Best golf courses: Around D.C. & Baltimore

The most notable course in Washington, D.C. is the Congressional Country Club, home to multiple U.S. Open championships and a sanctuary to U.S. Presidents, Senators, Congressman, top government officials, wealth creators, oil barons and other members of Washington's elite. On our golf trip across Baltimore and Washington DC we also visited a fabulous Stay & Play golf resort, The Golf Club at Lansdowne, home to two 18-holes championship courses created by world-renowned course designers Robert Trent Jones and Greg Norman. 

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Poellot & Els

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Washington, DC

Designer

J. Michael Poellot & Ernie Els
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Baltimore
Dye, Pete

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Visitors welcome

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Baltimore

Designer

Pete Dye
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Lee, Joe

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Washington, DC

Designer

Joe Lee
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Rsrt guests only
Washington, DC
Norman, Greg

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Rsrt guests only

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Washington, DC

Designer

Greg Norman
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Baltimore
Lee, Joe

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Baltimore

Designer

Joe Lee
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Couples & Bates

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Visitors welcome

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Washington, DC

Designer

Course designed by Gene Bates in consultation with Fred Couples.
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Baltimore
Ervin, Lindsay

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Visitors welcome

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Baltimore

Designer

Lindsay B. Ervin designed both the River and Lakes courses.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Baltimore
Foster, Keith

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Baltimore

Designer

Keith Foster

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Baltimore
Hook, Gus

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Baltimore

Designer

Gus Hook (Baltimore Parks Superintendent in the 1930s).

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

Designer

Brian T. Ault (of Ault, Clark & Associates).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Jacobson, Rick

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Washington, DC

Designer

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

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Washington, DC

Designer

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

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Washington, DC

Designer

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

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Washington, DC

Designer

Redesign of original nine-hole course and extension to 18 holes by Bob Cupp (1988).

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

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Visitors welcome

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Washington, DC

Designer

David Heatwole

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Rsrt guests only
Washington, DC
Jones, Robert Trent II

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Rsrt guests only

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Washington, DC

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

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

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Visitors welcome

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Washington, DC

Designer

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)

Nearest city

Washington, DC

Designer

Deane Beman & Bobby Weed

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

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Visitors welcome

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Washington, DC

Designer

Jeff Potts

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

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Washington, DC

Designer

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

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Washington, DC

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A Gary Player Signature Course
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Nicklaus, Jack

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Washington, DC

Designer

A Jack Nicklaus Signature Design
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Washington, DC
Dye, P.B.

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Visitors welcome

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Washington, DC

Designer

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

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Washington, DC

Designer

Walter Travis

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

Designer

P.B. Dye

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Baltimore
Fazio, Tom

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Private club

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Baltimore

Designer

Tom Fazio

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Baltimore
Tillinghast, A.W.

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Private club

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Baltimore

Designer

East course: original layout by A. W. Tillinghast (1926); modifications by Brian Silva (1991), and restoration by Keith Foster (2015).
West course: opened in 1962; redesigned by Bob Cupp and Tom Kite (1990); renovation by Keith Foster (2012).

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

Designer

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).

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

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Private club

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Washington, DC

Designer

Original design by Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1991); modifications by Kyle Phillips (2014).
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Washington, DC
Price & Smyers

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Private club

Nearest city

Washington, DC

Designer

Nick Price & Steve Smyers
Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Washington, DC
Ault-Clark & Love III

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Private club

Nearest city

Washington, DC

Designer

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

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