Which means it’s time. Time to match wits with Jack Nicklaus.
Or at least his golf course.
Be the ball at Potomac Shores Golf Club, the first Nicklaus design anywhere around here, now open a few miles south of the Beltway.
This place sits at the end of a huge development that’s... barely developed yet. So enjoy the solitude. In fact, leave early. Yes, to beat the traffic down 95, but also to take your time in the marble-and-hardwood locker room, and grab some hot beignets from the grill.
On the course: more solitude. From the hole you’re playing, you rarely see another hole. Which should leave you free to concentrate on the 7,000 yards of crazy elevation changes, bunkers everywhere you look and tall grass that likes to swallow golf balls.
But you’ll also get some amazing vistas and immaculate fairways and greens. And if you roll in a birdie putt, you hear Verne Lundquist shout, “Yes, sir!” (Well, in your mind.)
And once you finally get back to the clubhouse, you can grab a round of beers and recap things around the fire pit overlooking the 18th green.
Maybe skip the fire pit if you’re playing in July.