$61 (cart included), played on Wednesday, September 2009 at 10am
Have played Whiskey Creek a number of times, most recently 9-9-09, for $65 as a senior, which is a VERY good deal for this wonderful course.
Absolutely awesome design, attributed to Ernie Els. Takes advantage of every wrinkle in the varied terrain, with no two holes remotely alike, and LOTS of elevation change. Not too much water, although there are a few ponds that come into play. Far more demanding for us average guys are the many bunkers cleverly located right where our drives fall... Tee boxes are large and flat. Fariways are generally fairly wide, with a few notable exceptions like #14, where there is water and sand on the left, and a big old sycamore (?) tree guarding the right, netting a landing area about 20 paces wide. Hole #18 is a good sized par 5, and is the signature hole, featuring the ruins of a large stone house in the middle of the fairway about 220 off the White tees. A somewhat daunting vista, but much more playable than it initially appears: our foursome had a birdie and a par there (and two doubles, also). Bunkers are plentiful, some are pretty deep, and many have some serious contour to them. Greens are very large, undulating, and putt fast and true. Conditions on 9-9 were excellent by any measure.
Clubhouse is quite nice, with a well-stocked pro shop and a very nice bar/lounge, both staffed with attentive and competent people.
I was a little surprised at how empty the course was: when we arrived at about 0930, there were only about 15 cars in the lot, and while we were playing, we never had to wait to hit a shot. Course is pretty easy to find: only about four miles off I-270. I don't think the course is walkable, especially for us older guys, but the young studs might like to try.
I give my highest recommendation...it is well worth the money and the trip. BTW, I marked "Not vacation worthy," only because there are no accomodations relatively nearby as one might find with a resort; closest hotels are in Frederick, MD, which is about ten miles away.