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Public Golf Course Directory

It’s time to shake the sticks out of hibernation and head for the closest set of fairways and greens. And thanks to the mildest winter in recent memory, spring playing conditions should be better than ever.

Over the past decade, it’s been our mission to provide readers with the most thorough and objective assessments of the area’s public facilities. With a few exceptions, the courses below met the four criteria we considered when compiling our list.

Each is open to the public, has 18 holes, measures 6,200 yards or more from the back tees and is located within 60 miles of the District (as the crow flies) or in Ocean City, Md. We ranked each course on a scale of one to five, based on the creativity and integrity of the layout, the average quality of the course’s conditioning and the overall service and experience provided by the facility.

The fee parameters are explained in the key below. We understand that there are some layouts we haven’t visited in several years and others we might have missed altogether. If one of your favorites falls into this category, please e-mail us at the following address, and we’ll make it a priority to make a visit this season: bdavis [AT] washingtontimes.com.

Maryland: A-G

Maryland: H-P

Maryland: Q-W

Virginia: A-G

Virginia: H-O

Virginia: P-W

District

Fee key

$ - $35 or less

$$ - $36-59

$$$ - $60-80

$$$$ - $81-109

$$$$$ - $110 and above

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