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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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Seaside Course at Ocean City Golf Club
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Berlin $30
Maryland National Golf Club
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Middletown $44
Glade Valley Golf Club
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Walkersville $15.84
Little Bennett Golf Course
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Clarksburg $25
River Run Golf Club
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Berlin $29
Hampshire Greens Golf Course
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Silver Spring $33.99
Lodestone Golf Club
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Mc Henry $59 - $89
Newport Bay Course at Ocean City Golf Club
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Berlin $38
Rattlewood Golf Course
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Mount Airy $31
Fantasy Valley Golf Course
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McHenry $39 - $59
Worthington Manor Golf Club
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Urbana $29
Blue Mash Golf Course
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Laytonsville $42
Great Hope Golf Course
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Westover $18
Marlton Golf Club
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Upper Marlboro $22.5
Black Rock Golf Course
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Hagerstown $30
White Plains Golf Course
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White Plains $28
Hobbit's Glen Golf Club
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Columbia $35
Hyatt River Marsh Golf Club
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Cambridge $49
West Winds Golf Club
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New Market $20
Maple Run Golf Course
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Thurmont $28
Wetlands Golf Club
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Aberdeen $20
Rocky Gap Casino Resort
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Flintstone $50 - $60
Oakland Golf Club
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Oakland $25
Ocean Resorts Golf Club
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Berlin $23
Fairway Hills Golf Club
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Columbia $41
Cross Creek Golf Club
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Beltsville $25
Deer Run Golf Club
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Berlin $15
Geneva Farm Golf Course
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Street $18
Clustered Spires Golf Course
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Frederick $25
Hollow Creek Golf Club
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Middletown $30 - $45
Patriots Glen National Golf Club
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Elkton $20
War Admiral Course at GlenRiddle Golf Club
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Berlin $55
Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links
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Berlin $44
East Course at Bay Club
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Berlin $30
Nine Hole at Northwest Park Golf Course
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Wheaton $22
Whiskey Creek Golf Club
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Ijamsville $45
Maplehurst Country Club
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Frostburg $15
P.B. Dye Golf Club
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Ijamsville $29
Timbers at Troy
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Elkridge $35
Meadows Course at Potomac Ridge
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Waldorf $35
Swan Point Yacht & Country Club
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Issue $20
Links Course At Lighthouse Sound
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Bishopville $62
Caroline Country Club
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Denton $22
Bowie Golf & Country Club
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Bowie $14
Bay Hills Golf Club
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Arnold $14.95
Laytonsville Golf Course
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Laytonsville $22.99
Lake Presidential Golf Club
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Upper Marlboro $34
River House Golf at the Easton Club
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Easton $20
North/East Course at Compass Pointe Golf Club
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Pasadena $23
Westminster National Golf Course
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Westminster $14
Main at Northwest Park Golf Course
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Wheaton $33.99
Nutters Crossing Golf Club
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Salisbury $25
Winter Quarters Municipal Golf Course
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Pocomoke City $14
Redgate Golf Course
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Rockville $26
Falls Road Golf Course
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Potomac $35
Horse Bridge Golf Course
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Salisbury $9
Ridge Course at Potomac Ridge
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Waldorf $35
Waverly Woods Golf Course
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Marriottsville $49
South/West Course at Compass Pointe Golf Club
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Pasadena $23
Hollow Course at Potomac Ridge
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Waldorf $35
Sligo Creek Golf Course
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Silver Spring $10
Renditions Golf Course
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Davidsonville $42
Patuxent Greens Golf Club
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Laurel $16
Mountain Branch Golf Club
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Joppa $40
Walden Golf Club
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Crofton $19
Clearview at Horn's Point
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Cambridge $30
Harbourtowne Golf Course
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Saint Michaels $50
West Course at Bay Club
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Berlin $40
Links at Challedon
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Mount Airy $27
Blue Heron Golf Course
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Stevensville $15
Eagle's Landing Golf Course
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Berlin $49
Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club
