Excellent course for price, location, and condition. It's in excellent shape for a municipal golf course. For us Arlington folks, it's probably the closest, reasonably-priced golf course that provides a decent challenge. It's a good one to play regularly. It's rather quirky so not recommended for a one-off. But it's fun to get to know. I've played here off and on since I was in college 20 years ago. A few years back, the course conditions improved greatly. They must have got a new greenskeeper around then. It's a good walk too - nice and hilly. Take a cart if you're out of shape. ;0)
When I think of standards in how courses should be measured, Pohick bay should be scratching the surface, but alas....it is just not to be. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the track. It's a challenging layout that favors blind tee shots, dog legs, long par 5's and really skillful shot making. The fairways and Greens are skillfully maintained by the staff, NOT the players.
My concern for the course is in the details. First off, it's a pricey round.
Second, there isn't much in the amenities department, including a capable range. This nice a course should not have driving mats on its driving range, that's just my opinion. When I'm forking over a Benjamin for Golf and food on a lazy Sunday, it's nice to know that I can get in early and get a full practice on, complete with bunkers, chipping stands and a real grass lined range.
Third, it took ALL DAY to get around. We waited on every Tee box for an average of about ten minutes. I don't know how it gets so crammed. East Potomac park in DC runs faster than this, and they get close to three times as much traffic.
I had a great round here, so I really like the course. It's just a time and money commitment that I don't like making often.
Great course, brain over brawn for sure. From tee to green your playing defense with only a couple of holes that allow for a careless shot. Holes 11,12 and 13 are wonderful and if you can play them well you will preserve your score. The finishing hole is tricky, the approach is challenging with birdie possible, bogey likely.
If you need to tighten up your game this is for you. Break 80 here, you can play...
Great layout, very challenging, despite the tips only being 6300 yards. My problem is with the crowds and the lack of marshal. There doesnt seem to be a marshal out doing much of anything. This past Saturday, we quit after 5 hours and 15 holes, only to eventually find that two foursomes joined up with each other a couple holes ahead, which was why were being held up. No course, even the most lax private course, would allow an 8-some to play. I may be back, but not on a weekend.
I enjoy this course very much. Staff and food is great, and the course is superb and challenging. The only drawback is price, I wish it were less expensive, but don't we all wish for things like that?