Nine-Holers: Fitting Half a Round into a Full Life
Don't have time for 18 holes very often? Neither do we.
Happily, the Washington area offers a number of courses with only nine holes, making them good for beginners, families or those who don't have the time, money or desire for a full round. All are walkable; many are first-come, first-served. Many cost around a buck a hole when played on foot. Better still, two of them -- Hilltop and Broad Run, in list below -- are as well designed as many 18-holers, and will challenge even very good players.
All courses listed here are shown on the map appearing on pages H4 and H5.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
East Potomac Park (972 Ohio Dr. SW 20024; 202-554-7660, http:/
Gunpowder Golf Club (14300 Old Gunpowder Rd., Laurel 20707; 301-725-4532, http:/
Needwood Golf Course (6724 Needwood Rd., Rockville 20855; 301-948-1075; www.mncppc.org/golf ) features an excellent executive nine, with two challenging par-4s, one water carry and a few big, interesting greens. Good for all skill levels; fast play, aside from weekend days.
Northwest Park (15711 Layhill Rd., Silver Spring 20906; 301-598-6100; http:/
Sligo Creek Golf Course (9701 Sligo Creek Pkwy., Silver Spring 20901; 301-585-6006, http:/
Henson Creek Golf Course (1641 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington 20744; 301-567-4646, http:/
Paint Branch Golf Course (4690 University Blvd., College Park 20740; 301-935-0330, http:/
Hilltop Golf Club (7900 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria 22315; 703-719-6504, http:/
Jefferson District Golf Course (7900 Lee Hwy., Falls Church, 22042; 703-573-0444, http:/
Oak Marr Golf Course (3200 Jermantown Rd., Oakton, 22124; 703-255-5390, http:/
Pinecrest Golf Course (6600 Little River Tpk., Alexandria 22312; 703-941-1061, http:/
Virginia Golf Center & Academy (5801 Clifton Rd., Clifton 20124; 703-830-2400) is a par-3 that features several water carries and one 200-plus-yard hole. More than 130 practice stations, half covered and heated. Pitching green with bunkers, two putting greens.
Broad Run Golf & Practice Facility (10201 Golf Academy Dr., Bristow 20136; 703-365-2443, http:/
Lake Ridge Golf Course (12350 Cotton Mill Dr., Woodbridge 22192; 703-494-5564, http:/