Address: 2115 White Hall Road
White Hall, Md. 21161
Professional: Jeff Lyon, PGA
Superintendent: Drew Scully
Course architect: Joe Lee
Open: All year
Yardage: 4,800 (forward tees), 6,161 (middle), 6,925 (tips)
Course rating/slope: forward 67.5/112; middle 69.6/132; back 73.5/139
Greens fees: $41 weekdays; $51 weekends and holidays
Carts: Free -- greens fees same price, walk or ride
Tee-time policy: Times reserved up to seven days in advance by calling automated tee-time system at 410-887-GOLF. Annual membership cards, which enable golfers to reserve times up to 10 days in advance, are available through the Baltimore County Revenue Authority for $10.
Additional features: Driving range, putting green, chipping area, club house, full irrigation, pro shop, lessons, club rental.
Review: This idyllic track, originally planned as a private country club, is Baltimore County's first all-bent grass facility. The upscale daily-fee course was carved out of 215 acres of rolling hills in northern Baltimore County. Joe Lee, a Florida-based architect whose resume includes the creation of Doral's Blue Monster, developed a design that includes five sets of tees and plays from 4,800 to 6,925 yards, a par of 36-36-72.
From the tips, the Grey Monster, which features an unconventional five par-5s and five par-3s, requires full use of your clubs. The wide, billowy fairways and fast, undulating greens are dotted and surrounded by 86 white sand bunkers and seven ponds.
Water comes into play on six holes, but the only forced layup hole is No. 3, a mid-range par-4 which requires the player to carry 131 yards over the water on the approach.
The signature is No. 4, a par-3 with a pond on the left and bunkers protecting the right side of the green. The course opens with a par-5 that is reachable in two and finishes with one that will take three shots to get home.
A lot of love and care appears to have gone into the fairways and greens but some tee areas seem to have been neglected.
Pub Date: 6/18/98