Course Reviews

The approach at the challenging 13th at Redgate
 1) Redgate Municipal Golf Course, Rockville, MD
Grizzly Golfer Rating: 6.5
Redgate Muni is a bang for your buck course.  The layout is good, especially for a municipal course, and you can expect fast play.  The greens fees are cheap and the course is in decent shape.  Nothing about this course will blow you away, but if you are looking for a good deal in the DC area, this is course you should consider.

2) South Riding Golf Course, Centerville, VA
Grizzly Golfer Rating: 4/10
South Riding in a dull course that will leave you wanting more.  While the course is kept in decent shape, the layout, scenery, pace of play and staff did little to merit a return visit.  The fact that the course is nearly an hour outside of the city and the greens fees were way too high, don't help much either.  I know you can find a better place to play for a better price.

#11 is a tough Par 3 at Whiskey Creek
3)  Whiskey Creek Golf Course, Ijamsville, MD
Grizzly Golfer Rating: 8.5/10

Whiskey Creek is as good as it gets in the D.C. Metro area.  Scenic views, a friendly staff, and an interesting, challenging, and unique layout await you at this Ernie Els gem.  The only downside about this course is its about 50 minutes outside of the city, but I guarantee that by the end of the first hole you will have forgotten about the drive and be totally swept about by this fantastic golf course. 

4) P.B. Dye, Ijamsville, MD
Grizzly Golfer Rating: 7.5/10
P.B. Dye is one tough course, but if you think you're up to it, give it a shot.  Be ready for big, fast greens, long approach shots and thick rough.  The layout is very good and the course is always in good shape.  Before paying full price though, take a look for deals online to save a pretty penny.

Foliage at its finest is on display at Bull Run
 5) Bull Run Golf Club, Haymarket, VA
Grizzly Golfer Rating: 7.5/10
The finishing hole at Bull Run is one of the holes in the D.C. area, and the rest of the course isn't far behind.  Miles outside the beltway, the fall foliage only adds to the beauty of the course.  There are well placed bunkers and water that force players to put a lot of thought into their lines, and clubs, which makes for a very interesting round. 

6) Ritz Carlton Golf Club: Dove Mountain, Marana, AZ
Grizzly Golfer Rating: 8/10
The Ritz Carlton course outside of Tucson, Arizonia is beautiful but poorly designed.  Even the immaculate conditions and the knowledge that I was playing at the site of the 2009/2010 Accenture Matchplay couldn't hide disguise the flat, boring layout. 

The scenery at the Gallery is second to none
Grizzly Golfer Rating:  9.25/10
The North Course at the Gallery Golf Club was home to the Accenture Matchplay in 2007 and 2008.  It is a fun and challenging course with stunning views and exceptional conditions.  Course designer Tom Lehman successfully incorporates the natural beauty of the course's surroundings, bringing into play the desert's sand and mountain's elevation and rocky terrain.