Westminster National Golf Course

3.9316235294 3.9 stars from 5 (70)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 5945 yards
  • Slope: 120
  • Rating: 69.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 70 Reviews
5 stars:
21
4 stars:
38
3 stars:
8
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

64 out of 70 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for locals advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include elevation changes water hazards undulating greens  

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


golfmandude's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course




uWXUR8751WX's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good value"


u000005255726's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course



elkhunter0606's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000008111907's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Another Good Experience"


u000002090999's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is the second time I have played this course this year and I enjoyed it both times. The greens are still trying to fully mature but everything else was in good shape.

The staff was friendly and helpful.

I will definitely be back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good layout"


Rseely1963's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played here last year and enjoyed it, so I decided to try it again. Enjoyed the day very much. Course was crowded, as it was the first nice day of the season. Pace of play was a little slow as a result - 4 1/2 hours - but not terrible. Greens had recently been aerated, so they were not as smooth, but they should recover quickly. Great hot dog at the turn. I will play it again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Enjoyed the layout"


u000002090999's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2018
First time playing Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing this course. Staff was very friendly and very helpful, detailing things I needed to know about the course. I really enjoyed the course. The hilly terrain made it interesting and challenging without being unfair. The course was in pretty good shape especially considering it was still February. I will definitely be back. I'm anxious to play it after Spring has sprung.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Hidden Jewel!"


jake4711's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Drive an extra few miles to enjoy a great layout, reasonably priced and open countryside for your viewing pleasure IF you have to wait in any tee box.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Car path only"


uWXUR8751WX's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/29/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had tee time at noon, about 42 degrees and cart path only. Needless to say no problem with pace of play. For this time of the year the course was in remarkable shape and greens in good playing condition. Overall the experience was very good and fun. Being a new VP subscriber made the experience more enjoyable paying less for the round. The club house pro was enjoyable to talk with and very thoughtful concerning my preround. Recommend this course anytime.


I recommend this course



cambosnic's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/20/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



stuball2203's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"A major plus"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape and pace of play was the bomb finished in 4 hours on the money


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


gilbertfong's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape. A course with many hills, and trees. Has several blind shots, water hazards, and doglegs. It has many tight holes, but also some wide open holes.This course isn't long but still challenging, and fun.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Hilly Course"


uWXUR8751WX's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had 2pm tee time. Was a foursome. Overall the course was in good shape from tee to green for this time of year. Had a enjoyable experience. Would recommend this course to any golfer who likes a challenge. The course is very hilly but fun. The club house and food was very good and the people who was running the place was engaging. A good place to play for the price.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Excellent as always"


u687882344's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Second time playing this course and won't be the last. A little short even from the back tee's, except for 2 par 3's of 200+, but none the less a fun course to play. Our round (4some) took about 4 hours on a holiday, never had to wait on a tee box, course In excellent shape as always. Greens did still show slight remains of prior weeks aeration but still rolled true and relatively quick after the morning dew dried.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Steep hills but a fun course"


nplazio2002's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

There are a few holes with very steep inclines so you must have ball control to play this course, or else plan on some hiking. All in all, it is a fun course to play and quite challenging for most players.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



dmb9954's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Worth the drive"


Roger8019099's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is 45 minutes from my home and I play there a few times a month. Pace of play on weekdays is usually very good. Course conditions are good with good tee boxes and fairways and smooth (although domed) greens. There is a wide variety of holes, some of which are rather challenging; but fair.

The crew in the pro shop are always friendly and helpful.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



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