Common sense takes a clubbing Anne Arundel County: Petty fight at Crofton golf course does not belong in Circuit Court.

March 27, 1997

COURTS WERE CREATED as forums to settle disputes, but Anne Arundel County Circuit Court seems an inappropriate forum for settling the grudge match between a Crofton resident named Charlie Wolfe and the Crofton Civic Association.

Both parties should be ashamed that they are taking up the court's valuable time with this petty squabble.

Mr. Wolfe likes to walk and run on the golf course of the planned community, where he has lived for 25 years.

Even though other Crofton residents stroll the fairways in the evenings without causing a stir, the club management is apparently adamant that Mr. Wolfe not set foot on the course even when golfers aren't playing.

Crofton police kicked him off the course two years ago as a trespasser; club management again ordered him off the grounds two months ago.

Nevertheless, Mr. Wolfe insists on using the course for his daily five-mile constitutional. To get even, he has gone to court.

He wants a judge to order the Crofton police to cite all unregistered country club vehicles -- golf carts, maintenance trucks and a beer wagon -- for using public roads.

Mr. Wolfe alleges that these vehicles should not be permitted on the community's streets and that the police who patrol the special taxing district in western Anne Arundel County have been selective in enforcing the law.

As a non-member of the club, Mr. Wolfe has no right to use the grounds. But his walking and strolling do less damage to the grounds than a round of golf by a member.

By the same token, Mr. Wolfe is technically correct that unregistered golf carts should not be using public streets. Mr. Wolfe, in his court papers, makes much of the possibility of injury if a car collided with a golf cart. However, in three decades no one can cite an accident between carts and cars.

The parties in this case would be better off relying on common sense. One would think that the golf club could be indulgent enough to allow a neighbor to use the grounds in off-hours.

In return, when an unregistered vehicle happens to cross a public street to get from one part of the golf course to the other, a neighbor might look the other way.

Pub Date: 3/27/97

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