In the Towson area, there are three public golf courses, each with golf pros to help players improve their games. Below are descriptions and highlights from each.
Fox Hollow Golf Course head pro Chris Hanson, assistant Garry Hetrick, apprentice John Rosecrans, superintendent Brian Dougherty, assistant superintendent Eric Clatterbuck, director of instruction Mike Messina and instructor Jay Bowden comprise the team that helps the 6,180-yard Fox Hollow Golf Course remain a popular spot for area golfers.
It is one of five public golf courses owned by Baltimore County and managed by the Towson-based Baltimore County Revenue Authority. The other four courses managed by the revenue authority are Rocky Point in Essex, Diamond Ridge and The Woodlands in Windsor Mill and Greystone in White Hall.
Fox Hollow offers a state-of-the-art training center and driving range that also features:
• 300-yard driving range with multiple target greens;
• more than 60 practice stations;
• covered tees with lights and heaters;
• two natural-grass training areas with bunkers;
• V1 Pro video swing analysis;
• two ball distribution areas;
• new Training Center building with adjacent parking.
When it comes to history, Mount Pleasant is as good as it gets in Baltimore City.
The course at Hillen Road and Northern Parkway has been tournament tested over the years by both professional and amateur golfers. In 1956, golfing icon Arnold Palmer secured his second U.S. victory on the professional tour.
Mount Pleasant was also home of the Eastern Invitational Open from 1950-1958, and returned for one year in 1962 before moving to Doral, near Miami, Fla., in 1963.
A par-five first hole bordering Hillen Road is one of several classic designs local golfers have grown to admire about the geographic centerpiece of Baltimore's Classic Five courses of the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp.
It features head golf pro Brian Meyer and superintendent Bob Boyer, who help the 6,728-yard course, retain its popularity as a bargain within the city limits, a short drive from Towson.
Located just 3 miles north of Towson, Pine Ridge sits on land that juts into the Loch Raven Reservoir, which allows golfers to observe the rich and abundant wildlife — including deer and geese — that makes playing on the Lutherville course a unique experience. Opened in 1958, the scenic water and pine trees of the Loch Raven watershed setting make the course as beautiful as it is challenging.
It features head golf pro Jim Deck and superintendent Dan Skarwecki on the site of the only one of Baltimore's Classic Five golf courses located in Baltimore County.
The course's driving range, which is open daily from dawn to 10 p.m. offers:
• 45 lighted stations;
• 22 covered stations;
• best quality range balls in the area;
• junior clubs available in many sizes;
• putting and chipping greens;
• private single and group lessons.