Golf Digest magazine
Get into the swing of a great golf outing on world-class courses that feature spectacular landscapes beyond each fairway. Find out for yourself why national golf publications continue to give many of Maryland’s 100-plus public venues only the highest scores.
The Wild & Wonderful West
Above a brilliant alpine lake in Western Maryland, mountains of fun await on the fairways of the Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort, Maryland’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. Recent honors include a four-star rating from Golf Digest and a place among Zagat’s list of “America’s Best Golf Courses.” A championship venue near Deep Creek Lake has also earned high honors, being named one of Washington Golf Monthly’s “must-play” selections. That same publication recommended a course in Hagerstown that has been described as a “hidden gem” of the region.
Right Down the Center
Courses located in the Central Maryland communities of Aberdeen and Joppa are among the state’s best-loved public venues, featuring facilities and conditioning that rival the finest private clubs. Down in Davidsonville you can enjoy a “Grand Slam experience” while playing fairways that were inspired by golf’s four major men’s championships, or aim for Marriottsville and test your skills on a course that has been listed among Golf Magazine’s “top 10 places to play in the mid-Atlantic.” Also attracting attention is the Havre de Grace-based Bulle Rock course, a Pete Dye-designed public venue that has hosted the LPGA Championship since 2005. Named for the first Thoroughbred horse brought to America, Bulle Rock continues to win praise from Golf Digest, Golf Week, Golf for Women and other publications, and also delights LPGA golfers like 2007 tournament champ Suzann Pettersen and previous winner Annika Sorenstam. “I love this golf course,” Sorenstam says. “It’s been good to me in the past …, so I enjoy coming back.”
D.C. & South
In Southern Maryland and the Capital Region, what you see beyond the greens could be just as important as what you get on the scorecard. You just might be able to putt for birdies as an eagle flies overhead or walk the fairway while deer watch from the woods. The impressive variety of golf courses in these areas generally incorporate gently rolling terrain, peaceful woods, shimmering lakes and quite a collection of challenging holes. So be prepared to bring a full bag of clubs … and maybe binoculars, too!
Sand Strokes & Slices of History
Award-winning golf resorts and public venues of the Lower Eastern Shore have been praised as much for their beautiful surroundings as for their challenging layouts. One course even incorporates strategically placed rest areas for golfers who want to relax and enjoy the view while the next foursome plays through. Summertime gives you the opportunity to work on your sand stroke and then unwind on a sandy beach, but there’s never an off-season, so look into golf vacation packages any time of the year. On the Upper Eastern Shore, the Club at Patriots Glen in Elkton was carved out of a wooded area where George Washington is said to have observed British troops coming ashore during the American Revolution. Other golf destinations in this region have been touted as Golf Digest Player’s Choice courses, and regularly appear on Golfweek’s rankings of “America’s best, state by state.”
2010 Maryland Golf Guide