Looking to spend a day on the green? Frederick County, Maryland, offers the most challenging, beautiful, and award-winning golf courses in the state. Check out this comprehensive list of where you should practice your swing:
Golf Magazine praised Whiskey Creek in Ijamsville, Maryland, for its 30-mile views of the Catoctin Mountains, “spectacular tee shots”, and a “truly remarkable” 5-par finishing hole. Lined by a high ridge of hardwood trees and a free-flowing creek, this world-class golf course offers a variety of environments and natural features, including springs, streams, stone walls, wetlands, rock outcroppings, meadows, and pine forests. To complement this gorgeous course, a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse is available to rent for all occasions, including conferences and weddings. The clubhouse offers a full-service golf shop and restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining. Professional Golfers’ Association professionals are also on-staff for group and private lessons. Practice facilities include a driving range, chipping green, and putting green. If you’re interested in this gorgeous course, click for specifics on the front nine and back nine, including yardage, slope, and rating. Whiskey Creek offers an upscale daily fee to the public.
Nestled in more than 150 acres of breathtaking Maryland views, Musket Ridge in Myersville is one of the state’s best golf courses. According to its website, The Golf Guide applauded the uniquely “undulating greens, strategically located visible hazards from elevated tee boxes, and unique bunkering.” Musket Ridge is also the first Zero Food Waste venue in the nation, which means uneaten or unused food from events; the Lock, Stock & Barrel grill room; and the kitchen is composted into fertilizer. To date, an estimated 40,000 pounds of food waste are kept out of local landfills. The eco-friendliness continues, as the course collects rainwater to irrigate the organic vegetable and herb garden and uses kitchen grease for biofuel. The clubhouse invests in chemical-free cleaning agents and recycles all cardboard, aluminum, glass, and plastic. If you’re interested in this course, check out the practice facilities, golf memberships, or available tee times.
Worthington Manor in Urbana, Maryland, is the only state golf course that hosted each of the United States Golf Association Men’s Qualifiers. It’s also a 9-time U.S. Open Qualifier site and will be the location of the 2019 Maryland Open Championship. The course has a number of accolades, including “Best Courses You Can Play – Maryland” by Golfweek, “The Middle Atlantic’s 50 Best Courses” by GolfStyles, and “Top 25 Course Conditions” by Golf Advisor. This soft-spike, first-class facility offers bent grass trees, fairways, and greens within 10-minute tee times. If you’re a beginner, Worthington Manor has a state-of-the-art indoor golf simulator. For golf aficionados, purchase one of the course’s golf memberships. If you’re hungry after a day on the green, Worthington Manor’s J.T.’s Grill is a clubhouse restaurant that has bar service and serves breakfast, deli sandwiches, wraps, hot dogs, gourmet burgers, and garden salads.
Established in 1977, Holly Hills in Ijamsville, Maryland, offers a challenging 18-hole championship golf course in a private country club environment. It overlooks the Catoctin Mountains and is a favorite of former U.S. President George Bush. The country club also offers junior golf programs, tennis, swimming lessons and club member pool, a wedding venue, and a summer camp that includes martial arts, science projects, group games, and more.