On its perch high atop Prospect Hill, the resplendent manor house stands overlooking the 18 holes of Glenn Dale Golf Club as they unfurl outward among rolling hills and dense foliage. Though the house has been there since 1742, it wasn't until 1956 that the course was carved around the base of the mount. Terrell Brazelton oversaw the building of the course using a design by George Cobb, who later became the resident architect at Augusta National Golf Club and the author of many of its architectural renovations.
Today, golfers find their short games put to the test by dramatically sloped greens, a difficulty encountered by many top players when the course hosted a U.S. Open Qualifier in 1994 and just one player broke par. As players herd their golf balls throughout the course, they tread over land steeped in American history. The fairways and greens reside on a tract that once served as a meeting place for Native Americans.
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Owners Denise D'Amour and Laurie Morin preside over a knowledgeable staff at Capitol Hill Bikes as they cultivate a welcoming environment where pedalers of all skill levels stock up on apparel and gear. Wheel-wielders peruse a rainbow of options to select the Incredibell Jellibell ringer that best matches their helmet and harmonizes with personal cycling shanties ($15.99). The Planet Bike Eco Rack ($33.99) serves as an ideal stashing spot for ungainly packs or congratulations for land-speed records displayed on the large screen of the Cat Eye Strada ($42.99). Road-ready bicycles ($150–$1,999) from Bianchi, Linus, and a host of other designers get patrons out into fresh air and away from change-embezzling sofas.
Run by three generations of DC locals, Bike and Roll sends pedalers into the nation's modern and historical capitol. Sightseers are outfitted with ETs with maps so they can undertake self-guided tours along the National Mall, which is lousy with landmarks. To break with the hustle—and should one be so inclined, the bustle—cyclists can explore one of the city’s many meandering bike paths including the Capital Crescent Trail and Rock Creek Trail. The company’s line of tandem bikes and Trek comfort hybrids make for smooth rides along the flat terrain of the capital.
For a more itineraried experience, guided tours spirit groups through the historic sights. Local story-tellers regale cyclists with tales about the Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, the White House, and Mount Vernon, the home where George Washington lived after hatching from the egg incubated in the Statue of Liberty's torch.