Destination Guide

Destination: Maryland

Maryland is a small state compared to neighboring Pennsylvania and Virginia, but with more than 200 golf courses -- one for approximately every 43 square miles of land -- a golfer is never far from a fairway.

Because Maryland is so close to Washington, D.C., there are many golf courses frequented by presidents and other dignitaries. Most of these are private clubs, but everyone can watch the real celebrities (PGA Tour pros) tee it up in the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.

Folks in the Baltimore-Washington area, however, expect a lot from the home courses they can play -- and they get it.

Where to play golf in Maryland


Ocean City has more golf courses than in any other city in Maryland and is considered one of the East Coast's premier vacation destinations. Notable courses in Ocean City include Eagle's Landing Golf Course, Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links and River Run Golf Club.

The metro Baltimore/Annapolis area has a variety of choices as well. None is better than Bulle Rock, a Pete Dye design in Havre De Grace that has been ranked among the top 50 courses in the nation.

Frederick and Washington counties in western Maryland may not be tourist hotspots, but there are several courses worth playing, including PB Dye Golf Club in Ijamsville and Worthington Manor Golf Club in Urbana. On the eastern shore, Hog Neck Golf Course in Easton is a local favorite and nationally acclaimed.

What to do besides golf?

Maryland has more than 31 miles of coastline, making for a variety of recreation options on the Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay.

Assateague Island is a natural barrier located off the coast of Ocean City. No golf is available on this 37-mile island, which is completely natural. But sandy beaches allow for surfing and tanning, as well as canoeing and exploring marshes within the island. Camping, horseback riding and hunting are also popular activities through the Assateague National Park Service.

First-class fishing is available in Chesapeake Bay, which helps provide great seafood along the shores and throughout Maryland. Many Maryland restaurants are known for famous blue crab dishes. Along with fishing, Chesapeake Bay has an abundance of crustaceans and is a popular activity in the bay. Maryland is also home to the Fishing Bay Water Trail, which is a trail throughout the wetlands of the state.

There are many historic towns all along the eastern shore of Maryland. Kent County is the second-oldest county in the state. Each May, the citizens of Chestertown have a reenactment of the lesser-known Chestertown Tea Party. Talbot and Queen Anne's county also provide a blend of historic charm and sea life.

Getting there


Six airports make getting in and out of Maryland very easy. The only international airport, however, is the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Ocean City is another regional airport golfers may find of use.

Baltimore is the center of Maryland's activity and most highways funnel to it. I-70 runs into Baltimore from the west, and I-95 comes from Virginia and continues on to Washington D.C. I-83 comes from Pennsylvania to the north. Annapolis, Maryland's capital, is just 20 miles south of Baltimore and is connected by I-97.

Transportation


Maryland is serviced by six airports total. The only international airport however is the Baltimore-Washington. International Airport. Ocean City is another regional airport golfers may find of use, located south of Baltimore on the Chesapeake Bay.

Baltimore is the center of Maryland’s activity and most highways funnel to it. I-70 runs into Baltimore from the west, and I-95 comes from Virginia and continues on to Washington D.C. I-83 comes from Pennsylvania to the north. Annapolis, Maryland’s capital is just 20 miles south of Baltimore and is connected by I-97.

FAQ


1) Where is the biggest concentration of golf in Maryland?

Ocean City has more courses in Maryland than in any other city. It’s considered one of the east’s premier vacation destinations. Notable courses in Ocean City include: Eagle’s Landing, Rum Pointe, River Run, the Links at Ocean Sound and the Beach Club golf links. However, with over 200 courses in Maryland, you’re never too far away.

2) What about in the metro areas of Baltimore and Annapolis?

The metro Baltimore/Annapolis area has a variety of choices, even for those without a membership. Pete Dye’s Bulle Rock is the most noteworthy, having been earned “best new upscale course” in 1998. Beach Tree Golf Club is another prestigious course in the area, having been noted as a “Top 100 You Can Play”.

3) Is there any coastline in Maryland so I can enjoy the Atlantic?

Assateague Island and the rest of Maryland provide for over 31 miles of coastline, making for a variety of recreation options on the Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay.

4) I've never heard of Assateague Island. Is it a good place to visit?

Assateague Island is a natural barrier located off the coast of Ocean City. No golf is available on this 37-mile island, which is completely natural. But sandy beaches allow for surfing and tanning, as well as canoeing and exploring marshes within the island. Camping, horseback riding and hunting are also popular activities through the Assateague National Park Service.

