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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Hyatt River Marsh Golf Club
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Cambridge $10
P.B. Dye Golf Club
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Ijamsville $15
Fairway Hills Golf Club
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Columbia $22
Ocean Pines Golf Club
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Berlin $18
Maryland National Golf Club
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Middletown $38
Waverly Woods Golf Course
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Marriottsville $30
Rocky Gap Casino Resort
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Flintstone $35
Clustered Spires Golf Course
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Frederick $10
Cross Creek Golf Club
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Beltsville $22
River Run Golf Club
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Berlin $25
Blue Mash Golf Course
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Laytonsville $40
Newport Bay Course at Ocean City Golf Club
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Berlin $10
Richland Golf Club
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Middletown $16
Glade Valley Golf Club
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Walkersville $10
Seaside Course at Ocean City Golf Club
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Berlin $10
Caroline Country Club Denton $36
Whiskey Creek Golf Club
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Ijamsville $35
Sligo Creek Golf Course Silver Spring $25
Hollow Course at Potomac Ridge
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Waldorf $10.65
Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links Berlin $40 - $109
Main at Needwood Golf Course Derwood $52
Redgate Golf Course
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Rockville $19
Meadows Course at Potomac Ridge
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Waldorf $10.65
Renditions Golf Course
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Davidsonville $25.65
Laytonsville Golf Course Laytonsville $35
Westminster National Golf Course
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Westminster $10
Rattlewood Golf Course Mount Airy $19.95 - $39.95
Hobbit's Glen Golf Club
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Columbia $35
Mountain Branch Golf Club Joppa $45 - $75
Nutters Crossing Golf Club Salisbury $49
Bay Hills Golf Club
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Arnold $15
Great Hope Golf Course
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Westover $10
White Plains Golf Course
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White Plains $10
Nine Hole at Northwest Golf Course Wheaton $23
Blue Heron Golf Course
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Stevensville $15
Poolesville Golf Course Poolesville $25 - $42
Green Hill Country Club
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Quantico $25
Mount Pleasant Golf Course
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Baltimore $12
Fantasy Valley Golf Course
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McHenry $39
Horse Bridge Golf Course
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Salisbury $9
Geneva Farm Golf Course
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Street $10
Patuxent Greens Golf Club
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Laurel $12
West Winds Golf Club
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New Market $9
East Course at Bay Club
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Berlin $20
Ridge Course at Potomac Ridge
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Waldorf $10.65
Swan Point Yacht & Country Club
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Issue $18
Hampshire Greens Golf Course Silver Spring $39.95 - $54.95
Harbourtowne Golf Course Saint Michaels $80
North/East Course at Compass Pointe Golf Club
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Pasadena $25
Lake Presidential Golf Club
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Upper Marlboro $39
Severna Park Golf Center
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Arnold $5
War Admiral Course at GlenRiddle Golf Club Berlin $50 - $119
Oakland Golf Club
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Oakland $19
Clearview at Horn's Point Cambridge $46
Marlton Golf Club
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Upper Marlboro $10
Bowie Golf & Country Club
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Bowie $10
Patriots Glen National Golf Club
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Elkton $15
Eagle's Landing Golf Course
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Berlin $18
Winter Quarters Municipal Golf Course
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Pocomoke City $10
Main at Northwest Golf Course Wheaton $20 - $55
Wetlands Golf Club
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Aberdeen $10
Eisenhower Golf Course
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Crownsville $34
Little Bennett Golf Course Clarksburg $39.95 - $49.95
Forest Park Golf Course
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Baltimore $11
Maplehurst Country Club
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Frostburg $15
Man O' War Course at GlenRiddle Golf Club Berlin $35 - $99
Walden Golf Club
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Crofton $15
West Course at Bay Club
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Berlin $20
Oak Creek Golf Club
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Upper Marlboro $26
South/West Course at Compass Pointe Golf Club
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Pasadena $25
Willow Springs Golf Course
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West Friendship $23
Falls Road Golf Course Potomac $45
Links Course At Lighthouse Sound Bishopville $60 - $149
Executive at Needwood Golf Course Derwood $22
Beaver Creek Country Club
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Hagerstown $25
Black Rock Golf Course
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Hagerstown $10
Clifton Park Golf Course
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Baltimore $13
Links at Challedon
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Mount Airy $14
