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.
North East Course at a Glance:
Rising Sun Course at a Glance:
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.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Length of 6,561 yards from the tips * Course rating of 72.1 from the tips * Slope rating of 143 from the tips * Five tee options * Scorecard
Staff Size: 25?50 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Make sure you remember your socks. If you have a big group, call ahead to see how busy it is. Enjoy.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Fun Zone for kids,
Laser Tag for teens
Boomers Family Fun Center offers entertainment to visitors of any age. It's a line that a lot of family-friendly entertainment places use, but Boomers' staff truly tailors activities to entertain different sensibilities. For kids, they provide more than 8,000 square feet of slides, tubes, tunnels, and climbable play sets, comprised of soft, inflated bits. They pair this Fun Zone with an arcade full of ticket-yielding games and prizes to be had if you earn enough tickets or impersonate an official prize inspector. Meanwhile, the 3,200 square foot, multi-level laser tag arena provides competitive play tailored to teens. Adults, of course, can enjoy either form of activity with their kids or friends, or make use of the mini golf course and riving range, weather permitting.
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.
Rolling hills, wooded terrain, and shimmering waterways serve as the canvas upon which Beckett Golf Club’s 27-hole, 9,577-yard golf complex shines. The swath of verdant playing grounds forms three distinct nines that golfers mix and match to create varied 18-hole rounds. The longest layout, the blue course, confronts players with bends and jumps in the form of dogleg fairways and water hazards on three holes. A fast-starting swing is a must for golfers starting on the red course, where the first hole—a 498-yard par 5—is also the layout’s most difficult, bending sharply to the left with a lush patch of trees that prevents shortcuts and golf-cart drag races. The shortest of the three nines, the white course puts water in play on two holes and revels in the rolling fairways and medium-size greens that characterize the entire 27-hole layout.
There are a number of ways to enjoy the game of golf without hitting the links, and Tee It Up Golf provides just about all of them. Its two-level 52-stall driving range accommodates seasoned veterans as well as newcomers developing their own swing using Tee It Up's rental clubs. Kids can set out on the 18-hole mini-golf course or enroll in a summer golf camp to learn to navigate the world of golf proper. For golfers longing for faraway links, the facility's golf simulator allows you to tee off or yell at birds on digital versions of 30 courses from around the world.