“Crab cakes and football, that’s what Maryland does” is a famous line in the Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson comedy Wedding Crashers. But in reality the small state offers so much more; geographically defined by its abundant waterways and coastline on the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic, Maryland is home to the United States Naval Academy located in the state’s capital of Annapolis. Apart from its rich historical background, the Chesapeake Bay state offers travelers a list of activities including The National Aquarium in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Ocean City is a resort town that features miles of beaches, a boardwalk lined with restaurants and theme parks to enjoy after a morning tee time.
Maryland is home to some of the most beautiful and historic country clubs in the world. Founded in 1921 in Bethesda, some of Congressional Country Club first members include; John D. Rockefeller, the duPonts, and Walter Chrysler. Originally designed by Devereux Emmet, the Blue course at Congressional was later renovated by Robert Trent Jones in 1957 and then again in 1989 by Rees Jones. The Blue course has hosted four major tournaments as well as countless presidents. A private club so the only way to walk these prestigious fairways if you are not a member would be a member’s invitation.
For those golfers travelling to Maryland, Rocky Gap Casino Resort is Maryland’s only Jack Nicklaus signature course. This mountain course takes advantage of its proximity to the Appalachian Mountains with undulating hills and an adjacent lake, golfers will love the picturesque setting while facing the challenges this course provides. Located at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina on Maryland's Eastern Shore, River Marsh Golf Course offers players breathtaking views and an enjoyable experience on an artfully designed course layout. Another great course, Bulle Rock offers a beautiful and challenging test to golfers of all levels. The site itself is fantastic, being well endowed with trees, brush, creeks, ponds and shifts in topography. Architect Pete Dye describes his approach to Bulle Rock as "I do not undo God's work." Just outside of the beach city Ocean City, The Links at Lighthouse Sound has ten holes that border the pristine marshlands found within the 1,000 acre site.