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15 Golf Courses in Maryland You Have to Play

Whether you’re looking to punch your shots over a marsh or rip drives through a dense woodland, Maryland has a golf course for you. Much of the golf world’s attention has turned to Ocean City in recent years because so many strong courses are clustered there. With a surprisingly diverse array of options throughout the state, though, every golfer is sure to find a track to fit his or her game—here are 15 you really should play. 

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Clubhouse at Bulle Rock Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

1 Bulle Rock, Havre de Grace

Named for the first Thoroughbred horse brought to America, this course designed by the legendary Pete Dye has become one of the most popular in the Mid-Atlantic. It hosted the LPGA Championship from 2005-2009 and has been lauded by Golf Digest and Golf, and with good reason. Challenging for the pros, but accommodating for even the greenest duffer, Bulle Rock is a true must-play


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Type:
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Location:
320 Blenheim Ln
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
410-939-8887


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Wish you were here? Book well ahead at this private club to play the Blue Course.

2 Congressional Country Club, Bethesda

It just doesn’t feel right talking about golf in Maryland without mentioning Congressional. Yes, the club is private—and exclusive—so getting a tee time will require some finagling. But if you pull it off and get to play the Blue Course, you step onto what’s widely considered one of the finest golf courses in the world. 


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Type:
18 Holes


Location:
8500 River Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20817
301-469-2032


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Eagles Landing Golf Club in Berlin

3 Eagle’s Landing Golf Club, Berlin

This well-kept municipal course—it’s owned by the town of Ocean City—challenges players with occasional ocean winds. But with prices set lower than many other top-tier courses in the area and beautiful marsh vistas, players have come to appreciate Eagle’s Landing’s features.


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Type:
18 Holes


Location:
12367 Eagle’s Nest Rd.
Berlin, MD 21811
410-213-7277


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This Baltimore Co. course was name-checked in Golfweek's Top 50 Municipal Golf Courses list.

4 Greystone, White Hall

Another municipal course—this one in northern Baltimore County—draws golfers because of its interesting layout, good conditions, strong service and reasonable prices.


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Type:
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Location:
2115 White Hall Rd.
White Hall, MD 21161
410-887-1945


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This course in the Capital Region is suitable for all golfers--beginner or advanced.

5 Lake Presidential, Upper Marlboro

Just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C., this serene course is set around a lake. It opened in 2008 and immediately established a reputation for relaxed play suitable for all skill sets. 

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The Links at Lighthouse Sound

6 Links at Lighthouse Sound, Bishopsville

Ocean City has developed a reputation for offering golfers challenging and diverse courses in one area. Lighthouse Sound takes the best of the region and condenses it into one course. Situated amid dense trees alongside the Assawoman Bay, it features peaceful wetlands full of birds and a stunning view of the O.C. skyline.


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Type:
Sports


Location:
12723 St. Martin's Neck Rd
Ocean City, MD 21813
410-352-5767


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Sweeping mountain views add to the experience at Wisp Resort's Lodestone Golf Course.

7 Lodestone Golf Course at Wisp Resort, McHenry

Cut into the mountains surrounding Deep Creek Lake, this course combines scenery with challenging play. The fairways are narrow and lead up to well-protected and large, undulating greens. 


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Type:
Sports


Location:
Lodestone Clubhouse Drive
McHenry, MD 21541
855-238-0192


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8 Maryland National Golf Club, Middletown

When asked how he carved his most famous statue, Michaelangelo allegedly replied, “I just chip away everything that doesn’t look like David.” Legendary architect Arthur Hills seems to take the same approach when designing his signature golf courses: he doesn’t build a golf course so much as helps it appear, and that is certainly the case here, as with Hills’ other course on this list, Links at Lighthouse Sound. Here he utilized natural changes in elevation and wetlands to create a Maryland take on the classic style.


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Type:
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Location:
8836 Hollow Rd.
Middletown, MD 21769
301-371-0000


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Enjoy peaceful views of the Bay while you golf at this Eastern Shore course.

9 Queenstown Harbor Golf Links, Queenstown

The Rivers course was renovated in 2011 to make better use of the Chester River for players looking for a challenge and water views just east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The Lake Course is shorter and offers an alternative for beginners.


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Type:
Sports


Location:
310 Links Ln.
Queenstown, MD 21658
410-827-6611


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Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville

10 Renditions, Davidsonville

Each hole at Renditions is a replica of a famous hole from a championship course around the world. Hole 4 transports you to Royal Latham & St. Anne’s, host of 10 British Open Championships. You’ll also play holes 11, 12 and 13 from Augusta National. Yes, you can play “Amen Corner”—one of the toughest stretches in all of golf—and be back home for dinner that night!


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Type:
Sports


Location:
1380 W. Central Ave
Davidsonville, MD 21035
410-798-9798


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River Marsh Golf Club in Cambridge

11 River Marsh Golf Club, Cambridge

Nestled alongside the Choptank River, this course winds its way toward a thrilling end. Hole 17 requires a long shot over Shoal Creek. The par-5, 18th hole has water and sand running the entire length of the left side and, of course, a green that is tucked to the left of the fairway at the end. Good luck!


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Type:
18 Holes


Location:
100 Heron Blvd.
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-901-6396


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Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links in Berlin

12 Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links, Berlin

The broad views of Assateague State Park from nearly every hole make this course—a collaboration between Pete Dye and his son P.B.—as breathtaking as it is intriguing for the player.


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Type:
18 Holes


Location:
7000 Rum Pointe Lane
Ocean City, MD 21811
410-629-1414


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Golf at Rocky Gap Casino Resort Photo By: Rocky Gap Casino Resort

13 Rocky Gap, Flintstone

Jack Nicklaus designed this lakeside course in the mountains of Western Maryland as part of the Rocky Gap luxury casino resort. As if that wasn’t enough, the course manages to offer two playing experiences at once: the front nine was cut from rocky, up-and-down terrain while the back nine slopes over gentle hills.


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Type:
Conference Centers


Location:
16701 Lakeview Dr NE
Flintstone, MD 21530
301-784-8400


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Swan Point Golf Course in Issue

14 Swan Point, Issue

Once a nondescript nine-hole course, it was re-imagined in the mold of the great waterfront tracks in the Carolinas. About 45 minutes south of the nation’s capital and wedged along the Potomac River, the course promises interesting play and bird-watching opportunities.


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Type:
18 Holes


Location:
11550 Swan Point Blvd.
Issue, MD 20645
301-259-0047


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Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville

15 Whiskey Creek Golf Club, Ijamsville

Located about 45 miles from both Baltimore and Washington, D.C., this Frederick-area course was designed by PGA Tour pro Ernie Els. It runs over rolling hills and features old stone ruins—in play—on the 18th hole.


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Type:
18 Holes


Location:
4804 Whiskey Ct.
Ijamsville, MD 21754
301-694-2900


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Golf Photos & Videos

Congressional Country Club in Bethesda
Wish you were here? Book well ahead at this private club to play the Blue Course.
Greystone Golf Course in White Hall
This Baltimore Co. course was name-checked in Golfweek's Top 50 Municipal Golf Courses list.
Lake Presidential Golf Club
This course in the Capital Region is suitable for all golfers--beginner or advanced.
Lodestone Golf Course at Wisp Resort
Sweeping mountain views add to the experience at Wisp Resort's Lodestone Golf Course.
Queenstown Harbor Golf Links
Enjoy peaceful views of the Bay while you golf at this Eastern Shore course.
Bulle Rock Golf Course
Group of golfers on the green at Bulle Rock located in Havre De Grace, Maryland.
Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

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