RedGate Golf Course - 14th
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RedGate Golf Course - 14th
The signature 14th hole at RedGate Golf Course is a 507-yard par 5 that can be seen in its entirety from the tee. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
RedGate Golf Course - hole 6
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RedGate Golf Course - hole 6
The sixth hole is the shortest par 3 at RedGate Golf Course, but even at 137 yards there is plenty to think about. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
RedGate Golf Course - hole 3
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RedGate Golf Course - hole 3
Big hitters will be tempted to try to drive the green on RedGate's 327-yard par-4 third hole, but playing uphill, it's a two-shot approach for most golfers. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
RedGate Golf Course - hole 2
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RedGate Golf Course - hole 2
The 168-yard par-3 second hole features one of the severe drop shots at RedGate Golf Course in Rockville, Maryland. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
RedGate G.C.
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RedGate G.C.
On the drive into RedGate G.C. players see the lawn decoration fronting the sixth hole. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
RedGate Golf Course - 7th
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RedGate Golf Course - 7th
From the seventh green at RedGate Golf Course you can see the new deck on the back of the clubhouse added by Billy Casper Golf Management. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
RedGate Golf Course - 7th tee
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RedGate Golf Course - 7th tee
The side-sloping seventh, with an approach straight uphill, is one of the toughest holes at RedGate Golf Course in Maryland. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
RedGate Golf Course - hole 13
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RedGate Golf Course - hole 13
The par-4 13th hole at RedGate Golf Course features another drop shot to the green. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
RedGate Golf Course - hole 16
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RedGate Golf Course - hole 16
The 498-yard, par-5 16th at RedGate is one of the toughest holes in the Washington, D.C. area. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
RedGate Golf Course - hole 18
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RedGate Golf Course - hole 18
The closing hole at RedGate Golf Course is the longest par 4 on the course at 437 yards and plays to a sloped green protected by a pond. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
RedGate Golf Course - entrance
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RedGate Golf Course - entrance
Appropriately enough, there's a red gate at the entrance to RedGate Golf Course in Rockville, Md. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
RedGate Golf Course - no. 1
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RedGate Golf Course - no. 1
Professional Clark Gregory conducts a putting clinic for children, a common sight in the summer at RedGate Golf Course in Rockville, Maryland. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
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RedGate Golf Course in Rockville, Md.: Small-town feel near Washington, D.C.

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Longtime residents here like their lone municipal course so much that when it faced a financial crisis a decade ago, many of them -- even non-golfers -- came to the rescue. Such is the value of "open space" in a crowded, bustling community.

And there is much of it at rugged, rolling RedGate Golf Course. Though located just 12 miles from the District Line and in the middle of Montgomery County (population 1.02 million), the course is a secluded parkland oasis, free from surrounding homes. The only encroachment comes on the 18th hole, overlooked by balconies of a condominium development.

RedGate is gaining traction under the direction of Billy Casper Golf Management. Few golf courses in the Washington, D.C., area can beat its convenience or price. And none can match the neighborhood feel of the traditional 6,378-yard par-71 track, which dates to 1974.

Kevin Dunleavy is a longtime resident of northern Virginia, a graduate of George Mason University, an award-winning reporter covering golf, colleges, and other sports for the Washington Examiner, and a single-digit handicap still seeking his elusive first hole-in-one. Follow Kevin on Twitter at @KDunleavy.
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