Cattail Creek is flooded with promise

Area golf notes

July 19, 1991|By George Taylor | George Taylor,Special to The Evening Sun

Add the name of Cattail Creek as one of the area's latest private golf clubs.

Cattail Creek, located in Howard County on Route 97, just south of Interstate 70, has scheduled its ground-breaking ceremonies for July 28 with full scaled construction on all 18 holes beginning Aug. 1.

This is the course Bill Clarke, retired Hillendale Country Club professional, is serving as consultant. "We now are assured of the financing and all of our environmental problems are solved," said Clarke, a former president of the national PGA.

The project is a member-equal operation. Dave Carney, president, and Jack Stamerro are the principal motivators of the club.

For starters they have 180 members who have put up $25,000 each. Limited play on the course is scheduled for the fall of 1992 with full play listed for spring of 1993.

Willard Byrd is the course architect. He has built more than 100 courses, including the Atlanta CC, scene of the PGA Tour Classic and the well-known Country Club of North Carolina.

A unique structure of the course finds 11 holes on one side of Route 97 and the other seven holes on the opposite side.

But the split is not a first in this area. The old Maryland CC course was built on both sides of Park Heights Avenue. Forest Park, Clifton Park and Mount Pleasant all have roads through their layouts and the old Baltimore CC course (Roland Park) was divided by Falls Road. In fact, golfers teed off on the 17th hole at the "In-town" BCC course and drove over the heads of motorists.

There will be a walking underpass supplied for Cattail Creek golfers under Route 97.

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It has been said that some golf addicts can not pass a golf course without stopping to play it.

And the case may well be with President George Bush. At least Bush is having trouble passing over the Holly Hills course in Frederick on his flights from Camp David to the White House.

For the second time this season, Bush placed calls to Holly Hills professional Mike McGinnis, requesting a starting time the same day.

"In each case," said McGinnis, "the president phoned about 11 a.m. on Saturdays and asked to play at 1 p.m. Each time I was invited as a member of the foursome.

"Our members think it is wonderful having the president on the same course with them," added McGinnis.

"He arrives with his helicopter plopping down alongside the clubhouse. We do block off the first tee for half-hour for the president and his foursome to tee off.

"But that's the extent of requests made for his privacy. Of course he is accompanied by Secrete Service men in the wings. It's a thrill for me and everyone else at Holly Hills any time he stops in," said McGinnis. "He was a great partner while scoring an 83."

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Finals of the Maryland State Women's Golf Championship was scheduled today at the Rolling Road course. The matchup sent 23-year-old Shannon Hanley of Congressional against Joan Lins, the state women's senior titleholder from Turf Valley.

In the semifinals, Hanley defeated Andrea Kraus of Woodholme 3-and-2 and Lins edged Linda Hickman of Chartwell 1-up in 19 holes.

Hanley, a defeated finalist in this event last year, started her round against Kraus with an explosive string of five straight 3s. She rounded the turn in 35 and held a 4-up lead, but was forced to the 16th green before closing the match.

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