Course Review: Georgetown Prep Golf Course

by Phil Bundy on June 19, 2009

Georgetown Prep Golf Course

Today, I practiced on the nine-hole golf course at Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Md.

Replacing a shorter 18-hole course that followed the perimeter of the campus, the new course was designed by Joe Hills, son of famed golf course architect Arthur Hills. Creative mounding and natural vegetation produce some idyllic campus views and buffer the holes that sit along busy Rockville Pike on the southeast corner of the school property.

Best described as a golf training facility, the track features a three-hole loop with eight greens, creating nine holes of different lengths. The first hole doubles as a driving range with a vast tee box and fairway. A separate short game practice area with a putting surface and chipping green is adjacent to the last hole. The entire facility is immaculately maintained with bent grass greens and fairways.

Abandoning the membership program of the former course, the practice course is not open for public play and is used primarily by the school’s golf teams and summer-long junior golf camps. When I played high school golf at St. Paul’s School outside of Baltimore, I certainly would have appreciated a closely-mowed practice area in favor of the dusty lacrosse fields where I shagged balls.

The golf training facility is just one piece of a master plan that includes over $70 Million of infrastructure improvements that has taken place on the campus under the leadership of Rev. William L. George, S.J. As president of the institution for the past 10 years, Father George has also provided the vision for other major capital and scholarship initiatives, including the construction of the new Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence and a state-of-the-art student center, library, and classroom building that is scheduled to be opened in January 2010.

The golf training facility at Georgetown Prep rivals practice courses that I have played at some of the finest golf courses in the United States. If practice truly does make perfect, then Georgetown Prep has created the perfect place for practice.

Now for your shot: Name and describe your favorite practice facility.

Until next time, enjoy golf, America!

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