Rustling leaves and whistling winds serve as the sole distractions for golfers playing through Cameron Hills Golf Links' 18-hole course. Designed so that no fairway would lay adjacent to another, the course prevents disruptions from impeding the flow of the game. Players need all the concentration they can muster to conquer the 6,603-yard course that’s littered with bunkers and pitfalls. The signature 9th hole challenges a golfer to drive 160 yards in the initial swing, setting up another 100-yard shot that requires precise aim. If the shot is too long, it will drift out of bounds; too short, and it will fall into a ravine filled with water, creating a shot nearly impossible to make without soaking one's shoes or draining the water one hat scoop at a time.
Course at a Glance
Hilltop Golf Club’s 9-hole, par 31 course lets clubbers hack their way through 2,268 yards of elevated Virginia countryside. Architect Lindsay Bruce Ervin modeled aspects of the executive course after traditional Scottish links, populating the course with berms, pot bunkers, and thick fescue grass that whisper Gaelic folk songs into the wind. The course climbs from an elevation of 80 feet to 240 feet, with crests giving way to sweeping vistas of the Potomac River and the Maryland shoreline. Five par 3s make each round a worthy investment for clubbers still seeking their first hole-in-one, while four par 4s allow players to unsheathe their drivers. The Club’s practice facilities include two practice greens—one for chipping and one for putting—and a multi-tiered driving range with 68 hitting bays, many of which are covered and heated to protect swingers from inclement weather or pelicans eating sunflowers overhead.
Course at a Glance:
Club-swingers at Heritage Shores Club launch aerodynamic orbs over 7,000 yards of greens and fairways, aiming to shoot a par 72. The Arthur Hills–designed course is built to be both challenging and fun, with water flanking many shots, bunkers creeping just out of view, and clowns waiting in the bushes to juggle lost balls. Five varying tees dot the start of each hole, making rounds customizable according to skill level and preference, and building in variation for future visits. Pairs and foursomes follow their mini globes in carts, gliding over the course's undulating fairways and celebrating good shots by steering donuts on well-manicured greens.
Queenfield Golf Club’s secluded championship-length course unfurls across 6,783 yards of immaculate greens and arbor-lined fairways kissed by wetland water hazards. To facilitate fruitful practice sessions, the club’s greens-keeping gurus overseed its 20-station driving range, maintaining a natural grass surface that cradles practice balls like an organic velvet carpet. Golfers traverse the course’s emerald corridors astride a golf cart, which helps transport them safely from each tee box to the large, bent grass greens. A relatively difficult course when played from the tips, Queenfield tempers its challenging nature with a generous layout of five tees, making the grassy monolith surmountable for players of all abilities and those who prefer to use billiards balls instead of golf balls. A practice bunker, pitching green, and putting green round out Queenfield’s array of duffer-friendly refinements, helping players hone all aspects of their game and rehearse dropping to their knees in jubilation after sinking a stunning double-bogey putt.
Garnering praise as one of Golf Digests' Best New Courses of 2006, King Carter Golf Club's 18-hole course stretches across 6,818 yards of rolling fairways and well-groomed greens. Golfing pairs can vault their spheres over watery traps, skirt them around sand-filled bunkers, and juggle them when no one is looking while attempting to finish under the par of 71. Tees for each hole are scattered at several different lengths, with championship tees utilizing the full length of the course for challenging long drives, and shorter family-oriented for those who prefer a chip-and-putt style of play. The rental cart minimizes leg strain for a stronger stance, and duos can clink sandwiches and toast to a game well played during the included lunch.