Queenstown Harbor's River Course

Images by Jeffrey A. Rendall

History and beauty come together at Queenstown Harbor. Queenstown’s two golf courses now occupy land once owned by Henry deCoursey, Secretary of State to Cecil Calvert (Second Lord of Baltimore) in pre-Revolutionary Colonial America. As legend has it, Calvert covered up a portion of a map with his thumb, and granted the tract beneath to deCoursey -- which turned out to be 1500 acres. The tract, which deCoursey called ‘My Lord’s Gift,’ is now a recreational gift to golfers in Maryland and the DC area.

Part of that land grant today is the Queenstown Harbor's River Course, probably the more famous of the two (the Lakes course is the second course). The River Course is an incredible journey through wetlands and stands of hardwoods, offering stunning views of the Chesapeake Bay and some thoughtfully challenging golf along the way.

Here are a few pictorial highlights of the River Course's exceptional scenery (to read more about the course, click here):

The incredible view from the River's 5th hole makes three putts much more tolerable.

The view from the River's 6th green sheds glances on a lake that borders all or part of holes 6, 15, 16 and 17.

Looking from the tee box of the River's #7, you'll see why Queenstown Harbor's hazard challenge is much more than just water and wetlands.

The challenging par five 11th (River) offers several potential disasters from tee to green, but will still surrender birdie chances for clever shot-making.

Glancing towards Baltimore Harbor from the 14th green, you'll see how Francis Scott Key was inspired to pen "The Star Spangled Banner" during the War of 1812.

The par three 16th is probably the River course's best all-around par three. Plenty of land to shoot at, but the wind will definitely be a factor.

For more details on Queenstown Harbor, read the full review in the Courses & Resorts archives.

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