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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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Fantasy Valley Golf Course
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McHenry $39 - $59
Lodestone Golf Club
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Mc Henry $59 - $89
Maryland National Golf Club
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Middletown $32
Little Bennett Golf Course
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Clarksburg $23.99
River Run Golf Club
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Berlin $17
Rattlewood Golf Course
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Mount Airy $25
Blue Mash Golf Course
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Laytonsville $40.5
Glade Valley Golf Club
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Walkersville $18
Hampshire Greens Golf Course
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Silver Spring $29
Seaside Course at Ocean City Golf Club
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Berlin $40
Newport Bay Course at Ocean City Golf Club
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Berlin $23
Deer Run Golf Club
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Berlin $15
Hyatt River Marsh Golf Club
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Cambridge $24
West Winds Golf Club
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New Market $30
Wetlands Golf Club
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Aberdeen $18
White Plains Golf Course
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White Plains $18
Cross Creek Golf Club
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Beltsville $15
Maple Run Golf Course
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Thurmont $11
Geneva Farm Golf Course
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Street $14
Oakland Golf Club
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Oakland $25 - $49
Fairway Hills Golf Club
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Columbia $22
Marlton Golf Club
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Upper Marlboro $11.5
Hobbit's Glen Golf Club
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Columbia $35
Ocean Resorts Golf Club
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Berlin $15
Rocky Gap Casino Resort
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Flintstone $50 - $60
Black Rock Golf Course
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Hagerstown $18
Great Hope Golf Course
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Westover $18
West Course at Bay Club
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Berlin $30
Timbers at Troy
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Elkridge $29
Eagle's Landing Golf Course
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Berlin $20
Green Hill Country Club
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Quantico $25
Ridge Course at Potomac Ridge
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Waldorf $26
Hollow Course at Potomac Ridge
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Waldorf $26
Laytonsville Golf Course
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Laytonsville $19.99
Man O' War Course at GlenRiddle Golf Club
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Berlin $26
Bay Hills Golf Club
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Arnold $14.95
Hollow Creek Golf Club
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Middletown $30 - $45
P.B. Dye Golf Club
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Ijamsville $26
Worthington Manor Golf Club
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Urbana $29
Renditions Golf Course
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Davidsonville $32
Swan Point Yacht & Country Club
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Issue $23
Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club
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Berlin $27.95
Lake Presidential Golf Club
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Upper Marlboro $39
Whiskey Creek Golf Club
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Ijamsville $30
South/West Course at Compass Pointe Golf Club
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Pasadena $23
Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links
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Berlin $30
Patuxent Greens Golf Club
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Laurel $15
Clustered Spires Golf Course
