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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Richland Golf Club
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Middletown $8
Fairway Hills Golf Club
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Columbia $35
Clustered Spires Golf Course
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Frederick $20
Ocean Pines Golf Club
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Berlin $25
Glade Valley Golf Club
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Walkersville $14
River Run Golf Club
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Berlin $36
Rocky Gap Casino Resort
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Flintstone $40
Hyatt River Marsh Golf Club
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Cambridge $56
Maryland National Golf Club
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Middletown $39
Waverly Woods Golf Course
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Marriottsville $37
P.B. Dye Golf Club
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Ijamsville $25
Blue Mash Golf Course
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Laytonsville $41
Geneva Farm Golf Course
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Street $19
Carroll Park Golf Course
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Baltimore $17
Mountain Branch Golf Club Joppa $45 - $75
Oakland Golf Club
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Oakland $8
Newport Bay Course at Ocean City Golf Club
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Berlin $27
Timbers at Troy
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Elkridge $29
Meadows Course at Potomac Ridge Waldorf $43 - $49
Walden Golf Club
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Crofton $16
War Admiral Course at GlenRiddle Golf Club Berlin $50 - $119
North/East Course at Compass Pointe Golf Club
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Pasadena $30
Whiskey Creek Golf Club
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Ijamsville $45
Man O' War Course at GlenRiddle Golf Club Berlin $35 - $99
Ridge Course at Potomac Ridge Waldorf $43 - $49
Great Hope Golf Course
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Westover $8
Fantasy Valley Golf Course
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McHenry $28
Main at Northwest Golf Course Wheaton $20 - $55
Laytonsville Golf Course Laytonsville $35
Main at Needwood Golf Course Derwood $52
Redgate Golf Course
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Rockville $24
White Plains Golf Course White Plains $16 - $27
Harbourtowne Golf Course Saint Michaels $80
Beaver Creek Country Club
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Hagerstown $30
Executive at Needwood Golf Course Derwood $22
Horse Bridge Golf Course
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Salisbury $9
Westminster National Golf Course
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Westminster $8
Bay Hills Golf Club
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Arnold $19.95
Wetlands Golf Club
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Aberdeen $8
Lake Presidential Golf Club
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Upper Marlboro $34
East at Andrews AFB Golf Course
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Andrews AFB $50
Renditions Golf Course
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Davidsonville $42.75
Poolesville Golf Course Poolesville $25 - $42
Willow Springs Golf Course
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West Friendship $23
West at Andrews AFB Golf Course
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Andrews AFB $50
Eisenhower Golf Course
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Crownsville $36
Eagle's Landing Golf Course
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Berlin $36
Patuxent Greens Golf Club
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Laurel $13
Black Rock Golf Course
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Hagerstown $20
Links Course At Lighthouse Sound Bishopville $60 - $149
Bowie Golf & Country Club
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Bowie $17
Hampshire Greens Golf Course Silver Spring $39.95 - $54.95
Ocean Resorts Golf Club
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Berlin $8
Hobbit's Glen Golf Club
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Columbia $60
Rattlewood Golf Course Mount Airy $19.95 - $39.95
Clifton Park Golf Course
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Baltimore $18
Sligo Creek Golf Course Silver Spring $25
Winter Quarters Municipal Golf Course Pocomoke City $12
Caroline Country Club Denton $36
Hollow Course at Potomac Ridge Waldorf $43 - $49
Nutters Crossing Golf Club Salisbury $49
South/West Course at Compass Pointe Golf Club
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Pasadena $30
Oak Creek Golf Club
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Upper Marlboro $25
Severna Park Golf Center
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Arnold $5
Forest Park Golf Course
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Baltimore $18
Falls Road Golf Course Potomac $45
Marlton Golf Club
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Upper Marlboro $8
West Course at Bay Club
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Berlin $25
Maplehurst Country Club
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Frostburg $8
Swan Point Yacht & Country Club
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Issue $15
South at Andrews AFB Golf Course
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Andrews AFB $50
Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links Berlin $40 - $109
Patriots Glen National Golf Club
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Elkton $14.35
Mount Pleasant Golf Course
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Baltimore $21
Seaside Course at Ocean City Golf Club
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Berlin $25
East Course at Bay Club
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Berlin $25
Nine Hole at Northwest Golf Course Wheaton $23
West Winds Golf Club
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New Market $9
