Swan Point - Maryland - USA

Swan Point Yacht & Country Club,
11550 Swan Point Boulevard,
Issue,
Maryland (MD) 20645,
USA


  • +1 301 259 0047

  • Peter Gardner

  • Arthur Davis, Bob Cupp

  • Andy Donaty

Located on the banks of the Potomac River, the 9-hole track at Swan Point Yacht and Country Club was doubled in size during the late 1980s by Bob Cupp. Twelve of the holes on the expanded layout now feature water hazards or marshland.

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Description: Located on the banks of the Potomac River, the 9-hole track at Swan Point Yacht and Country Club was doubled in size during the late 1980s by Bob Cupp. Twelve of the holes on the expanded layout now feature water hazards or marshland. Rating: 6 out of 10 Reviews: 1
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M. James Ward

Getting to Swan Point requires a bit of effort but once you're there you will rejoice in escaping the cacophony that infects the I-95 corridor.

The layout is also blessed in that while housing does exist nearby the location has really no intersection with the golf provided. The Potomac River is nearby but its impact is not central to what golfers have to handle when playing.

The routing is done well -- taking you to various parts of the property with a good mixture of holes. If there's one immediate downside - a number of the holes on the outward side move right-to-left and it behooves players to use the type of shot shape.

Credit architect Bob Cupp for not overwhelming the design with faux land forms that would clearly be at odds with the setting. The holes fit the property and during the round players have to deal with water penalty areas in terms of how bold or cautious they wish to engage.

The par-4 2nd is both beautiful and tenacious -- particularly with the approach to a green that appears to be set in Matthews Cove.

The par-5 4th provides a comparable challenge -- this time those who hit a long and accurate tee shot have to weigh the consequences of a high stakes second shot in attacking a green set on its own island.

The par-4 9th concludes the side and it features water down the entre left side. As mentioned, working the ball from right-to-left can pay dividends.

Kudos to Cupp in being able to navigate the back-to-back par-3 holes at the 11th and 12th. Often times, when par-3's go in consecutive order it can be a weak result as an architect is seeking a means to complete the routing because of a tight corner of the property. The 11th is a beguiling short par-3 and the green is delightfully angled. If the pin is placed in the deep left corner it takes a deft touch to loft the ball and land it quietly.

The par-3 12th is a wonderful counterpoint. The hole goes in the opposite direction and at 240 yards requires a clear skillset with the longest clubs in one's bag.

Not all the holes work out so well. The abrupt dog-leg right 13th is an example of shoehorning a hole in order to keep the routing intact.

But there are times when dealing with a challenging site one has to make compromises to get the best results.

Swan Point's par-5 14th is very good. Here players have to work the ball left-to-right and those able to secure left side of the fairway with a bit of a distance will then have to determine if going for the angled and well-protected green is worth the effort. The hole showcases what positioning is all about.

Backing that up is the quality par-4 15th. At 415 yards it's not overly long but sound positioning pays a greater reward.

The main downside with Swan Point is that the final three holes are simply mediocre. They are as basic as vanilla ice cream. Having a bit more imagination would have brought the round to a more fitting climax.

Swan Point is a good course that just misses out on being even higher rated. Maryland is the home to a number of fine golf options -- those able to take the time and see firsthand what's present will clearly enjoy what's provided. There is a phrase on the club's Website which summarizes things succinctly -- "You just need to come here play to play and see for yourself."

February 13, 2022
6 / 10
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