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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River Run Golf Club
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Berlin $49
Fantasy Valley Golf Course
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McHenry $39 - $59
Rattlewood Golf Course
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Mount Airy $25
Glade Valley Golf Club
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Walkersville $18
Hampshire Greens Golf Course
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Silver Spring $31
Newport Bay Course at Ocean City Golf Club
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Berlin $35
Maryland National Golf Club
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Middletown $41
Seaside Course at Ocean City Golf Club
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Berlin $50
Worthington Manor Golf Club
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Urbana $29
Lodestone Golf Club
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Mc Henry $59 - $89
Little Bennett Golf Course
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Clarksburg $25
Blue Mash Golf Course
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Laytonsville $40.5
Cross Creek Golf Club
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Beltsville $25
Wetlands Golf Club
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Aberdeen $20
Geneva Farm Golf Course
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Street $18
West Winds Golf Club
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New Market $18
Black Rock Golf Course
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Hagerstown $28
Maple Run Golf Course
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Thurmont $17
Hobbit's Glen Golf Club
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Columbia $29
Ocean Resorts Golf Club
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Berlin $22
Rocky Gap Casino Resort
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Flintstone $50 - $60
White Plains Golf Course
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White Plains $25
Fairway Hills Golf Club
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Columbia $30
Great Hope Golf Course
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Westover $18
Oakland Golf Club
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Oakland $25 - $49
Hyatt River Marsh Golf Club
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Cambridge $49
Marlton Golf Club
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Upper Marlboro $22.5
Deer Run Golf Club
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Berlin $15
Laytonsville Golf Course
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Laytonsville $22.99
Main at Needwood Golf Course
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Derwood $31
Willow Springs Golf Course
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West Friendship $15
Man O' War Course at GlenRiddle Golf Club
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Berlin $38
Bay Hills Golf Club
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Arnold $14.95
Horse Bridge Golf Course
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Salisbury $9
War Admiral Course at GlenRiddle Golf Club
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Berlin $61
Swan Point Yacht & Country Club
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Issue $28
Ridge Course at Potomac Ridge
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Waldorf $31
North/East Course at Compass Pointe Golf Club
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Pasadena $35 - $55
West Course at Bay Club
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Berlin $39
Executive at Needwood Golf Course
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Derwood $31
Meadows Course at Potomac Ridge
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Waldorf $31
East Course at Bay Club
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Berlin $30
Bowie Golf & Country Club
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Bowie $14
Renditions Golf Course
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Davidsonville $42
Hollow Creek Golf Club
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Middletown $30 - $45
Falls Road Golf Course
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Potomac $28
Caroline Country Club
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Denton $36
Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club
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Berlin $27.95
