Our Story

A short drive down the tree lined driveway from Rockville Pike brings members and guests to Woodmont Country Club -- a private, member owned club in an idyllic setting offering the very best in dining, golf, tennis, swimming, fitness, and good fellowship. Members think of Woodmont as their home away from home for themselves and their families -- and as the perfect place for entertaining guests.

Woodmont was founded more than 100 years ago and continues its role as a haven where traditions and memories are made. The recently renovated clubhouse and fitness center overlooks two premier, 18-hole championship golf courses; a tennis complex with16 Har -Tru outdoor courts and six state-of-the–art air-conditioned indoor courts; and a swimming facility with lap lanes, diving and play areas and a kiddie pool.

Woodmont’s exceptional dining facilities continue to exceed the expectations of its members and their guests. Distinctive dining venues include: The Trophy Room, a casual sports bar, the Terrace Room, the Pavilion, a casual dining area next to the pool area and a formal ballroom for celebrating holidays and special occasions.

As one of the premier country clubs in the nation, Woodmont continues to serve its members with its world class facilities, attentive staff and long history of excellence. We welcome membership applications from outstanding individuals regardless of gender, faith, race, or ethnicity who display excellent moral character and altruism that benefits the Greater Washington D.C. community and beyond.

  • Our History
    • Woodmont Country Club was founded in 1913 as the Washington Suburban Club on leased property in what was then rolling countryside off Georgia Avenue, in northwest Washington, D.C. The founders were 46 Jewish professionals and businessmen who wanted to enjoy the increasingly popular game of golf on their own 9-hole course and who as Jews were not able to join other area golf clubs.  




       Washington Suburban 
      Town and Country Club(1913-1916)
         Town & Country
      ClubL'Aiglon Townhouse 
      Mansion (1916-1922)
       Town and Country Club
      (1922-1930)
       Woodmont Country Club
      (1981-2015)

      The men -- avid pitch, pinochle and poker players -- also maintained a string of closer-in suites in D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood for weeknight card games. In 1916, to reflect these dual locations and the merger with two other in-town card clubs, the Club became the Town and Country Club.
       
      In 1922, the property owner terminated the Club’s lease in order to build row houses on the site. In response, the Club bought 116 acres at the intersection of Rockville Pike and Woodmont Circle in Bethesda, Maryland, and built a 9-hole course. The property, Winona, was owned by the Peter Family, descendants of Martha Washington. The Club came to be known as Woodmont after its location and formally adopted the name in 1930. 
       
       After World War II, the Club expanded the golf course to 18 holes, but the U.S. Government soon sought the Club’s property to expand the adjacent National Institutes of Health and threatened to condemn the land. While the Club’s Board negotiated with the Government, member Leopold V. Freudberg, a scratch golfer who had been the Greens Chairman responsible for developing the recent expansion of the Bethesda course, scouted other properties in the area. He found Rosemont Farm, a dairy operation five miles north on Rockville Pike, then a largely rural two-lane road. In 1948, he personally bought its 515 scruffy acres from Mary Watkins of the Bradley Family for about $320,000 or $600 per acre. Freudberg then sold the land to the Club at his cost, and the Bethesda property was sold to the Government and is now part of the NIH complex.          
       
      For his foresight and benevolence, Freudberg was dubbed “Mr. Woodmont” and he developed the Rockville course together with noted course architect Alfred H. Tull. In 1950, the Club and its North Course opened at the current site. Soon thereafter, the Club added the 9-hole “Iron Duke,” which in 1961 was redeveloped and expanded into today’s 18-hole South Course. The Club’s courses and other golf facilities have been regularly updated and improved through the years. In 1999, the North Course underwent extensive renovations overseen by course architect Arthur Hills, which included work on bunkers and teeing grounds. In 2007, Hills oversaw further work, including replacing all 18 original greens, rebuilding greenside bunkers and installing a new irrigation system. Similar work has been undertaken through the years on the South Course. Other golf enhancements have included the 2005 construction of two adjacent buildings housing a new golf shop, indoor practice facilities and bag and cart storage and the 2012 addition of the Sidney Harman short game practice facility.
       
      Woodmont has also regularly enhanced and updated its other facilities. Both tennis and swimming have been major parts of the Woodmont experience since the Club moved to its current location. Beginning in 1983, each winter the Club installed an inflatable bubble over several tennis courts allowing for year-round play. However, keeping a bubble inflated through major snow and ice storms proved challenging, and it collapsed at least four times through the years. In 2008, it was replaced by the magnificent indoor Tennis Center, which houses six courts as well as locker rooms, the tennis shop and fitness equipment. The original swimming pool was completely rebuilt in 1988, and a new, expanded kiddie pool and new pool amenities were added in 2016. 
       
      The Clubhouse has been remodeled and expanded numerous times. The latest renovation, which was started in conjunction with the Club’s 100th anniversary in 2013 and finished in 2015, involved a complete overhaul of dining facilities, a new state of the art fitness facility, a rebuilt and expanded ladies’ locker room and a new exterior.  
       
      Woodmont regularly makes available its facilities to military/veteran organizations, charitable and service groups and youth programs. In addition, Woodmont has hosted numerous dignitaries and events during the years. Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Clinton and Obama and Vice President Quayle played golf at, or otherwise visited, the Club. As detailed in the next section, the Club has proudly hosted numerous golf and tennis tournaments. It is particularly known for hosting USGA U.S. Open final sectional qualifying rounds every year but one since 1986.We are particularly excited to host our first USGA championship, the 120th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, scheduled for August 3-9, 2020.              
       
      Woodmont Country Club looks forward to building on this legacy for many years to come. We welcome applications from outstanding individuals, regardless of gender, faith, race, or ethnicity who are interested in joining the Woodmont family.              
       
       Clubhouse
       
       Golf Shop  
                                               
       
      Golf  Course
       
       Tennis Facility & Pool


  • Notable Golf and Tennis Events
      • US Open Men’s Sectional Qualifiers –30 of the last 31 years, 36 years total (USGA)
      • US Open Women’s Sectional Qualifier 2012, 2011, 2010 (USGA)
      • Bobby Gorin Memorial (premier nationally-known junior tournament)– 58 years (Washington Metropolitan Golf Association)
      • Maryland State Golf Association
           - Maryland Open Championship 2001, 1976, 1968, 1962, 1956
           - Senior Open 2005
           - Senior Championship 2009
           - Amateur 1999
      • Middle Atlantic Amateur Golf Championship 2015, 2005
      • University of Maryland Terrapin Golf Invitational 2016, 2015, 2014 
      • Atlantic Coast Conference Golf Championship 1971 
      • National Celebrities Tournament 1953 (PGA)
      • Corel Champions Exhibition Tour 1996, 1997 (Nuveen Senior Tennis Tour)
      • Boys 16-18 and Under National Clay Court Championships 1997- 2007 (USTA)
      • Intersectional Cup Championships: Church Cup, Talbert Cup, Atlantic Coast Cup 2000-2017 (USTA)
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