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U.S. Naval Academy Golf Club - Golf and Cross Country

Due to security restrictions in place, only those vehicles driven by someone with a Department of Defense identification card will be able to drive onto the U.S. Naval Academy grounds.

However, the USNA Golf Club is located off the USNA grounds and does not require fans to go through a security checkpoint. Parking is available.

Click HERE for:

  • vehicle and pedestrian access information,
  • shuttle bus availability,
  • ticket information,
  • team schedules, plus
  • maps and directions to Annapolis and the USNA.


The U.S. Naval Academy Golf Club is a private, university golf course owned by the Naval Academy. It is operated by the Naval Academy Golf Association (NAGA), which is affiliated with the Naval Academy Athletic Association (NAAA). NAGA originally owned a nine-hole course established in 1916 which was adjacent to the Naval Academy Yard. However, the current golf course was acquired by the Naval Academy around 1939, when it was redesigned by renowned architect William Flynn (Shinnecock Hills, Cherry Hills, Upper Cascades).

The 18-hole course features 6,611 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 71.7 and it has a slope rating of 128.

The golf course serves approximately 600 annual members and their spouses. In addition, it serves as the home course for the Brigade of Midshipmen and all of the faculty and staff at the Naval Academy. Active duty and retired military personnel also have access to the course. The golf course averages roughly 30,000 rounds per year, and is open year round, weather permitting.

The current golf club staff features one head golf professional, three assistant professionals and several part-time staff members who administer the pro shop operation. Pat Owen, the head professional at the U.S. Naval Academy Golf Club, also serves as the head coach for the Midshipmen golf team, which has competed on the Div. I level since the 1930s. The golf team, a member of the Patriot League, competes primarily in the NCAA?District 2 Region. It has produced four All-Americans - Eric Uteggard ('69), Dave Ziemba ('77), Aaron Wright ('98) and Billy Hurley ('04).

Willie McCool Monument

The Willie McCool Monument on the USNA Cross Country Course memorializes Navy's 1982 team captain who was one of seven astronauts that perished in the Space Shuttle Columbia during re-entry on February 1, 2003. The last audible transmission received from Columbia before the tragedy occurred at 8:59 a.m. that morning - 16 minutes from the shuttle's scheduled landing of 9:15 a.m.

On Navy's home course during his senior season in 1982, McCool recorded a career-best time of 24:27 - which stands as the 28th-fastest Navy time in course history. The monument is located where he would have been 8:27 into the race during that day - 16 minutes from home.

McCool, 41, was a former test pilot in the Navy and served that role for the STS-107 (Space Shuttle Columbia). He received a Bachelor of Science degree in applied science from the U.S Naval Academy in 1983, a Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland in 1985, and a Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1992. McCool, as a member of the Blue Team, worked with many experiments and was also responsible for maneuvering Columbia as part of several experiments mounted in the shuttle's payload bay.

Selected by NASA in 1996, McCool was making his first spaceflight.


Willie McCool Monument

Cross Country Information

Course Map - Men's
Course Map - Women's

The starting line for cross country races is on Greenbury Point Road just past the intersection of Providence Road. Parking is available along the side of the Greenbury Point Road.