How Can I Play TPC Potomac?

The private club hosts the Wells Fargo Championship, but how can you play the course?

A view of the 8th hole at TPC Potomac
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Located less than 20 miles from US capital Washington DC, TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm opened in 1986 to mixed reactions, with its design particularly criticised for its flooding and drainage issues. The problems persisted until 2008, when the course and clubhouse underwent a $32m renovation – and the results were outstanding.

The redesign was a collaborative effort involving Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Fred Funk and Davis Love III, and the acclaim the course received on its 2009 reopening was almost immediate. Fred Couples remarked: “They redesigned it to make it better. I think the back nine is incredible. Really, really a great golf course.” Following another extensive renovation in 2015, Justin Thomas said the course is fit for a US Open. 

For the moment, TPC Potomac is best-known as the venue for the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship, and the players are greeted by a punishing par-70 effort sure to challenge players of any ability. The course has just two par-5s – but they’re both beasts. The second hole is the longest of the two, at 619 yards, and has a deep bunker on the left of the green. Further on, the 10th is a dogleg left requiring a tee shot to the right of the fairway to present an angle towards the green. Meanwhile, its green has thick rough to the left, giving anyone plenty to think about.

A view from the 6th tee at TPC Potomac

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In general, the holes offer little room for error, and the relatively hilly terrain means you’ll rarely get a flat lie. The greens are contoured, too, and play particularly firm in the spring, when the tournament is held. All this means that while the course may look benign enough with its lush mid-Atlantic scenery, pristine wooded terrain, streams and creeks, it’s anything but.

TPC Potomac is a private course, meaning your best chance of playing it is to become a member. There are several options: individual and family memberships, a young professional membership and corporate membership.

Interested parties are invited to fill out an inquiry form on the TPC website to arrange a private tour. Initiation fees are reportedly around $35,000, with annual dues over $4,000. You can also play as a guest of a member.

How Much Is Membership At TPC Potomac?

Initiation fees are reportedly in the region of $35,000, with annual dues over $4,000. TPC Potomac is private, so the best way to experience a round for yourself is to either become a member or play as a guest.

What Tournament Does TPC Potomac Host?

The Wells Fargo Championship had been held at Quail Hollow, but moved to TPC Potomac for the 2022 tournament. Before that, TPC Potomac hosted the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans National in 2017 and 2018.

Mike Hall
News Writer

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.