Address: 10850 Birmingham Way
Ellicott City, 21163
Professional: Mike Kavka, PGA
Superintendent: Stephen Lutz
Course architect: Arthur Hills
Opened: June 29, 1998
Open: 7 a.m.
Yardage: 5,606 (forward tees), 6,602 (middle), 7,024 (tips)
Greens fees: $38 weekdays; $50 weekends and holidays
Tee-time policy: Times reserved up to two weeks in advance.
Additional features: Practice area, full irrigation, lessons, club rental, pro shop, snack bar, beverage carts.
Directions: From Route 29: Go north to Route 99 west. Go 3.2 miles and make a left on Dorchester Way. Course located at the end of Dorchester Way. From Interstate 70: Take exit 83 heading north. Make a right on Route 99, go 1.5 miles and make a right on Dorchester Way.
Review: Arthur Hills, creator of award-winning courses such as The Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes, TPC at Eagle Track and Bay Harbor, ranked the eighth best public course in the United States by Golf Magazine, has designed a dandy for his son, Joe Hills, and Tom Healy, general partners of this track, nestled in the rolling countryside of Howard County.
The appeal of this new albeit mature and lush course is its wide landing areas for tee shots while much of the challenge comes from the small, undulating greens. The daily-fee course, which stretches over 270 acres and rivals some of the area's most elite clubs, weaves through farmland and dense woods and will play from 5,606 yards to 7,024 yards with a 72 par.
The championship layout was designed to make the round enjoyable for players of all levels. In addition to giving the golfer five sets of tees from which to choose, the designer also constructed it so that shorter hitters will catch a downslope on their drive, thus adding distance.
Nearly as impressive as the course is its practice facility, which includes a monstrous, natural grass driving range, a 6,000 square foot putting green and a short game practice area with a chipping green and practice bunkers.
Pub Date: 7/16/98