The Woodlands

July 02, 1998|By Steven Kivinski

Address: 2309 Ridge Rd.,Baltimore, 21244

Telephone: 410-887-1349

Director of golf: David Redmond, PGA

Superintendent: Gary Crone

Course architect: Lindsay Ervin

Opened: July 1, 1998

Open: All year (First tee-off at dawn)

Status: Public

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Yardage: 4,762 (gold tees), 5,452 (green tees), 6,122 (white tees), 6,551 (blue tees), 7,014 (tips)

Greens fees: $41 weekdays; $51 weekends and holidays

Carts: Free. Fees are the same walking or riding.

Tee-time policy: Times reserved up to seven days in advance by calling automated tee-time system at 410-887-GOLF. Annual membership cards, which enable golfers to reserve times up to 10 days in advance, are available for $10.

Additional features: Driving range, practice putting green, practice chipping green, snack bar, beverage cart service, pro shop, lessons.

Directions: Take I-695 to Exit 17. Follow Security Boulevard west to Rolling Road. Turn right and follow for .3 miles to Dogwood Road. Turn left and follow for one mile to Ridge Road. Turn right and go .5 miles. Course is on the right.

Review: Once you get past the opening hole, which occupies the land formerly used as the driving range for adjacent Diamond Ridge Golf Course, it's easy to understand why they named this course The Woodlands.

Both nines are tight, with tree-lined fairways demanding carefully-placed tee shots. This is not a course for beginners/hackers and can even give fits to mid-to-low handicappers. The elevated and undulating greens require pinpoint accuracy upon approach.

Course architect Lindsay Ervin, who also designed Queenstown Harbor Golf Links and Hog Neck Golf Club, has taken the rolling terrain and created situations of risk and reward that will test the nerves of even the most seasoned golfer.

The sister course to Greystone, the Baltimore County Revenue Authority's other premier course, has bentgrass from tee to green.

Last week's extreme heat and humidity caused an outbreak of Pythium blight, a fungal disease, on the 17th and 18th greens, but the other 16 putting surfaces are running fast and true.

Pub Date: 7/02/98

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