Editors' pick

Enterprise Golf Course

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Editorial Review

Before playing at Mitchellville's Enterprise Golf Course, make sure to pack your hybrid irons and fairway woods to cope with the trio of 500-plus-yard (and that's not even from the back tees) par 5s. Also pack your patience, because if there's one knock on the Prince George's County municipal course, it's that course congestion and the overall difficulty of the layout can make for rounds occasionally lasting five hours or more.

That's not always a bad thing. The leisurely pace makes Enterprise among the more social courses in the area, perfect for group outings, birthdays and other occasions where the pace of play isn't as important as the quality time spent among your golf partners. (Related: The snack bar's beers are among the area's cheapest, with four domestic beers just $11, or $13 for imports.)

The back nine is where the course's layout begins to assert itself. Water plays a prominent role on the course-highlight 11th, which requires golfers to hit a tee shot over a fountain in the middle of a circular pond before the fairway bends severely to the left. At 473 yards, the par-5 14th hole (the shortest of the course's four par 5s) offers an excellent birdie opportunity for even average players. And the 16th hole begins with an elevated tee shot through a tree-lined alley before opening up to a fairway that swerves to the right.

-- Alex Baldinger (June 15, 2012)