During the next several months, Baltimore will be celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Clifton Park Golf Course. Since opening in 1915, Clifton Park has been a landmark in the city and is the oldest of Baltimore City's Classic Five golf courses.
To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Clifton Park, located at 2701 St. Lo Dr., the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation (BMGC) is planning a series of events for the course and sport.
"We're trying to utilize the 100 years to promote golf and people playing golf in the city," director of marketing for Baltimore City's Classic Five golf courses Tom Pierce said.
The BMGC runs all five of the Baltimore City courses (Clifton Park, Carroll Park, Forest Park, Mount Pleasant and Pine Ridge) and continues to search for ways to improve the courses. The organization works to ensure golf players around the area can play and enjoy golf. In addition, the BMGC plays a role in promoting the sport to players at a young age and educating them on what it provides.
"We operate and manage the five city courses," Pierce said. "Since its inception in 1985, our junior golf program has brought thousands of children through our program to not only learn the game of golf, but some of the life lessons that golf brings. ... We're also, at the same time, trying to make golf accessible for everyone, so we try to keep our prices as low as possible while still maintaining the courses in the best shape they can be in. Anyone looking to play golf or wants to play golf, we're there."
The BMGC has scheduled a series of events to help further its mission while celebrating the historic course.
The first of the three events will be the Clifton Park Centennial Reunion Outing July 13. The event is open to the public and will be a "Captain's Choice" format outing. To go along with playing golf, there will be a series of raffles and giveaways of items featuring the Clifton Park 100-year logo.
"It's going to be a fun day, and we're inviting anybody who has played or hasn't played Clifton Park to just celebrate the golf course," Pierce said.
The second event, scheduled for Sept. 11, will be for the first responders in the Baltimore area. The event is for police, firefighters and other first responders, and it will give them a chance to play golf while celebrating the course's anniversary. For the first responders who cannot play in the event, the BMGC will still hold an open lunch for them to stop by and eat for free.
"We know a lot of the police, firefighters and first responders do play golf, so we wanted to do something for them so they can come celebrate the 100 years," Pierce said.
The final event is the BMGC Benefit Outing that will raise money to help make additions to the Classic Five courses. The goal of the Oct. 9 event is to fundraise to help add handicap accessible golf carts to some of the courses, as well as supplying more features for the junior golfers.
"We're looking to purchase more handicap accessible golf carts and some funds for junior golf," Pierce said. "We're looking to put some forward tees on some of our courses. So that event will be at Clifton, and we're looking to again celebrate the 100 years, but also assist us in purchasing some of these carts."
In addition to the events, the BMGC is working to put together a scrapbook timeline of golf in Baltimore to help illustrate how the game has evolved during the last 100 years.