Set in 220 acres of rolling woodland within a sizeable residential property, the course at TPC Potomac underwent a recent renovation that cost in excess of twenty million dollars. It’s now a longer, tougher test for amateur and professional players alike.
I have played TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm several times. The front nine in particularly is a very difficult golf course save for two holes while the back nine starts out with an equally high degree of difficulty before it lets up.
A member at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm would be able to take their handicap to any other course and play very well there.
It is built around woodlands, ponds, trees, and wetlands and has a fair amount of housing around it.
It lacks a consistent look and feel and offers no real personality other than extreme difficulty on many holes.
The greens are not overly done but getting to them is another story.
I would recommend that whatever tees one normally plays at their home course, they should move up a set of tees when playing her the first or second time, even if they are scratch.
Many of the holes, such as four, five, and seventeen (a par three over water) have ponds that come into play. Several other holes such as two, six, ten, eleven, and thirteen have to navigate some streams and wetlands. There are some narrow landing areas for once second shot on par fives or the tee shots on the par fours.
There are some very good holes here such as two (par five to a raised green on a shelf), three (a downhill par three made famous by Arnold Palmer scoring an ace on consecutive days), four (requiring a carry over a pond), six (wetlands all down the right), ten (more wetlands to navigate), eleven (wetlands once again on this dogleg left), and seventeen (a downhill par three over a pond that is a terrifying shot when the wind is in your face).
It is not a course I would rush to play given the difficulty of it, but if you know you are likely to score 4-5 shots higher than one's normal score, and focus on each shot individually than you will enjoy it. If you judge a course based on your score, you will likely be disappointed here.
There are no really good views from the golf course due to the large number of houses, but some of the holes on the back nine, even though difficult, offer some solitude even while the course is knocking you out. Even the very good players struggle here.