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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Ocean Pines Golf Club
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Berlin $25
River Run Golf Club
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Berlin $75
P.B. Dye Golf Club
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Ijamsville $10
Blue Mash Golf Course
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Laytonsville $41
Hyatt River Marsh Golf Club
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Cambridge $65
Clustered Spires Golf Course
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Frederick $30
Rocky Gap Casino Resort
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Flintstone $35
Richland Golf Club
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Middletown $23
Maryland National Golf Club
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Middletown $40
Fairway Hills Golf Club
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Columbia $43
Waverly Woods Golf Course
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Marriottsville $32
Glade Valley Golf Club
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Walkersville $15.95
Oak Creek Golf Club
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Upper Marlboro $25
Blue Heron Golf Course Stevensville $22 - $34
Seaside Course at Ocean City Golf Club
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Berlin $28
Ocean Resorts Golf Club
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Berlin $31
Marlton Golf Club
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Upper Marlboro $10.65
Westminster National Golf Course
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Westminster $15
Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links Berlin $40 - $109
Poolesville Golf Course Poolesville $25 - $42
Redgate Golf Course
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Rockville $24
Beaver Creek Country Club
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Hagerstown $30
Man O' War Course at GlenRiddle Golf Club Berlin $35 - $99
Clearview at Horn's Point Cambridge $46
South at Andrews AFB Golf Course
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Andrews AFB $50
Bowie Golf & Country Club
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Bowie $17
Laytonsville Golf Course Laytonsville $35
Great Hope Golf Course
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Westover $19
White Plains Golf Course White Plains $16 - $27
West at Andrews AFB Golf Course
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Andrews AFB $50
Fantasy Valley Golf Course
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McHenry $24
Hollow Course at Potomac Ridge Waldorf $43 - $49
Clifton Park Golf Course
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Baltimore $18
Newport Bay Course at Ocean City Golf Club
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Berlin $41
Meadows Course at Potomac Ridge Waldorf $43 - $49
Forest Park Golf Course
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Baltimore $18
Whiskey Creek Golf Club
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Ijamsville $45
Executive at Needwood Golf Course Derwood $22
Main at Northwest Golf Course Wheaton $20 - $55
Links at Challedon
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Mount Airy $27
Main at Needwood Golf Course Derwood $52
War Admiral Course at GlenRiddle Golf Club Berlin $50 - $119
Maplehurst Country Club
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Frostburg $15
Winter Quarters Municipal Golf Course Pocomoke City $12
Swan Point Yacht & Country Club
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Issue $20
Caroline Country Club Denton $36
Links Course At Lighthouse Sound Bishopville $60 - $149
Horse Bridge Golf Course
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Salisbury $9
Eisenhower Golf Course
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Crownsville $36
Severna Park Golf Center
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Arnold $5
Lake Presidential Golf Club
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Upper Marlboro $26
South/West Course at Compass Pointe Golf Club
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Pasadena $33
Oakland Golf Club
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Oakland $19
Mountain Branch Golf Club Joppa $45 - $75
Falls Road Golf Course Potomac $45
Walden Golf Club
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Crofton $24
Rattlewood Golf Course Mount Airy $19.95 - $39.95
Mount Pleasant Golf Course
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Baltimore $21
Eagle's Landing Golf Course
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Berlin $40
Harbourtowne Golf Course Saint Michaels $80
Ridge Course at Potomac Ridge Waldorf $43 - $49
North/East Course at Compass Pointe Golf Club
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Pasadena $33
Hobbit's Glen Golf Club
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Columbia $35
East at Andrews AFB Golf Course
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Andrews AFB $50
Bay Hills Golf Club
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Arnold $19.95
Nutters Crossing Golf Club Salisbury $49
Timbers at Troy
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Elkridge $33
Geneva Farm Golf Course
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Street $27
Little Bennett Golf Course Clarksburg $39.95 - $49.95
Nine Hole at Northwest Golf Course Wheaton $23
West Winds Golf Club
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New Market $9
East Course at Bay Club
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Berlin $32
Carroll Park Golf Course
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Baltimore $17
West Course at Bay Club
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Berlin $35
Renditions Golf Course
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Davidsonville $35
Wetlands Golf Club
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Aberdeen $24
Sligo Creek Golf Course Silver Spring $25
Green Hill Country Club
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Quantico $19
Willow Springs Golf Course
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West Friendship $23
Maple Run Golf Course
