Carroll Park Golf Course

August 27, 1998|By Steven Kivinski

Address: 2100 Washington Blvd.

Baltimore 21230

Telephone: 410-685-8344

Professional: Willie Smith, PGA

Superintendent: Glen Carpenter

Opened: 1924

Open: All year

Status: Public

Holes: 12

Par: 44/43

Yardage: 2,922 (front), 3,270 (tips)

Course rating/slope: front 69.2/117; back 71.8/118

Greens fees: $8 weekdays; $8.50 weekends and holidays

Carts: $10.75 (single), $13 (double)

Tee-time policy: Times reserved up to two weeks in person for $2 or over the phone with credit card for $5.

Additional features: Men's and women's locker rooms, club rental, pro shop, snack bar, chipping and putting greens.

Directions: From Beltway -- take exit 11 (I-95 North), go two miles to exit 51 (Washington Blvd.). At the bottom of ramp, make left at light. Entrance to course is 75 yards ahead on left.

Review: From the moment you begin to drive up the pot-hole-laden road that leads to the clubhouse, you'll realize: This ain't Caves Valley. What Carroll Park GC is is a great golf course for beginners and hackers alike.

The 12-hole course, yes 12-hole, wedged between Interstate 95 and the old Montgomery Ward & Co. warehouse, is wide-open, and the only real hazards are some of the hackers who frequent this place and refuse to yell "fore."

Water comes into play on only one hole and bunkers are few and far between. Many of the tee boxes seem to have gone neglected (What do you want for $8?) but the greens, which once consisted of rolled sand, were in surprisingly good shape.

One of the more interesting holes on the course, and one of the original nine, is No. 2, an uphill, par-4 dogleg right that plays a modest 358 yards from the tips. Nos. 10 and 11, a par-4 and par-3, respectively, were added in 1993 in an overgrown area of wild growth and a third hole was added the same year by converting what used to be No. 9 into a par-4 and par-3.

Pace of play was extremely slow, with as many as three groups backed up on the tee on two of the four par-3s. It was obvious that some of the patrons failed to adhere to the line on the scorecard that read: "PICK UP AFTER DOUBLE PAR ON ANY HOLE."

Pub Date: 8/27/98

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