.4
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Conditions
3.8
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4.6
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Municipal
Par 72
Length 6646 yards
Slope 124
Rating 70.9

Black Rock Golf Course may be one of western Maryland's newest courses but it's located near some of the country's most historic sites. Antietam Battlefield and Harper's Ferry are just a few minutes away from this scenic course. The opening holes of the layout are tucked into the Shenandoah Valley while the back nine climbs uphill, offering views that stretch across the Appalachian Mountains. The golf course has plenty of holes that will please long hitters, but mature trees and thick rough frame most of the holes, demanding accuracy. Traps protect the front of most of the greens and you'll come across dramatic undulations on some. The par-4 13th is arguably Black Rock's toughest hole. This sharp dogleg right has a massive tree to the right as well as a pond right in front of the green.

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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6646 yards 70.9 124
White 72 6236 yards 68.4 121
Red (W) 74 5179 yards 64.7 112
Scorecard for BlackRock
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 71.7/134 487 170 482 363 378 355 195 412 430 3272 376 438 388 427 539 185 515 171 437 3476 6748
White M: 69.3/128 465 136 471 342 368 345 175 403 408 3113 345 422 380 407 533 153 485 153 392 3270 6383
Gold M: 65.9/116 380 115 421 312 343 303 131 260 275 2540 307 386 312 358 446 126 447 115 357 2854 5394
Red W: 70.0/117 377 104 410 299 302 231 109 248 365 2445 300 382 288 353 437 121 438 110 351 2780 5225
Pink W: 68.9/115 282 112 259 223 226 178 121 198 277 1876 228 244 240 238 328 121 328 110 263 2100 3976
Handicap 14 18 6 10 8 12 16 2 4 11 5 13 1 7 15 9 17 3
Par 5 3 5 4 4 4 3 4 4 36 4 4 4 4 5 3 5 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 10 16 4 12 6 14 18 8 2 11 9 13 1 3 15 7 17 5

Course Details

Year Built 1989
Fairways Blue
Greens Bent
Golf Season Year round
Architect Robert Elder

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

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Reviews

4.0
170 Reviews (170)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 13
Brunch 9
Patio Dining 8
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 32
Elevation Changes 26
Water Hazards 24
This course/club is great for:
Locals 32
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 20
Advanced Golfers 17
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 23
Convenient to the City 17
In the 'Burbs 16

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4.0
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Always enjoy!

I always enjoy playing this course. Some of the fairways were a little space. The greens were in good shape. I like the layout of the course

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Summer trip to Maryland

Very nice course! Even after two days of rain (about 3+ inches) the course was playable...wet (cart paths only). Played in 3:15. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Would gladly play it over and over again!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Needs a Little Attention

Let me say first that I really like this course--I like the layout, the views of the mountains, and the variety of holes (and shots). But, I was surprised that Black Rock was not in its usually pristine shape! The tee boxes were chewed up with long grass, the fairways had burned up places throughout the course and long stems of weeds, and the bunkers were lacking sand. Additionally, the pace of play was awful...it states on the scorecard "playing time for 18-hole round should be FOUR HOURS or less" (capitals on the scorecard). However, our round was 4 hours 35 mins. We waited on every hole, every shot, and I never saw a marshal. They either overbook the course or are not monitoring play to keep the pace to their stated time. I was not happy, and basically lost focus (and desire to play) on the back. It was 94 degrees and slow, slow, slow. It will be a little while before I drive the 1+ hour to get there.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
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First Time Playing

Just Average

After reading all the good reviews I thought I would give this place a try. In my opinion just a very average course. The layout of some holes is quite strange. Pace of play was great on the front 9 but by the time I reached the back there was a 3 some playing at a very slow pace with no one in front of them and would not let anyone play through, the ranger did nothing to speed them up he was just under a tree watching 3 groups pile up behind them. Greens and fairways were in good shape but the bunkers are all in need of some work and were basically just mud. For $40 there is some better options in the area in my opinion.

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

Good value

This was a good value. The course needed to have it's grass cut, but with rain they have been behind in that area. The course was challenging, but fun to play. The staff was friendly. My playing friends said they had a good time. They enjoyed the course as well. If you are looking for a great value and course, play Black Rock.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Solid

Nice course, difficult from the blues. Rough not always great, sand not always in great condition. Beautiful views. Recommend.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Layout - Needs Manicured

The tee boxes are in horrible shape - I am hoping that they will improve during the year. Brought memories of why I joined Chambersburg Country Club the last 3 years. Some of the traps were unplayable (some without sand!). Greens and fairways were decent for the time of year.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Two Club Wind

Greens were slow , bot fair once you got the speed down.

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

Beautiful Course

A great course in the countryside. Scenic holes with beautiful ponds providing challenges off the tee. Love the elevation changes. One of my top two courses to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course!

We played shortly after aeration, but still was in great shape. The layout is challenging and the scenery was beautiful. An item they really need to work on is the cleanliness of the bathrooms. Kind of odd that such a nice facility has neglected to clean the bathrooms for what appears to be months, both on-course and clubhouse.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great staff, ok course

The course was being aerated during my play. The greens are small, the edges of the greens need work. The bunkers were in very poor shape from recent rains. Wait till next year.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice course and friendly staff

Sand traps desperately need sand! I know it is extremely expensive to refill sand traps but you have to do at least a few at a time. Other than that we had a great day and enjoyed our selves. Course was in great shape considering all the rain we've had.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Drove over an hour to play there and will do it again! Beautiful layout with challenging holes. Despite all the rain this year course was in good shape.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Not great

Tee boxes- horrible unless you’re into crab grass
Fairways- horrible more crabgrass
Greens- very nice shape, on the slow side but it is a muni.
A great layout, so great a some point I overlooked the poor conditions. Also I am going to put some blame on this summers conditions. Everything shaggy I will place blame on the weather but the crab grass everywhere but the greens including bunkers is shameful! To be ranked as Marylands top muni is baffling!

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

Quick 9

Snuck in 9holes in an hour and 15 mins on a Sunday morning. Great pace and considerate groups ahead allowing me to play through. Course was in great shape considering the amount of rain the previous few days.

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