|9/30/2009||Some associates came to town and I could think of no better place to take them than Lake Presidential and show them one of the top courses in our area. We arrived to a friendly greeting by the bag attendant and ventured out to the range to warm up. I really was looking forward to playing the course as it had been several months since my last visit and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. It is obvious that the folks running LP are dedicated to continuing to improve this already-great facility and ensure that players of all levels can enjoy a round of golf. That being said, there are also some improvements which will make it more player friendly (new tee box on #1) and some other not-so-obvious changes (i.e. trees removed from a few spots) which will only add to the all players’ enjoyment. I’ve said it before and will mention it again, the greens on this course are definitely something to behold. On this day they weren’t super fast but they were amazingly smooth and manicured. While Lake Presidential is certainly building a reputation for excellent greens, you can not discount the carpet-like quality of the fairways too! I put the fairways in my top category of “pristine”. We played from the blue tees and at 6400+ yards; we used just about every club in the bag and were faced with many challenging and scenic shots. #16 comes to mind, a beautiful downhill par 3 playing about 190 – the fact that I hit a crisp 4 iron to about 15 feet certainly made it memorable to me! Also, take a look across the lake on #18, a par 5, which is reachable in 2 (trust me) – hit a big drive and then enjoy the scenic drive back around the lake. After you close your round with a nice birdie, make sure to head to the clubhouse for some food, beverage and friendly service. The clubhouse IS 1st class and they really make you feel at home there. I can’t say enough nice things about Lake Presidential – a 1st rate facility all around – ask for Nathan when you visit and tell them Lefty from Waggle.com sent you! Lefty|
|6/17/2008||Wow… 15 hours on the golf course. No it wasn’t a slow weekend round at the local muni. This was one of our favorite annual events, the GolfStyles Summer Solstice - 3 rounds of golf in one day. We played this past Tuesday from 5:50am until 9pm! The Waggle crew was lucky to play this years event at Lake Presidential the new upscale course in Upper Marlboro, MD. It was a toss up on which course we would select and believe us, we picked the correct one. This track just opened in May and will need some “maturity”, however, we anticipate it will be one of the finest courses in the Washington/Baltimore Metro area for golfers of all levels.
The course layout runs in a figure 8 configuration and you rarely see golfers at other holes unless they are on the hole directly in front or behind you. The Waggle team found the course extremely fun and challenging. Greg and Wally struggled early, a combination of the early tee time and the pressure of their first round ever with Bogeyman and Lefty. We played 3 sets of tees from ranging from 6735 to 5815 yards with the course remaining challenging and requiring good tee shots from each tee. With the exception of the 5th green and the concrete traps (it poured just 4 hours earlier and they weren’t “fluffed up”) the course was in excellent shape for just opening.
Many holes require placement of your tee shot to the proper side of the fairway - so bring your “A” game or be prepared to be creative with your second shots by shaping them or hitting them from awkward lies. #1 is a good example… this fairly long par 4 requires an accurate tee shot or you’ll be laying up or hitting from a severely sloped lie (hint stay to the right). In our foursome we had no pars on this hole in twelve attempts as a testament to it’s difficulty so don’t expect to start off your round on a high note. However if you do, congrats you’re off to a good start. A long tight par 5 certainly tests a golfer’s skill and #8 is just that requiring an accurate and long tee shot and well placed 2nd shot in order to approach an elevated green which you really don’t want to miss. If you do miss – prepare for a high score! Depending on the tees and hole location, the par 3 #9 can be a tough shot too. On the back side, a couple we remembered included #17 which is a short par 4 and should be birdied (do you feel the pressure?). #18 is a great par 5 closing hole that can be birdied or even eagled as it’s one of the few that you should probably go for in 2.
Lake Presidential will be even more spectacular in a couple of years. It should only be a matter of a growing season or two before this golf course is in superb shape. But don’t wait... it is already a “must play” in our book. Lefty/Bogeyman|
|5/3/2008||The course was in absolutely wonderful condition and the staff was first class as was the practice facility. We played it at 6300 yards and dread playing it any longer. The couse is difficult (yardage book a must for 1st play). Yardage from tee to 150 marker seemed to be off, but yardage into greens seemed to be accurate. Greens putted very true. The first hole is not a handshake. B. Lundgren|