POOLESVILLE, Md. — The first thing you notice on the drive to Poolesville Golf Course is just how remote it feels. If you’re the type of golfer who enjoys really getting away from the bustle of the city, it’s hard to find a course that feels as detached from fast-paced D.C. life.
The next thing you notice is that this is a tough course. Playing it for the first time, nearly everything that could go wrong did, as I posted one of my worst scores since college (94). Meanwhile Jake, who knows the course well, went on to shoot a 119. It was not our finest effort.
Many courses boast some measure of trees, but find them at Poolesville and you may cost yourself multiple strokes. Rather than the scoring opportunities they are on some courses, the par 5s are nothing but trouble. And the greens took nearly the entire round to get a feel for.
If you’re looking for a surprising challenge at public course prices, Poolesville can be a humbling trip around the links.
I consider Poolesville my home course, but you wouldn’t know it if you took a look at my score card (I shot a 119). I love playing this course — maybe that’s why I took so many shots.
If you’re the casual golfer/hacker like me, I think you’ll like it. There aren’t too many hazards and the fairways are wide open except for a few holes. Just remember to take your medicine if you hit it in the trees.
I had my signature “blow up hole” on #4. It’s a par 4 and only 376 yards from the white tees, with woods on the left, trees on the right. I took an 11 because I didn’t take my medicine and tried to hit a hero shot through the trees. And to make up for that ‘Tin Cup’ moment, I putted poorly.
If you have trouble hitting it over water, the par three on #8 will be a challenge but it’s a nice hole — even though I took a 7. Overall, Poolesville is a good course for the casual player. Give it a shot — or, if you play like me, MANY shots.