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Thurmont $13
Black Rock Golf Course
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Hagerstown $20
Hampshire Greens Golf Course Silver Spring $39.95 - $54.95
Patuxent Greens Golf Club
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Laurel $20
Patriots Glen National Golf Club
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Elkton $15
Musket Ridge Golf Club Myersville $75
Thousand Acres Lakeside Golf Club Swanton $20 - $30
Red/White at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
Lakewood Country Club Rockville $100
Chesapeake Hills Golf Course Lusby $16 - $21
Night Hawk Golf Center Gambrills $8.50
Red/Blue at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
Harry Pitt Nine Course at Manor Country Club Rockville $15
Chester River Yacht & Country Club Chestertown $61
Ruggles Golf Course Aberdeen Proving Ground $20 - $39
Worthington Manor Golf Club Urbana $29 - $69
Hayfields Country Club Hunt Valley $110
Elkridge Club Baltimore $91
East Course at Baltimore Country Club Lutherville $150 - $175
Bulle Rock Golf Course Havre de Grace $79 - $130
Henson Creek Golf Course Fort Washington $16 - $23
Back Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
River House Golf at the Easton Club Easton $30 - $52
Eighteen Hole at Hog Neck Golf Course Easton $30 - $45
Cross Creek Golf Club Beltsville $20 - $35
Leisure World Golf Course Silver Spring $25
National Golf Club at Tantallon Fort Washington $70
Chartwell Golf & Country Club Severna Park $62
Cumberland Country Club Cumberland $50
Cattail Creek Country Club Glenwood $101
Heritage Harbour Golf Course Annapolis $21
Talbot Country Club Easton $53
Regulation Course at Manor Country Club Rockville $105
Gunpowder Golf Course Laurel $10 - $33
Argyle Country Club Silver Spring $80
Country Club at Woodmore Mitchellville $84
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm Potomac $205.15
Fore Sisters Golf Course Rawlings $35
Hillendale Country Club Phoenix $105
Chevy Chase Club Chevy Chase $130
Paint Branch Golf Complex College Park $10 - $16
Liberty Road Golf Center Frederick $10
Chesapeake Bay Golf Club North East $15 - $30
Fountain Head Country Club Hagerstown $67
Wicomico Golf Course Mechanicsville $15 - $45
Original Course at Turf Valley Golf Resort Ellicott City $87
Great Oak Landing Marina Golf Course Chestertown $20
Blue Course at Congressional Country Club Bethesda $170
Columbia Country Club Chevy Chase $120 - $160
Glenn Dale Golf Club Glenn Dale $17 - $42
Maryland Golf & Country Clubs Bel Air $65
Bretton Woods Golf Course Germantown $55
Sherwood Forest Golf Course Sherwood Forest N/A
West Course at Baltimore Country Club Lutherville $130 - $175
North Course at Woodmont Country Club Rockville $90 - $121
Hope Valley Golf Course Mount Airy $25
South Course at Woodmont Country Club Rockville $90 - $121
Twin Shields Golf Club Dunkirk $17 - $28
Gold Course at Congressional Country Club Bethesda $170
Chesapeake Bay Golf Club At Rising Sun Rising Sun $20 - $42
Cove Creek Club Stevensville $45
Old South Country Club Lothian $80
Enterprise Golf Course Mitchellville $41
Chestnut Ridge Country Club Lutherville $85
Lakes Course at Queenstown Harbor Queenstown $52 - $62
Bethesda Country Club Bethesda $100
River Downs Golf Club Finksburg $30 - $35
Lodestone Golf Club Mc Henry $59 - $89
McDaniel College Golf Club Westminster $10
Montgomery Country Club Laytonsville $59
Breton Bay Golf & Country Club Leonardtown $35
Country Club of Maryland Towson $95
Oakmont Green Golf Course Hampstead $13 - $23
Greystone Golf Course White Hall $25 - $58
Gibson Island Club Gibson Island $101
United States Naval Academy Golf Club Annapolis $61
Golf Club at South River Edgewater $65
Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run Hagerstown $9 - $12
River Course at Queenstown Harbor Queenstown $75 - $89
Piney Branch Golf Club Hampstead $77
Exton Golf Course Aberdeen Proving Ground $14
Executive at Hog Neck Golf Course Easton $17 - $29
Suburban Club of Baltimore County Pikesville $55
Front Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Green/White Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
Nine Hole Course at Sparrows Point Country Club Baltimore $38
Eighteen Hole Course at Sparrows Point Country Club Baltimore $64
Yinglings Golf Center Hagerstown $12
Assateague Greens Golf Center Ocean City $24
Waterfront Greens Golf Course Swanton N/A
Mitchell's Golf Complex Reisterstown $12
Crofton Country Club Crofton $45 - $65
Winters Run Golf Club Bel Air $55
Woodholme Country Club Pikesville $125
Eagle's Nest Country Club Phoenix $55
Hawthorne Country Club La Plata $23
Veterans of Foreign Wars Country Club Frederick $20
Back Creek Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Bittersweet Golf Course Elkton $22 - $30
Burning Tree Club Bethesda $135
University of Maryland Golf Course College Park $20 - $62
Norbeck Country Club Rockville $80
Green Spring Valley Hunt Club Owings Mills $117
Par-3 Course at Mellomar Golf Park Owings $7
White/Gold Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
Elks Golf Club Salisbury $18
Old Course at Hunters Oak Golf Club Queenstown $49 - $65
Furnace Bay Golf Course Perryville $26 - $41
Holly Hills Country Club Ijamsville $83
Wood Creek Golf Links Delmar $28
Fox Hollow Golf Course Timonium $15 - $47
Hialeah Course at Turf Valley Golf Resort Ellicott City $87
Rocky Point Golf Course Essex $16 - $31
Caves Valley Golf Club Owings Mills $185
New Course at Hunters Oak Golf Club Queenstown $49 - $65
Pine Ridge Golf Course Lutherville $30 - $46
Diamond Ridge at Diamond Ridge Golf Course Windsor Mill $15 - $33
Prospect Bay Country Club Grasonville $55
Winnfield Golf Lonaconing $20
Woodlands at Diamond Ridge Golf Course Windsor Mill $29 - $54
Kenwood Golf & Country Club Bethesda $95
Gold/Green Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
Cedar Point Golf Club Patuxent River $37
Montgomery Village Golf Club Gaithersburg $55
Four Streams Beallsville $120
White/Blue at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
Black Horse Golf & Learning Center White Hall $5
Championship Course at Mellomar Golf Park Owings $15
Rolling Road Golf Club Catonsville $48
Marlborough Golf Club Upper Marlboro $50 - $59
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