I recently played a round of golf in Charles Town, WV. I admit my motives were two-fold (golf and gambling), but I was pleasantly surprised when the golf course far exceeded my expectations. My decision to play Locust Hill Golf Course was initially driven by its close proximity to the Hollywood Casino that I guesstimated was less than 10 minutes away and the thought of a dream day of golf and gaming started taking shape.
I called a few friends to join me and then called the pro shop to book a mid-week tee time. I was again pleasantly surprised when it became evident that the course was not going to be overly crowded that day and we would be able to play quickly which would lead to Part II of the master plan.
Coming from Montgomery, Co. MD the hour long drive took me right past the casino into the heart of Charles Town and then just slightly beyond into a more scenic rolling area on the outskirts of town. The beautiful Civil War era stone work bordering several properties took me far away from the hustle and bustle of the Washington Metropolitan area congestion. Located in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Locust Hill is a very playable, beautifully maintained public course gem. At a cost of under $40 including cart during the week it was well worth the drive and expense.
Now it’s no secret that we had a ton of rain this spring and that many of the area courses have been in the best course condition that I have seen them in many years. Locust Hill was no exception. Green and lush are an understatement to the course we played that day. Hit it in the rough and take your lumps as we were often forced to lay up with higher lofted clubs while trying to gouge our way out of the tall grass (3-4 inches).
Four sets of tees on every hole offer golfing at its best for all levels of skill. Whichever tee you choose, challenges abound across the 35 acres of lakes, ponds, and streams, which come into play on 11 of the 18 holes. The Blue Tees stretch the course out to a very challenging 7,005 yards, while the White Tees are set up at a modest and playable 6,394 yards. I took on the “Tips” while my playing partners checked out the White Tees for me.
There are many rock outcroppings on the course and they lend aesthetic beauty and challenges to the layout. Most of them are far enough out of play to not cause too much of a nuisance, but wayward shots definitely put more than one of these ancient formations into play.
I found the layout and mix of holes to be exceptional. There were several short par 4’s and in need of a very strategic first shot to get in position for the 2nd shot. The par 5’s were all long, but open and inviting and gave all levels of players the best opportunities at birdies. Several of the par 3’s were played over water and added the menacing challenge of having to carry the tee shot all the way to the green. The use of water and native grasses was very well thought out in my opinion.
Both nines were equally challenging and I did not find a weak part of the course as I do on so many public courses in the region. I fully enjoyed all 18 holes and would absolutely recommend this course to anyone willing to make the drive to Charles Town, WV. With the gaming only minutes away it does make for an excellent day if you tee off in the AM and have an interest in the many opportunities for wagering at nearby Hollywood Casino and Race Track. Another passion of mine, that is a close second to golf, is poker. The Hollywood Casino offers a 27 table poker room and is open 24/7. So get your golf and gaming on and get out to Locust Hill Golf Course in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
Yours in Good Golf & Good Health,
Locust Hill Golf Course – Charles Town WV – locusthillgolf.com