The sun has just broken over the lush trees guarding Falls Road’s sloping hills, and Mike Kenny has already revolutionized his student’s short game. It’s PGA professionals like Mike who dedicate their time and energy to teaching novice golfers how to drive and experienced golfers how to better chew wood like a beaver. They instruct their students at one of Montgomery County Golf’s nine courses, offering classes for beginners, plus specialty clinics for adults and camps for juniors. Each teacher at every course champions his or her individual method of instruction. Mick, for example, uses a step-by-step process to thoroughly improve putting, chipping, pitching, and eliminating wasted strokes.
The white pillars and wrap-around porch of the Worthington Manor Golf Club's colonial-style clubhouse greet guests as they arrive to the club, which serves as an elegant gatekeeper to the luxurious grounds. Stealing a peek at the course
is worth a visit in itself, as bent-grass tees, fairways, and greens unfurl amid a rolling patchwork of wetlands and woods. But the course offers more than cosmetic appeal, as evidenced by its perennial role as a host to events such as the U.S. Open Qualifier, U.S. Amateur Qualifier, and the U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier. The par-72 circuit measures a fierce 7,034 yards from the tips, but offers four tee options to cater to golfers across the handicap spectrum.
The Club's practice facilities include a natural grass driving range that nestles in the shadows of an old barn-like structure, which helps golfers reminisce about the days when clubs had fun names, like "mashie niblick." The club also hosts private and group instruction to help players improve in all facets of the game, from chipping and putting to not pronouncing the E at the end of "fore."
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 7,034 yards from the tips
Course rating of 74.4 from the tips
Slope rating of 144 from the tips
Four tee options
As the son of a couple famed for their course designs, P.B. Dye works hard to honor his heritage. To create PB Dye Golf Club, he spent 120 days on the grounds, working the bulldozer himself and instilling the fairways with the sweat and tears that has filled Dye water hazards for generations. Likewise, the course itself honors the attributes of the land on which it stands. Sharing its 6,724 yards from the back tees, the 18-hole course also acts as an Audobon International Cooperative sanctuary, serving as a safe haven for the D.C. area's abundant wildlife.
Doing well in sports is all a matter of practice and golf is no exception. At Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, practicing golf is easy and fun.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.