Flower heaven at Delaware's picturesque Baywood Greens golf course
Baywood Greens golf course - hole 11
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Baywood Greens golf course - hole 11
You'll find water on the eight of the nine holes on the back nine at Baywood Greens in Long Neck, Delaware. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Baywood Greens golf course - hole 2
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Baywood Greens golf course - hole 2
A separate horticulture department manages the massive flowers at Baywood Greens. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Baywood Greens golf course - hole 4
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Baywood Greens golf course - hole 4
The 462-yard, par-4 fourth is one of Baywood Green's most difficult holes. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Baywood Greens golf course - hole 6
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Baywood Greens golf course - hole 6
The 223-yard, par-3 sixth at Baywood Greens plays over a fen, a freshwater marsh influenced by the tide. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Baywood Greens golf course - hole 9
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Baywood Greens golf course - hole 9
A couple of large, greenside bunkers protect the short, par-4 ninth at Baywood Greens in Long Neck, Delaware. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Baywood Greens GC - hole 10
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Baywood Greens GC - hole 10
A bunker completely surrounds the green on the par-4 10th at Baywood Greens G.C. in Long Neck, Delaware. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Baywood Greens golf course - hole 11
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Baywood Greens golf course - hole 11
Water completely surrounds the green on the par-3 11th at Baywood Greens. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Baywood Greens G.C. - hole 13
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Baywood Greens G.C. - hole 13
The par-5 13th at Baywood Greens is a good risk-reward play. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Baywood Greens golf course - hole 14
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Baywood Greens golf course - hole 14
There are island greens and island fairways, like the one on the 14th at Baywood Greens in Long Neck, Delaware. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Baywood Greens GC - hole 15
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Baywood Greens GC - hole 15
Avoid the water on the 195-yard, par-3 15th at Baywood Greens. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Baywood Greens golf course - hole 16
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Baywood Greens golf course - hole 16
With water in front of the green, the 515-yard, par-5 16th is another good risk-reward hole at Baywood Greens. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Baywood Greens golf course - hole 17
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Baywood Greens golf course - hole 17
Again, water comes into play on the par-4 17th at Baywood Greens in Long Neck, Delaware. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Baywood Greens G.C. - hole 18
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Baywood Greens G.C. - hole 18
Tulips adorn the bridge and tee box on the par-4 finishing hole at Baywood Greens. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Baywood Greens clubhouse
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Baywood Greens clubhouse
Baywood Greens' magnificent clubhouse has a great view. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Picture yourself playing golf at Baywood Greens in Longneck, Delaware

LONG NECK, Del. -- About 45 minutes from Ocean City, Md., Baywood Greens is the kind of golf course that garners a lot of discussion from those who play it.

First of all, a large portion of the club's sizable maintenance budget is dedicated to horticulture and the thousands of flowers found throughout the course. On top of that, course conditions are superb. And thirdly, the course, designed by Ault, Clark & Associates, is a tale of two nines, highlighted by holes that have an island fairway, island green and island tee box.

Opened in 1998, the par-72 course plays almost 7,000 yards from the tips. The front nine is carved through the trees, while the back nine has water on eight of nine holes. Greens can be rather quick, so staying below the hole is a good strategy. The course is also very playable with the forward tees, at 3,539 yards, suitable for young juniors and weaker players.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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