College Park Maryland Golf Courses

Paint Branch Golf Course
University of Maryland Golf Course

Featured Golf Course Review:
University of Maryland Golf Course -- 4 stars if not 4 the 'modified' greens
Review by: Mike If it weren't for the greens, this would be a 4 or 4.5. Excellent clubhouse and locker rooms, course is well maintained. Hilly course that is longer than most, but not too long. No short par 4s here, save for two, one a blind dogleg left, the other a blind downhiller, both around 360 from the white tees. Most fairways bordered by very large, very old and very well established trees, but fairways not so narrow as to be unfair for average players, but you pay a price for missing the short grass. Water on several holes including a couple of tee shot carries. Greens relatively small, accuracy is important. 12 greens were modified in 2003 for better drainage. Modification basically involved digging deep grooves, about 1/2 inch wide, into the green and then filling them with a special silica sand. These troughs act like indented speed bumps and are impossible to putt well. While I am sure this was done with best intentions, it has essentially made 12 greens virtually unplayable. Hopefully grass will eventually grow over them or they will realize the mistake and fix the greens.
From MD

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VFW Country Club -- A good short game needed
Review by: Paul Carpenter If you think because it is a 9 hole course and easy you better stay home. The best in the area all have admitted that they walked off the 18th knowing they had a challenge. Don't feel bad about 3 putted. You can come back and get revenge. I did and went from 49 putts to 31 and felt I had a good game. Each hole has it's own tricks. Play with someone who knows the course. I'll be glad to go back any day. Highest score was 97 lowest 76. You tell me what happened. Chipping and putting. Good luck to all.
From Albany, NY