I don't know how anyone could consider Columbia with less than 5 stars. It is one of two premier Country clubs in Montgomery County trailing only Congressional (although many would argue that!).
Members include Tony Kornheiser and Arch Campbell among the celebrity crowd and many power brokers of DC as well as two five star generals through the years. Some of the elite amateurs in the country play here including Marty West.
The golf course is among the elite in the Washington area. I would only put it behind the blue course at Congressional in Montgomery County, ahead of Four Streams, Woodmont, Chevy Chase, and the Congressional Gold course. #16 is a short Par 3 that legend has it inspired Bobby Jones when he created #12 at Augusta and may be the most beautiful hole in metro DC with #18 at Congressional. It is one of two courses to host a US Open in Montgomery County. In 1921 Jim Barnes won, beating a field that included Bobby Jones.
This review is only for their events:
Columbia Country Club does a pretty stand-up job with large parties. I generally host quarterly dinners here for my company with about 40-55 people total.
The grounds are very nice and the clubhouse has the feel of old money exclusivity. We have used two of their larger private rooms for our dinner presentations and all evenings have run smoothly.
They do have microphone and projector screen on-hand. The events are never understaffed and dinner service and passed apps always move in a timely fashion.
The food is decent for larger events. The past apps are really good, I'd suggest the bbq chicken cups and coconut fried shrimp. The entrees are standard and mediocre which is common for groups over 20 at all venues with the beef being slightly above average and the crab cakes slightly below. The food always arrives promptly on my timeline which is key in our business meetings.
The main ballroom, I think, is best for business/corporate events. Although, classy with a pretty patio attached, the ceilings are low and it doesn't have a real WOW factor for a wedding.
Very little direction is needed here and this club truly is a "yes" club.
Parking can be an issue if there are multiple events on your evening, valet is available if there is an attendant on-hand. Jackets are required for men after either 4 or 5pm and there is also a no cellphone policy.
I went here for a wedding and was impressed with the classy decor and the catering services. You have a nice view of the golf course where they had a crepe appetizer station set up. The bartenders were quite friendly with their pours and they carried Myers rum instead of the standard Bacardi. The decor of the reception was well done and the catering staff was very professional and efficient. The bathrooms are uber fancy which is always key when deciding a wedding venue! J/K. There is ample space in the reception room for a band and the dance floor can fit a good amount of people.