One of the most scenic and best maintained daily fee golf courses in the metro area is Whiskey Creek. Located about 8 miles east of I-270 and 10 miles from Frederick, Whiskey Creek was designed with PGA pro Ernie Else serving as consultant. The course sits on what was formerly a wheat and barley farm where whiskey was once distilled back in the days when German immigrants settled here. A ruins of an old farmhouse sits in the middle of the 18th fairway some 275 yards from the tee box.

Situated in the Maryland Piedmont, the land rises and falls, sometimes dramatically, creating excellent vistas of the surrounding countryside and featuring rock outcroppings. The contours of the site also made it possible to create some holes with sharp elevation changes. For example, the 404-yard 5th fall about 100 feet from tee box to fairway, while a slightly shorter drop marks the dramatic 14th hole which includes a lake lining the left side of the fairway. The most dramatic hole is the 425-yard 12th, which starts from an elevated tee. The drive must carry a deep ravine to a rising fairway which dips sharply down to another ravine which must be carried to reach the green. It is one of the most beautiful and treacherous holes in the DC area.

Whiskey Creek is among the top upscale daily fee courses that is definitely worth a visit. While it is testy, it is very fair, with wide fairways. The par 3’s are excellent, topped by the stunning 11th, a 200-yarder over an upland marsh to a green guarded by a long bunker on the right with woods further right.

The clubhouse is cozy and is designed in a ski chalet style with nice restaurant and other golf amenities. Outings are welcome.

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