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.
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