Sitting in the shadows of some of the country’s most recognizable monuments, East Potomac is actually three courses, with different features yet all in the same park. The best, and toughest, is the Blue Course, a full 18, par 72, that was originally laid out by Walter Travis in the early 1900s and stretches to 6,600 yards. Wind coming off the Potomac River adds to the difficulty, as does the constant presence of the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and other landmarks. The White is a 9-hole, par-34 executive course that’s wide open and includes some short par fours. The Red is a 9-hole par-three course, all the holes between 100 and 200 yards long, an especially good practice layout, especially for the short game. Check out the website for tee times and specials.
National Mall and Memorial Parks (The Mall)