FREDERICK, MD --Everyone needs a golf road trip once in a while. For those in Pennsylvania, we’ve penciled in trips to such areas as Myrtle Beach and Pinehurst for years.
Those are seven-hour jaunts, however, and that time away from home extends to six or seven days in you want it to be worthwhile.
Want a shorter trip? Williamsburg isn’t out of the question, nor is the Ocean City, Maryland area. Both have a wide array of outstanding golf tests.
But while you are thinking of venues, don’t forget the Frederick, Maryland area. Seriously! It’s a three-and-a half hour drive from Northeast Pennsylvania right down Interstate 81. If you reside in the Greater Philadelphia area, you can shave off some time.
In any event with some simple planning you can start your drive in the morning and be teeing off around noon. No hurrying to get your round in before dark, no driving all day and hitting the first ball of the day tight as a well pulled garden hose.
Once in the area, there are a dozen wonderful tests, courses from outstanding designers, and challenges to test all levels of golfer. nestled to the east of the Catoctin Mountain, the lush farmlands of Frederick and nearby counties are ripe for superb golf courses. It won't disappoint!
A guy who knows the area inside and out is Chris Moore of GolfFrederickMd.com and the host of an area golf radio show. He’s seen the explosion of good golf in the area, and knows a thing or two about other attributes of the Frederick area.
“We have an outstanding array of golf courses which will challenge golfers of all ability levels,” explained Moore. “But we aren’t just golf. We have wonderful restaurants, lodging, attractions and experiences. Frederick and the surrounding area have a lot of great things to do when one isn’t on the golf course.”
The golf? Golfweek Magazine lists several on its places to play in Maryland. Favorites include Musket Ridge, Maryland National, Clustered Spires, Worthington Manor, Hollow Creek, Whiskey Creek and P.B. Dye, among others.
“These are fine tests of golf,” explained Moore. “You can’t go wrong playing these layouts. Courses for all levels of players about, and the challenges and views are endless."
Worthington Manor has golf chops, as evidenced by its selection as a USGA U.S. Open qualifying site and its hosting of the 98th Maryland State Open Championship. It's greens can be bedazzling.
Designers such as Arthur Hills (Maryland National), P.B. Dye (P.B. Dye Golf Club), Ault-Clark (Worthington Manor) and Joe Lee Musket Ridge) have created distinct challenges throughout the area. Each has crafted layouts which perfectly make use of former farmlands, rolling countryside and mountain views.
Downtown Frederick comes alive at night with a wide variety of food and beverage options. There are brew pubs, distilleries and more, all within close proximity to one’s hotel. History can be sampled both in town and nearby. Civil War buffs should know ir less than an hour from historic Gettysburg.
Clearly Frederick Maryland is a great destination for a wonderful quick and cost-effective golf vacation