Best Golf Course (Public)
Back Creek Golf Club
101 Back Creek Drive, Middletown, 378-6499, www.backcreekgc.com
32267 Clubhouse Way, Long Neck, 947-9225, www.baywoodgreens.com
Bordered by White Clay Creek State Park, Deerfield is a beautiful yet challenging public track managed by Forewinds Hospitality. The signature Hole 10 is a 536-yard par 5 with a breathtaking view that will cause aggressive drivers no end of grief. (Watch the pond on the left—you can’t see it from the tee.) After your round, the Pub & Grille is ready and waiting with 12 beers on tap and various drink specials.
507 Thompson Station Road, Newark, 368-6640, www.deerfieldgolfclub.com
The Rookery South Golf Course
The Rookery South Golf Course—named for the nearby heron rookery—offers four sets of tees for golfers of all abilities, PGA instruction and club fitting. The driving range features natural tee areas and practice bunkers. Chipping and putting areas are also available. After your outing, grab a salad, sandwich or wrap at The Blue Heron Grille.
27052 Broadkill Road, Milton, 684-3000, www.rookerygolf.com