In 1962, designer Ed Carmen masterfully crafted each hole to weave into the natural lay of the land, yielding a 6,600-yard golf course that melds bucolic surroundings with his own architectural style. A member of the USGA and PGA, Centerton Golf Club strings together 18 holes that meander through acres of dense forest replete with mature arbors, strategically placed bunkers, and Kick Me signs on the backs of fellow players.
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With a total of 36 holes that wind through the wetlands at the northernmost tip of the Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club maintains links-style courses in Rising Sun and North East, Maryland. Patrons have voted their approval of the golf club, which is a host of the 2012 Special Olympics, in Maryland Life's Free State's Finest 2011 list.
As players guide their golf balls through tree-lined fairways at the North East Course, they encounter blooming azaleas ringing the greens in the spring and offering adorable opportunities to express affection for a caddie. Budding golf enthusiasm continues to flower at the Rising Sun Course, where seven ponds poke their way into the line of play and remain a constant inconvenience. Rising Sun’s signature fourth hole, also known as Lookout, offers a prime example, with a vicious pond on the right swallowing up sliced tee shots and unsuspecting bunnies that graze too close to it.
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Rising Sun Course at a Glance:
Cleaved into a pristine expanse of rolling hills and dense woodlands, Chisel Creek Golf Club’s 18-hole course gently rises and falls across 6,203 yards of moderately challenging terrain. Large, undulating greens supply the bulk of the difficulty at the par 70 course, complemented by tight tree lines and dramatically sloped terrain that forces more awkward stances than a middle school dance. A duo of duffers can loop the lush labyrinth astride a nimble golf cart before retiring to the Creekside Grille to refuel with a homemade chicken-salad sandwich (a $5.50 value) or a zesty buffalo-chicken wrap (a $6.50 value).
Perched on a hilltop, the Inniscrone Golf Club clubhouse is an enchanting colonial structure made of stone walls with a white porch and columns. But that's not the only feature that draws inspiration from the past. Carved through the rolling hills of Chester County, the 18-hole, par 70 course conjures an old world feel with fairways threaded through mature trees, mounds, and thick rough. The layout also reflects strategic course design, especially on the par-four 18th hole. Though only 350 yards from tee to green, the signature finishing hole plays into an elevated green guarded by a gauntlet of bunkers, like the secret lair of a paranoid greenskeeper.
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Most Popular Service: Private Golf Lessons
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Pro Tip: Golf Better Center is a home of outdoor practice and an outstanding teaching facility.
Since 1999, the tall oak trees and massive bunkers of White Oaks Country Club's golf course have hindered many a golfer as they've tackled the 6,240 yards of verdant fairways. The layout features obstacles both great and small, presenting an equal challenge in both the 600-yard-long 7th and the difficult par 3 on the 17th. Between rounds of arranging clubs into teepees, players can head into the 10,000-square-foot clubhouse, where drinks from a full-service bar complement a menu of wings, bacon cheeseburgers, and quesadillas at the Oak Room restaurant.