WHAT HAPPENED: Wakefield Valley Golf Club, which opened as a nine-hole course in Westminster in 1978 and grew into a 27-hole facility with more than 300 members, closed the first week of September.
SIGNIFICANCE: Wakefield spent more than a decade regarded as one of the better courses in the state and in the Mid-Atlantic, consistently garnering recognition on top 10 lists, attracting players from all over the region and hosting important events like qualifiers for the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur, as well as the Carroll County Amateur.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "I go in the corner and cry every night," said course owner Hank Majewski, who cited the economic downturn of 2008, high taxes, and the changing landscape of the golf industry for his decision to close.
UPDATE: Some four months after closing, a deal for Wakefield is in the works but no sale has been completed, according to listing agent Hilda W. Allen. Majewski said in August he doubted any future owner of Wakefield would reopen it as a golf course. The future of the course that was repeatedly voted "Carroll's Best" by readers of the Carroll County Times remains in doubt.