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My Town: Fred Funk

Historic landmarks and a diverse mix of courses make Maryland an enjoyable destination for golfers

My Town: Fred Funk.

In the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area, TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm is one of Funk's favorites.

FRED FUNK

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Golf résumé: Turned pro in 1981; after getting PGA Tour card, he played more than 29 events every year from 1989 to 2006.
Local success: Before winning eight times on the PGA Tour and five times on the Champions Tour, Funk won two Maryland Opens (1983, 1987) .
Short but straight: Led the PGA Tour in driving accuracy six times; in top 10 for 17 straight seasons (1991-2007).

FUNK'S FAVORITES

Dining:
You've got to go to an authentic Maryland crab house. Bethesda Crab House stands out for me near D.C. Around Baltimore, try Mr. Bill's Terrace Inn in Essex. Go early, because the main dining area fills up fast, but they've got crabs cooked any way you like: steamed, soft-shell, deep-fried, etc.

Don't Miss:
It's hard to beat Washington, D.C. for its variety of attractions. The museums offer so much, and the capital's monuments are fantastic...The National Aquarium in Baltimore's Inner Harbor is also out of this world...Nature lovers should get to Great Falls Park. There's access in Maryland and Virginia. It's fabulous to walk or have a picnic with gorgeous views of the Potomac.

July 19, 2010

There isn't one spot you can pick to set up camp and really hit all of the state. Finding a place to stay near Annapolis isn't a bad choice. First of all, it's beautiful there. And you're about halfway between D.C. and Ocean City.

Of course, staying in Ocean City isn't bad either. There are lots of different hotels on the water that offer spectacular views. Spouses can just chill out on the beach while you go play golf. And you really can't go wrong in Baltimore. Try to stay near the Inner Harbor, as there are a lot of neat restaurants and attractions available.

COURSES
People don't necessarily think of Maryland as a golf destination, but there are several courses around the state that are a lot of fun. Cumberland CC, in the northwest corner, is a course that's fantastic. I used to play it when I competed in PGA section pro-ams and everyone had a good time. Just before the Pennsylvania line, a little farther east in Hagerstown, is Fountain Head CC. It's private, but if you can find a way to get on, it's worth the effort. It's a neat Donald Ross layout.

Further south, as you head toward Baltimore and the Washington, D.C. area, the new TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm is really good. The changes to some of the holes are outstanding. The fescue and natural areas look great. It's a much harder layout now, as I'm sure the rest of the Champions Tour guys are going to see first-hand when the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship is held there in October.

Along the Eastern Shore, Ocean City has become a real destination spot for golfers. It's about a three-hour drive from Baltimore and D.C. I haven't played all the courses there, but Ocean City GC and Ocean Pines G&CC are two of the originals, and they still stand out in my mind as good places for golfers of any skill.

WHERE TO STAY
There isn't one spot you can pick to set up camp and really hit all of the state. Finding a place to stay near Annapolis isn't a bad choice. First of all, it's beautiful there. And you're about halfway between D.C. and Ocean City.

Of course, staying in Ocean City isn't bad either. There are lots of different hotels on the water that offer spectacular views. Spouses can just chill out on the beach while you go play golf. And you really can't go wrong in Baltimore. Try to stay near the Inner Harbor, as there are a lot of neat restaurants and attractions available.

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It's hard to beat the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area for a variety of attractions, including Great Falls Park (right) and the Washington Monument (left). (Courtesy of IStock Photo)

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