On the outskirts of
Baltimore and on the edge of the Chesapeake Bay lie the wide-open and welcoming fairways of the Rocky Point
Built in 1971, the course is
managed by the Baltimore County Revenue
Authority providing a scenic classic layout for all to enjoy.
On the course everything is
presented up-front. There are no blind shots or
hidden hazards; the course is approachable and playable by all
The most memorable hole on the front nine is the par-4 350-yard number 6. The tee box lies just behind a small water hazard
running horizontal to the fairway. The hardest shot on the hole is
from the tee to one of the tightest fairways on the course. If you
can land safely and in the fairway you should have a good chance at
stuffing your approach shot close for a birdie attempt.
Rocky Point you soon realize that that by keeping your ball in the fairway and around the green you
should head to the turn with a decent score.
But as you make the turn, you
realize the course saves most of its scenic beauty and challenge for
The 10th hole starts with a
nice dogleg right. From the tee and as you approach the
green you get your first glimpse of the Back River providing a
prominent scenic backdrop. Then as you approach the short Par 3 11th
the scenic luster of this classic course rings true as a sail boats
drifts by as you attempt to reach the large downhill green.
But in a day and age of
high-end daily fee courses that can cause damage both to your wallet
and golf ego; it's nice to know courses like Rocky Point still exist.
The hole we liked the best at Rocky Point was the number-15 485-yard Par 5.
par 5 teases your driver with plenty of room to let one loose,
making the hole reachable in two for longer hitters. But once in the
fairway you will see that you have a very tough decision to make.
hitters who carry a 250 plus drive will be setup with a long iron or
fairway wood into a green protected by an encroaching water hazard
running all along the front of the green. But with closer inspection, and what is hard to see from the fairway,
is a front to back sloped drop off back into the hazard. So if you are trying to
reach the green in two, take plenty of club and make sure you can at least
carry the fringe for safety.
the more conservative approach three shots is the more manageable
play and should still leave you in good position for a run at birdie
with a short and accurate wedge.
the green you will find relatively mild slope but a small ridge does
run through the front part of the green. Depending on pin placement you can be
left with a tricky put.