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4.1
184 Reviews (184)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.5
85.2%
Recommend this course
174 out of 184 reviews
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4.4
7 Reviews (7)
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
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Conditions
4.3
Value
5.0
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.8
85.7%
Recommend this course
6 out of 7 reviews
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4.1
22 Reviews (22)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.0
Value
4.3
Layout
4.4
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.5
86.4%
Recommend this course
19 out of 22 reviews
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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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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

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Maryland (2017 #12)

Reviews

4.1
184 Reviews (184)

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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Reviews 62
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Slow

Did not finish as group in front would not let us play through. When you have one in the group that is struggling you should let the group behind go through. First hole eleven shots to get to the green?
Love this course but not today,

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Great conditions

Course is in great shape, everyone maintained proper distancing. Was a good time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 23
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 62
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 62
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Perfect weather
Used cart

Surprising round

Thought it was going to be wet and missed the rain.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Impressive

My first time playing Black Rock. Went with a buddy who frequents the course- glad I did because I’d have gotten lost a few times... until he explained just keep the cart going straight when paths intersect. Until then I was a little lost.
The course is in fantastic shape for a government run course! I was very impressed with the maintenance level of care it receives.
They have a make shift driving range too which is nice.
Very friendly gentlemen running the shop too.
I’ll be back

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Challenging and beautiful

Let me start by saying I love the layout of this course from hole 1 to 18 the course seemed to flow. The pace of play was slow but for a sunday morning this is not shocking. The conditions were very nice given the lack of rain this year with plenty soft fairways and challenging rough. Overall a great day I will be back before the years up.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 62
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice course but needed mowed.

Nice course. Overbooked and slow. Tees needed mowed and greens had lots of mud spots on them.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 62
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fast

Fastest round on this course I have ever played. Matched me up with a twosome and enjoyed the company.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

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
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
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
Played On
Reviews 62
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Maryland Advisor
Top 250 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
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
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
Reviews 5
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
Reviews 62
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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