Little Bennett Golf Course Clarksburg $39.95 - $49.95
Links at Challedon
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Mount Airy $17
Maple Run Golf Course
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Thurmont $8
Blue Heron Golf Course Stevensville $22 - $34
Green Hill Country Club
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Quantico $25
Chartwell Golf & Country Club Severna Park $62
Nine Hole Course at Sparrows Point Country Club Baltimore $38
Bittersweet Golf Course Elkton $22 - $30
Chester River Yacht & Country Club Chestertown $61
South Course at Woodmont Country Club Rockville $90 - $121
Chestnut Ridge Country Club Lutherville $85
Fore Sisters Golf Course Rawlings $35
Maryland Golf & Country Clubs Bel Air $65
Winnfield Golf Lonaconing $20
Montgomery Country Club Laytonsville $59
Country Club at Woodmore Mitchellville $84
Mitchell's Golf Complex Reisterstown $12
Paint Branch Golf Complex College Park $10 - $16
Bretton Woods Golf Course Germantown $55
Black Horse Golf & Learning Center White Hall $5
Cattail Creek Country Club Glenwood $101
Rolling Road Golf Club Catonsville $48
Eighteen Hole at Hog Neck Golf Course Easton $30 - $45
Harry Pitt Nine Course at Manor Country Club Rockville $15
Eighteen Hole Course at Sparrows Point Country Club Baltimore $64
Glenn Dale Golf Club Glenn Dale $17 - $42
Elks Golf Club Salisbury $18
Fountain Head Country Club Hagerstown $67
Liberty Road Golf Center Frederick $10
Bethesda Country Club Bethesda $100
Chesapeake Bay Golf Club At Rising Sun Rising Sun $20 - $42
Caves Valley Golf Club Owings Mills $185
Twin Shields Golf Club Dunkirk $17 - $28
Exton Golf Course Aberdeen Proving Ground $14
Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run Hagerstown $9 - $12
Lakes Course at Queenstown Harbor Queenstown $52 - $62
United States Naval Academy Golf Club Annapolis $61
Gibson Island Club Gibson Island $101
Veterans of Foreign Wars Country Club Frederick $20
McDaniel College Golf Club Westminster $10
White/Gold Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
Lodestone Golf Club Mc Henry $59 - $89
Old South Country Club Lothian $80
New Course at Hunters Oak Golf Club Queenstown $49 - $65
Rocky Point Golf Course Essex $16 - $31
Back Creek Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Red/White at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
Winters Run Golf Club Bel Air $55
Choptank River Golf & Events Cambridge $49
Talbot Country Club Easton $53
River Downs Golf Club Finksburg $30 - $35
White/Blue at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
River Course at Queenstown Harbor Queenstown $75 - $89
Elkridge Club Baltimore $91
Marlborough Golf Club Upper Marlboro $50 - $59
Cumberland Country Club Cumberland $50
Musket Ridge Golf Club Myersville $75
Executive at Hog Neck Golf Course Easton $17 - $29
Waterfront Greens Golf Course Swanton N/A
Blue Course at Congressional Country Club Bethesda $170
Burning Tree Club Bethesda $135
Golf Club at South River Edgewater $65
Montgomery Village Golf Club Gaithersburg $55
East Course at Baltimore Country Club Lutherville $150 - $175
Assateague Greens Golf Center Ocean City $24
Green/White Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
Pine Ridge Golf Course Lutherville $30 - $46
University of Maryland Golf Course College Park $20 - $62
Country Club of Maryland Towson $95
Chesapeake Hills Golf Course Lusby $16 - $21
Championship Course at Mellomar Golf Park Owings $15
Hialeah Course at Turf Valley Golf Resort Ellicott City $87
Eagle's Nest Country Club Phoenix $55
Hayfields Country Club Hunt Valley $110
Leisure World Golf Course Silver Spring $25
Woodlands at Diamond Ridge Golf Course Windsor Mill $29 - $54
Oakmont Green Golf Course Hampstead $13 - $23
Hawthorne Country Club La Plata $23
Argyle Country Club Silver Spring $80
Chesapeake Bay Golf Club North East $15 - $30
Enterprise Golf Course Mitchellville $41
Cross Creek Golf Club Beltsville $20 - $35
Front Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Crofton Country Club Crofton $45 - $65
Four Streams Beallsville $120
Ruggles Golf Course Aberdeen Proving Ground $20 - $39
Cedar Point Golf Club Patuxent River $37
River House Golf at the Easton Club Easton $30 - $52
Breton Bay Golf & Country Club Leonardtown $35
Gunpowder Golf Course Laurel $10 - $33
Old Course at Hunters Oak Golf Club Queenstown $49 - $65
Suburban Club of Baltimore County Pikesville $55
Yinglings Golf Center Hagerstown $12
Heritage Harbour Golf Course Annapolis $21
Fox Hollow Golf Course Timonium $15 - $47
Gold/Green Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
Thousand Acres Lakeside Golf Club Swanton $20 - $30
Night Hawk Golf Center Gambrills $8.50
Piney Branch Golf Club Hampstead $77
Sherwood Forest Golf Course Sherwood Forest N/A
Woodholme Country Club Pikesville $125
Hope Valley Golf Course Mount Airy $25
Norbeck Country Club Rockville $80
Original Course at Turf Valley Golf Resort Ellicott City $87
Furnace Bay Golf Course Perryville $26 - $41
Red/Blue at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
Wood Creek Golf Links Delmar $28
Great Oak Landing Marina Golf Course Chestertown $20
Cove Creek Club Stevensville $45
Holly Hills Country Club Ijamsville $83
Kenwood Golf & Country Club Bethesda $95
Gold Course at Congressional Country Club Bethesda $170
Regulation Course at Manor Country Club Rockville $105
Chevy Chase Club Chevy Chase $130
Green Spring Valley Hunt Club Owings Mills $117
Worthington Manor Golf Club Urbana $29 - $69
Henson Creek Golf Course Fort Washington $16 - $23
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm Potomac $205.15
West Course at Baltimore Country Club Lutherville $130 - $175
Diamond Ridge at Diamond Ridge Golf Course Windsor Mill $15 - $33
Columbia Country Club Chevy Chase $120 - $160
Greystone Golf Course White Hall $25 - $58
Prospect Bay Country Club Grasonville $55
Back Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Par-3 Course at Mellomar Golf Park Owings $7
Bulle Rock Golf Course Havre de Grace $79 - $130
Wicomico Golf Course Mechanicsville $15 - $45
North Course at Woodmont Country Club Rockville $90 - $121
Hillendale Country Club Phoenix $105
National Golf Club at Tantallon Fort Washington $70
Lakewood Country Club Rockville $100
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