By Matt Hombach
Golf Digest editor Max Adler recently completed the ultimate golf odyssey -- traversing the United States in 60 days and playing one course per day in the process.
Adler sought out courses with history or where notable achievements had been made by avid, everyday golfers, not necessarily professionals. Adler chronicled his adventures for the magazine, choosing 60 courses in 60 days in honor of Golf Digest's 60th anniversary this year.
Though the marathon ran through Southern California, the Southwest, Texas, Florida and Myrtle Beach, S.C., Adler chose to feature two Maryland courses near the end of his trip. His first stop in the Old Line State was to Towson Golf & Country Club, where he played nine holes with Joseph Soliman.
Soliman and his family earned national recognition in the mid-1990s when the family claimed four of Towson Golf & Country Club's club championships in a single year. Joseph Soliman captured the senior championship, son Jack won the men's, daughter Pam won the women's and youngest son Mike won the junior title.
After his stop in Towson, Adler headed south to Chevy Chase and the Columbia Country Club, where he was joined by two caddies who have been looping for more than a half-century each. Both caddies began working at the club well before golf carts began to see widespread use. Bill Bowman, now in his late 60s, has been working at Columbia since he was 12 years old. Jay Love, now in his 80s, still manages several loops a week at CCC during good weather.
Adler bookended his trip to Maryland with a quick stop in York, Pa., at Springwood Golf Course, a relatively new course where two golfers in the same group double-eagled the same par-5 hole in the same round. He also teed it up at the longest hole in America -- the par-6, 841-yard 12th hole at Meadow Farms Golf Course in Fredericksburg, Va.
Golf Digest offers an interactive map and complete account of Adler's two-month cross-country trek on its Web site. Adler's stories and video blogs take you along and offer a glimpse into some of the unique personalities he met along the way.
New Course Opens Near Deep Creek Lake
Nine holes are now officially open for play at Maryland's newest course, Thousand Acres Lakeside Golf Club on the southeastern shore of Deep Creek Lake. While none of the holes are directly adjacent to the water, many offer great elevated looks at the lake and picturesque views of the Allegheny Mountains.
|Thousand Acres Lakeside Golf Club|
The back nine is still under construction, as is a permanent clubhouse and restaurant. Approximately 300 homes will be built in a development surrounding and intertwining the course.
Once completed, the 18-hole track will play to a par 72 and measure just over 7,000 yards from the tips, offering four sets of tees to accommodate all skill levels. The course was designed by Craig Schreiner of Schreiner Golf in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Musket Ridge Supports Yeardley Love Scholarship
Musket Ridge Golf Club in Myersville is donating 100 percent of green fees from its 1 p.m. tee time every day in the month of June to the Yeardley Love Women's Lacrosse Scholarship Fund. The 1 p.m. slot was chosen in honor of Love's No. 1 jersey that she wore throughout high school and college.
The fund will provide a full scholarship annually to a member of the UVA women's lacrosse team. Charlottesville, Va.-based Affinity Management operates Musket Ridge and has many ties to the University of Virginia, where the standout lacrosse player died tragically this spring.
"In many ways you feel powerless in such a terrible situation, but we felt like we had to do something," said Damon DeVito, managing director of Affinity Management. "It's an admittedly small step, but hopefully this will contribute to Ms. Love's memory and, in turn, increase awareness about domestic abuse."
Musket Ridge was recently named the eighth-best public course in Maryland by Golfweek and is located just off I-70 near Frederick.
"King of Aces" To Host Million-Dollar Shootout
Many local courses have found creative ways to give back to the community this season. All five of Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation's courses hosted a closest-to-the-pin competition in late May to benefit Baltimore's Anti-Animal Abuse Task Force. This month, Baltimore County Golf is getting into the act with a million-dollar, hole-in-one shootout to benefit the Baltimore Zoo.
The new Fox Hollow Training Center in Timonium will be the site of the four-day event hosted by "King of Aces" Mancil Davis. The charismatic Texan is the longtime holder of the PGA world record for most holes-in-one with an amazing 51 aces.
All are welcome to test their skills for a chance to qualify for the $1 million shot in the finals. Golfers pay $1 per shot and try to land the ball in a six-foot circle painted 140 yards out on the Fox Hollow driving range. Everyone who lands a shot in the qualifying circle will advance to the semifinals on Sunday. The semifinal round is essentially a closest-to-the-pin contest. The 20 golfers who land their shots closest to the pin will each get a shot at $1 million dollars during the finals.
The finals green is 135 yards from the tee for women and 150 yards for men, and actually features 19 holes. One designated hole pays $1 million dollars for a hole-in-one. If an ace is scored on any of the other 18 holes, the golfer is rewarded with $10,000 cash or a prize of equivalent value.
Issue 150: June 2010