Golf Course Photo, Fairway Hills Golf Club, Columbia, 21044
Fairway Hills Golf Club
Played on June 2015
5100 Columbia Rd, Columbia, Maryland, 21044
1 Ranking
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Golfer Bob

$26 (cart included), played on Thursday, June 2015 at 9:50 AM

Played mid-morning, started as a twosome, caught up to another two who were waiting for the group ahead of them to move. So we paired up, and then we all waited for the group(s) ahead to move on. Fortunately they only played nine, so the second half went pretty quickly. The Ranger showed up just as we were finishing #9: perfect timing!

Layout is a little quirky, as has been noted by previous reviewer. It's pretty clear that the course is routed where they could not build houses, as nearly every fairway is either lined with dwellings or routed through floodplain. But, it is a pretty course, with some very nice vistas, and don't be fooled by the apparent shortness: there are only a few holes without moguls, overhanging trees, or tight landing areas. Every green is large and undulating, several with some pretty severe slope. Lots of green-side moguls, swales, bunkers, and rough, too. Another downer (beside the houses) is the safety netting along several fairways (notably #1 and #11) to keep stray missiles off the deck and out of the family room.

Course is not walk-able due to great distances between holes.

Now, the conditions: greens were generally OK, firm and pretty fast for a muni. Tee boxes were good. Fairways were terrible: many with large burned patches, lots of GUR, and much acreage with thin and patchy cover. Bunkers were pretty rough, and need lotsa TLC from the power rakers.

Staff was very cordial, and the starter thanked us profusely for coming out, and invited us back, soon. Nice friendly bunch.

Overall, Fairway Hills is a nice enough course, but not one I'd choose to play often. For the same money, there are better courses nearby, such a Diamond Ridge or Rattlewood.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I wouldn't recommend this course, Average course for the area
Condition of Course, Houses on Course
Layout/ Challenge
Fairway conditions
Greens conditions
Course ambiance
Pace to play
Overall rating
Rank ID # : 027148