A weathered starting gate—its rusted doors still hanging from their hinges, a painted 10 still visible over the leftmost stall—seems to sink into the faint remains of an old horse track, a relic of the grounds’ past life as a venue for racing and training thoroughbreds. A portion of the old track cuts across three holes at Glen Riddle Golf Club’s 7,163-yard Man O’ War course, the longer and more difficult of the club’s twin 18-hole layouts. In truth, the legendary thoroughbred from which the course takes its name once lived on the historic Glen Riddle grounds, but the layout is more than just a locus of equestrian trivia: with massive greens, double fairways, and deep pot bunkers swept by the gales from the eastern shore, its mounded terrain pays homage to the old, links-style layouts that populate the shores of Scotland where horses first climbed out of the sea.
Of course, Man O’ War is named for the legendary thoroughbred who sired a legendary racer of his own—the 1937 Triple Crown champion War Admiral, which also serves as the namesake for Glen Riddle’s second course. Though slightly shorter than its grassy patriarch at 6,892 yards, the foal winds its fairways through forests and tidal marshland to form a much less forgiving layout.
Man O’ War Course at a Glance:
War Admiral Course at a Glance:
Club-swingers at Heritage Shores Club launch aerodynamic orbs over 7,000 yards of greens and fairways, aiming to shoot a par 72. The Arthur Hills–designed course is built to be both challenging and fun, with water flanking many shots, bunkers creeping just out of view, and clowns waiting in the bushes to juggle lost balls. Five varying tees dot the start of each hole, making rounds customizable according to skill level and preference, and building in variation for future visits. Pairs and foursomes follow their mini globes in carts, gliding over the course's undulating fairways and celebrating good shots by steering donuts on well-manicured greens.
Replete with rolling fairways and picturesque wooded hills, the course at Bay Hills provides a fun challenge for ball-based beginners and putting-pros alike. The 18-hole, par 70 links feature a wide expanse of water challenges, placing a large emphasis on strategy. With a two-month membership, a bundle of benefits emerge, including waived twilight-hours greens fees (twilight hours begin at 1 p.m. until March 1 and at 2 p.m. thereafter), unlimited range balls, and merchandise discounts. Although not included with today's deal, each cart fee (usually about $17) includes two draft beers or fountain drinks for staying hydrated through gritty sand traps. Additionally, each membership comes with one anytime round of golf with both cart fee and drinks included, ensuring at least one spectacular day of wearing heavily starched knickerbockers, which historically keep the feral golf gnomes at bay.
With practice areas for all facets of the game and 18 relatively straightforward, par 3 holes, Midway Par 3 & Driving Range affords novice duffers an ideal haunt for honing burgeoning golf talent. The course’s modest tee-to-green distances range 65–150 yards, making the links surmountable for future aces yet to develop the club-flailing muscle needed to deliver long drives and convincing strongman impressions. Patrons making their divot-tearing debuts will appreciate the course’s exclusion of meddling water hazards and sand traps, as well as the complex’s 30-stall driving range and practice areas reserved for chipping, putting, and celebratory tee-punting. A large basket contains 105 range balls that gladly submit to your orb-obliterating demands, granting greens-loving guests a comprehensive tune-up session before taking to the real course, which typically takes two hours to traverse.
Dover Par’s public full-size greens invite putters and drivers of all ages to play 18 holes and practice swings in the batting cages or on the range. The relaxed par-three course caters especially to beginner or medium-level golfers. Before tackling the links, feel free to practice knocking down satellites or lecturing caddies on the full-length driving range. Meanwhile two-sport stars can swing lumber or aluminum in the newly renovated batting area, where all-new pitching machines, balls, and bats lend a modern touch to each at-bat and batting cages prevent nearby mascots from trying to hug you midswing. Both softball sluggers and baseball champs can step up to the plate.
Severna Park Golf Center houses a variety of activities that let families fill an afternoon belting balls. Adults ($8) and children 12 and under ($6) can precisely putt their way through the Lilliputian links winding around an 8-foot waterfall on the 18-hole mini-golf course. A 9-hole, par 3 course gives full-size chippers an opportunity to practice short-game situations during abbreviated rounds ($11–$12.50).