A Washington-based company wants to open a recreation center with driving ranges, a miniature golf course and a batting cage on 14 acres in Edgewater.
Annapolis Golf Range Inc. has sought county approvalto construct 40 driving tees simulating a variety of terrain, including sand traps, on a residentially zoned strip along the west side ofSolomons Island Road, north of Lee Airport.
"We want to cater to the serious golfer," said Michael Lambert, apartner in the golf venture. "We want to be a representative of a real golf course as we can rather than just having people tee off of plastic mats."
Lambert said his group wants to create a realistic practice facility for golfers who want to work on their swing or warm up before a round at an area golf course. A seven-person batting cage and a 18-hole miniature course were proposed as an "afterthought" to provide family entertainment, he said.
But "we don't want the FredFlintstone rides . . . (or) an amusement park setting," said Lambert.
The proposal also includes a 10,250-square-foot building and 141parking spaces. The site, a cornfield south of Collison Lee Lane, isowned by Mary Carroll Lee of Edgewater.
Recreational facilities are allowed in residential areas if they satisfy county standards for adequate parking, traffic flow and buffers. Developers must also demonstrate a need for the facility in the community.
An administrative hearing officer will hear arguments for the golf center at 9 a.m. April 28 in the Arundel Center in Annapolis.
Some Edgewater residents who want Solomons Island Road/Route 2 widened say they oppose the golf center.
Joleen Chambers, an Edgewater resident, has objected that a golf park between the proposed South River Colony subdivision and Lee Airport will make Solomons Island Road more difficult to navigate.
"The imminent arrival of South River Colony is about to makethat impossible stretch of road a real nightmare," Chambers said in a March 20 letter to County Councilwoman Virginia Clagett, D-West River.