Course Spy: Whiskey Creek GC

The 195-yard, par-3 11th hole at Whiskey Creek.
Chris John/PDI

Service
You'll get red-carpet treatment from the parking lot to the pro shop, but as the first group out we played the back nine without flagsticks. "I haven't put them in yet," a greenskeeper told us. "But I can tell you where the holes are." Um,big help!

Pace of Play
The early bird gets around quickly, but everyone else can expect five hours. Walking is permitted, but long hauls from green to tee mean you should take a cart, and pray the course is dry enough to allow you to drive on the fairways.

Quality
Ernie Els consulted on the layout, and it has the easy flow of Ernie's swing. You won't find a bad hole. If you moved the greens and fairways to a high-priced country club, not even the pickiest member would complain.

Value
Nothing comes cheap around the Beltway, whether it's access to lawmakers or access to the links. Whiskey Creek costs more than the average public track, but around here that's par for the course.

Verdict
Pay it. Play it. Unless you've got a membership to Congressional Country Club, you simply won't do much better — in either value or course quality — within an hour's drive of D.C.

Whiskey Creek Golf Club
Ijamsville, Maryland
888-883-1174, whiskeycreekgolf.com
Greens fee: $83 Mon-Thurs, $99 Fri-Sun

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