Vision almost a reality at Oakmont Snyder's new course nearly ready to play

GOLF

May 10, 1992|By George Taylor

Lee Snyder, owner of Hampstead's new Oakmont Green Golf Course, is a man of unusual vision.

It was on a cold, rainy day eight months ago that Snyder -- his words barely audible above the roar of bulldozers carving out shapes of tees, greens and fairways -- predicted his course would be ready by June 1, 1992.

There were many doubters. Some even went so far as to say it would be impossible.

Yet, with still three weeks to go, Snyder is confident of meeting the opening target date.

"Actually," said Snyder, "I'm very happy with most aspects of the project. A few of the greens still need time to fill in. If it were not for that, we could open tomorrow."

Operation of Oakmont Green will be a family affair. Ten family members will have duties at the course.

The same family members also assist Snyder with operation of his 18-hole course in Spring Grove, Pa.. At least at the outset, Oakmont Green will limit its golf pro staff to a teaching professional.

Initial plans for the course were made in cooperation with O'Conor, Piper and Flynn Realtors. Home sites now are available on property adjoining the golf course.

The public is invited to play. Fees are $14 on weekdays and $18 on weekends. Charge for carts will be $9 per person.

The turf at Oakmont includes bent grass greens, fescue roughs and a combination of rye and bluegrass in the fairways. Carts paths will be provided on key holes.

The course is located just off Route 30, across from North Carroll Plaza. Although Snyder expects to open the course on June 1, he does not plan a ceremonial tee-off tourney.

Two other new Carroll county golf courses remain on thdrawing boards.

Finksburg is the site of the proposed River Downs course.

"We still are waiting for completion of our financing," said Dick Moore, president of Gaylord Brooks Realtors. "But we fully expect to break ground by mid-summer."

The River Downs property is west of Route 91, just north Finksburg.

It will be an 18-hole daily fee course. The award-winning Arthur Hills of Toledo, Ohio, is the architect for River Downs.

The other projected Carroll County course is Challadon near Mount Airy.

"We still are pursuing necessary approvals to open in 1992," said Steve Fritz, an official with the Kettler Brothers Realtors of Bethesda.

"We hope to get under way between summer and fall," added Fritz. Location is at Gills Fall and Ridge roads.

The team of Mackie Pajak and Connie Benson scored a net 64 twin the mixed two-ball event at Wakefield Valley. Other leaders were: Nick and Rita Delia, 67; Bob and Diane Blubaugh, 69; Dale and Pat Smith, 69.

A newcomer to golf's hole-in-one club is Dick Wardenfelt, whrecently aced the 165-yards fifth hole at Wakefield's green course.

Team play winners at Piney Branch were: (Gross division) MikSnyder, Maggie Rosenberger and Bill Laplante, 68; (Net division) Bill Stark, Dodie Stark, Jack Metz, Kitty Metz, 70; Harry Schmale, Fran Schmale, Jean Stockhausen and Barbara Mund, 70.05.

The Men's 9-Hole League starts Wednesday at Bear Creek.

Wakefield was site of the Middle Atlantic PGA pro-presidentournament Friday. Top finishers in the pro-director category were Bill Horney and Bob Kirkner of Wakefield, 66, and Larry Ringer and Ron Wilson at Pringe George's Country Club, 67. Pro-president division leaders were Brent Sites and Mike Croww of Louisa (Va.) Country Club, 71, and Pete Van Pelt and Ken Baskette, Mount Vernon, (Va.) Country Club, 71.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

May 11: The Maryland State Trooper's Christmas for Kids tournament at Wakefield Valley, 876-6662.

May 15: Rotary Club/Lieutenant Governor Golf Tournament at Wakefield Valley; 11:30 a.m. start for four-man scramble event; entry fee includes lunch, greens fees, cart, favors and prizes. 876-8030 or 876-6662

May 16: Stableford Point System Tourney at Bear Creek. 876-GOLF

May 16-17: Two-man Gross Championship at Wakefield Valley, 876-6662.

May 16-17: Two-man two-lady tournament at Piney Branch, 239-7114

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