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Washington, D.C. Golf Courses

As one of the most relaxing, yet exhilarating, ways to spend the day, golfing is popular for everyone from tourists to members of the senate. One of the most unique features about many of the golf courses in Washington, DC is their historic surroundings. Sweeping fairways offer unparalleled views for golfers to appreciate, such as the view of the Washington Monument from the East Potomac Park Golf Course or the views of the surrounding historic Civil War battlefields at the elite Bull Run Country Club. Due to golf’s popularity among the elite members of Washington, DC, it seems that almost every course is rated four stars. From golf clubs, like Westfields, that are designed by PGA Tour stars to golf courses that host the PGA, like the Tournament Players Club at Avenel, it’s safe to say that golfing in Washington, DC is as elite as it gets.

Bull Run Country Club

3520 James Madison Hwy., Haymarket, VA 20169; Tel. 703.753.7777
This course is just 15 minutes from Washington, DC, bordered by historical civil war battlefields. Utilizing the natural features of the 450 acres that the course resides upon, architect Rick Jacobson has a created a deceptively tough track featuring natural wetlands, trees and wildlife. The course plays 6,961 yards from the tips and is a perennial award-winner in numerous national golf publications. This four-star golf course offers green fees to the public in the $50-$90 range.

East Potomac Park Golf Course

Ohio Dr., Washington, DC 20024; Tel. 202.554.7660
This public course features an 18-hole championship course (6,303 yards) and a 9-hole Executive Course plus a 9-hole Par 3 course. Designed by Robert White and Walter Travis, this Washington, DC golf course first opened in 1920. The course is flat and fairly simple, with large bunkers and mature trees providing the hazards. The Washington Monument is the primary visible landmark at East Potomac Park. Green fees are in the $12-$25 range.

Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club

41601 Raspberry Dr., Leesburg, VA 20176; Tel. 703.779.2555
This four-star gem of a golf course is located in the Virginia countryside just three miles from Washington, DC. This Gary Player design opened in 1996, and has since challenged Washington, DC area golfers of all skill levels with its links-style design and cavernous bunkers. The course measures 7,191 yards from the tips, and if you're having trouble on this difficult course, there's also a hunt club on premises so you can shoot something other than a high score. Green fees are in the $65-$100 range and worth every penny.

The Tournament Players Club at Avenel - WashingtonDC.com Editor's Pick

10000 Oaklyn Dr., Potomac, MD 20854; Tel. 301.469.3700
Avenel is one of the premier stops on the PGA Tour, just minutes from downtown Washington, DC. Since its opening in 1986, this semi-private Washington, DC golf course has hosted numerous PGA Tour events including it's first, the 1986 Chrysler Cup, where Arnold Palmer aced the par-3, 239 yard third hole on consecutive days—a feat previously unaccomplished in the history of golf.

Westfields Golf Club

13940 Balmoral Greens Ave., Clifton, VA 20124; Tel. 703.631.3300
Designed by popular PGA Tour star Fred Couples and architect Gene Bates, this four-star Washington, DC golf course opened to the public in 1998. Just 20 miles from downtown Washington, DC, Westfields offers a natural golfing experience, as there are no homes or businesses near the course's fairways, just rolling woodlands as far as the eye can see. The course itself measures 6,897 yards from the tips and is in top condition from tee to green. Green fees are in the $50-$95 range, and the service at Westfields is rumored to be exceptional.