Its not likely to be mistaken for the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland, but in the opinion of at least one golfer, the newly opened Oakmont Green course in Hampstead offers a resemblance to "links-style" golf course design.
"I feel the course has a lot to offer," said Matthew Wooton, a Hanover, Pa., resident who was among the first to play Oakmont Green. "For one thing, it played surprisingly long. The eighth hole 570 yards from the white tees and 583 from the blues. But it's the openness that gives it a links atmosphere."
You won't find sand dunes or even single greens which accommodate landing targets for two holes, such as they have at St. Andrews, the famed course in Scotland.
"Naturally, it's almost impossible fully to assess a course which has just opened," Wooton said. "It's like every other new course; it needs to mature.
"Despite its unrestricted appearance, there are three ponds and a stream placing a premium on accuracy."
In addition to full play of the course, Oakmont Green has opened its driving range and has a large fleet of electric and gas carts available.
Oakmont Green, owned and operated by Lee Snyder, has a par of 72, measuring 6,373 yards from the back tees. The course measures 5,139 from the women's tees.
Green fees are $14 on weekdays and $18 on weekends. Carts are $9 per person.
Another large field is gathering for the annual Thelma Richards Golf Tournament at Bear Creek on June 22. Format for the Richards event will be foursome scrambles. Information: Greg Long, 876-GOLF.
The leading low gross team last year included Audrey Brown, Doretha Greene, Sarah Martin and Bob McLaughlin. The winning net team was made up of Beverly Phillips, Donna Eason, Margaret Myers and Betty Winner.
The 1992 match play championship at Bear Creek is up for grabs this year. Bobby Blubaugh, last year's winner, is not entered in the test, which started this weekend.
Bear Creek's first of two moonlight tournaments of the season was rained out and rescheduled for June 26.
Teams, made up in foursomes, play nine holes after dark with only the assistance of a few glow lights on the flag sticks and tees.
Lee Barrick, Roland Nichols, Peck Noland and Ed Compher scored a net 122 to win the Men's Club tourney at Piney Branch. Second place, at 123, was the foursome of Gary Collett, Dick Zorin, Will Atkins and Carroll George.
In third place with 126 were Tom Hastings, Bill Moore, Bill Kearns and Mark Chodak.
Low-gross winners in the 18-hole division of the Parent-Child tourney at Piney Branch were Danny and Carroll Baust, scoring 74. Low net of 61 went to George and Scott Knouse. The Calloway division was lead by George Fanshaw Sr. and George Fanshaw Jr.
Todd Eckenrode opened defense of his men's stroke play championship at Wakefield Valley this weekend. Top challengers are Dave Bittner and Mike Myers.
The Chamber of Commerce of Reisterstown, Owings Mills and Glyndon will sponsor its annual scholarship fund golf tournament at Piney Branch tomorrow.
The committee is offering scholarships for a senior at both Owings Mills and Franklin high schools.
Play will be in foursomes, using a scramble format and a shotgun start. Donation of $75 includes green fees, cart, dinner and prizes.
A new car is offered for the golfer who scores a hole-in-one on one of the designated par three holes.
Today: 36-hole stroke play club championship at Wakefield Valley. 876-6662
Today: Scratch and Scramble Tournament at Piney Branch. 239-7114
Tomorrow: Associated Roofing Contractors United Way of Central Maryland benefit at Wakefield Valley; former Colts star Tom Matte is host; entry is $100 for reception, cart, greens fee, gift and banquet; reception at 11 a.m., tee off at noon. (410) 931-8105 or 876-6662
Tuesday: Piney Branch ladies 9-hole match at Diamond Ridge. 239-7114
Friday: Kiwanis Team Charity Classic at Wakefield Valley; four-man best ball; $70 entry includes greens fees, cart, beverages, meal and prizes. 848-0327, 857-0656 or 876-6662
Friday: Piney Branch in Mason-Dixon match at Waynesboro. 239-7114.
Friday: Slop-Am at Piney Branch. 239-7114
Saturday: Stableford Point Tournament at Bear Creek. 876-GOLF
June 20-21: President's Cup Tournament at Piney Branch. 239-7114
June 22: Thelma Richards Ladies Tournament at Bear Creek. 876-GOLF