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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.
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 has 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on sports such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the sport’s most newsworthy stories. Originally from East Yorkshire, Mike now resides in Canada, where the nearest course is less than a mile from his home. It’s there where he remains confident that, one of these days, he’ll play the 17th without finding the water. 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.