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Frederick $42
Redgate Golf Course
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Rockville $19.99
Horse Bridge Golf Course
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Salisbury $9
North/East Course at Compass Pointe Golf Club
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Pasadena $23
Nutters Crossing Golf Club
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Salisbury $23
Caroline Country Club
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Denton $36
Sligo Creek Golf Course
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Silver Spring $10
Westminster National Golf Course
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Westminster $12
Eisenhower Golf Course
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Crownsville $26
Executive at Needwood Golf Course
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Derwood $28
Falls Road Golf Course
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Potomac $29
War Admiral Course at GlenRiddle Golf Club
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Berlin $35
Poolesville Golf Course
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Poolesville $22
Main at Needwood Golf Course
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Derwood $28
Clearview at Horn's Point
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Cambridge $25
Willow Springs Golf Course
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West Friendship $15
Main at Northwest Park Golf Course
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Wheaton $28.99
Blue Heron Golf Course
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Stevensville $15
East Course at Bay Club
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Berlin $29 - $65
Meadows Course at Potomac Ridge
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Waldorf $26
Nine Hole at Northwest Park Golf Course
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Wheaton $22
Bowie Golf & Country Club
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Bowie $14
Links Course At Lighthouse Sound
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Bishopville $60
Walden Golf Club
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Crofton $19
Links at Challedon
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Mount Airy $18
Red/Blue at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
Towson Golf & Country Club Phoenix $55
Championship Course at Mellomar Golf Park Owings $15
Diamond Ridge at Diamond Ridge Golf Course Woodlawn $16 - $31
Sherwood Forest Golf Course Sherwood Forest N/A
River Downs Golf Club Finksburg $29.50 - $39.50
River House Golf at the Easton Club Easton $25 - $49
Glenn Dale Golf Club Glenn Dale $16 - $21
Waverly Woods Golf Course Woodstock $39 - $59
Great Oak Landing Marina Golf Course Chestertown $20
Back Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Crofton Country Club Crofton $40 - $60
Oak Creek Golf Club Upper Marlboro $76
Winters Run Golf Club Bel Air $55
Paint Branch Golf Complex College Park $10 - $15
Chartwell Golf & Country Club Severna Park $62
Assateague Greens Golf Center Ocean City $24
Willow/Dogwood at Pine Shore Golf Course Berlin $18 - $29
Carroll Park Golf Course Baltimore $23
Regulation Course at Manor Country Club Rockville $105
Piney Branch Golf Club Hampstead $77
South Course at Woodmont Country Club Rockville $90 - $121
Heritage Harbour Golf Course Annapolis $21
University of Maryland Golf Course College Park $50
White/Blue at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm Potomac $205.15
Mountain Branch Golf Club Joppa $45 - $75
West at Andrews AFB Golf Course Andrews AFB $57
Cumberland Country Club Cumberland $50
Harry Pitt Nine Course at Manor Country Club Rockville $15
Waterfront Greens Golf Course Swanton N/A
Tantallon Country Club Fort Washington $70
Liberty Road Golf Center Frederick $10
Pine Ridge Golf Course Lutherville $30 - $46
Nassawango Country Club Snow Hill $39
Front Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Yinglings Golf Center Hagerstown $12
Hawthorne Country Club La Plata $25.50
Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run Hagerstown $9 - $12
Applewood at Courses at Fort Meade Fort Meade $27
Elk's Golf Course Salisbury $18
Country Club at Woodmore Mitchellville $84
Woodlands at Diamond Ridge Golf Course Woodlawn $29 - $54
Eighteen Hole Course at Sparrows Point Country Club Baltimore $64
Executive at Hog Neck Golf Course Easton $17 - $29
Old South Country Club Lothian $80
United States Naval Academy Golf Club Annapolis $61
Lake Arbor Country Club Mitchellville $27 - $52
