The par-4 6th hole demands a middle-of- the-road strategy with danger lurking too far left and right.
Steve Uzzell
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Upper Marlboro, MD.
7,230 yards, par 72
Reservations: 301-574-3330
Cost: $80-$95

Top-notch public golf courses in the Washington D.C. area are about as rare as politicians who have nothing to hide, but Lake Presidential Golf Club represents change we can all believe in.

\nLocated 20 miles southeast of the White House and equidistant from D.C. and Annapolis, the course is a dream for Beltway golfers starved of quality options: a spirited design with an affordable price tag.

\nLake Presidential is a creation of Landmark Land Company, the developers who gave us Kiawah Island, PGA West and La Quinta, among others.

\nEarly returns give the layout high marks for beauty and shotmaking demands. The walker-friendly layout is draped across wooded terrain streaked with streams, and both the rugged 225-yard, par-3 9th and the risk/reward 515-yard, par-5 18th tangle with the course's namesake lake.

\n Most votes for "best hole" will go to the 570-yard 8th, which features a narrow tee shot and a green guarded by a bunker and the lake. This may be the only Presidential newcomer of '08 that everyone agrees on.

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