Potomac Shores Golf Club

3.5645294118 3.6 stars from 5 (76)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7020 yards
  • Slope: 144
  • Rating: 74.7
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7020 yards 74.7 144
Gold 72 6355 yards 71.6 137
Gold 72 6355 yards 78.4 150
Silver 72 5790 yards 68.9 132
Silver (W) 72 5790 yards 75.2 143
Jade 72 4940 yards 65.2 126
Jade (W) 72 4940 yards 70.4 133

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 3.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 76 Reviews
5 stars:
30
4 stars:
25
3 stars:
8
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

59 out of 76 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is in the 'burbs worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers locals a weekend splurge   Challenges include undulating greens bunkers elevation changes   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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mdburns90's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A Great Layout"


u119534810's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2019
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The layout of the course was demanding in club choices due to elevation changes. Blind shots required advance knowledge on the layout of the hold being played. The pictorial layout card was beneficial and you just needed to trust the yardages provided. Distances from green to tees was pleasant through the hills and dales travelled - definitely not a walking course!

Due to a deluge after hitting our last shot of the day off the #18 tee, my playing partner and I hurriedly gathered our gear to the care. Unbeknownst to me I forgot my cell phone in the cart compartment.

Travelling during the torrential rainstorm my playing partner received a text from my wife advising that Todd from the course called to advise of my found phone and that he would be available at least another hour. Using my partners phone I left a v-mail that I would retrieved the phone the next day.

I arrived at the course the following day and the phone was readily available to me. Mahalo Nui for the hospitality and demonstration of the meaning of Aloha!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Slow play. Not fun."


golfer12784's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

My Sunday morning round took just over 5 hours, and the ranger was no where to be found. We eventually called the pro shop, and the attendant, after venturing out onto the course, explained that there were a few slow groups ahead. That is, frankly, not good enough. We already knew that. The layout of this place already means the round is going to take a long time. It was also a crowded day. Those factors should mandate that the staff stay on top of pace of play and ask slow groups to speed up or skip a hole. Apparently, this is a common issue at Potomac Shores. The staff needs to do better or people will stop playing this course, especially at the premium prices typically charged.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



Larry9834884's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"New facilities"


Mper's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course will be stellar once complete. Looks like they have a ways to go.

Steps to T boxes, additional water sources on the course, more frequent visits from the cart person, construction debris still scattered around the course, club house still under construction. Will be awesome upon completion


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



"Really missed the mark"


u000005236221's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2019
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Reviewed on

I will preface this review by saying this used to be one of my favorite public tracks in the DMV, almost on Whiskey Creek level. However Potomac Shores is in a complete state of disarray right now. Heavy machinery on almost every hole on the back nine, the majority of fairway bunkers are ground under repair, multiple large “ground under repair” areas throughout the fairways and rough, and even the “repaired” areas around greens have significant sod seams resulting in some very tricky lies. IMO they shouldn’t even have golfers on this course right now. I really liked Potomac Shores the first few times I played there, but it’s looking like they need another 2-3 months before I will be giving them another $60-90. Hope you can get it fixed this season...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Not Again"


Chris7658185's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/02/2018
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Reviewed on

Third time playing this course. The first two times, I said I would never play there again. Now I am saying it for a third and final. All three, and one was during the week, were almost 5 1/2 hours!!!!!! I can deal with the free drop from bunkers because of redoing, the redoing of the fairways, the marshal driving the food cart because the employee didn’t show up, people wearing jeans and sweatpants, all good, it ain’t the 60s...... but over 5 hours and we were around the 8th tee time. All three, I was referred to the back of the scorecard where it says average time is 4 hours 35 min. In a time where golf courses are failing and they keep talking about pace of play, Troon should be ashamed of what they are doing to one of Jack’s designs. And here is the shame of it, the layout is great. It’s challenging and rewarding and fun to play. But after almost 3 hours for 9 holes, the course loses all character.

So, when you get that hall pass from your significant other and you want it to be a long one.....this is your place. Just be warned, it will be the longest of your life!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Not so Jack’s course"


u000001811323's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/11/2018
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Reviewed on

This course used to the one of the best, but now it is one of the worst. Not a single bunker was playable, greens were not maintained. We could not take cart on the course. I think management is using Jack Nicklaus name to charge more. Not playing here again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course



Jcovey88's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Difficult Track"


welsr's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Look at the slope ratings; they don’t lie.

Unfortunately, the course was not in great shape, but it’s been a very difficult growing season. Due to over 40” of rain this summer, the course was quite wet after a rainstorm two days before we played. Also, all bunkers had either standing water or a mud film over the sand surface; a lot of erosion of sand was noted. Forgivable bc of the recent rain and excessive rain over the summer.

I noted that the two fairway bunkers at the bend in fairway 18 look like the superintendent is allowing grass to take over.

