Golf Course at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Photo by Matt McClain of the Washington Post.

Golf Course at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Photo by Matt McClain of the Washington Post.

Friends of the Soldiers Home for the second consecutive year is pleased to announce that through our organization, members of the community have an opportunity to become associate members of the Armed Forces Retirement Home Golf Course.

This is an exciting opportunity to use a nine-hole golf course located on the Home’s beautiful, historic campus in the heart of Washington, D.C.
his opportunity shows continued growth in the Friends-Home partnership that includes 40 events each year, including the upcoming Spring Fling festival on Saturday, May 3.

Below is everything you need to know about getting a membership, courtesy of the Friends’ golf program coordinator, Craig Isakow.

What is the membership fee and for how long does the fee cover membership:  The annual membership fee covers membership from Oct 1 to September 30th.  The annual fee is $750.  Starting June 1 each year new members can pay a prorated fee of $62.50 per month for the remainder of the year (e.g. if you join June 1st the fee will be $250 through September 30th.)

What is the contact information for the golf pro?
Matt Kayson, PGA
AFRH Golf Course
(202) 541-7773
mkaysonpga (at) icloud (dot) com

What are the guest fees: During the week, fees are $12 for nine holes, $18 for 18 holes (play the same nine holes twice). On the weekend and holidays, the fees are $15 for nine holes and $25 for 18 holes.

How much for a cart: Riding carts are $12 for nine holes, $20 for 18 holes.  Pull carts are $3.When is the course open: 364 days a year (closed on Dec. 25)

How much to hit balls on the driving range: Full service range and three sizes of buckets of balls available $3, $5, $7

Are there any fees per round: Your membership includes unlimited rounds walking. Carts are extra.

Can my wife/son/husband/roomate be included in my membership: The membership allows two members per household, meaning immediate family members residing in the household.  This does not include roomates. If there are additional members of the household who would also like to play, they can play for the guest fee.

Are there clubs available to rent: Yes, $5.

Can I get lessons: Yes, the golf pro on site provides lessons.

Are there other amenities/restaurants on site: No, at this time there is only a small starter house with vending machines.

Are there tournaments: Yes there are monthly tournaments that are followed by cookouts on site.

What is the condition of the course: The course recently hired a news groundskeeper. The current condition is comparable to local D.C. public courses.

How many current associate golf members: Right now there are over 300 associate members, but the course hardly ever gets backed up.

Where can I get more information about supporting Friends of the Soldiers Home: Learn more about Friends of Soldier Home and donate here: http://friendsofsoldiers.org/  In order to continue to build this wonderful partnership between the community and the Home, Friends of the Soldiers Home requests a $30 donation from each person who purchases a golf membership. We also ask that you be willing to volunteer at some of our activities.

What is the next step to join: There is a membership form that can be picked up at the golf course that needs to be filled out (or click here to get the membership form electronically).  Once approved then you will receive a golf membership card and car decal that will allow you onto the AFRH grounds.  Once you have the form filled out take it by the golf course or email it to mkaysonpga (at) icloud (dot) com

Additional Questions: Submit your interest and questions through this form or contact Matt at the golf shack directly by calling 202-541-7773.