Westminster National Golf Course
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Westminster $15
Green Hill Country Club
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Quantico $25
Patuxent Greens Golf Club
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Laurel $16
Eisenhower Golf Course
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Crownsville $31
Whiskey Creek Golf Club
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Ijamsville $45
Poolesville Golf Course
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Poolesville $23
South/West Course at Compass Pointe Golf Club
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Pasadena $25
Links Course At Lighthouse Sound
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Bishopville $85
Walden Golf Club
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Crofton $19
Hollow Course at Potomac Ridge
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Waldorf $31
Nine Hole at Northwest Park Golf Course
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Wheaton $22
Clearview at Horn's Point
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Cambridge $30
Lake Presidential Golf Club
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Upper Marlboro $35
Clustered Spires Golf Course
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Frederick $27
Eagle's Landing Golf Course
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Berlin $48
P.B. Dye Golf Club
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Ijamsville $26
Sligo Creek Golf Course
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Silver Spring $10
Timbers at Troy
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Elkridge $35
Redgate Golf Course
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Rockville $26
Main at Northwest Park Golf Course
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Wheaton $31
Blue Heron Golf Course
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Stevensville $15
Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links
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Berlin $52
Nutters Crossing Golf Club
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Salisbury $31
Links at Challedon
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Mount Airy $20
Tom Mitchell's Golf Complex Reisterstown $12
Burning Tree Club Bethesda $135
Paint Branch Golf Complex College Park $10 - $15
Prospect Bay Country Club Grasonville $55
South Course at Woodmont Country Club Rockville $90 - $121
Elkridge Club Baltimore $91
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm Potomac $205.15
Severna Park Golf Center Arnold $10
Bethesda Country Club Bethesda $100
Willow/Dogwood at Pine Shore Golf Course Berlin $18 - $29
Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run Hagerstown $9 - $12
Carroll Park Golf Course Baltimore $23
Liberty Road Golf Center Frederick $10
Montgomery Village Golf Club Gaithersburg $55
Night Hawk Golf Center Gambrills $8.50
Red/White at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
West Course at Baltimore Country Club Lutherville $130 - $175
Cattail Creek Country Club Glenwood $101
White/Blue at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
Mountain Branch Golf Club Joppa $45 - $75
Chevy Chase Club Chevy Chase $130
Veterans of Foreign Wars Country Club Frederick $20
Pines/Willow at Pine Shore Golf Course Berlin $18 - $29
Hillendale Country Club Phoenix $105
Black Horse Golf & Learning Center White Hall $5
Old South Country Club Lothian $80
Red/Blue at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
Winnfield Golf Lonaconing $20
Cedar Point Golf Club Patuxent River $37
Old Course at Hunters Oak Golf Club Queenstown $49 - $65
White/Gold Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
River Course at Queenstown Harbor Queenstown $75 - $89
Green/White Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
Caves Valley Golf Club Owings Mills $185
Chesapeake Bay Golf Club At Rising Sun Rising Sun $20 - $42
Sand/Surf Links Course at Beach Club Golf Links Berlin $79
Fox Hollow Golf Course Timonium $16 - $31
Sherwood Forest Golf Course Sherwood Forest N/A
Enterprise Golf Course Mitchellville $41
Towson Golf & Country Club Phoenix $55
Cove Creek Club Stevensville $45
Breton Bay Golf & Country Club Leonardtown $46.5
Musket Ridge Golf Club Myersville $75
Heritage Harbour Golf Course Annapolis $21
South at Andrews AFB Golf Course Andrews AFB $57
Applewood at Courses at Fort Meade Fort Meade $27
Wicomico Golf Course Mechanicsville $35
Ruggles Golf Course Aberdeen Proving Ground $20
Gibson Island Club Gibson Island $101
