Why Play It? It’s the only course in the East by Tom Doak, the world’s hottest designer, and it’s consistently one of the Middle Atlantic’s highest rated.
Your Chances of Getting On: Good; very good during the week.
Peak Greens Fees: $85 to $95.
Contact: 811 South Stepney Road, Aberdeen, Maryland; (410) 297-9700; www.beechtreegolf.com  

Bulle Rock
Why Play It? Widely regarded as the capital area’s best public course, this ultrachallenging Pete Dye design got 29 out of a possible 30 points in the recent Zagat Golf Survey and hosted this year’s LPGA Championship.
Your Chances of Getting On: Good to very good, especially in advance; tee times are taken up to 30 days out.
Peak Greens Fees: $145.
Contact: 320 Blenheim Lane, Havre de Grace, Maryland; (410) 939-8887; www.bullerock.com  

The Links at Lighthouse Sound
Why Play It? This dramatic, modern coastal links is one of the best designs by acclaimed architect Arthur Hills, who has done more than 300 courses globally.
Your Chances of Getting On: Very good, as the course is entirely for public play.
Peak Greens Fees: $129 to $159.
Contact: 12723 St. Martin’s Neck Road, Bishopville, Maryland; (888) 554-4557; www.lighthousesound.com