5) Western Maryland is mostly farmland and countryside, right?

That used to be the case, but there has been a lot of new developments including many new golf courses. The counties of Fredrick and Washington aren't exactly tourist hotspots, but several courses are worth a look if passing through or visiting family: P.B. Dye Golf Club, Whiskey Creek, Worthington Manor and Musket Ridge are among the honor roll.

6) What flavor does the Chesapeake Bay bring to Maryland?

First-class fishing is available in Chesapeake Bay. The bay also provides for some great seafood along the shores and throughout Maryland. Many Maryland restaurants are known for famous blue crab dishes. Along with fishing, Chesapeake Bay has an abundance of crustaceans and is a popular activity in the bay. Maryland is also home to the Fishing Bay Water Trail, which is a trail throughout the wetlands of the state. For more information: www.tourdorchester.org

7) What else is going on in the eastern counties of Maryland?

There are many historic towns all along the eastern shore of Maryland. Kent County is the second oldest county in the state. Each May, the citizens of Chestertown have a reenactment of the lesser-known Chestertown Tea Party. Talbot and Queen Anne's county also provide a blend of historic charm and sea life. As for golf, Hog Neck is a local favorite and nationally acclaimed as a four star course by Golf Digest. River Marsh and Harbourtowne Golf Links are also among the best courses along the shore.

8) How can I play the TPC Avenel?

The TPC Avenel is one of several TPC courses that are private. As the host to the PGA's Kemper Open, the TPC is one of the most prestigious golf spots in Maryland. Its vicinity to the Washington D.C. area in Potomac means it's just another private club for government officials. The closest you can get to the action is by being in the gallery during the tournament.

9) What makes up the "Capital Region" of Maryland?

The Capital Region spans across the middle of the state and is bordered by the Potomac River. Much of Washington D.C.'s current land was donated by Maryland in 1791. The Capital Region isn't all bustling suburbs, some farmland still exists today. Frederick, Montgomery and Prince George County make up the Capital Region. The golf in these counties is mostly comprised of old, public layouts. The more modern designs are west and along the eastern shore. Glenn Dale, Potomac Ridge, Cross Creek and Marlton are the top, classic layouts in the region.

