Swing On Over
Why Par 3? Sometimes called executive courses, sometimes pitch 'n' putts, par-3 courses are oft-overlooked jewels. Real golfers scoff at their compactness; miniature golfers don't like to use irons and wedges. But the courses are challenging and, if taken seriously, can be helpful to a player's short game.
In this area, par-3s include the nine-hole Needwood Executive Course in Rockville (301-948-1075, http:/
A warning: These courses can be crowded, so call for tee times. -- L.W.