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A Private User
This course can be a real corker, but if you blow a shot at least you can admire the natural surroundings, which are very, very nice. Played this course with my son and we had a blast. To say that shot placement is important is an understatement. There are lots of undulations and elevation changes in this course that make it very interesting and challenging to play and these are the features that will keep me coming back even though its a hour for me each way, but as noted earlier, it is a gorgeous treat for the eyes and will test your skill level. Course record is a 63 and that would not be an easy score to get on this track. You might give long consideration to keeping the driver in the bag for all but a couple holes and using the 3 wood or appropriate iron instead of the driver. I can only remember one hole that had trees on the edges of the fairways you could play out of (and I did) so think before you unload with the driver. By being off a little with the big D, you will pay the stroke price. This course is a pleasant surprise, makes you think your shots out and is a good test for golfers of any level, but I would not recommend this to the novice, not even from the red tees. You will have a fun and challenging time on the course and the clubhouse is a great place to chill when your round is done. Not overdone like so many and just plain comfortable. I dont 5-star rate often, but for the value, views and delightful twists and turns on this course, plus making me a bit more humble, I have to give Cross Creek an honest, straight up 5/5 rating. You can pay a lot more and play a lot less at almost any other course in the metro corridor.
Cross Creek was the pits! I played this track for the first time 7/21/2013 and undoubtedly the last. The fairways were awful. There were huge bare burned out spots, patches of crab grass and large low spots holding standing water. I could not decide if a wildfire went through the place or a flood. As an added bonus, clumps of uncut grass, about 8" high, were strategically placed throughout the course. One of the fairways was actually closed, apparently for a while, because they have set up a driving range mat about 20 years from the green. Why they closed this particular fairway is a mystery to me because they are all bad. The bunkers were a mess. Sand was hard, mixed with clay and compressed Many with crabgrass growing in them. I could not tell when the last time they were raked, but apparently the superintendant could not be bothered with such trivial matters when the rest of the course in such bad shape. The greens were in equally poor condition, bare spots, hard and filled with unfixed pitch marks. The layout of the course stinks. Tee to green distances were quite long because the course is shoehorned in between a bunch of cookie cutter houses (anyone living in this neighborhood must have trouble picking out their house at night). The fairways are tight with dense briar patches surrounding. The rough is largely composed of crabgrass. If you decide to waste your time playing here, dont expect a discount. We played $50 for the privilege of playing this dog track. Bring plenty of cheap balls, youll go through plenty of them.
A Private User
My wife and i have played Cross Creek many times and love it. While a short course, the fairways are extremely tight and the trouble is strategically located to give even the biggest hitters a run for their money. There are also numerous elevation changes, and the houses in the development that surrounds the course are, for the most part, hidden by dense foliage. Its really a beautiful course as well as a hard one. Whatever your handicap, you will use every club in your bag. There is water in play on eleven holes and sufficient undulation on the greens to make putting a bit tricky. The course is usually in excellent shape, and the greens fees are, in my opinion, amazingly low for the quality of the layout. Of particular note are the par 3s. The first one (no. 2) is pretty easy. But water is in play on all the others. Another great hole is 17, a short, driveable par 4 with appropriate risk/reward characteristics. It requires a high draw to a green almost hidden by woods from the tee. This hole is being lengthened, so that next season, only the longest hitters will be thinking about going for the green off the tee. The only real problem with the course is that the 14th hole, a long par four that was my favorite and once was rated as one of the top ten holes in the middle atlantic, has been made almost unfairly narrow and unsightly as a result of construction of the intercounty connector. Hopefully, when that freeway is done, the fairway can be widened in the landing area to restore the hole to its former glory.
Course is in good condition and has a fairly quick pace of play. The range is "Irons Only." Cant speak to drainage conditions. This course is extremely tight and challenging for those, like myself, who have a tendency to shank the ball off the tee. Its a nice, short course but definitely not good for a beginner. Novices should be fine for most of the round but may have some challenges here and there Id estimate that approximately 50% of the course has a fairly wide open fairway while the other 50% is medium tight or just a bit wider than "tight." My only complaint on conditions would probably go to the bunkers. Theyre in need of a new layer of sand and grooming. I dont believe many of them had rakes either (some did though). Our two-some was paired with a random couple and the husband ended up denting a club when he connected with a rock trying to get out of the trap. If I were him I probably wouldve risen a stink over it as it blended in and wasnt necessarily easy to notice. Overall, the course is great based off of the price alone. My round was $36 for greens fees and cart. In my short "golfing-in-the-DMV" life, that price really cant be beat. If they fixed the bunkers up I think Id be able to give it a 5 for combination of challenge, price/value, and course maintenance. **NOTE: Hole 14 is currently under repair. Im excited to see how it looks once its done, but as of this review it is currently "green only" so youre chipping on and putting only.**
A Private User
this course deserves more credit and attention than it receives locally. Ive golfed many courses in the DC area, and this one is among the most difficult, well-maintained, well-designed, and picturesque. Its appropriately priced for its quality. The negatives? --The distanced layout requires cart riding only-- no walking. The upside of the layout is that youll rarely see any hole other than the one youre playing. --its short and narrow-- power golfers will probably hate this course because there are very few holes where they can rip a driver. Only those with very accurate drivers will want to actually use their drivers on this course-- most will use long irons off the tee. -- the #1 handicap hole (14 or 15?) is borderline unfair; its the longest par 4 (440 yards) but also VERY narrow. To hit the green in regulation requires a very accurate 220+ tee shot, followed by an equally straight 200+ approach-- if you miss even a little to the right or left you will likely double or triple bogey the hole. A bogey is a good score. golf here if you like to use all your clubs and like a challenge. If youre a duffer, play someplace else.