Westminster National Golf Course

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4.0
75
5 Stars
23
4 Stars
41
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.6
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.5
91.8%
Recommend this course
69 out of 75 reviews
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Average Rating
4.3
12
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.8
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.5
91.7%
Recommend this course
11 out of 12 reviews
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Average Rating
4.2
19
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.7
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.4
94.7%
Recommend this course
18 out of 19 reviews
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Holes 18
Par 71
Length 5945
Slope 120
Rating 69.2
Type Public
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Westminster National Golf Club
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 5945 yards 69.2 120
White 71 5753 yards 68.3 117
Gold 71 5241 yards 66.0 110
Red (W) 72 4881 yards 67.5 115
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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: 69.2/120 530 203 315 353 205 312 486 145 464 3013 390 355 141 327 318 322 405 150 524 2932 5945
White M: 68.1/118 526 171 310 344 200 305 474 141 455 2926 381 343 131 322 312 312 393 141 492 2827 5753
Gold M: 66.3/110 482 120 260 334 151 283 446 125 439 2640 360 300 110 282 299 285 379 124 462 2601 5241
Red W: 64.5/107 472 115 249 327 141 271 397 115 352 2439 346 292 93 254 293 263 368 113 420 2442 4881
Handicap 5 9 17 11 1 15 3 13 7 6 8 18 10 16 12 4 14 2
Par 5 3 4 4 3 4 5 3 5 36 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 5 35 71

Course Details

Year Built 1989
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Best of Lists

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Maryland (2016 #5)

Reviews

4.0
75

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 16
Water Hazards 12
Undulating Greens 10
This course/club is great for:
Locals 17
Advanced Golfers 8
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 12
In the 'Burbs 10
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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Awesome condition

First time there and we've had record rain but course was in great condition. Got a hot deal for about $20 and well worth it. I will be going back this year for sure.

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

Not told about league play

I was not told that a league was playing. I was sent out as a single and sandwiched between league groups. Play was extremely slow and not fun. No marshalls were around to help me to play through or monitor the pace. It would have been better to have blocked the tee time or at a minimum inform me or offer me a rain check. Not happy.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Hot

Played today over 90 degrees. Not to many players out. The maintenance crews were out taking care of business but not interfering with our play. For this time of year the course was very playable and greens in decent shape. Overall experience was very good and will play again at this course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good course fir the money

It’s always fun playing this course. I like the layout. It’s an affordable course to play around here. But it was crowded and it took 5 and 1/2 hours to play! Too long! It was hot and there was only one place to get water on the whole course. There are no cart persons or rangers to help give drinks or snacks on the course. But that is probably why the price is reasonable. It’s not always that crowded and slow.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

One of my favorite courses within 50 miles from me, great layout and conditions. Not a very challenging course but still all as much fun. Would recommend checking it out if you haven’t played.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Unique Gem in the Country: Short, Tight, Undulating, and Scenic

At a mere 45 minute drive from Baltimore City and just over an hour from the Rockville area, this lesser-known course in Northern/Central MD is well-worth the trip. Westminster National is inexpensive, rarely crowded, has a kind down-to-earth staff, an interesting and challenging layout, and is usually in good shape (you won't find lightning-quick greens here on the average day, but you'll be thankful for it). The only cons that can be found are that it takes a bit of experience to know where to play your shots, the course is somewhat secluded, and some people don't like the small "turtleback" greens (however I actually like that feature, as the small greens make the short course more challenging). Also- WALKERS TAKE NOTE, the course is very difficult to walk, especially using a push cart. It is extremely hilly terrain, and there are a couple of longer walks between holes. I have walked this course dozens of times, but it is a bear for sure.

As my title suggests, Westminster National is a completely unique golf course and therefore has gained both die-hard fans and some critics. To many (myself included), this course is an excellent test of course management, patience, accuracy, and the short game. What the course lacks in length and bunkering, it makes up for in a layout that demands accuracy. Some golfers (mostly first-time visitors) claim the course is quite tricky, almost unfairly so, with tight fairways, small greens, blind doglegs, and many holes where just a slight miss in the wrong spot is disastrous. Typically though, after several rounds (or when playing with someone who knows the course well), the course becomes much easier to navigate.

The photo may not look like the weather was "perfect" on my most recent outing to Westminster National, but I challenge anyone to find a better setting for golf than these conditions yesterday. It was misty and had rained the night before, and the greens were on the slower side but lush and smooth (one benefit of the course I've yet to mention is that it drains extremely quickly, so playing this course during or soon after a heavy rain is more do-able than at other courses). There was little to no wind, it was about 62 degrees, and there was a general mystic look to the course and the surrounding countryside (see pics). There were probably less than 30 people total on the course, and my twosome never saw a group ahead of us or behind us. It had rained multiple inches the night before, and while the carts were restricted to paths, the course was not sloppy or muddy whatsoever.

I recommend this course based solely on the value and scenery, but I bet that first-time players will come back for the golf as well. Westminster National is one of my favorites in central Maryland!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good value

The course needs some work but you get what you pay for.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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