Airports in Washington D.C. area offer many nearby golf courses
Chances are, if you're flying into Washington D.C., our nation's capital, you're either passing through as a normal citizen on your way to somewhere else or you're there to lobby for the pharmaceutical industry.
In any case, if you have enough of a layover, there are some nice golf options, from either of the two main area airports.
Dulles Airport, in Dulles, Va., has a dedicated access highway connecting to the Capital Beltway and I-66, only 26 miles from downtown D.C. Ronald Reagan National, in Arlington County, Va., is only four miles from downtown. Either way, here are some nearby golf courses to consider.
• The Congressional Country Club was founded in the 1920s by Washington D.C.'s political elite, though it has evolved into a more traditional, private club membership. The Blue course has hosted two U.S. Opens, a PGA Championship and was the site of the Kemper Open, which has since moved down the road to the TPC Avenel.
• The TPC at Avenel is the fifth club in the TPC network, a private, stadium golf facility, a touch more than 7,000 yards, in the rolling countryside of Potomac, Md. In 1992, the 472-yard 12th hole was ranked as the most difficult hole on the PGA Tour when the Chrysler Cup, now the Booz Allen Classic, was played there.
• Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club is an upscale, daily fee facility in the heart of Virginia's horse country. Rambling streams, stone walls, indigenous rock outcroppings, stacked-sod bunkers make the layout reminiscent of Scottish courses, with even some heather thrown in.
It's a Gary Player design with green fees in the $75 range. It plays at 7,191 yards from the back tees with a slope rating of 134.
Golf Magazine named it the best new course of 1999 in the area, and one newspaper called it the best public course in the D.C. area. The terrain wanders through acres of undeveloped meadows, ponds and woodlands.
• Westfields Golf Club in Clifton, Va. is a Fred Couples work in the rolling hills of northern Virginia, complete with a variety of water hazards, elevation changes, beech and oak trees and no houses.
It sports a 136 slope rating from the "Boom Boom" tees and green fees are from $59-104.
• The East Potomac Park Golf Course has three courses, named the Red, White and Blue. The Blue course is the only 18-holer, playing at 6,599 yards. The courses are tree-lined with some hills and water hazards, built in 1924 and short at 5,722 yards.
The facility has a driving range with two decks, 100 stalls and heating and lighting. Green fees are from $9-27.
July 18, 2006