Golf Courses in Baltimore

Located on a harbor, Baltimore is a city that has seen much of American history first hand. Visitors to the city will be struck by the modern beauty of this old city compounded with its national landmarks and active sports enthusiasts. But one thing that isn’t mentioned often about Baltimore but absolutely should be is the massive amount of wonderful golf courses that dot the city and surrounding area. If you’re headed to Baltimore be sure to bring your golf clubs and find time to squeeze in a round or two. Who knows, you may like the golf in Baltimore so much that you come back just to play.

Carroll Park

Carroll Park is perfect if you’re headed to Baltimore on business as this little executive 9-hole course is located right in the heart of the business district. Ask about their “replays” and you’ll be tempted to squeeze in a few rounds each day. Short, simple and convenient this course even has rental clubs if you didn’t bring yours along.

Clifton Park

Clifton Park is Baltimore’s first public golf course, built in 1915 on the grounds of Johns Hopkins’ summer mansion. Through almost 100 years the course has stood the test of time as the city has grown around it. It now offers duffers one of the best views of the city landscape. This course is a bit tricky as it was squeezed in on private lands and surrounded by out-of-bounds hazards. A challenging little course located in town which offers a bit more golf than Carroll Park, Clifton Park is worth a trip, and bring your camera for the views.

Diamond Ridge

Diamond Ridge in Baltimore is a rather open course with rolling hills and lush fairways. The course shares its new state of the art clubhouse with The Woodlands and together they make a couple of great rounds of golf. Designed by famed golf architect Ed Ault, Diamond Ridge offers a couple of unique challenges to golfers by giving them two distinctly different nines. The front nine is open and built in a links style and the back nine is tighter with more natural growth to impede your play.

Greystone

Greystone was designed by Joe Lee who has earned quite a name for himself as a course architect. This course is a prime example of his ability to mold the land without destroying its inherent beauty and his inner knowledge of the intricacies of golf. Noted as one of the best public courses in the state, Greystone features seven ponds, more than 80 bunkers, great rises and falls in elevation, and aged hardwood trees.

Forest Park

Forest Park was originally a 9-hole course but it grew into an 18-hole course which means it is basically two courses in one. The original course has a nicely wooded and aged landscape with tight fairways and rolling hills. The newer half of the course is more open and basically just newer, meaning it’s a bit easier. As most 9-hole courses that have expanded, the second nine is really an after thought and not as well planned. This course is fairly short but still packed with challenging holes, especially on the older half.

Longview

Longview golf course is a short little par 70 course packed with scenic views and elevated tees. Perhaps the biggest challenges at Longview are the ones designed by Mother Nature. In the 1980’s this course made national news as golfers were losing their balls to foxes. A den of foxes had amassed more than 1,000 golf balls as they’d run out and snag balls off the putting green.

Mount Pleasant

In the 1950-1960 era Mount Pleasant was quite the happening hot spot for professional golfers. Arnold Palmer earned his second American tournament win as a professional at Mount Pleasant in 1956. The classic design and the well conceived design offers a challenge to golfers of every skill level. The prices are incredibly reasonable for a course with this storied history and level of challenge in its architecture.

Pine Ridge

Pine Ridge is another Baltimore golf course that is popular among the professional crowd as Nancy Lopez won her second professional tournament there. It’s also been the home of several PGA and LPGA tournaments. This is the course to play if you want to get away from it all and enjoy the beauty and natural surroundings that make golf one of the best sports around. Located outside of the city itself, Pine Ridge is actually stunningly beautiful as its holes resemble fingers in the Loch Raven watershed area.

Rocky Point

Rocky Point butts up against the Chesapeake Bay and takes advantage of this waterfront location at every opportunity. Designed by Russell Roberts, this fairly short course is actually very challenging with unexpected elevation changes that seem to add yardage to this par 72 course. Rocky Point has won its fair share of accolades for area courses but it’s one of the best if you’re looking to spend time on the water.

The Woodlands

The Woodlands is another Baltimore golf course set amid aged hardwood trees that grace the edges of the rolling fairways and undulating greens. This course offers plenty of challenges for all levels of golfer as it was proclaimed by the architect, Lindsay Ervin, as his best design ever. Washington Golf Monthly has even dubbed it the best public course in the Baltimore suburbs. The new state of the art club house makes The Woodlands the perfect getaway golf escape.

This list of Baltimore golf courses just includes the public courses, there are many more private and semi-private courses that offer locals and visitors to the city a place to play. You can get a traditional links style course, tight tree-lined fairways and everything in-between. If you do your research you can even find an 18-hold course that features both styles at once. Need to brush up get help from a pro at Baltimore Golf Lessons. So remember to bring your golf clubs the next time you’re in the Baltimore area as the city has so much to offer professional and weekend duffers alike.
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