Things We Love- Golf
1. Greystone Golf Course
About: We love that Greystone is not only a championship level course, but it is also family friendly. With five sets of tee boxes and a new family tee area, anyone can enjoy their experience. The practice facility is equipped with turf and grass hitting stations, and the chipping range has an on-course feel thanks to the bunkers and simulated fairway. Designed by the same architect who dreamt up the courses at Disney World, it features a rare five par 3’s and five par 5’s for a truly unique outing.
Feedback: “Greens were firm and fast and accepted shots very well, especially for so young a course. Every green putted at the same speed. Everything is right in front of you. Don’t remember one blind shot. Fairway offered many level stances. A bad errant shot made you pay, as they should. Very fair challenging course. Can’t wait to get back. Multiple tee boxes make this place a beast from the tips and fun for higher handicaps and seniors.”
Location: 2115 White Hall Road, White Hall, MD 21161
2. Mountain Branch Golf Club
About: Built in 2000, this semi-private Harford County course has beautiful rock and water features, rolling greens, drivable par 4’s, and split fairways. Though they are a public course, they boast a variety of annual memberships, including Corporate, which makes it easy for businesses to entertain. Their large practice facility has a covered section, artificial turf, and grass. They’ve hosted multiple MAPGA and MSGA Championship events.
Feedback: “Mountain Branch lives up to its name and the reviews. Elevation changes, water, beautiful views, couldn’t be better. Course in great shape. Greens were quick, but not fast. ( if you know what I mean). The rough was high and gobbled up a couple of my tee shots off the fairway, 6100+ yards from whites. Anytime you get a deal, or anytime you get the opportunity to play here, DO IT!!!!”
Location: 1827 Mountain Road, Joppa, MD 21085
3. Bulle Rock Golf Club
About: Ranked as the best public course in Maryland, and Top 50 in the nation. This must-play course is challenging yet fair. You can play quickly and affordably thanks to recent “player-friendly” redesigns coupled with a new rate structure. It has breathtaking vista views, and is laid beside the Chesapeake Bay. The practice facility is beautiful and expansive. It is 235 acres of golf heaven.
Feedback: “Tremendous course. Lived up to its reputation. Our foursome enjoyed everything about the day. Paid online, so no contact at payment. Club drop was perfect, they pointed to our nearby cart labeled with our tee times and we loaded ourselves up. Used all the practice facility for about 45 minutes, chipping from 50-80 yards, putting green and driving range, all included in the price. Course was awesome. Not a lot of elevation change, but has plenty of every other challenge in golf.”
Location: 320 Blenheim Lane, Havre de Grace, MD 21078
4. Queenstown Harbor Golf Course
About: Home to a world-class driving range, two large putting greens, chipping green, and practice bunker, the practice facility is ideal for any level of golfer to get ready to play. With two different courses, the Lakes and River, this is truly a one of a kind experience. The River Course was extensively updated in 2011, with holes moved closer to the Chester River bank. This has created gorgeous views. The Lakes Course has been named several times as a one of the best course for women, and is capped off by a spectacular finishing hole.
Feedback: “The River Course at Queenstown Harbor is one of the best public-access courses in Maryland. The vistas along the Chester River are stunning. The greens were fast and true. Because several of the holes have hazards that cross the fairways, it is important to have accurate yardage info. Bring your “A” game when you play the River Course.”
Location: 310 Links Lane, Queenstown, MD 21658
5. Whiskey Creek Golf Club
About: Designed by two time US Open Champion Ernie Els, Whiskey Creek plays like most of the tested-and-true championship layouts—with its challenges and hazards in plain sight. It is a course that offers a traditional feel to the public golfer, not just a course where you bang the ball around. The property contains many different environments and natural features including streams, stone walls, wetlands, rock outcroppings, broad meadows, pine forests, and dramatic views of the Catoctin Mountains.