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Courses

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Glade Valley Golf Club
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Walkersville $12.65
Rocky Gap Casino Resort
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Flintstone $42
P.B. Dye Golf Club
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Ijamsville $25
Waverly Woods Golf Course
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Marriottsville $41
Richland Golf Club
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Middletown $23
Blue Mash Golf Course
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Laytonsville $44
Fairway Hills Golf Club
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Columbia $35
River Run Golf Club
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Berlin $27
Great Hope Golf Course
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Westover $14
Hyatt River Marsh Golf Club
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Cambridge $52
Ocean Pines Golf Club
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Berlin $21
Maryland National Golf Club
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Middletown $39
Clustered Spires Golf Course
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Frederick $14
Falls Road Golf Course Potomac $45
Maplehurst Country Club
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Frostburg $12
Little Bennett Golf Course Clarksburg $39.95 - $49.95
Main at Needwood Golf Course Derwood $52
Hobbit's Glen Golf Club
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Columbia $60
Swan Point Yacht & Country Club
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Issue $19
Severna Park Golf Center
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Arnold $5
Hampshire Greens Golf Course Silver Spring $39.95 - $54.95
Ruggles Golf Course Aberdeen Proving Ground $20 - $39
Blue Heron Golf Course Stevensville $22 - $34
Bay Hills Golf Club
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Arnold $21
Eagle's Landing Golf Course
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Berlin $26
Winter Quarters Municipal Golf Course Pocomoke City $12
Forest Park Golf Course
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Baltimore $18
East Course at Bay Club
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Berlin $25
Fantasy Valley Golf Course
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McHenry $30
Westminster National Golf Course
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Westminster $12
Mountain Branch Golf Club Joppa $45 - $75
Nine Hole at Northwest Golf Course Wheaton $23
War Admiral Course at GlenRiddle Golf Club Berlin $50 - $119
West Winds Golf Club
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New Market $9
Pine Ridge Golf Course Lutherville $30 - $46
Hollow Course at Potomac Ridge Waldorf $43 - $49
Geneva Farm Golf Course
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Street $16
Horse Bridge Golf Course
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Salisbury $9
Ridge Course at Potomac Ridge Waldorf $43 - $49
East at Andrews AFB Golf Course
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Andrews AFB $50
Main at Northwest Golf Course Wheaton $20 - $55
South at Andrews AFB Golf Course Andrews AFB $57
North/East Course at Compass Pointe Golf Club
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Pasadena $30
Marlton Golf Club
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Upper Marlboro $12
Links at Challedon
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Mount Airy $27
Whiskey Creek Golf Club
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Ijamsville $40
White Plains Golf Course White Plains $16 - $27
West Course at Bay Club
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Berlin $25
Lake Presidential Golf Club
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Upper Marlboro $34
Caroline Country Club Denton $36
Walden Golf Club
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Crofton $15
Meadows Course at Potomac Ridge Waldorf $43 - $49
Timbers at Troy
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Elkridge $26
Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links Berlin $40 - $109
Maple Run Golf Course
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Thurmont $15
Rattlewood Golf Course Mount Airy $19.95 - $39.95
Bowie Golf & Country Club
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Bowie $17
Wetlands Golf Club
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Aberdeen $14
Harbourtowne Golf Course Saint Michaels $80
Laytonsville Golf Course Laytonsville $35
Mount Pleasant Golf Course
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Baltimore $21
Oak Creek Golf Club
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Upper Marlboro $25
Seaside Course at Ocean City Golf Club
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Berlin $25
Links Course At Lighthouse Sound Bishopville $60 - $149
Willow Springs Golf Course
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West Friendship $23
Sligo Creek Golf Course Silver Spring $25
Black Rock Golf Course
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Hagerstown $20
Man O' War Course at GlenRiddle Golf Club Berlin $35 - $99
Oakland Golf Club
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Oakland $20
Ocean Resorts Golf Club
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Berlin $21
Nutters Crossing Golf Club Salisbury $49
Redgate Golf Course
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Rockville $24
Executive at Needwood Golf Course Derwood $22
Patriots Glen National Golf Club
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Elkton $14.35
Carroll Park Golf Course
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Baltimore $17
West at Andrews AFB Golf Course Andrews AFB $57
Renditions Golf Course
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Davidsonville $40
Eisenhower Golf Course
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Crownsville $36
South/West Course at Compass Pointe Golf Club
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Pasadena $30
Newport Bay Course at Ocean City Golf Club
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Berlin $31
