Medal of Honor Golf Course is a Military 18 hole golf course located in Quantico, Virginia.
This historic golf course, originally called The Officers' Club Golf Course, began in 1930 as a six-hole layout, probably built by Marine Corps construction personnel and grew into a nine-hole course with two tee boxes on each hole around 1934. Instrumental in the course's development and later expansion to eighteen holes in the mid-1940s was Ernest Stanley, Course Superintendent from 1933, until he retired in 1976. The course is dedicated to the memory of Marines who have been awarded the nation's highest honor. In 1980, the "Quantico Golf Course" was renamed the "Medal of Honor Golf Course."
Par for the course is 72. From the back tees the course plays to 6,711 yards. From the forward tees the course measures 4,960 yards. The longest hole on the course is # 11, a par-5 that plays to 577 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 9, a par-3 that plays to 169 yards from the back tees.
Watch out for # 1, a 447 yard par-4 challenge and the #1 handicap hole on the course. The easiest hole at Medal of Honor Golf Course is # 14, a 175 yard par-3.
The Medal of Honor Golf Course has become a popular retreat for Commanders-in-Chief starting in the 1950s with President Dwight Eisenhower, an avid golfer, and including Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George Bush and Bill Clinton. Golfers who tee it up here, find the Medal of Honor Golf Course a tight layout, placing a premium on shot-making in order to avoid mature trees, sand bunkers and water lining the sculptured Bermuda fairways. Landing areas that set up the best approach angle to the well-protected greens are uniformly small and hazard-lined. The small, contoured greens feature a mixture of several varieties of bent grasses, making putting somewhat complicated. The course is open all year to Active Duty and Retired military, DoD civilian employees, their family members, FBI Academy, National Guard and Reserve personnel.
Civilians without DoD status have been granted a waiver to use the Medal of Honor Golf Course, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA. Civilians without DoD status, may make tee times for weekdays by calling the Pro-Shop two days in advance of the day of play. Civilians may play on weekends and holidays on a space available basis by checking in at the Pro-Shop prior to play.
$26 (cart not included), played on Monday, September 2010 at 10am
This is a military course but it is open to the public the only hassel is dealing with the Military Police at the gate for the base other than that, this course is fantastic to play. Old traditional style course where shot selection is key.
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$21 (cart included), played on Monday, March 2014 at 10am
Played here 2-24-14. Drove 75 miles, as a refugee from snow coverage further north.
Very nice new clubhouse with snack bar, locker rooms and pro shop. Minimal staff, but very cordial and welcoming. Paid $25 with the Teee Time book, which the lady behind the counter had not seen before. Started on #10, and as a twosome, finished in a shade under 4 hours: we ran into a threesome on the back nine, and had to wait for most shots.
Course design reflects its age: no moguls, not much sand, very little rough, smallish greens, and lots of very mature trees. Design makes good use of the elevation change, and there are a couple of doglegs that will bafffle a first-timer: I strongly suggest either playing with a regular, or driving up to look at the landing area before teeing off. Par 3's are also longish. Conditions were OK for this time of year, especially in light of the horrible winter we're enduring. We were allowed to take carts on the fairway at 90 degrees, but warned to "be prudent, as there were a lot of wet spots." Found that to be nice, as most courses tend to be prohibitive about CPO. Bunkers were mostly unplayable because of moisture. Greens were OK, but putting speeds was very inconsistent, probably due to moisture, but I note that the write up on this course (see above) says they have different grasses on various greens, so that likely came into play. Fairways were in decent shape, but there are drainage ditches in some odd places, so care is warranted. Didn't see many distance markings other than the poles in the fairway, so bring your GPS. Worst feature was the condition of the cart paths, which are very rough and in serious need of replacement: hopefully that's somewhere in the plan. Course is walkable, albeit a bit hilly: OK for non-seniors.
Overall, a nice course, and worth a try. I recommend.