Editors' pick

Falls Road Golf Course

Golf Course
This heavily-used Montgomery County course underwent a full renovation in 2005.
(Montgomery County)
$20-$32 Monday-Thursday, $20-$40 Friday, $20-$55 Saturday-Sunday. Cart rental, $12.
301-299-5156
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Editorial Review

Though many of its holes are wide open and not particularly long, Falls Road Golf Course can provide plenty of obstacles if you're not an especially seasoned golfer. Take, for example, the first hole: a straightaway, 310-yard par 4. Sounds simple enough, right? But hook or slice your drive, and you'll suddenly find yourself in thigh-high grass. It's a problem you can encounter several times on the front nine, which feels a bit like the links-style courses in the game's homeland of Scotland.

The moral of the story: If you can find the fairways off the tee, you should be able to attack very large, forgiving greens. Overall, Falls Road has a rare quality in that it's a great place to play if you're just starting but also has a fun layout and enough challenging holes for the weekend warrior.

The clubhouse has a big bar and dining area for a post-round beer or burger, and tables with hot dogs, beer and snacks for sale sit just beyond the green of the par-3 ninth.

-- Brandon Weigel (June 15, 2012)