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Golf Courses In and Around Ocean City

Even when the days still have a nip in the air or the summer sun is beating down with its full force, golfers will always be found swinging their clubs on the greens. Vacations are even more reason to dust off the clubs and start chasing a ball around 18 holes. The Ocean City, MD area has ample opportunities for golfers of varying abilities to partake in the sport. Beautiful waterside holes and challenging terrains create an unforgettable golf experience.

The 36 pristine and well-maintained holes of Carl M. Freeman’s Bay Club take golfers through woodlands and native wetlands in complete natural serenity for playing an exceptional round of golf. Located in Berlin, MD, and managed by Troon Golf, Bay Club has two different courses to play. The West Course is home to the famous Devil’s Island on the Eastern Shore, and the East Course offers manicured Zoysia fairways of impeccable quality.

If you enjoy playing Bay Club and would like to try the other two golf clubs under the Troon Golf umbrella, then perhaps you wouldn’t mind taking a short drive to Delaware. Bear Trap Dunes near Rehoboth Beach has 27 championship holes that are framed by coastal sand dunes, natural wetlands and exquisite landscapes. It's rated among the "Top 5 Courses You Can Play in Delaware" by Golfweek magazine and operates a "Top 100 Golf Shop in America" by AGM. Meanwhile, nearby Selbyville, DE is home to Bayside Resort Golf Club. This course has been named the “No. 1 Course You Can Play in Delaware” by Golfweek. As a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, it was inspired by the surrounding coastline, salt marshes and magnificent woodlands, and offers exceptional views while golfing.

There are also some courses that are steeped in history, which only adds to an already pleasurable day on the greens. Glen Riddle Golf Club in Berlin, MD has two championship 18-hole courses: Man o’ War and War Admiral. Do those names sound familiar? That’s because these courses were once the home pastures of the legendary racehorses of the same names. Man o’ War won the Belmont and Preakness races in 1920 but never raced in the Kentucky Derby. One of his offspring, War Admiral won the Triple Crown in 1937. Now, the racetrack they trained on has been incorporated into the design of the golf course. Three different holes use it as a cross-hazard. Meanwhile, the topography and climate present challenges such as tidal marshes, pot bunkers and bay breezes that are reminiscent of British courses.

Eagle’s Landing is also in Berlin, MD and within close proximity of the famous ponies of Assateague Island. Designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan, this gem of a course has vistas that incorporate the land, air and sea. The staff at Eagle’s Landing goes out of their way to protect the natural resources. In Maryland, they were the first fully certified Audubon Sanctuary. Their 18th hole, a par 4, is referred to as the “Beast of the East.” It’s exceptionally beautiful and just as challenging with little room for an overshot due to the salt marshes that surround it.

If you’re looking to play just a few holes before the rest of the family wakes up, or if you don’t have the time for a full 18-hole course, Deer Run is the place to go. Offering 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 or 19 holes that you can play, the game can be tailored to your needs, much like it was when golf was first played in the United States. The 16th hole is situated on an island and is their signature hole. Deer Run makes the game fun and challenging for golfers of all levels.

As one of the newest golf courses in the Ocean City area, the Links at Lighthouse Sound has been making waves among Maryland golfers. Golf magazine listed it as one of the top two public courses you can play in Maryland in 2014. Situated near Assawoman Bay, this course was designed by Arthur Hills and officially opened in 2000. The Links at Lighthouse Sound is home to the largest golf cart bridge in the U.S. Its signature hole, the 5th, is a par 3 and surrounded on three sides by water.

River Run Golf Club was designed in 1991 by Gary Player and has been favorably rated by fellow golfers on GolfDigest.com. If bentgrass is coveted throughout the course, then this is the course for you. Lakes and marshlands add to the sand traps and other challenges that adorn these scenic greens.

Countless other golf courses dot the Maryland landscape…. take your pick. You’ll find a place to golf that will surely become your home golf course away from your home golf course.

Area Golf Courses

Most courses offer lessons and special golf packages. Call course for more details.

Course Holes Par Length Rating Designer
Bay Club - East Course
9122 Libertytown Road, Berlin, MD
410-641-4081
18 72 7004 72.4 Priestly Roberts
Bay Club - West Course
9122 Libertytown Road, Berlin, MD
410-641-4081
18 72 6951 73.1 Priestly Roberts
Bayside Resort Golf Club
31806 Lakeview Drive, Selbyville DE
302-436-3400
18 72 7545 76.4 Jack Nicklaus
Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club
7 Clubhouse Drive, Ocean View, DE
302-537-5600
27 72 6901 72.7 Rick Jacobson
River Run Golf Club
11605 Masters Lane, Berlin, MD
410-641-7200 • 800-733-7786
18 72 6705 70.4 Gary Player
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