View of the 10th green at Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club
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3.7
461 Reviews (461)
5 Stars
193
4 Stars
170
3 Stars
59
2 Stars
28
1 Stars
11
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.4
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.9
70.7%
Recommend this course
388 out of 461 reviews
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3.2
48 Reviews (48)
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
7
Conditions
2.6
Value
2.8
Layout
4.3
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.1
50.0%
Recommend this course
24 out of 48 reviews
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3.6
79 Reviews (79)
5 Stars
23
4 Stars
26
3 Stars
12
2 Stars
11
1 Stars
7
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.2
Layout
4.5
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.4
67.1%
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53 out of 79 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Style Links
Par 72
Length 7191 yards
Slope 137
Rating 74.5

Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club offers the traditional links course reminiscent of those found in the British Isles, situated amidst Virginia's horse country. The club gets its name from the land's former use, a raspberry field. The scenic terrain overlooks to Catoctin Mountains and there are still a few raspberry bushes dotting the course. By far the layout's most formidable challenges come from the deep, stacked pot bunkers that make it truly feel like a classic Scottish golf course. There are also water hazards on a few holes. The course's signature is the par-4 third hole, which is long but plays downhill all the way. The 10th hole, another par 4, is one of the toughest. The landing area is generous off the tee but there is a creek and pond to the left and fairway bunkers on the right.

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Course Details

Year Built 1996
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Gary Player (1996)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Raspberry Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities

Available Activities

Swimming

Available Sports

Tennis

Accolades

Reviews

3.7
461 Reviews (461)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 28
Watching the Game 9
Brunch 8
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 62
Elevation Changes 46
Forced Carries 34
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 45
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 40
A Weekend Splurge 37
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 51
In the 'Burbs 41
Convenient to the City 11

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4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
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Amenities Good
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5.0
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First Time Playing

All things considered ... Great!

Nice links style course that in midwinter has held up fairly nicely both in the fairways and on the greens. We were impressed.
Pace of play was decent for playing on a Sunday and the staff was friendly and accommodating.
Enjoyable Gary Player course design that is open and yet challenging. We look forward to returning and playing again this Winter/Spring.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
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I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played

Decent course, but poor service(this time)

I will caveat this review by saying Ive played this course before and had better experience. I had a tee time at 2:24 and was delayed 30 minutes before I finally got out. They said they didn’t have any carts so they let two others at our time slot go out while me and another guy waited. While we were waiting, someone I presume was a member, went out and teed off. Finally they came out with a cart but said me and the other guy at the time slot had to share (despite covid-19 social distancing). I just decided to walk because I wasn’t waiting another half hour. Frustrating part is the rate was supposed to include a cart and I could see multiple carts in the shed being charged up and multiple around back waiting to be cleaned up

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 3
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Plays A few times a week
3.0
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Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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Reviews 29
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Well maintained and challenging course

A must play course in NOVA. Pace was good and staff were friendly as always. One of the finest courses in the region.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

At least they're consistent

This course remains obscenely over-priced for it's consistently poor condition. Really a shame as it is a great lay-out but between the bare tees, chewed up fairways, bunkers with rocks, dirt, clay, some sort of fiber matting but little/no sand and sketchy, inconsistent greens, it is not worth the time, aggravation and certainly not $115 to play. Word around the course was that they met their break-even back in May so not sure where the profit is going...it isn't going to repair the bridge that washed out back in Aug and obviously not going toward any improvements in conditions, management (slow play) or capital. They have apparently hired a "language ranger" though to help control the use of profanity so they got that going for them. Go elsewhere

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

No longer a good course

2020 has seen great course conditions in the Northern Virgina and Maryland region. So it was a shock to see the deterioration in the condition of Raspberry Falls. Bad tee-boxes, bad fairways, bad greens, bad rough, bad bunkers. It was as though the only maintenance done was to mow the grass. According to the pro shop the greens had been aerated within the previous two weeks - in November! This does not give them a pass on the green conditions but is another indication of poor and/or underfunded course management. I have played more than 30 courses in the region this year. This course, by a mile, is in the worst condition of any of them.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 11/20/2020

Played there a week ago and couldn’t believe they had aerated in November. They aerated just before the first hard frost of the year and the greens hadn’t even healed yet. Not sure the rationale of waiting so long when all other courses aerated in September. And charging over $100 on weekends!!

Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

So disappointing

What to say. Great layout that is struggling. Have played here several times a year over last 15 years but this was sad. $95 for poorly maintained course w/terrible pace of play. Only redeeming feature was grass tees on range. Greens were aerated 3 weeks ago but frankly won’t be playable until next year. 5 hr round. Raspberry Golf Mgmt has a number of courses w/good bones but the upkeep & maintenance seems to be testing their capabilities.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

No longer premium

Raspberry Falls used to be a top echelon golf course in Northern Virginia; it's clearly deteriorated. It deserves much less than the prime time $105 rate. Any course that names its bunkers needs to live up to that attempt to impress.

It used to be that a valet would meet your car at the bag drop and put your clubs on a cart. Not any longer. It's not that I need the valet service, but it shows how service has dropped but the green fees haven't.

The driving range is a pre-round indicator of the lack of care; the mats are uneven, worn out and bald, the ball rolls around until it finds the low spot. Some of the rubber tees are destroyed, but left carelessly in the mat.

The courses I've played in Northern Virginia have all been helped by 2 months of COVID shut down, munis included. I'm not sure what Raspberry Falls did with the time. The fairways are patchy with the occasional big brown tire tracks and some completely dead areas. The rough similarly has big voids, I understand wanting a natural, raw feel, but the tall grasses and trees seemed overgrown at the perimeter. So it all just gave an impression of neglect, as if the course were running on reputation alone. Even my golf cart sent a "who cares" message - the parking brake didn't work.

I played Brambleton the previous day, and that course was in excellent shape and my foursome got four brand new golf carts. If a municipal course can be that good - why can't the Falls, which charges 40% more?

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Poor condition, short par 4s

Course was in poor condition for a supposedly premium course. I played off the gold tees and a lot of par 4 were under 325 meters (355 yards).

Not worth the money or the effort.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Raspberry Falls

The course conditions were good with the fairways well groomed and the greens fast on the downhill putts. However, the pace of play was slow with no marshals on the course the entire round.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Raspberry in October

One of best layouts in NoVa. Long hot summer has course a little beat up but greens are good. Worth the money just for the vistas!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Disappointing

The course conditions were really poor. I am sure it gets a lot of play, but they charge a premium rate to play; disappointing. The carts are really junky; the one I used had a real issue with the hill break.

I guess if you have no other choice, play here. But for $115 fee, I expected a lot more.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Very disappointing

As an avid golfer, and one who understands the way the business works, this was very bad. I totally understand the heavy player traffic, given the influx of people wanting to get out amongst the pandemic. Leaving aside the sheer volume of play that the course shows, the conditions were not aligned with the inflated prices this course charges. Rates must be reflective of the product you’re providing, not what it has in the past. Don’t get me wrong, the course itself has an interesting layout, plenty of length and challenge for the better golfer, and tees accommodating to the higher handicappers. It just seemed like there wasn’t anything being done for the disease that has clearly crept into the grass and maintaining the intricate pieces of the course that you expect to be at a level indicative of a 100$+ rate. Personally, I thought the green complexes were the only aspect that gave the course any shine at all. Some quality undulation with good speed that we’re in good shape for the most part.( with the exception of a few spots, brown patches, unhealed aeration from over 3 weeks, and ball marks(that’s on the players)). However there was a stretch, I believe holes 10 through 14, where there was a significant improvement in the way the course was maintained. It gave hope and optimism that the course can hopefully come back to conditions like that, which would make for a drastic change in my view of the course. Again, a horrible summer of high heat and humidity followed by weeks of rain, paired with higher numbers of players doesn’t allow for the course to be “pure”, but to continually charge these rates (85 in the mid afternoon on a weekday) is where it loses my respect. I definitely won’t be back for a while, but truly hope they are able to get the course back to what it can be.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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