Rock Creek Public Golf Course

3.4285714286 3.4 stars from 5 (2)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 65
  • Length: 4951 yards
  • Slope: 107
  • Rating: 63.9
  • Layout


Carts: Yes - $16
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes


Driving range: No
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "GolfDC Academy"


Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 65 4951 yards 63.9 107
White (W) 65 4951 yards 68.6 116
Red 65 4559 yards 66.9 97
Red (W) 65 4559 yards 66.4 111
Yellow Family 65 3680 yards N/A N/A

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 1.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 2 Reviews
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recommend this course

1 out of 2 reviews


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Overall Rating
Type of Golfer

"Quiet course in the middle of the city . . . Could use some updates to the facilities"

MP6534's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2016
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

If you are looking for an affordable 18 holes of golf with some challenging holes, this is a great course. The front nine is wide open with long fairways. The back nine provides a different challenge with narrow fairways bounded by the woods. It's beautiful year round, but especially in the fall when the leaves are changing (beware the fact that the leaves will be all over the greens . . . see photo). For the most part, its far quieter than the other public courses in DC, with an older demographic. The facilities could use some updates - the pro shop is rather disappointing, they don't have a full concession stand, and the bathrooms could use some work. It is, however, an awesome mid-century building, so with some TLC it could be an outstanding facility. Also- it's literally just off all of the 16th street routes, so for those without a car, or who don't want to drive inside the city, it's quite accessible by public transportation.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate

I recommend this course

"Summer Heat and Bad Irrigation"

stevieyo's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2013
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I had been warned about the conditions at Rock Creek Park Golf Course before I played, but living in the nation's capitol at the time, I felt compelled to play it at least once. Unfortunately for me, the course was in terrible shape. The greens, fairways and tee boxes were scorched by the summer heat leaving everything a straw brown/golden color even in late September while the rough was still lush and green.

The course itself had some fun challenges as it dips in and out of Rock Creek Park, but those challenges didn't make up for the course conditions. I've heard that since Rock Creek Park Golf Course is on federal lands, there are restrictions in place regarding how much the course can be altered. Suffice it to say that it is not properly irrigated and after a summer of extreme heat, the course is in pretty bad shape.

I will probably play again, and on the recommendation of friends, will try to play in the spring when the ground is in much better condition.

Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate

I don't recommend this course

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