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On Course
(Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Between public and private venues, there are nearly 100 golf courses within 60 miles of downtown Baltimore. Through weekly installments, the "On Course" series takes a multimedia look at what makes each of these properties unique.

A spotlight look at the Bulle Rock Golf Course in Havre De Grace, an 18-hole facility playing to a par 72 that has consistently been ranked among the top public courses in the country. This year, the course has significantly lowered its rates in an effort to attract more play.

A spotlight look at the Forest Park Golf Course in Baltimore City, featuring 18 holes playing to a par 71 to go along with a driving range and practice facility that serves as a learning center for the First Tee of Greater Baltimore.

A spotlight look at the Greystone Golf Course in White Hall, an 18-hole public facility that opened in 1997 and is one of five Baltimore County municipal golf courses. The property is known for its stunning views, diverse collection of holes and difficult greens.

A spotlight look at the Hunt Valley Country Club, a 27-hole private facility that was first opened for play in 1970 and recently underwent a three-year revitalization project that included significant upgrades to the course and clubhouse.

A spotlight look at the Mount Pleasant Golf Course in Baltimore City, opened in 1934 and featuring 18 holes playing to a par 71. The course played host to the Eastern Open on 10 occasions n the 1950s and early 1960s, with Arnold Palmer winning his third career professional tournament there in 1956.

A spotlight look at Mountain Branch Golf Club in Joppa, an 18-hole public course playing to a par 72. The course is generally regarded as one of the top public courses in the area, but is also well known for its restaurant and reputation as a wedding venue.

A spotlight look at Piney Branch Golf Club in Upperco, an 18-hole private facility playing to a par 71 that is regarded as having some of the best greens in the area. The club is currently in the middle of a $500,000 capital improvement project that started last October.

A spotlight look at Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville, an 18-hole facility playing to a par 72 that features replica holes from courses that have previously hosted golf's major championships. This year, three of the PGA tour's major championships are at venues featured by Renditions.

A spotlight look at the Rocky Point Golf Course in Essex, an 18-hole public facility that opened in 1971 and is one of five Baltimore County municipal golf courses. The back nine features several holes with views overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.

A spotlight look at the Rolling Road Golf Club in Catonsville, a par 70 18-hole private facility featuring hilly terrain and small greens that was first opened for play in 1919. The club will be celebrating its 100th anniversary next year.

Turf Valley Resort

A spotlight look at the Turf Valley Resort, a 36-hole private facility in Ellicott City that was first opened for play in 1959. The property, which also includes a hotel, spa, ballroom and conference center, is the only of its kind in the Baltimore metro area.

A spotlight look at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, an 18-hole public course playing to a par 72 that is routinely ranked as one of the top public courses in Maryland. The layout navigates through the rolling hills of Frederick County and offers spectacular views of the Catoctin Mountains.

A spotlight look at the Woodlands Golf Course in Baltimore County, which opened in 1998 and features a rolling terrain, tree-lined fairways and bent grass from tee to green.

A spotlight look at Worthington Manor Golf Club in Urbana, an 18-hole public course playing to a par 72. The course, which features rolling hills and rustic charm, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

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