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East Potomac Park Golf Course, just south of the National Mall, is the closest golf course to the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Willard InterContinental. A long walk or short drive from the monuments, this course isn’t fancy or glamorous. It does, however, include an 18-hole course, a nine-hole white tee course and a nine-hole pitch and putt par-3 course. Built on a man-made strip of land near the Potomac River, the course has flat, straight holes, and wind is often the greatest obstacle. It’s an inspiring setting that was ranked by Golf Digest in 2008/2009 as one of the best places to play. And with good reason: Cherry blossom trees ring some greens, and the course has views of the Washington Monument and the heavily boated Potomac, and is in the airspace of Reagan National Airport, so planes and helicopters buzz overhead constantly.
Langston Golf Course in Northeast Washington and Rock Creek Golf Course in the city’s sprawling central park were also named on the same Golf Digest list. Both are farther from The Jefferson than East Potomac is, but all three are inexpensive. Nine holes at Langston costs just $17 on weekdays, $22 on weekends. At Rock Creek, you’ll pay just $15 Monday through Thursday and $20 on weekends for the same. And 18 holes at East Potomac costs $27 on weekdays, $31 on the weekend. (The red-tee par-3 course is just $10 for nine holes on weekdays). With prices so low and locations so close, you could play two courses in a single day — or, if you’re ambitious and covering nine holes at each, all three. The concierge staff at The Jefferson can arrange tee times and travel, and would relish the project of organizing an all-day outing.
The two closest public golf courses are East Potomac Park and Rock Creek Park golf course. Other championship courses are within a 30- to 45-minute drive.