It's old, historic and a valuable contributor to the golfing community.
This describes the nine-hole Western Maryland College course in Westminster.
Built in 1934, the course, located on the college campus, was founded to supply recreational pleasures for students, faculty and the community. And those principles remain the same, 58 years later.
While students and faculty still have privileges at the course, the public is invited at nominal fees. Possibly the most intriguing feature of golf at WMC is that, under normal traffic conditions, an 18-hole round can be played in three hours.
Yet, not all of the holes are short. In fact, one of them measures 602 yards and rates among one of the longest par 5's anywhere. The course measures 2,662 yards for nine holes and 5,324 for 18.
The non-competitive course record is 64.But the competitive record is a mere two-under-par 68 -- shared by Sam Hayes and Charles Palmer.
Daily greens fees for the public are $10 for nine or 18 holes on weekdays and $15 for nine or 18 holes on weekends. There are reduced prices for twilight play. Advance starting times are never used.
The club has 126 members. Single and family memberships are available on an annual basis.
The layout, which is groomed by Superintendent Phil Boob, is host to 18,000 to 20,000 rounds a year. There are a few special days of the year that are set aside for college team matches and fraternity outings.
For many years the club's "pro shop" operated under the roof of a combined country store and filling station. You could get five gallons of gas, pick out a cantaloupe or purchase a ticket for a round of golf.
Now, golfers have use of the Fayette Buell House, the oldest building on campus. Buell was the college's founder and first president.
The Buell House, considered an architectural gem among preservationists, now is under renovation to accommodate the needs of golfers. M. Joseph Manzer is the golf shop manager.
The hilly course was built during the Depression years as a Public Works Administration project under the direction of Herold Wolley.
A highlight of the club's tournamentschedule is the Invitational Team Championship, which has grown froman original entry of 46 to 132 this year.
The winning team was the Roaring Run Lions of Westminster with a 132 score for its six-man team.
It is a pity that figures have not been kept on how many golfers experienced their introduction to the game at WMC.
In a playoff for the Two-Man Team handicap tournament at Wakefield Valley, Mike Smith and Rick Hensley defeated Bob Blubaugh Sr. and George Crouse.
They originally tied with 125 scores.
Other leaders were:
127 -- Mike Myers and Mike Holland; 128 -- Hank Friedberg and CraigJennings; 128 -- Bill Isenberg and Sam Brutout; 129 -- Jerry Dell and Harold Petry; and 129 -- Russ Faulkner and John Brandenberg.
Leaders in the women's division were:
127 -- Charlene Merson and Pat Smith; 135 -- Ruth Mann and Alice Graggs; 138 -- Pat Lichtfuss and Connie Benson; 140 -- Barbara Linder and Rita Delia; and 145 -- Kris Greene and Mary Ann Zgorski.
There was a three-team tie in the Charity Celebrity tournament at Bear Creek.
Those five-man teams deadlocking with 11-under-par scores were:
60 -- Harry Schulthers, Lee Depot, John Freese, Kevin Walker and Rusty Troy (of the Blast); 60 -- Tom Kohr, Greg Killian, Charles Pearson, Tom Bean and Jeff Greenlaw (of the Skipjacks); and 60 -- Matt Dopsen, Brian Defulgo, Mike O'Conner, Tony Mancini and Greg Long (the host pro).
Chris Hoiles ofthe Orioles and Tim McCready were long-drive winners. A portion of the proceeds went to the American Cancer Society.
The two-day member-guest tournament at Piney Branch produced the following winners:
Low net with 278 -- Jim Staymates, Arch Staymates, Gerard McDonnell and Mike Hennesy; Low gross with 192 -- Steve Yount, Jay Guinn, Bill Lancaster and Eric Herman.
The two-man teams were led by Denny Myers and Bob Naylor, scoring a net 139, and Doug Jacobs and Bob Vespa with 110 in low gross.
In the women's division, Bunny Tobias and Elaine Burns won low net with 58, and Susan Roche and Mary Ann Stratter won low gross with 76.
The Mason-Dixon Rugby Football Club and the American Red Cross are co-sponsoring their second annual golf tournament Aug. 10 at the Bear Creek Golf Course on Littlestown Pike in Westminster.
Golfers will be participating in a scramble format, competing for team and individual awards.
The entry fee is $55 per player, which includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, dinner, beverages and admission to the awards ceremony. Tee times start at 12:30 p.m. Corporate sponsorships are available.
Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross and the Mason-Dixon Rugby Football Club.