The Washington DC metro area is home to a number of distinguished country clubs, but there are a few that truly offer an unparalleled level of luxury that you won't find anywhere else. These prestigious clubs feature more than just verdant fairways—they also serve as luxurious getaways for presidents, dignitaries, CEOs, and anyone craving a taste of total opulence.
Looking to get away from the city and hit the links? We're pulling back the curtain on some of DC's most lauded courses to see why they're favored by Washington's elite.
Congressional Country Club – Potomac, Maryland
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Fit for lavish galas and PGA tournaments, the Congressional Country Club is often considered to be one of the most exclusive courses in the DC area. This famed club is loved by members of Congress and presidents alike, and past visitors include Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
Congressional Country Club features two 18-hole courses that have hosted the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship. The Blue Course (par 72) and the Gold Course (par 71) have earned various accolades over the years, and they've both been recognized as some of the greatest places to golf in the entire country.
A selection of opulent amenities also await at the Congressional Country Club, including the largest clubhouse in the country, a grand ball room, a fitness center, multiple restaurants, and even 21 guest suites. However, not just anyone can gain access to this exclusive club—the initiation fee costs a cool $120,000, and there's currently a 10-year waiting list.
Chevy Chase Club – Chevy Chase, Maryland
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Established in 1892, the Chevy Chase Club prides itself on providing a one-of-a-kind golfing and lifestyle experience to DC's elite. You'll find this world-class establishment tucked away in Montgomery County, Maryland, but it's still just a 20 minute drive from the heart of the capital.
Wondering what sets this club apart? The spectacular grounds serve as an idyllic backdrop for a round of golf, an extravagant soiree, or just a relaxing weekend on the links. Of course, the 18-hole course, which was originally designed by Donald Ross in 1910, offers a challenging yet rewarding experience, as well.
Other amenities include 17 tennis courts, a dedicated clubhouse, pools, restaurants, and on-site suites at the Bradley House.
Columbia Country Club – Chevy Chase, Maryland
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Located in the suburban oasis of Chevy Chase, the Columbia Country Club has hosted multiple five-star generals, journalists, CEOs, and even former President Barack Obama since its establishment in 1898. This club showcases one of the most masterfully designed courses on the East Coast, as well as an opulent suite of top-rated amenities.
Columbia's crown jewel has to be its par 70 course, which is truly a golf lover's paradise. The course is known for its hilly topography, which forces players to focus more on style instead of shot distance. The 16th hole, known as the club's signature hole, showcases a long, narrow green, along with multiple bunkers, sand traps, and a sparkling lake.
Even if you don't love to golf, you can still savor Columbia Country Club's fabulous amenities, which include four paddle tennis courts, 11 outdoor tennis courts, a pool, and multiple dining outlets.
Washington Golf & Country Club – Arlington, Virginia
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Also known as the "Club of the Presidents," Washington Golf & Country Club is tucked into the peaceful hills of Arlington, Virginia. Here, you'll discover an immaculately-kept course that's rife with amenities. As its name suggests, the club has hosted countless presidents since its founding in 1892, including Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, Calvin, Coolidge, Warren G. Harding, and Woodrow Wilson.
The club's signature course measures 6,300 yards from the tips and is defined by its beautifully sloped fairways. The hilly terrain keeps skilled golfers on their toes, but it's still an ideal spot for novices to get acquainted with the game.
Golfers can also indulge in the Washington's full service pro shop or take lessons from award-winning Mid-Atlantic PGA Professionals. Non-golfing guests will also love the fitness center, tennis courts, and pools.