Whether you are a low handicapper or just a weekend warrior, Maryland has quite a few golf courses that are as good as practically any course anywhere else.While Maryland isn’t known as a golfer’s paradise, the topographical diversity of the state has allowed for the construction of numerous top notch and fun to play golf courses over the years. Maryland is home to US Open Venue Congressional Country Club, as well as a few former US Open and Amateur Venues in Columbia Country Club and Chevy Chase Country Club, while Bethesda Country Club has hosted an LPGA event and TPC Avenel Farm has hosted both the PGA tour and Senior PGA tour. These courses are private and virtually impossible for the average joe to have the chance to play, however, the state has a number of public courses that are of Championship Caliber and open to everyone. Here are five of the best courses you can play in the state of Maryland.
Bulle RockHands down, Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, Maryland has to be the very best golf course that you can play in the state. Designed by legendary and renowned golf course architect Pete Dye, Bulle Rock has become one of the more popular golf courses in the region and hosted the LPGA Championship for four years, from 2005-2009. If you are a high handicapper, bear in mind that Bulle Rock is also very challenging, only low handicappers should play from the championship tees. Regardless, Bulle Rock is a must play and accommodates all skill levels with several sets of tees to play from. Location: 320 Blenheim Ln Havre de Grace, MD 21078 410-939-8887
Ocean CityMeanwhile, Ocean City is home to a handful of very nice courses and resorts, one of the Eastern Shore courses that is a must-play is Eagle’s Landing Golf Course. Eagle’s Landing is a municipal course and very well kept, expect pristine conditions and gusting ocean winds that make for a challenging test. Eagle’s Landing also boasts of scenic marsh vistas that make playing even more fun and memorable, while the prices are lower than most of the better area courses. Location: 12367 Eagle’s Nest Rd. Berlin, MD 21811 410-213-7277
GreystoneWhile Ocean City provides a seaside setting, the northern and western parts of the state are home to courses that track through rolling hills and forests virtually untouched. Greystone Golf Course, located north of Baltimore toward Pennsylvania, is a beautiful layout that is ranked among the best in the state yet has kept a fairly low profile due to its semi remote location in northern Baltimore County. Greystone is also a municipal course and is a favorite of many due to its excellent conditions and interesting layout. The greens are fast and the fairways are like carpet, Greystone truly is a treat to play while the service is very friendly and the prices very reasonable. Location: 2115 White Hall Rd. White Hall, MD 21161 410-887-1945
Swan PointWhile Maryland’s best courses mostly are unlike courses of areas in which there is a high concentration of golf courses such as Florida and the Carolinas, one course, Swan Point in Issue, Maryland shares the same qualities, style, setting and ambiance of the courses of the southern U.S.. Swan Point is located down at the southernmost tip of the state along the Potomac River; it is not uncommon to see a bald eagle flying above the marshes that line parts of the golf course. Swan Point is also very remote, the golf course winds through pine forests similar to the Carolinas and along ponds, lakes and marshland of the Potomac River. On some holes you can look out across the river toward Virginia’s side. On one hole, there is an island green, while there's a semi island green on another, and herons and other wildlife on the nine other holes that have water. Swan Point is not only scenic, but also challenging. The course is well kept and the layout is a true gem. While the course is a favorite of many, it also does not get very crowded very often which makes it even more enjoyable. Swan Point is perhaps Maryland’s best kept secret and very affordable. Location: 11550 Swan Point Blvd. Issue, MD 20645 301-259-0047
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