|Address:||10800 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD 20854, USA|
|Working:||6:30AM–8:30PM 6:30AM–8:30PM 6:30AM–8:30PM 6:30AM–8:30PM 6:30AM–8:30PM 6:30AM–8:30PM 6:30AM–8:30PM|
I played at Falls Road Friday and was very disappointed with the pace of play. I have two very young children and barely have time to get out on the course anymore. On Friday my round took around 6:10 minutes. Major con = Pace of play. The greens had just been aerated but overall the course was in excellent condition. The course Marshall (who was a lady with short hair and an aggressive tone) kept harassing us telling us that we were a half a hole behind. We were a group of four and there was a group of 2 in front of us. Its hard for a group of 4 to play as fast as a group of 2, and regardless there was nowhere for us to go yet she must of stopped 3 times to tell us in a very unfriendly manner. The group in front was waiting 5-10 minutes per shot. On a positive note, the starter was able to get me and my friend out without us having a scheduled tee time after the pro shop said they couldnt get us in for 3 hours. Another positive note, I birdied 3 holes in a row, first time Ive ever done anything close to that. Bottom line: The course is in good condition, the Marshall is aggressive and unfriendly, and the pace of play is incredibly slow. I will give FR another chance because it is so convenient as I live very close by, the course is nice, and for the most part the staff is friendly and pleasant.
This has been my home course since I relocated to DC two years ago. Ive been looking to join a private club and my experience at Falls Road has delayed me joining for the following reasons. The course is in private club condition nearly every time I play it. The greens are in great shape impacted only by golfers who dont always repair their ball marks. The staff is friendly and there are marshals on the course checking on pace of play. There is also a great chipping/putting green, which is rare for most courses. Also, I will say that I have taken three golf lessons in my life and two of them have been from Paul Mohun, one of the pros at Falls Road. My handicap has gone from a 15 to a 10 in about a year. My one complaint is that afternoon rounds are slow, but Ive play 40 times in the past two years, and "slow" means a 4:45 round. I typically play in the morning where a 4:15 round is routine. All in all, Ive been playing golf for 19 years and Ive played great courses like Pinehurst, Torrey Pines, Streamsong, Bandon Dunes and others. This isnt Pebble Beach, but for a municipal course, its as good as it gets.
Last outing likely my last after playing here for over 15 years. Worst ever golfing experience playing here Thursday, August 11. My 4-some (1 rider, 3 walkers) was constantly hounded by a "player assistant", MaryEllen, for falling behind the group in front of them (3 players, all in carts). We were always on the teebox as the group in front walked off the green. At the turn, the front group did not play the back nine, and immediately, MaryEllen told us we were now several holes behind. DUH. She wasnt even aware the the group had dropped out! She harassed us several more times on the back nine. We finished the round in 4 hours, 15 minutes; a respectable pace of play. After the round, one of the starters said they have a 3-hour pace of play.... maybe for a two-some, in cooler weather, and par golfers and carts. Totally clueless staff.
This review is directed more at the dying breed of golfers who walk fast, and pride themselves on never holding up the golfers behind. The course is in good condition, and the staff is polite. Unfortunately, this course is hacker heaven and loaded with golfers generally devoid of etiquette. I have played it a few times, and would love to make it my home course, as I live only 2 miles away. I play with fit golfers who are in their 50s, 60s and 70s, whose scores range from 80-90. We only walk and can finish an early morning round in 2:45 at the other MCG courses. This is an impossible feat at Falls Road, because of the concentration of degenerate, incompetent duffers. If you routinely 4 putt and still treat your 5th as if you had a green jacket on the line, you will fit right in at Falls Road.
The course is in good shape every time I have played at Falls Road, but the pace of play is ridiculous and the staff members are rude and discourteous. With that being said, the starter that was working the last time I played was exceptional. I believe his name was Nick, he was extremely polite, genuine, professional, and helpful. He made sure that I got out as a single on a very busy day and addressed me as "Sir" (You dont hear that much anymore). Its not everyday that someone goes above and beyond to help make your experience better, but this kid did exactly that.
A Private User
I was a single during the weekday. I couldnt schedule a tee-time as a single but was told to walk up and I would be paired with a group if room permits. I did as instructed and was paired with a group an hour later (name written down and all). When I returned to check-in 15 min. before my tee-time, the staff had proceeded to give it to someone else and had no explanation. Said I would have to wait another 2 hours for the next available tee-time. Awful customer service--simply brushed me aside. If you dont mind being treated poorly, play on. Otherwise, look elsewhere.
Pace of play is not monitored by course staff. If you like playing 4.5 - 5 hour rounds, then youve found your golf course. The tee boxes and fairways have always been in good shape the few times Ive played here but have found the greens to be littered with divots. Play Little Bennett or Laytonsville instead.
Good location for people in the DMV, super nice staff, but the courses layout it a little all over the place, and sometimes looks like it was build around the space they had. Some holes were definitely a little extricated, which takes away from the courses overall experience.
Short but scenic. Front nine pretty easy, back nine much more challenging. Biggest problem is slow play. Course attracts a hacker clientele and a six-hour round is not unusual -- no kidding. The range is very good and playing conditions are good.
The Superintendent should be the highest paid in all of the area. His knowledge of anything to do with golf was extraordinary!! This guy Mike Fuoco is a legend and a freakin beast!
George D Vassiliou
Nice people, good course, empty seed bottles, putting greens need work, overall good. Beverage cart showed up, had hotdogs on the 9th hole. Liked that. They offer lessons.
Course is in good condition. The staff is pleasant. Play is slow sometimes. A mid morning tee time often requires at least 4.5 hours to finish round.
A Private User
A well run and well maintained course. Not the best layout, but the managers do a great job with it. The play is generally fast for a muni course.
Falls road very woman friendly Course! Pros do great job of Keeping course in great shape! Lots of leagues for woman also!