At the golf courses around southern Frederick County, the views from the back nine may just be enough to make you forget about your score.
The Urbana and Ijamsville areas are home to several public and private golf courses, and are a great place to spend a summer morning.
Whiskey Creek Golf Course in Ijamsville, Worthington Manor Golf Club in Urbana and P.B. Dye Golf Club in Ijamsville are all public courses.
P.B. Dye is the closest to Sugarloaf Mountain and boasts some impressive views, while Worthington Manor features a 19th-century clubhouse.
Worthington Manor is gearing up to host a qualifying event for the U.S. Open in May, and often hosts qualifiers for U.S. Golf Association national championships.
At Worthington Manor, head golf professional Ed Coyle said it is a challenging course, but welcomes beginners.
Instead of charging per bucket of golf balls, as many public courses do, Worthington Manor charges a daily fee for those who wish to practice at its facilities.
Holly Hills Country Club’s complex, which includes the golf course, clubhouse and a pool, is private. For members, the club offers a summer camp for kids featuring group golf instruction, swimming, martial arts, tennis, and arts and crafts.
For those looking for more family activities, Green Meadows Farm, on more than 120 acres near Ijamsville, offers a fun afternoon for children.
Green Meadows is known for its petting farm, which has over 300 fuzzy, horned and feathered farm animals and is open in spring, summer and fall.
Visitors can milk a cow, watch a pig race and feed sheep and goats, in addition to getting hands-on time with the farm animals. The farm has horses, ponies, llamas, alpacas, bison, emus, turkeys, a peacock and guinea fowl, as well as many other animals.
The farm is a family-owned business that started with Bob and Coni Keyes and their 13 children in Wisconsin.
Over the years, some of their children have started farms of their own. Green Meadows has locations in multiple states, including California, Texas and Florida. The farm near Ijamsville opened in 2004.
The Frederick farm, run by Ken and Gail Keyes, holds seasonal events like an annual Easter egg hunt, which was a four-day event in 2016.
In June 2016, the petting farm will have its first summer camp for kids to learn about farm life.
Camp Barnyard will also offer animal-themed arts and crafts and is for children ages 8 to 12.
The farm re-opened in late March for the Easter egg hunt.
Once you’ve gotten your fill of rolling greens or Green Meadows, the Urbana area offers plenty to eat.
Black Hog BBQ has a restaurant in Ijamsville, as well as one in downtown Frederick and one in the Market Square shopping center.
Italian restaurant Mangia e Bevi and seafood steakhouse Atlantic Grille, both in Urbana, offer selections such as steamed mussels, linguine with clams, lasagna bolognese, jambalaya and beer-battered shrimp.
Mangia e Bevi features an extensive wine and dessert menu, with tiramisu, profiteroles and gelato.
Waffle House, the ubiquitous comfort food chain where you can get hash browns “scattered,” “smothered,” “peppered” or “covered,” also has a restaurant in Urbana. Its menu includes American classics like steak and eggs, hamburgers and patty melts.