The three courses at East Potomac Park may not be the best conditioned or the most challenging, but you won't find a golf course anywhere else - in the D.C. area or beyond - that allows you to aim your tee shot at the Washington Monument.
With the breeze coming off the Potomac River and stunning views of the monuments, the Tidal Basin, the Naval War College and Fort McNair, East Potomac Golf Course occupies a slice of National Park Service land that is quintessentially Washington. It's convenient, too, mere minutes from downtown.
The 18-hole Blue Course is the park's most challenging. The course has wide fairways and bunkers clustered around the greens, making it an ideal layout if you shoot low and straight. Put your ball wide, however, and you'll face a tough recovery because of the mangy rough and the occasional mound of surplus bunker sand.
The nine-hole White Course offers golfers a chance to use a wide variety of clubs, from driver to wedge, while the nine-hole Red Course has all par 3s - and that's being generous. The shortest hole is a sand-wedge-worthy 64 yards, making it perfect for those who need to work on their short game. The clubhouse patio is among the most lively in the area, with golfers of all skill levels enjoying post-round (or even pre-round) pitchers of beer.
--Alex Baldinger (June 15, 2012)