Bittersweet Golf Course Elkton $22 - $30
Bretton Woods Golf Course Germantown $55
Bulle Rock Golf Course Havre de Grace $79 - $130
Woodlands at Diamond Ridge Golf Course Woodlawn $29 - $54
Eighteen Hole Course at Sparrows Point Country Club Baltimore $64
Patriots Glen National Golf Club Elkton $10 - $20
Piney Branch Golf Club Hampstead $77
River House Golf at the Easton Club Easton $25 - $49
Back Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Championship Course at Mellomar Golf Park Owings $15
Winter Quarters Municipal Golf Course Pocomoke City $29
Chestnut Ridge Country Club Lutherville $85
Chesapeake Hills Golf Course Lusby $40
Great Oak Landing Marina Golf Course Chestertown $20
Gunpowder Golf Course Laurel $5 - $17
Montgomery Country Club Laytonsville $59
Holly Hills Country Club Ijamsville $83
Par-3 Course at Mellomar Golf Park Owings $7
North Course at Woodmont Country Club Rockville $90 - $121
Twin Shields Golf Club Dunkirk $15 - $17
East at Andrews AFB Golf Course Andrews AFB $57
Original Course at Turf Valley Golf Resort Ellicott City $87
Eighteen Hole at Hog Neck Golf Course Easton $30 - $45
East Course at Baltimore Country Club Lutherville $150 - $175
West at Andrews AFB Golf Course Andrews AFB $57
Clifton Park Golf Course Baltimore $22 - $34
Norbeck Country Club Rockville $80
Lakewood Country Club Rockville $100
Executive at Hog Neck Golf Course Easton $17 - $29
Trotters Glen Golf Course Olney $39
Cumberland Country Club Cumberland $50
Parks at Courses at Fort Meade Fort Meade $45
Maplehurst Country Club Frostburg $45
Exton Golf Course Aberdeen Proving Ground $14
Country Club at Woodmore Mitchellville $84
Fore Sisters Golf Course Rawlings $35
Chesapeake Bay Golf Club North East $15 - $30
Thousand Acres Lakeside Golf Club Swanton $20 - $30
Members Club at Four Streams Beallsville $120
Diamond Ridge at Diamond Ridge Golf Course Woodlawn $16 - $31
Waterfront Greens Golf Course Swanton N/A
Furnace Bay Golf Course Perryville $26 - $41
Winters Run Golf Club Bel Air $55
Hawthorne Country Club La Plata $25.50
Gold Course at Congressional Country Club Bethesda $170
Lakes Course at Queenstown Harbor Queenstown $52 - $62
Pine Ridge Golf Course Lutherville $30 - $46
Greystone Golf Course White Hall $25 - $58
Oak Creek Golf Club Upper Marlboro $76
Nassawango Country Club Snow Hill $39
Glenn Dale Golf Club Glenn Dale $16 - $21
Dogwood/Pines at Pine Shore Golf Course Berlin $18 - $29
Beaver Creek Country Club Hagerstown $40 - $55
Rolling Road Golf Club Catonsville $48
Argyle Country Club Silver Spring $80
Yinglings Golf Center Hagerstown $12
Hayfields Country Club Hunt Valley $110
Maryland Golf & Country Clubs Bel Air $65
Rocky Point Golf Course Essex $16 - $31
Chester River Yacht & Country Club Chestertown $61
Columbia Country Club Chevy Chase $120 - $160
Harry Pitt Nine Course at Manor Country Club Rockville $15
Fountain Head Country Club Hagerstown $67
University of Maryland Golf Course College Park $50
Back Creek Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Henson Creek Golf Course Fort Washington $15
Blue Course at Congressional Country Club Bethesda $170
Gold/Green Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
Hope Valley Golf Course Mount Airy $25
Marlborough Golf Club Upper Marlboro $50 - $59
Mount Pleasant Golf Course Baltimore $42
Nine Hole Course at Sparrows Point Country Club Baltimore $38
Leisure World Golf Course Silver Spring $25
Waverly Woods Golf Course Woodstock $39 - $59
Forest Park Golf Course Baltimore $32
McDaniel College Golf Club Westminster $10
Assateague Greens Golf Center Ocean City $24
Harbourtowne Golf Course Saint Michaels $80
United States Naval Academy Golf Club Annapolis $61
Wood Creek Golf Links Delmar $28
Green Springs Valley Hunt Club Owings Mills $117
Woodholme Country Club Pikesville $125
Talbot Country Club Easton $53
Front Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Crofton Country Club Crofton $40 - $60
Oakmont Green Golf Course Hampstead $13 - $23
River Downs Golf Club Finksburg $29.50 - $39.50
Golf Club at South River Edgewater $65
Kenwood Golf & Country Club Bethesda $95
New Course at Hunters Oak Golf Club Queenstown $49 - $65
Elk's Golf Course Salisbury $18
Regulation Course at Manor Country Club Rockville $105
Country Club of Maryland Towson $95
Hialeah Course at Turf Valley Golf Resort Ellicott City $87
Lake Arbor Country Club Mitchellville $27 - $52
Annapolis Golf Club Annapolis $14
Suburban Club of Baltimore County Pikesville $55
Tantallon Country Club Fort Washington $70
Chartwell Golf & Country Club Severna Park $62
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