Course Review: Whiskey Creek

The Ruins Black and White

The 18th at Whiskey Creek

Over the holiday weekend, I played golf at Whiskey Creek in Ijamsville, Maryland.

Simply put, this is the best golf course I have played in the Mid-Atlantic area. I played with my friend Ryan and we played the twilight rate, which was about $64,  and it included cart and unlimited range balls.

Designed by Ernie Els (his first US Course) in 2000, many have heard of this course nestled in the Maryland countryside away from civilization, but none of my friends made the hour trek to the Urbana exit off of 270 to play the course. I say that the hour each way is worth it: you have to play this course.

The course varies from hole to hole, has significant elevation changes that are manageable and overall is fun to play. Most notable is the 18th hole, which as pictured above, has a ruin from a house during the time when the area was home to many distilleries. I lost two balls on the hole, probably because I was so interested in taking pictures of it. Oh well, there will be other opportunities to play the challenging par-5 again, I am sure. On some holes, you can see for up to 30 miles and no one hole is to be scoffed at — each presents its own unique challenge.

The greens were challenging, but not to the point where you felt the greenskeeper was a sadist. I even made a 40-footer to save 6 on the number 1 handicap hole on the front nine. I had a good putting day, but still missed some 5 footers. The greens are in excellent shape, and the rough was tough, but in a well kept and fair way. Then again, I shouldn’t be hitting balls into the rough.

One unique characteristic is the tee boxes, which have cuts of spent railroad rails as the box markers for the respective colored tees. The clubhouse looks and smells like an old distillery (not a bad smell, more woody) and the bar is well stocked and affordable. At the turn, we had hotdogs (the meat of which was average) but they had amazing pretzel buns.

You can view the full album of my pictures here.

I give this course 5 stars.

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