The greens were great! Only a couple of bare spots. True roll, good speed, lots of undulations.

We play this course once every other year.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Poor Shape"


u000004163808's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/07/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Sprawling layout that is not walkable.

Nicklaus Signature, so you know it is a strong layout but something is way off given the condition of the course.

The bunkers are washed out and staff explained they will not be fixing them until they "fix them" in the offseason.

Greens are not healthy at all and not what you would expect given the tier 1/tier 2 cost for this area.

Not one to review but shocked the actual condition of this course is not on this site


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Fun Track"


u431216998's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/06/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course layout is great with interesting holes throughout. Clubhouse is great and everyone we meet was super friendly.

and its temporary but condition wasnt great. they just reopened fairways after replacing during summer and we were told they beginning a bunker refurbishment next week (very much needed and you will find sand during a round) and greens has some pace but clearly members didnt like repairing pitch marks.

Would recommend and we will be back but hope the condition of course would be better


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good experience, but painfully modern"


myuengert's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

The experience of golfing at Potomac Shores is excellent. Clubhouse is beautiful, staff is friendly and helpful, and the practice area is excellent. If these are the things you care about while golfing, you will not be disappointed.

The course itself is a mixed bag. There are certain holes that are interesting. Nicklaus uses angles and hazards to provide a strategically interesting test. I particularly liked the par 5 10th hole, which provides multiple routes to approach the hole location.

However, this is not a golf course. These are 18 individual holes on the same property, with nothing connecting them While this is common on modern courses, it leads to a painful experience, especially in terms of pace of play and overall enjoyment.

Conditions were pretty good, although the new bermuda fairways are still maturing, and were akin to playing from the second cut of rough.

An unwalkable course like this will never be my cup of tee, but the individual holes are good enough to justify the relatively high cost to play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



reecety22's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A great golfing experience"


Bob7197461's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Before I talk about the course I would like to acknowledge the”front of the house”. The bag drop crew , and pro shop staff were wonderful. They thanked us for choosing Potomac Shores and made sure that we were comfortable with the amenities. Practice range was excellent and my wife and I teed off on time. In short, the course is spectacular! The condition of the course for early May was superb. We live in South Carolina and there are only a few courses along the Grand Strand that compare favorably to this course. During our round, we met one of the course pro’s who couldn’t have been friendlier . He knew about our home course because his parents live in Conway SC. . What a great ambassador for the golf course! If you are in the area, don’t miss the chance to play this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Course"


Bombtech6316's avatar
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Virginia Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Played Potomac Shores on back to back days in above average winds. For early spring the course is in good not great shape. I could not give the course an Excellent rating like so many others due to the condition of the sand traps and having more than a handful of greens that have some turf issues. Really enjoyed playing off Bent grass fairways. Disappointed to hear that they will be replacing the Bent with Bermuda this summer but totally understand why they are doing this. I really enjoyed the challenging elevation changes throughout the course. Three of the Par 3 holes are some of the more challenging holes on the course. The Par 5 holes are set up to get some strokes back if you give up a few on the Par 3's I mentioned. Truly a course that you can score low on if you pick the appropriate club off the tee. Now they know the sand trap issues they have as they mentioned it when I said something at the end of the round. There is sand so be thankful of that but some of the traps do not drain well and ALL the traps need the be filtered of the rocks present in them. Some of the rocks were fist sized. For the price that should not be the case. As for the turf issues on some of the greens. Clearly the mowers get too close on some of the undulation in the greens. Along with that many of the edges near the first cut were showing signs of stress. Just not something you expect to see for the price nor for a Nicklaus Signature course. They have brand new carts so no issues there. The practice facility is nice. Grass on the driving range with a good size chipping and putting area. The putting green next to the clubhouse is attached to the 18th green which was pretty cool to see. Clubhouse is beautiful with fully stocked pro shop, great locker rooms and the restaurant has some tasty food. The staff is phenomenal. Form the bag drop to check in to the maintenance staff back to the bag drop again everyone was extremely friendly, professional and very helpful.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Tough Greens, Great Layout"


u939790558's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2018
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Reviewed on

My spring game was not ready for this challenging track. Conditions were good weather was great, my putter just didn’t show up. Always a great test of all your shots from tee to green.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"great course"


u974740517's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

last day for winter rates so $65 felt like a real bargain. weekend rates normally a bit steep, but this course goes on the medal stand for best public tracks in the dc area


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Top 3 DMV Course"


nfdorka's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love Potomac Shores. Have played it 6 times in all seasons and love the layout and condition. Last played Feb 2018 and greens/fairways were very reasonable for mid winter. I've played most the good DMV courses and this course is my favorite with Laurel Hill and Lansdowne. Challenging but fair


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



Tom5622616's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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