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.
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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320 Blenheim Ln
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
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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8500 River Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20817
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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12367 Eagle’s Nest Rd.
Berlin, MD 21811
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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2115 White Hall Rd.
White Hall, MD 21161
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.
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.
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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Lodestone Clubhouse Drive
McHenry, MD 21541
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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8836 Hollow Rd.
Middletown, MD 21769
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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310 Links Ln.
Queenstown, MD 21658
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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1380 W. Central Ave
Davidsonville, MD 21035
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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100 Heron Blvd.
Cambridge, MD 21613
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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7000 Rum Pointe Lane
Ocean City, MD 21811
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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16701 Lakeview Dr NE
Flintstone, MD 21530
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.
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.