Potomac Shores Golf Club - no. 2
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Potomac Shores Golf Club - no. 2
The second hole at Potomac Shores Golf Club in Virginia is a 405-yard par 4 that takes advantage of the natural surroundings. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Potomac Shores golf course - no. 3
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Potomac Shores golf course - no. 3
The par-5 third at Potomac Shores Golf Club is well-protected by large, deep bunkers. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Potomac Shores Golf Club - no. 4
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Potomac Shores Golf Club - no. 4
The par-3 fourth at Potomac Shores Golf Club can play as long as 225 yards, but at least it's downhill. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Potomac Shores golf course - no. 7
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Potomac Shores golf course - no. 7
The par-4 seventh at Potomac Shores Golf Club is a straightaway par 4 that can play as long as 435 yards from the back set of four tees. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Potomac Shores Golf Club - no. 9
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Potomac Shores Golf Club - no. 9
There are plenty of elevated tees at Potomac Shores Golf Club, including this one on the par-4 ninth hole. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Potomac Shores golf course - no. 10
Some large trees block the approach shot on the par-5 10th at Potomac Shores Golf Club near Washington, D.C. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Potomac Shores Golf Club - no. 12
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Potomac Shores Golf Club - no. 12
One of the most difficult holes at Potomac Shores Golf Club is the 455-yard, dogleg-right, par-4 12th. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Potomac Shores golf course - no. 13
Another picturesque par 3 at Potomac Shores Golf Club: the 230-yard 13th. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Potomac Shores Golf Club - no. 17
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Potomac Shores Golf Club - no. 17
Potomac Shores Golf Club's excellent finishing stretch is highlighted by the difficult par-4 17th. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Potomac Shores G.C. - no. 18
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Potomac Shores G.C. - no. 18
The new Potomac Shores Golf Club clubhouse sits behind the dogleg-right, par-4 18th hole. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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At Potomac Shores Golf Club near Washington D.C., Jack Nicklaus provides plenty of great looks

POTOMAC SHORES, Va. -- One premium, daily-fee golf option in the Washington D.C. area is the Troon-managed Potomac Shores Golf Club in the master-planned community of Potomac Shores.

Built right before the economic downturn of 2008, this signature Jack Nicklaus design actually got seven years of grow-in before it opened in 2014. The result is a layout more mature than its age.

With four sets of tees, the golf course can be stretched to just more than 7,000 yards. With elevated tees, lots of bunkers, wetlands, water hazards and hardwoods, the course is laid out in a challenging and beautiful setting.

The new Potomac Shores clubhouse is a 7,500-square-foot gathering place reminiscent of the Georgian plantation home with wraparound porches and a traditional carriage house, offering excellent dining and a unique setting for private events.

The club also offers excellent practice facilities, including an all-grass range, short-game area and putting greens.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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At Potomac Shores Golf Club near Washington D.C., Jack Nicklaus provides plenty of great looks