The county has closed on the 157-acre former horse farm it hopes to turn into the county's second public golf course by 1995.
The deal, settled Friday, will pay $1.55 million to the Stonepath DevelopmentCo. and $160,000 to the Ridgell family for the parcels at Fort Smallwood and Water Oak Point roads in Pasadena.
Ten acres will be used as a spoil site for the dredging of Rock Creek that's scheduled to begin in October. The rest of the property is just big enough to "squeeze" in an 18-hole public golf course, saidcapital projects administrator John Keene of the Department of Recreation and Parks.
Councilman Carl "Dutch" Holland, R-Pasadena, sayshe'd like to get the planning and engineering studies for the golf course started next year, but it will depend on the economy and community enthusiasm for the project.
The Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring "The North County Golf Classic" and bull roast Sept. 22 on the horse farm to promote the public golf course concept.
"If we get a big turn-out, it'll help us show the administrationthat we have the golfers up here and the demand for the course," Holland said.
Bill Molly, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Golf Course pro, and the Department of Recreation and parks will be setting upa miniature course amid the deep grasses and shrubs of the former horse pastures.
The temporary course will be proportioned for "Cayman Island" balls that only travel half the distance of a regular golf ball.
Tickets for the event will cost $40 and can be purchased through the Chamber of Commerce. All participants will receive a pass toplay the real course once it's finished.
If the project moves ahead without any kinks, Keene says, the links may be ready by 1995 at acost of at least $5 million.
Keene said the county's first decision is whether to build the course as a traditional capital project orto form a partnership with a private enterprise that could build andrun the course under a public lease.
Either way, the course will be known as the James A. Moore Golf Course, in honor of the Pasadena engineer and civic leader who died three years ago while fighting a forest fire in Yellowstone Park.