The stretch of I-95 about 15 miles south of the beltway is home to four fantastic public golf courses, Laurel Hill, The Osprey’s, Pohick Bay & Old Hickory. Old Hickory is located just off the Prince William County Parkway, adjacent to the Potomac Nationals minor-league baseball stadium. On a game night the stadium announcer can be heard from the second and third holes of the golf course. The layout at Old Hickory is expansive, putting lots of mileage on the golf cart between holes, this is not a course where walking would be recommended.
The starting three holes are an absolute joy to take in, as well as to play. The first and second are similar par fours that can both play driver wedge from almost any tee box you are playing, although both require accurate shots off tee as there is water on the right and forest on the left. The third hole is one of my favorite par 5’s i’ve played, as it has a truly unique approach and multiple different ways you can play the hole. The green is reachable with two perfect shots although there are massive bunkers awaiting any misstep in front of the green, while the fairway continues left of the green inviting the more conservative approach and a relatively easy third approach coming from the left side. The front nine has fewer challenging holes than the back with the fourth and ninth being quite tricky, but the par 5 sixth and the par 4 eighth allow for definite scoring opportunities.
The back nine of Old Hickory has some visually striking holes off the tee and some real tough holes to make par. Coming in, almost every fairway is tree-lined on both sides and several of the fairways have multiple bunkers making the drive even trickier, including on 11, 12, 15, and 16. Both par 5’s on the back are extremely long and not reachable in two, making scoring on the back extremely tough. Consider the fact that the slope on the back nine is 151, only 139 on the front. Save a bit of energy for the 600+ yard finishing hole that will surely do it’s best to put some strain on your final round’s score.
My only complaint on the otherwise solid course layout comes on the ninth hole. The long par 4 bends right and has a row of massive houses from tee to green not far at all from the fairway you are trying to hit. Old Hickory does a great job for 17 holes maneuvering thru the neighborhood while giving the golfer a sense of natural serenity, except on this hole. The practice area isn’t anywhere close to as nice as at Old Hickory’s sister course, Rasberry Falls, the matted range requires woods to be hit into a net about twenty yards out.
Overall, Old Hickory is a great course and a joy to play. The 19th hole and clubhouse are in great shape and provide everything you’ll want or need.
Weekend AM rate: $89 incl cart & range
Weekday after 2pm: $49 incl cart & range