Lakewood Country Club Rockville $100
Chesapeake Hills Golf Course Lusby $40
Hayfields Country Club Hunt Valley $110
Harbourtowne Golf Course Saint Michaels $80
Chevy Chase Club Chevy Chase $130
Bretton Woods Golf Course Germantown $55
Furnace Bay Golf Course Perryville $26 - $41
Woodholme Country Club Pikesville $125
Sand/Surf Links Course at Beach Club Golf Links Berlin $79
Hope Valley Golf Course Mount Airy $25
Fountain Head Country Club Hagerstown $67
Rolling Road Golf Club Catonsville $48
McDaniel College Golf Club Westminster $10
Cove Creek Club Stevensville $45
Lakes Course at Queenstown Harbor Queenstown $52 - $62
Hillendale Country Club Phoenix $105
Musket Ridge Golf Club Myersville $75
Dogwood/Pines at Pine Shore Golf Course Berlin $18 - $29
Gold/Green Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
Fore Sisters Golf Course Rawlings $35
Forest Park Golf Course Baltimore $32
Winnfield Golf Lonaconing $20
Enterprise Golf Course Mitchellville $41
Patriots Glen National Golf Club Elkton $10 - $20
Members Club at Four Streams Beallsville $120
Veterans of Foreign Wars Country Club Frederick $20
Black Horse Golf & Learning Center White Hall $5
Exton Golf Course Aberdeen Proving Ground $14
Cedar Point Golf Club Patuxent River $37
North Course at Woodmont Country Club Rockville $90 - $121
Old Course at Hunters Oak Golf Club Queenstown $49 - $65
Annapolis Golf Club Annapolis $14
River Course at Queenstown Harbor Queenstown $75 - $89
Holly Hills Country Club Ijamsville $83
White/Gold Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
Eighteen Hole at Hog Neck Golf Course Easton $30 - $45
Marlborough Golf Club Upper Marlboro $50 - $59
Henson Creek Golf Course Fort Washington $15
Thousand Acres Lakeside Golf Club Swanton $20 - $30
Prospect Bay Country Club Grasonville $55
Blue Course at Congressional Country Club Bethesda $170
Fox Hollow Golf Course Timonium $16 - $31
Bethesda Country Club Bethesda $100
Oakmont Green Golf Course Hampstead $13 - $23
Country Club of Maryland Towson $95
Montgomery Country Club Laytonsville $59
Caves Valley Golf Club Owings Mills $185
Chesapeake Bay Golf Club North East $15 - $30
Maplehurst Country Club Frostburg $45
Tom Mitchell's Golf Complex Reisterstown $12
Twin Shields Golf Club Dunkirk $15 - $17
Breton Bay Golf & Country Club Leonardtown $46.5
Wood Creek Golf Links Delmar $28
Chester River Yacht & Country Club Chestertown $61
Suburban Club of Baltimore County Pikesville $55
Hialeah Course at Turf Valley Golf Resort Ellicott City $87
Burning Tree Club Bethesda $135
Pines/Willow at Pine Shore Golf Course Berlin $18 - $29
Par-3 Course at Mellomar Golf Park Owings $7
Maryland Golf & Country Clubs Bel Air $65
Back Creek Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Night Hawk Golf Center Gambrills $8.50
Columbia Country Club Chevy Chase $120 - $160
Montgomery Village Golf Club Gaithersburg $55
Beaver Creek Country Club Hagerstown $40 - $55
Golf Club at South River Edgewater $65
Chestnut Ridge Country Club Lutherville $85
Ruggles Golf Course Aberdeen Proving Ground $20
Cattail Creek Country Club Glenwood $101
New Course at Hunters Oak Golf Club Queenstown $49 - $65
South at Andrews AFB Golf Course Andrews AFB $57
Argyle Country Club Silver Spring $80
Green Springs Valley Hunt Club Owings Mills $117
East Course at Baltimore Country Club Lutherville $150 - $175
Rocky Point Golf Course Essex $16 - $31
Elkridge Club Baltimore $91
Trotters Glen Golf Course Olney $39
Leisure World Golf Course Silver Spring $25
West Course at Baltimore Country Club Lutherville $130 - $175
Clifton Park Golf Course Baltimore $22 - $34
Red/White at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
East at Andrews AFB Golf Course Andrews AFB $57
Gibson Island Club Gibson Island $101
Chesapeake Bay Golf Club At Rising Sun Rising Sun $20 - $42
Gunpowder Golf Course Laurel $5 - $17
Wicomico Golf Course Mechanicsville $35
Talbot Country Club Easton $53
Nine Hole Course at Sparrows Point Country Club Baltimore $38
Parks at Courses at Fort Meade Fort Meade $45
Bittersweet Golf Course Elkton $22 - $30
Greystone Golf Course White Hall $25 - $58
Severna Park Golf Center Arnold $10
Mount Pleasant Golf Course Baltimore $42
Gold Course at Congressional Country Club Bethesda $170
Kenwood Golf & Country Club Bethesda $95
Original Course at Turf Valley Golf Resort Ellicott City $87
Bulle Rock Golf Course Havre de Grace $79 - $130
Norbeck Country Club Rockville $80
Winter Quarters Municipal Golf Course Pocomoke City $29
Green/White Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
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