Date Played: March 30, 2013
3.0 out of
UMCP is usually one of my favorite courses to play in the DC area, but it is not in great condition early in the season. A couple holes are still under repair, which really takes away from the overall experience. I was pretty annoyed that they charged a near full rate with the fairways in poor condition and recently aerated greens. Even worse, the Starter got our round off to a frustrating start, rushed us to the tee (even though we were in queue 10-minutes before our tee time). After asking us if we played there before, we told him we are alums and played a couple times a year --- he still rehearsed his routine and told us to make sure we raked the sand traps. I know he's just doing his job, but that just didn't make any sense. Further, to make things worse, he told one of the guys in my group that he wasn't allowed to bring his Gatorade onto the course --- no outside beverages allowed. I understand that beer & alcohol is an issue, but Gatorade? You're charging $57 for a course that is in fair condition at this point in the golf season, and you want to make sure we're throwing extra $$$ for non-alcoholic beverages? Pretty ridiculous in my opinion.
Anyway, I'll likely return later in the year to see how the course is playing. Hopefully they'll have worked out the kinks with the Starter in conjunction with the course coming into better shape.