If your dad is anything like mine, you’re looking at a quick first-night reunion this parents’ weekend followed by mostly mealtime interactions. Luckily, he and I recently found common ground – or rather, common green – on the golf course.
Whether you’re a parent looking to spend your morning at the driving range, or a family of golfers looking to bond during an afternoon on the fairway, bring your weekend up to par with these courses in the D.C. area.
East Potomac/Hains Point Golf Course 972 Ohio Dr. SW
Just a short Uber ride away, East Potomac features three courses of varying difficulty and a very D.C.-centric Washington Monument backdrop. The regulation Blue Course is links style with signature hole No. 8, a 211-yard par 3, boasting a perfect view of the monument. The White Course is an executive course with nine par 3 and par 4 holes. The nine-hole Red Course is perfect for beginners with only par 3 holes. The park also includes a driving range, and while it isn’t the prettiest, it is affordable.
The course will also be hosting its last “Nine and Wine” event of the season on Saturday, where participants can play nine holes and then enjoy a complimentary glass of wine for $35 per person. The event tees off at 2 p.m. and includes cart and club fees.
Langston Golf Course 2600 Benning Rd. NE
Not much farther away than East Potomac, Langston sits next to Kingman Lake in Northeast D.C. It hosts an 18-hole, par 72 golf course with a confidence-boosting front nine tucked close to the front and a patience-testing back nine situated in rolling hills. It is an affordable course with nine holes for $22 and eighteen holes for $32, and it offers shotgun starts.
Langston is also one of the better maintained courses in D.C., with minimal dry patches or dead spots.
Rock Creek Golf Course 6100 16th St. NW
About 15 minutes from the White House, Rock Creek Golf Course is a relatively short 18-hole course featuring par 3 and par 4 holes. With dramatic elevation changes, Rock Creek will test your “swing with the slope” mantra, and the dense foliage on the back nine will make you nervous.