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Berlin $27.95
Man O' War Course at GlenRiddle Golf Club
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Berlin $89
Green Hill Country Club
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Quantico $25
Poolesville Golf Course
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Poolesville $22
Executive at Needwood Golf Course
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Derwood $33.99
Willow Springs Golf Course
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West Friendship $19
Main at Needwood Golf Course
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Derwood $33.99
Eisenhower Golf Course
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Crownsville $31
National Golf Club at Tantallon Fort Washington $70
Ruggles Golf Course Aberdeen Proving Ground $20
Twin Shields Golf Club Dunkirk $17 - $28
Par-3 Course at Mellomar Golf Park Owings $7
Caves Valley Golf Club Owings Mills $185
West at Andrews AFB Golf Course Andrews AFB $57
Veterans of Foreign Wars Country Club Frederick $20
Liberty Road Golf Center Frederick $10
East Course at Baltimore Country Club Lutherville $150 - $175
Cumberland Country Club Cumberland $50
Front Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Red/White at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
Red/Blue at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
Regulation Course at Manor Country Club Rockville $105
Woodlands at Diamond Ridge Golf Course Woodlawn $29 - $54
Pine Ridge Golf Course Lutherville $30 - $46
Eighteen Hole Course at Sparrows Point Country Club Baltimore $64
Furnace Bay Golf Course Perryville $26 - $41
Norbeck Country Club Rockville $80
Golf Club at South River Edgewater $65
Forest Park Golf Course Baltimore $32
Eighteen Hole at Hog Neck Golf Course Easton $30 - $45
Chester River Yacht & Country Club Chestertown $61
White/Blue at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
Winters Run Golf Club Bel Air $55
Hope Valley Golf Course Mount Airy $25
Fountain Head Country Club Hagerstown $67
Bretton Woods Golf Course Germantown $55
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm Potomac $205.15
Old Course at Hunters Oak Golf Club Queenstown $49 - $65
Beaver Creek Country Club Hagerstown $40 - $55
Gibson Island Club Gibson Island $101
Suburban Club of Baltimore County Pikesville $55
Mitchell's Golf Complex Reisterstown $12
Kenwood Golf & Country Club Bethesda $95
Nassawango Country Club Snow Hill $39
Burning Tree Club Bethesda $135
Elkridge Club Baltimore $91
Hialeah Course at Turf Valley Golf Resort Ellicott City $87
Great Oak Landing Marina Golf Course Chestertown $20
Prospect Bay Country Club Grasonville $55
Bittersweet Golf Course Elkton $22 - $30
Cedar Point Golf Club Patuxent River $37
Original Course at Turf Valley Golf Resort Ellicott City $87
Green/White Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
Black Horse Golf & Learning Center White Hall $5
Hawthorne Country Club La Plata $25.50
Chesapeake Bay Golf Club North East $15 - $30
Chesapeake Bay Golf Club At Rising Sun Rising Sun $20 - $42
Gold Course at Congressional Country Club Bethesda $170
Wood Creek Golf Links Delmar $28
Green Spring Valley Hunt Club Owings Mills $117
Henson Creek Golf Course Fort Washington $15
North Course at Woodmont Country Club Rockville $90 - $121
Breton Bay Golf & Country Club Leonardtown $46.5
West Course at Baltimore Country Club Lutherville $130 - $175
Gold/Green Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
White/Gold Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
Executive at Hog Neck Golf Course Easton $17 - $29
Fox Hollow Golf Course Timonium $16 - $31
Bulle Rock Golf Course Havre de Grace $79 - $130
Montgomery Country Club Laytonsville $59
Old South Country Club Lothian $80
Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run Hagerstown $9 - $12
Leisure World Golf Course Silver Spring $25
Carroll Park Golf Course Baltimore $23
Montgomery Village Golf Club Gaithersburg $55
Hayfields Country Club Hunt Valley $110
Bethesda Country Club Bethesda $100
Glenn Dale Golf Club Glenn Dale $16 - $21
Argyle Country Club Silver Spring $80
Musket Ridge Golf Club Myersville $75
Winnfield Golf Lonaconing $20
Towson Golf & Country Club Phoenix $55
Chartwell Golf & Country Club Severna Park $62
Talbot Country Club Easton $53
Holly Hills Country Club Ijamsville $83
River Downs Golf Club Finksburg $30 - $35
Exton Golf Course Aberdeen Proving Ground $14
Cove Creek Club Stevensville $45
Sherwood Forest Golf Course Sherwood Forest N/A
Woodholme Country Club Pikesville $125
Wicomico Golf Course Mechanicsville $35
Fore Sisters Golf Course Rawlings $35
Championship Course at Mellomar Golf Park Owings $15
Heritage Harbour Golf Course Annapolis $21
Greystone Golf Course White Hall $25 - $58
Chestnut Ridge Country Club Lutherville $85
Yinglings Golf Center Hagerstown $12
University of Maryland Golf Course College Park $50
Crofton Country Club Crofton $40 - $60
Chesapeake Hills Golf Course Lusby $40
Rocky Point Golf Course Essex $16 - $31
Lakes Course at Queenstown Harbor Queenstown $52 - $62
Clifton Park Golf Course Baltimore $22 - $34
South Course at Woodmont Country Club Rockville $90 - $121
Cattail Creek Country Club Glenwood $101
Enterprise Golf Course Mitchellville $41
Marlborough Golf Club Upper Marlboro $50 - $59
East at Andrews AFB Golf Course Andrews AFB $57
New Course at Hunters Oak Golf Club Queenstown $49 - $65
Hillendale Country Club Phoenix $105
Back Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Harry Pitt Nine Course at Manor Country Club Rockville $15
Blue Course at Congressional Country Club Bethesda $170
Paint Branch Golf Complex College Park $10 - $15
United States Naval Academy Golf Club Annapolis $61
Rolling Road Golf Club Catonsville $48
Waterfront Greens Golf Course Swanton N/A
Elks Golf Club Salisbury $18
South at Andrews AFB Golf Course Andrews AFB $57
Nine Hole Course at Sparrows Point Country Club Baltimore $38
Severna Park Golf Center Arnold $10
Country Club at Woodmore Mitchellville $84
Columbia Country Club Chevy Chase $120 - $160
Oak Creek Golf Club Upper Marlboro $76
Piney Branch Golf Club Hampstead $77
McDaniel College Golf Club Westminster $10
Gunpowder Golf Course Laurel $5 - $17
Country Club of Maryland Towson $95
Four Streams Beallsville $120
Mount Pleasant Golf Course Baltimore $42
Night Hawk Golf Center Gambrills $8.50
Thousand Acres Lakeside Golf Club Swanton $20 - $30
Chevy Chase Club Chevy Chase $130
Diamond Ridge at Diamond Ridge Golf Course Woodlawn $16 - $31
River Course at Queenstown Harbor Queenstown $75 - $89
Back Creek Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Lakewood Country Club Rockville $100
Assateague Greens Golf Center Ocean City $24
Oakmont Green Golf Course Hampstead $13 - $23
Maryland Golf & Country Clubs Bel Air $65
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