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“Ridiculously Inexpensive -- Solid Course” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Frederik Golf Club

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Frederik Golf Club
Lovettsville, Virginia
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“Ridiculously Inexpensive -- Solid Course”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

First, the disclosures:
- 18-20 handicapper
- I prefer cheap tracks w/ no dress code.
- I usually walk, and I'm a sucker for scenery.

I've played here about 100 times, and I can't believe they only charge $8 to walk as many holes as you want on a weekday. It's $23 to play 18 with a cart on weekends. So, why so cheap?
- It's pretty short. A typical par 4 is about 300 yds, par 3 is 120, and the only par 5 is about 440.
- It's easy. On nearly all par 4's, just hit your driver as hard as you can. Left, right, or middle -- it's all good.
- The fairway and rough grass is basically as god made it.

It also has 'quirks' that are charming to me (I've played it a bunch), but would be maddening to a 1st timer:
- The distances on the scorecard are absolute fiction. If you knock about 10% off each number, you probably got it.
- The scorecard is nearly worthless. There's no course map, and none of the three 9-hole-courses are marked.
- The holes themselves have only "1 - par 4". (No picture, nothing saying which 9 you're playing, no yardage)
- It's impossible to know how to get to the next hole without just guessing and checking.

Now, all that said, it's 5-stars because:
- The greens are very well kept. All the sins of a cheapo golf course are forgiven when the greens are fair.
- It's beautiful. S. Maryland is very underrated for how beautiful it is, and this course shows the rolling countryside.
- Folks are friendly, and they stay open even when it's cold.
- You've got a legitimate shot at birdie -- or even eagle -- on every hole.
- You can play a super easy 9, and pretty easy 9, or a 9 that's like a normal course.

Visited March 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Golf elitists won't like it, but it is fine for the rest of us!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

If you buy new clubs every year, must spend $50 or more on green fees, only play on courses straight out of Golf Digest, and expect to be pampered hand and foot while playing, this is not the place for you.

HOWEVER, if you just want to go out and have fun, where you are not focused on the score but on having fun chasing the little white ball all over the place, this is the place!

You can't beat the price - A 27 hole course with unlimited play (walking) for $10.25 (or $8 twilight!). The price with cart is still very reasonable.

It is a "pasture" type course, not a huge variation in landscape or hole layout, but that makes it easy to walk. A great place for a beginners, families, or more experienced golfers who want to experiment.

Fairway and greens conditions vary with the weather, but for the price one can tolerate a lot. The staff is very nice and friendly. The only drawback is no driving range, but at these prices you can't have everything.

No reserved tee times, it is first come first serve, but with a choice of two different holes to start from there is rarely wait. There are no course marshals but play seems to move fast. The folks who play here are friendly - after all, they are there for fun and not to show of their golf skills (grin), and frequently let solo golfers play through..

It is a very short drive from downtown Frederick and the hotels in/around the city. On a nice day, for an easy, low key round of golf, it is well worth it. Overall a nice, friendly place to play!

Visited September 2012
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