Rattlewood Golf Course

3.6034000000 3.6 stars from 5 (58)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6501 yards
  • Slope: 129
  • Rating: 71.2
  • Layout

  • 13501 Penn Shop Rd, Mount Airy, Maryland 21771, Frederick County
  • (301) 607-9000
  • (301) 607-9004
  • www.mcggolf.com

Year built: 1995
Architect(s): Brian Ault
Type: Public
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required. No blue denim, T-shirts or cut off clothing.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6501 yards 71.2 129
White 72 6104 yards 69.1 125
White (W) 72 6104 yards 71.9 116
Gold 72 5725 yards 67.4 117
Red (W) 72 5092 yards 68.4 110

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: No ratings so far
Course Conditions: 3.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 58 Reviews
5 stars:
6
4 stars:
31
3 stars:
15
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

51 out of 57 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs worth the drive   Great for locals   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers  

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"Course burnt out"


bfisherjr's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The only saving feature were the greens were in good shape. Pace of play was horrible. 5 hours on a Friday is ridiculous. Pitcher of beer in the clubhouse was $19.90 . Come on man you must b kidding. Won' t b back if I can avoid it.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Good Value"


Roger8019099's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

There hasn't been any real rain in over a month, so some fairways were dried out, but the greens were great all the way through the round. Pace was good (normal) for a weekday afternoon. I had not played the course in a while, but this round will get me back more often.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Course, great staff, Best value for money"


joanbubbie's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wonderful outing! Shot 86, should have come in around 82. Hole 3 - Par 5 has been moved back to the tips (adding an additional 60 yards) make it a very challenging hole. Staff is outstanding. Mistakenly booked Wednesday on Golf Now for Wednesday afternoon play but actually booked for Thursday and the staff & Mr. Jo -Jo handled the mix up like a true professional. Got my group out with out any problems. Five (5) ******


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"rattlewood"


cburnsgolf1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

Great course. Staff is extra friendly. Rounds always under 4 hrs


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice course, friendly people"


cslongley's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

To be fair, pace of play was only an issue on holes 12-15 this day and really didn't bother us all that much. A course marshal was on the scene throughout and kept traffic moving along as well as can be expected on a Sunday afternoon. Fun place to play, good course conditions, only slightly more challenging from the blue tees. Based on value for the money; One of my favorite courses.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Staff cares about money over service"


Scumbo0729's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Decent valued course. Fairly open. Greens don't break as much as you think.<br/> TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!!!!!!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Great Course"


bdaerr's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really enjoyed the round. It has quite a bit of water and blind holes but its open enough that you dont get into to much trouble on bad shots.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"great draining course, interesting elevation changes"


vintagetuba's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/29/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I like mountain courses, and while this isn't extremely hilly, there are enough changes in elevation to make you think about club choices carefully. This is a course that beginners will enjoy, and not lose too many balls, while being a challenge to shoot a good score. In general, the holes are relatively short and you will get to hit a medium to short iron a lot. Reachable par 5's, and reasonable par 3 distances make it fair for the average hitter. The greens were at a medium speed when I played but it was right after a huge amount of rain. Nevertheless, the carts were only required to do the 90 degree rule and the course was not soggy at all. Excellent place yo remember after a lot of rain.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great running greens!!!"


Jay1018823's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good value and great staff! The greens looked like they were 'punched' recently, but they were running fast and pretty true!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good Course Fast Greens"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in good condition. However, the greens were lighting fast and aerated.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Ok"


Almiro9511818's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The entrance to the course needs to be better defined. It's a bit confusing.<br/> The parking is ok. Club house needs to be refurbished.<br/> The course is in a reasonable condition. The course of play was not really been monitored properly. A big sign should be posted so people need to keep either the pace or the group in front.<br/> This last item has been a problem on all the courses in the area.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Interesting elevation changes"


u000002458001's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in better shape than expected. Fairways drain well. Rough is not horrible. With a few exceptions, you can make a mistake without it killing you. Sometimes you are shooting blind unless you ride ahead to check out green locations. Very pretty course


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Course, great staff"


Emory5278383's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The staff was very friendly and the food was good and drinks were cold. Course was in really good shape. Greens were fast


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"BEWARE"


charlesg788's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Buatiful course big problem with payment<br/> I had a reservation thru golf now for 33 dollars a plyaer when I went to course they did not honer golf now prices even thou i had confirmation printed out they told me golf now cannot dictate rattlewoods prices it cost me an extra 13 dollars a player

So Be Careful with this course they dont abide by golf now pricing<br/> EXTREMELY UPSET !!!!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/06/2015

I would have called a few other places nearby and walked away if I could have found something else. If they were not willing to honor a printed reservation from Golfnow, they would have watched the extra $52, plus $132 I agreed to pay walk away. I would have had the person at the counter sign the printout in the event they tried to get money from my card too. I only played there once, but if they would have tried this on me, it would have been nonce. Too many other good courses within 20 minutes to be treated that way.


"Ok for almost spring"


Steven4893104's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For just having finished an awful winter the course itself was in decent shape. Pro shop, practice facility (such as it is) remains poor. Won't talk about bar, dining... Not open and still being rennovated? Paint can on the bar.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


Erica8886616's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/24/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course, friendly staff. We had a slow pace day


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Cool, well maybe even cold and breezy round, but a very nice course."


kgk1958's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Temps hovered right about 50 with a medium breeze to make it feel even a bit cooler. I have read a number of negative reviews of Rattlewood, but to be perfectly honest I did not see much wrong at all, greens were fast, firm, true. They also insured you paid plenty of attention any time you were above the hole. My playing partner did not mention any issues with her teeing areas, but I did notice a few were a little uneven. Fairways were in very good shape and the rough was, well he rough, tough even to be penalizing without being totally demoralizing. Staff was terrific, the group in front of us was a little slow, but we still played in 4 hours. Maybe not as scenic as Little Bennett, but not by that much and all in all a much more fair golf course. Little Bennett has way too many blind shots, not saying I will not give that L.B. another go someday.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good course"


CJSLICE's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is my 6th time playing here and it's still a good course to play. All hike are pretty straight forward and no big surprises.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Not a destination course"


hollanderc's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

We have played all the other Montgomery county courses and wanted to experience this one. We had a 40 minute drive but probably won't return. It's not as pretty or well maintained as Little Bennett (for a destination golf outing). My main issue was that there was not a level tee box on the entire course. The fairways and greens were in good condition. However, since Needwood, Laytonsville, Northwest and Hampshire Greens are all less than a 15 minute drive, I'll stick with those.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"The course is wonderful !"


Al2535832's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Can't wait to play it again The staff is very friendly, and The chicken salad is delicious !


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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