From TheLocalGolfer.com – It’s hard to believe, but at Renditions in Davidsonville, MD, public golfers are provided the opportunity to play some of the greatest holes from golf courses across the globe. Each hole on the course is a replication of a famous hole from various major championships and world-renowned golf clubs. From Oakmont, Shinnecock Hills & Winged Foot to Royal Birkdale, Carnoustie & others, Renditions mimics the layout and design from these celebrated courses and brings them to a local setting.
Renditions’ slogan is “Golf’s Grand Slam Experience” and it lives up to its boast. As you approach the well-designed 1930’s-style clubhouse, the staff immediately greets you, takes your clubs out of your car, and preps your golf cart while directing you to check-in. It is evident that Renditions is a first class facility, and your experience is heightened before you step up to the first tee.
With exception of a couple of the tee boxes, the course conditions are immaculate. From fairway to green it is difficult to find a problem with the course, other than the fact that the “rough” earns its namesake and the elevation changes on the greens make for a frustrating round of putts. That being said, part of the attraction to Renditions is that you get to experience the game the way the Pros do, and after 18 holes, you certainly gain a new found appreciation for what Tiger, Phil and the guys (and gals) are able to accomplish every weekend.
Because of the design of the course, just about every hole may leave a lasting impression. For me, it did not get much better than playing Renditions’ version of Amen Corner. Considering that the course is in Maryland and not Georgia (meaning different climates, soil, wind, etc.), Renditions has done an excellent job attempting to replicate the most storied three-hole stretch in the game. Holes #6, #7 and #8 (Augusta National’s #11, #12 and #13)
are beautiful and challenging with small details adding to the experience, like the Leader Board with updates from the 2009 Masters and the Hogan Bridge. Standing over my ball on the #6 fairway analyzing my approach, I was willingly distracted by the #7 green, #8 tee box, water, bridges and all the other excitement of Amen Corner.
What an incredible three holes.
The #13, Par 3 is a replica of the Island Green at TPC Sawgrass (#17). On TV, you see the best in the world struggle to land the ball on the island, and now I know firsthand that it’s even harder than it looks.
It looks like an easy shot with the green a mere 150 yards from the tee, but the combination of water surrounding the island and the slope and speed of the green make it extremely intimidating and virtually impossible (well, at least for the guys I played with. Not one of the four in my group landed the tee shot).
Although less than a decade old, Renditions has dealt with declining course conditions over the past couple of years. Admittedly, previous issues with the course were a direct result of overplay and misallocated resources, aspects which the new staff is very mindful of as they work to enhance the golfing experience of their guests.
The message from the general manager was clear — it’s not going to happen overnight, but they are taking all the necessary steps to make sure Renditions remains one of the top courses in the region. It’s the little things, like opening up the grass area of the driving range on the weekends and continuing to improve the menu at the Players Grill, that indicate the staff has the golfers’ interest at heart.