Timbers at Troy
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Elkridge $33
Ocean Resorts Golf Club
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Berlin $10
Carroll Park Golf Course
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Baltimore $12
Maple Run Golf Course
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Thurmont $10
Cedar Point Golf Club Patuxent River $37
Winters Run Golf Club Bel Air $55
Twin Shields Golf Club Dunkirk $17 - $28
Fox Hollow Golf Course Timonium $15 - $47
Breton Bay Golf & Country Club Leonardtown $35
Chartwell Golf & Country Club Severna Park $62
Nine Hole Course at Sparrows Point Country Club Baltimore $38
Chestnut Ridge Country Club Lutherville $85
Bretton Woods Golf Course Germantown $55
River Course at Queenstown Harbor Queenstown $75 - $89
Norbeck Country Club Rockville $80
Exton Golf Course Aberdeen Proving Ground $14
Wood Creek Golf Links Delmar $28
Regulation Course at Manor Country Club Rockville $105
Kenwood Golf & Country Club Bethesda $95
Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run Hagerstown $9 - $12
Deer Run Golf Club Berlin $26 - $67
Gunpowder Golf Course Laurel $10 - $33
Chesapeake Bay Golf Club At Rising Sun Rising Sun $20 - $42
Green Spring Valley Hunt Club Owings Mills $117
Diamond Ridge at Diamond Ridge Golf Course Windsor Mill $15 - $33
Ruggles Golf Course Aberdeen Proving Ground $20 - $39
Wicomico Golf Course Mechanicsville $15 - $45
Night Hawk Golf Center Gambrills $8.50
Original Course at Turf Valley Golf Resort Ellicott City $87
Cumberland Country Club Cumberland $50
Championship Course at Mellomar Golf Park Owings $15
Old South Country Club Lothian $80
Chevy Chase Club Chevy Chase $130
Lodestone Golf Club Mc Henry $59 - $89
Great Oak Landing Marina Golf Course Chestertown $20
Suburban Club of Baltimore County Pikesville $55
Crofton Country Club Crofton $45 - $65
Woodholme Country Club Pikesville $125
Pine Ridge Golf Course Lutherville $30 - $46
Liberty Road Golf Center Frederick $10
South Course at Woodmont Country Club Rockville $90 - $121
Hayfields Country Club Hunt Valley $110
Rocky Point Golf Course Essex $16 - $31
Blue Course at Congressional Country Club Bethesda $170
North Course at Woodmont Country Club Rockville $90 - $121
Country Club of Maryland Towson $95
Golf Club at South River Edgewater $65
Chester River Yacht & Country Club Chestertown $61
West Course at Baltimore Country Club Lutherville $130 - $175
Thousand Acres Lakeside Golf Club Swanton $20 - $30
Black Horse Golf & Learning Center White Hall $5
Piney Branch Golf Club Hampstead $77
University of Maryland Golf Course College Park $20 - $62
Mitchell's Golf Complex Reisterstown $12
Musket Ridge Golf Club Myersville $75
Yinglings Golf Center Hagerstown $12
Back Creek Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Executive at Hog Neck Golf Course Easton $17 - $29
Red/White at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
Eighteen Hole at Hog Neck Golf Course Easton $30 - $45
Bittersweet Golf Course Elkton $22 - $30
Red/Blue at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
Winnfield Golf Lonaconing $20
Columbia Country Club Chevy Chase $120 - $160
Rolling Road Golf Club Catonsville $48
Leisure World Golf Course Silver Spring $25
Front Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Caves Valley Golf Club Owings Mills $185
New Course at Hunters Oak Golf Club Queenstown $49 - $65
West at Andrews AFB Golf Course Andrews AFB $57
Sherwood Forest Golf Course Sherwood Forest N/A
Elks Golf Club Salisbury $18
Henson Creek Golf Course Fort Washington $16 - $23
Hialeah Course at Turf Valley Golf Resort Ellicott City $87
Glenn Dale Golf Club Glenn Dale $17 - $42
Gold Course at Congressional Country Club Bethesda $170
Waterfront Greens Golf Course Swanton N/A
Country Club at Woodmore Mitchellville $84
Argyle Country Club Silver Spring $80
Par-3 Course at Mellomar Golf Park Owings $7
Montgomery Village Golf Club Gaithersburg $55
National Golf Club at Tantallon Fort Washington $70
Elkridge Club Baltimore $91
Gold/Green Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
Lakewood Country Club Rockville $100
Marlborough Golf Club Upper Marlboro $50 - $59
Eagle's Nest Country Club Phoenix $55
Bulle Rock Golf Course Havre de Grace $79 - $130
Old Course at Hunters Oak Golf Club Queenstown $49 - $65
White/Gold Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
East at Andrews AFB Golf Course Andrews AFB $57
South at Andrews AFB Golf Course Andrews AFB $57
Hillendale Country Club Phoenix $105
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm Potomac $205.15
Chesapeake Hills Golf Course Lusby $16 - $21
Cattail Creek Country Club Glenwood $101
Hope Valley Golf Course Mount Airy $25
Oakmont Green Golf Course Hampstead $13 - $23
Green/White Course at Wakefield Valley Golf Club Westminster $25 - $50
Holly Hills Country Club Ijamsville $83
Fountain Head Country Club Hagerstown $67
Gibson Island Club Gibson Island $101
Worthington Manor Golf Club Urbana $29 - $69
Back Nine Course at Frederick Golf Club Frederick $10.25 - $13.75
Hawthorne Country Club La Plata $23
Prospect Bay Country Club Grasonville $55
Woodlands at Diamond Ridge Golf Course Windsor Mill $29 - $54
Heritage Harbour Golf Course Annapolis $21
White/Blue at Hunt Valley Country Club Hunt Valley $79
Four Streams Beallsville $120
Harry Pitt Nine Course at Manor Country Club Rockville $15
Lakes Course at Queenstown Harbor Queenstown $52 - $62
Eighteen Hole Course at Sparrows Point Country Club Baltimore $64
Assateague Greens Golf Center Ocean City $24
McDaniel College Golf Club Westminster $10
Bethesda Country Club Bethesda $100
River Downs Golf Club Finksburg $30 - $35
Cove Creek Club Stevensville $45
Paint Branch Golf Complex College Park $10 - $16
Greystone Golf Course White Hall $25 - $58
Maryland Golf & Country Clubs Bel Air $65
East Course at Baltimore Country Club Lutherville $150 - $175
Veterans of Foreign Wars Country Club Frederick $20
Nassawango Country Club Snow Hill $39
River House Golf at the Easton Club Easton $30 - $52
Enterprise Golf Course Mitchellville $41
Fore Sisters Golf Course Rawlings $35
Montgomery Country Club Laytonsville $59
United States Naval Academy Golf Club Annapolis $61
Talbot Country Club Easton $53
Furnace Bay Golf Course Perryville $26 - $41
Chesapeake Bay Golf Club North East $15 - $30
Burning Tree Club Bethesda $135
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