Best golf courses: Washington, DC

Washington, DC: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in and around this city. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key below for the rating definitions.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

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Visitors welcome

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Washington, DC

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Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Washington, DC
Emmet & Jones Sr.

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Private club

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Washington, DC

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BLUE course: Original design by Devereux Emmet (1924); later revisions by Tom Winton, Donald Ross & Alfred Tull. Substantially redesigned by Robert Trent Jones Sr (1957); renovation and further changes by Rees Jones (1989 & 2010).
GOLD course: original design by Devereux Emmet (1924); substantial redesign by uncle-nephew team of George & Tom Fazio (1976); renovated by Arthur Hills (2000).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Nicklaus, Jack

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Visitors welcome

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Washington, DC

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A Jack Nicklaus Signature Design
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Clark, Tom

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Washington, DC

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Thomas E. "Tom" Clark (of Ault, Clark & Associates)
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Lee, Joe

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Washington, DC

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Joe Lee
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Ault, Brian

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Visitors welcome

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Washington, DC

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Brian T. Ault (of Ault, Clark & Associates).
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Dye, P.B.

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P.B. Dye
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Jacobson, Rick

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Washington, DC

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Rick Jacobson
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Travis, Walter

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Washington, DC

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Walter Travis

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Washington, DC
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

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Washington, DC

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Original design by Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1991); modifications by Kyle Phillips (2014).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Love, Bill

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Washington, DC

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Bill Love

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Freeland, Tim

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Washington, DC

Designer

Tim Freeland
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Washington, DC
Ault-Clark & Love III

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Private club

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Washington, DC

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Original design by Ault-Clark Associates; redesigned by PGA Tour Design Services (2008).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Jackson, Tom

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Washington, DC

Designer

Tom Jackson
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
(Closed in 2017)
Washington, DC
Dye, P.B.

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(Closed in 2017)

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Washington, DC

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P.B. Dye

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Cupp, Robert

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Washington, DC

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Robert (Bob) Cupp
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Couples & Bates

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Washington, DC

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Course designed by Gene Bates in consultation with Fred Couples.
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Poellot & Els

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Washington, DC

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J. Michael Poellot & Ernie Els
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Rsrt guests only
Washington, DC
Norman, Greg

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Washington, DC

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Greg Norman
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Rsrt guests only
Washington, DC
RTJ II

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Rsrt guests only

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Washington, DC

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Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Heatwole, David

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Washington, DC

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David Heatwole

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Jacobson, Rick

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Washington, DC

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Rick Jacobson
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
(Closed in 2017)
Washington, DC
Beman & Weed

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(Closed in 2017)

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Washington, DC

Designer

Deane Beman & Bobby Weed

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Washington, DC
Price & Smyers

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Private club

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Washington, DC

Designer

Nick Price & Steve Smyers
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Potts, Jeff

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Washington, DC

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Jeff Potts

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Hills, Arthur

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Washington, DC

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An Arthur Hills Signature Design
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Player, Gary

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Visitors welcome

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Washington, DC

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A Gary Player Signature Course

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