Feedback: “Beautiful course in pristine condition. Outstanding views. Course starts out so easy then gets tougher every hole. Big time risk reward layout. Tee boxes, fairways and greens in excellent condition. Requires course management, you’ll use every club in your bag. Play appropriate tees and a very fair course. Very friendly and considerate staff, delicious cheeseburger at the turn. A real FIRST CLASS course.
Location: 4804 Whiskey Court, Ijamsville, MD 21754
6. Lake Presidential Golf Club
About: Generous landing zones and five sets of tees make for a balanced test for golfers of all skill levels. Entertaining green complexes, handsomely groomed playing surfaces, white-sand bunkers and picturesque streams round out the excitement. The 18th hole plays around the 30 acre Lake Presidential for a truly memorable end of round experience.
Feedback: “This is one of our favorite places to play, hands down. We’ve been lucky enough to snag some good deals to play here and that makes it that much more worth it. It’s a beautiful course with memorable, difficult holes. In our opinion, the course is in great shape. Staff is always super friendly and starters are efficient and stay on top of tee times. Grass range is a big plus as well.
Location: 3151 Presidential Golf Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
7. Worthington Manor Golf Club
About: A frequent US Open Qualifying site, this Ault-Clark signature course is notably on of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier daily fee clubs. The 19th Century clubhouse, rolling valleys, scenic wetlands, and picturesque country setting make for a gorgeous view. With five tees and ten minute tee time intervals, anyone can have a great experience.
Feedback: “Challenging, undulating course in great shape. Not crowded, free practice balls and practice greens available. New gold tees great for seniors, as is weekday senior rate. Not crowded at 8am and finished in less than 4 hours. Easy on and off from 1-270. Overall nicest course I have played in Maryland next to Bulle Rock. Will definitely return.”
Location: 8329 Fingerboard Road, Urbana, MD 21704
8. Congressional Country Club
About: Since its inception in 1924, this club has had congressmen and presidents alike as members. Having hosted many past golf legends in various PGA tour events, this storied course has a rich history and a bright future. Like other 36 hole layouts at championship courses, one (Blue) hosts the championship events and the other (Gold) hosts more member play. Situated in undulating, wooded country, the subtly contoured greens and large, well-placed bunkers are the course’s main features.
Feedback: “Holes flow from one to the next like a great symphony, crescendoing to a remarkable finale which is No. 18. This place exudes pure and historical golf.”
Location: 8500 River Road, Bethesda, MD 20817
9. Baltimore Country Club
About: This A.W. Tillinghast designed Par 70 East Course, with back-to-front pitched greens, limited water hazards, and 96 bunkers, has won many awards and hosted many PGA events. The 72 Par West Course was renovated in 2012, providing members with two outstanding courses to choose from. BCC is one of only two clubs in the world to have hosted a Men’s US Open, a PGA Championship, a Men’s Amateur, a US Walker Cup, and a US Women’s Open, and a Champions Tour Major.
Feedback: “The East course at Baltimore Country Club’s Five Farms location is a golden age treasure that should be in the discussion among Tillinghast’s best designs with two of the finest par 5s you’ll find anywhere. The conditioning is absolutely impeccable and the rolling terrain is perfect for golf. With caddie in tow, a day here is well spent on this underrated historic course.”
Location: 11500 Mays Chapel Road, Lutherville, MD 21093
10. TPC Potomac
About: Set in 220 acres of rolling woodland, the 2012 20 million dollar renovation made for a longer, tougher test for amateur and professional players alike. Members and guests experience outstanding amenities and attentive service enjoyed by PGA Tour players. Beyond the championship experience on the course, it features two impressive driving ranges, a private practice facility in addition to the public one, multiple areas for chipping and bunker practice, and a 10,000 square-foot putting green.
Feedback: “No wonder why this course has a great pga tour tournament. The greens are lightning fast. The course is hard but logical. Hole #11 played as the hardest hole on the PGA in 2017.”
Location: 10000 Oaklyn Drive, Potomac, MD 20854