Clifton Park Golf Course


Address: 2701 St. Lo Drive

Baltimore 21213

Telephone: 410-243-3500

Professional: Mark Paolini, PGA

Superintendent: Joe Szkalak

Opened: 1915

Open: All year (First tee-off at dawn)

Status: Public

Holes: 18

Par: 71/73

Yardage: 5,469 (forward tees), 6,003 (middle), 6,954 (tips)

Course rating/slope: 66.6/104 forward; 66.9/113 middle; 68/116 tips

Greens fees: $10 weekdays; $11 weekends and holidays

Carts: $16

Tee-time policy: Times reserved up to two weeks in person for $2 or over the phone with credit card for $5.

Additional features: Full irrigation, lessons, men's and women's locker rooms, club rental, pro shop, snack bar, snack shack (near 14th green).

Review: The mid to high handicapper will find this a straightforward course with not much trouble. Located in northeast Baltimore, it is the oldest and perhaps the easiest in the city.

One of five public courses run by the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp., it was built on property previously owned by Johns Hopkins.

There is no water on the course and that includes drinking water, so BYOB. The layout has changed several times over the years with most of the alterations made in response to new roads and buildings being added to the grounds. A few signs directing players exiting the green to the next hole would help.

The signature hole is No. 18, a long par 5 with the skyline of the city in the background. One hole that appears to be an afterthought is No. 7, a 95-yard par 3, which appears reachable with a strong throw.

Besides the opening and closing holes -- both par 5s -- two more challenging holes are No. 13, a par 4 dogleg right with OB markers on both sides of the fairway, and No. 10, a 177-yard par 3 from an elevated green to a well-bunkered green at the bottom of a hill.

The greens were slow but consistent and the rangers helped keep the round under four hours.

A spate of hold-ups on city-owned courses occurred during the summer of 1996 but heightened police protection in the area and the addition of new fencing on the perimeter of the course have reduced the number of trespassers and made the course safer.

Pub Date: 5/21/98

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