Anne Arundel 9-hole public course planned


The list of prospective area golf courses has grown by one with the official unveiling of plans for a nine-hole, daily-fee facility in northern Anne Arundel County.

When completed, the Stoney Creek Golf Club, located on a privately owned 132-acre tract, will play to about 1,800 yards with a par of 30. The best guess has a scheduled opening in 1994.

Dave Heckendorf, an Anne Arundel County businessman, owns the property, which has been in his family since before the 1890s. It is on Nabbs Creek Road, bounded by Burley Cove Road and Stoney Creek. Heckendorf was born there in 1946.

The tract is about 98 percent wooded. Approximately 26 acres will be used, with the remainder left alone.

"The cleared land will probably resemble fingers, as we want to cut as little as possible," Heckendorf, who doubles as owner/developer, said. "It won't be a case of taking and running because we want to make a go of it. We think of it more as massaging, nursing, grooming the land."

Citing areas of gypsy moth infestation, Heckendorf sees the project -- which will remove some of these blighted areas -- as being good for the environment, as well as good for the golfer.

At a recent public meeting, called by Councilman Carl "Dutch" Holland and held at the Orchard Beach Fire Hall in the Solley section off Fort Smallwood Road, Heckendorf said: "Since the land is private, it was simply a case of wanting to make the community aware of our plans. The response was all positive, but I'm sure many of the 70 or so people there were golfers, because they were asking more golf questions than community or environment questions."

An architectural firm, Ault, Clark and Associates Inc. of Kensington, and an engineering firm, Gamma Engineering of Annapolis, have been hired, and, although no problems are expected, the project still must meet strict environmental criteria.

Heckendorf has worked closely with the county's Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of Planning and Zoning and has their approval. Now, the permitting process must be completed.

"When engineers ran their options, they felt a golf course would be the property's best use, and this is a permitted use in a critical area," Heckendorf said. "And, I believe golf courses are a plus for any community, especially when the need and desire are there."

The terrain is relatively flat, but this could be a plus because there will be no steep slopes. However, there will be mounds and other architectural features.

Heckendorf said he did not want it to be an intimidating course, but a challenging one. He called it "an opportunity to be user-friendly."

The club will be geared strictly to golf, with a clubhouse, putting green and practice area in addition to the course. It likely will prove attractive to all levels of ability, but perhaps especially to the higher handicaps and juniors who don't need to be overwhelmed while learning the game.


Short shots: Lyle K. Williams, 40, for the past eight years head professional at Belmont Country Club in Belmont, Mass., is the new head professional at Woodmont CC in Rockville, succeeding Bob Boyd. The naming of Williams, who begins March 1, ended a four-month search that drew 125 applicants. . . . Paul O'Leary is the new golf course superintendent at the Country Club of Maryland in Towson. . . . Jack Skilling, assistant professional at Columbia CC, teamed with Terry Hertzof of Lancaster (Pa.) CC to win the inaugural North Florida PGA Fourball invitation tournament at Grand Cypress GC in Orlando, Fla. Skilling had what turned out to be the winning shot when he eagled the 17th hole with a driver, 4-wood to 4 feet. They finished with a better-ball score of 12-under 132, followed by four teams at 133 in the 44-team field.

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