Maryland, the Free State, is considered by some to be a microcosm of America and earns its nickname of “America in Miniature” due to its climatic extremes and its topographical variety.

One of the smallest states in the Union, Maryland has a long golfing history, which some reckon dates back to the mid-18th century, but the Maryland State Golf Association was definitely formed in 1921 and now looks after the interests of around 160 golf clubs across the length and breadth of the Free State.

For the golfing aficionado, Maryland offers a little bit of everything, from the classic Baltimore Country Club, which was founded in 1898 and hosted the US Open one year later, to the perennially top rated Blue course at the Congressional Country Club, to modern layouts from Pete Dye at Bulle Rock and Tom Fazio at Caves Valley.

Our Maryland Best In State Rankings were last updated in May 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Maryland

Baltimore (East)

1st Maryland - Best in Area

Although the club was inaugurated in 1898, the East course at Baltimore Country Club was designed by the great genius of golf course architecture, A.W. Tillinghast and it opened for play in 1926.


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Congressional (Blue)

2nd Maryland - Best in Area

Founded in 1924 and officially opened by President Calvin Coolidge, the Congressional Country Club started out with a relatively straightforward 18-hole course designed by Devereux Emmet...


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Caves Valley

3rd Maryland - Best in Area

Venue for the US Senior Open in 2002, the Tom Fazio-designed course at Caves Valley Golf Club sits amidst the rolling hills of Baltimore County with many of the fairways routed through attractive areas of woodland.


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Bulle Rock

4th Maryland - Best in Area

The Bulle (pronounced Bully) Rock golf course is named after the first thoroughbred horse brought to the US from England in the 18th century...


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5th Maryland - Best in Area

An old Walter Travis layout from 1916, the course at Columbia Country Club hosted the US Open five years after it first opened for play. Since then, little has altered on any of the holes.


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Congressional (Gold)

6th Maryland - Best in Area

Originally laid out in 1924, the Gold course at Congressional Country Club was redesigned by Arthur Hills in 2000 though the best holes on the card may still be two of the Devereux Emmet originals, the 1st and the 18th.

Chevy Chase

7th Maryland - Best in Area

Donald Ross originally established the course at the Chevy Chase Club in 1910 but Charles Alison completely reworked the layout in 1922. An upgrade of greens and bunkers by Arthur Hills in 1997 has now given this classic old course a new lease of life.

Four Streams

8th Maryland - Best in Area

Nick Price teamed up with architect Steve Smyers to produce the golf course at The Members Club at Four Streams in 1998. It’s a layout that sits nicely on a pleasantly rolling Maryland landscape.

Burning Tree Club

9th Maryland - Best in Area

The golf course at the private, all-male Burning Tree Club is one of Charles Alison’s rare American designs, dating back to 1923. Apart from some Robert Trent Jones bunkering work after World War II, the layout remains much as Harry Colt’s associate intended 90 years ago.

Lighthouse Sound

10th Maryland - Best in Area

With fairways laid out alongside the tidal marshes of Assawomen Bay, The Links at Lighthouse Sound was constructed with almost 700 yards of wooden walkways to protect the wetland areas from golfers playing in and around these sensitive natural areas.