Poolesville Golf Course Poolesville $25 - $42
Patuxent Greens Golf Club
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Laurel $14
Beaver Creek Country Club
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Hagerstown $30
Clifton Park Golf Course
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Baltimore $18
Green Hill Country Club
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Quantico $27
East Course at Baltimore Country Club Lutherville $150 - $175
Enterprise Golf Course Mitchellville $41
Prospect Bay Country Club Grasonville $55
Back Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Bittersweet Golf Course Elkton $22 - $30
Cattail Creek Country Club Glenwood $101
Oakmont Green Golf Course Hampstead $13 - $23
Paint Branch Golf Complex College Park $10 - $16
Glenn Dale Golf Club Glenn Dale $17 - $42
Chartwell Golf & Country Club Severna Park $62
Cumberland Country Club Cumberland $50
University of Maryland Golf Course College Park $20 - $62
North Course at Woodmont Country Club Rockville $90 - $121
Country Club at Woodmore Mitchellville $84
Greystone Golf Course White Hall $25 - $58
Winnfield Golf Lonaconing $20
Lodestone Golf Club Mc Henry $59 - $89
Elks Golf Club Salisbury $18
South Course at Woodmont Country Club Rockville $90 - $121
Cross Creek Golf Club Beltsville $20 - $35
Great Oak Landing Marina Golf Course Chestertown $20
Woodlands at Diamond Ridge Golf Course Windsor Mill $29 - $54
Fore Sisters Golf Course Rawlings $35
Fox Hollow Golf Course Timonium $15 - $47
Caves Valley Golf Club Owings Mills $185
Henson Creek Golf Course Fort Washington $16 - $23
River House Golf at the Easton Club Easton $30 - $52
Assateague Greens Golf Center Ocean City $24
Green/White Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
Nine Hole Course at Sparrows Point Country Club Baltimore $38
Chesapeake Bay Golf Club At Rising Sun Rising Sun $20 - $42
West Course at Baltimore Country Club Lutherville $130 - $175
Four Streams Beallsville $120
Columbia Country Club Chevy Chase $120 - $160
Eighteen Hole at Hog Neck Golf Course Easton $30 - $45
Liberty Road Golf Center Frederick $10
Exton Golf Course Aberdeen Proving Ground $14
Mitchell's Golf Complex Reisterstown $12
Golf Club at South River Edgewater $65
Wicomico Golf Course Mechanicsville $15 - $45
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm Potomac $205.15
Eighteen Hole Course at Sparrows Point Country Club Baltimore $64
Elkridge Club Baltimore $91
Cedar Point Golf Club Patuxent River $37
Veterans of Foreign Wars Country Club Frederick $20
Hillendale Country Club Phoenix $105
Gold Course at Congressional Country Club Bethesda $170
Executive at Hog Neck Golf Course Easton $17 - $29
Harry Pitt Nine Course at Manor Country Club Rockville $15
Chesapeake Bay Golf Club North East $15 - $30
Front Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Lakewood Country Club Rockville $100
Montgomery Country Club Laytonsville $59
Talbot Country Club Easton $53
Green Spring Valley Hunt Club Owings Mills $117
Back Creek Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Suburban Club of Baltimore County Pikesville $55
Musket Ridge Golf Club Myersville $75
Cove Creek Club Stevensville $45
Original Course at Turf Valley Golf Resort Ellicott City $87
Yinglings Golf Center Hagerstown $12
Furnace Bay Golf Course Perryville $26 - $41
Bretton Woods Golf Course Germantown $55
Piney Branch Golf Club Hampstead $77
Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run Hagerstown $9 - $12
United States Naval Academy Golf Club Annapolis $61
Gold/Green Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
Old Course at Hunters Oak Golf Club Queenstown $49 - $65
Chesapeake Hills Golf Course Lusby $16 - $21
Hayfields Country Club Hunt Valley $110
Eagle's Nest Country Club Phoenix $55
Country Club of Maryland Towson $95
Chevy Chase Club Chevy Chase $130
Rolling Road Golf Club Catonsville $48
Argyle Country Club Silver Spring $80
Kenwood Golf & Country Club Bethesda $95
Old South Country Club Lothian $80
Worthington Manor Golf Club Urbana $29 - $69
Norbeck Country Club Rockville $80
Bulle Rock Golf Course Havre de Grace $79 - $130
Chestnut Ridge Country Club Lutherville $85
Hope Valley Golf Course Mount Airy $25
Choptank River Golf & Events Cambridge $49
Twin Shields Golf Club Dunkirk $17 - $28
Bethesda Country Club Bethesda $100
Championship Course at Mellomar Golf Park Owings $15
Crofton Country Club Crofton $45 - $65
Gunpowder Golf Course Laurel $10 - $33
Rocky Point Golf Course Essex $16 - $31
Thousand Acres Lakeside Golf Club Swanton $20 - $30
New Course at Hunters Oak Golf Club Queenstown $49 - $65
White/Blue at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
Lakes Course at Queenstown Harbor Queenstown $52 - $62
Waterfront Greens Golf Course Swanton N/A
Breton Bay Golf & Country Club Leonardtown $35
Gibson Island Club Gibson Island $101
Fountain Head Country Club Hagerstown $67
Chester River Yacht & Country Club Chestertown $61
Maryland Golf & Country Clubs Bel Air $65
Regulation Course at Manor Country Club Rockville $105
Black Horse Golf & Learning Center White Hall $5
Montgomery Village Golf Club Gaithersburg $55
Leisure World Golf Course Silver Spring $25
McDaniel College Golf Club Westminster $10
River Downs Golf Club Finksburg $30 - $35
Hawthorne Country Club La Plata $23
Holly Hills Country Club Ijamsville $83
Par-3 Course at Mellomar Golf Park Owings $7
River Course at Queenstown Harbor Queenstown $75 - $89
Heritage Harbour Golf Course Annapolis $21
Blue Course at Congressional Country Club Bethesda $170
Red/White at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
White/Gold Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
Winters Run Golf Club Bel Air $55
Red/Blue at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
Marlborough Golf Club Upper Marlboro $50 - $59
Sherwood Forest Golf Course Sherwood Forest N/A
Woodholme Country Club Pikesville $125
National Golf Club at Tantallon Fort Washington $70
Wood Creek Golf Links Delmar $28
Burning Tree Club Bethesda $135
Diamond Ridge at Diamond Ridge Golf Course Windsor Mill $15 - $33
Night Hawk Golf Center Gambrills $8.50
Hialeah Course at Turf Valley Golf Resort Ellicott City $87
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