Since opening its emerald alleyways in 1956, Woodlawn Golf Club's semiprivate, 18-hole course has tested the skills of all golfers, from greenhorns to green jacket holders. Featuring undulated bentgrass fairways cleaved through rows of mature trees, the par 71 course spans 5,943 yards and culminates at small, contoured greens known for their speed. Numerous water hazards, strategically placed bunkers, and thickheaded squirrels entering hibernation work in unison to lure errant golf balls as they attempt to circumnavigate the course.
Course at a Glance:
Course length: 5,943 yards
Course rating: 69.1
Slope rating: 118
Three sets of tee boxes
At Quarry Ridge, golfers work on a full bag of golf skills, ranging from miniature course tap-ins to 300-yard wallops on the driving range to shot-making selections on the 9-hole executive course. Six out of nine holes on the executive course measure less than 300 yards, demanding accuracy over rocket-fueled golf balls on six par 4s and three par 3s. If players want to add distance to their drives or hone shorter shots, they can log some practice time on the lighted driving range, complete with both grass tees and covered mats. Nearby, a miniature-golf course invites all ages of putters to roll golf balls over the 18-hole layout while laying chase to the par of 54.
Draped over gently undulating terrain peppered with mature trees, Cherrywood Golf Club’s nine-hole course beckons to clubbers with 2,765 yards of immaculate greenery. Between holes, wooden fences emerge from the emerald ground, adding a rustic sense to the par 35 course as duffers swing toward distant greens or attempt to divot their way to the center of the Earth. A time-efficient nine-hole round allows golfers to squeeze in some pin-hunting after work or late in the afternoon, and those looking for a full round can loop the links twice for an 18-hole excursion that will allow them to retrieve disoriented tees the second time around.
The sinuous fairways of Whiteford Valley Golf Club's stretch across two 18-hole and one 9-hole championship-caliber courses, which roam across a rolling, emerald expanse dotted with creeks, ponds, and mature timbers. The east course, which houses the Foot-Golf course, tunnels through stands of towering trees, placing accurate tee shots and a familiarity with squirrel vernacular at a premium. The north course likewise rolls across hilly, tree-lined terrain, though water hazards play a more prominent role throughout, made evident by the first green, which is entirely fringed by a rippling pond.
Long hitters or golfers trying to make amends to recently neglected drivers can take to the west course, which packs dense tree lines into the Club's longest layout, at 7,016 yards.