PGA seeks local site for Senior TPC course

Official confirms hunt for Howard acreage

June 12, 1999|By Don Markus | Don Markus,SUN STAFF

The PGA Tour is looking for a site in Howard County on which to build a Tournament Players Club course suitable to host a Senior Tour event, a tour official said yesterday.

Tim Hawes, vice president of development for Golf Course Properties Inc., a unit of the PGA Tour in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., would not disclose the location of the potential site until a contract is signed.

Hawes said that there was "high likelihood" that the 2-year-old State Farm Senior Classic, which will be played June 28-July 4 at Hobbit's Glen in Columbia, would move to the new site.

A TPC course is often referred to as "stadium" golf. It usually includes an amphitheater-type setting by the 18th green that can hold tens of thousands of spectators, as well as other locations around the course that provide fans with unobstructed views of the action.

There are 19 TPC locations around the country, including one in Maryland. Another dozen are under construction, and Hawes said a "long list" of sites is being considered.

Unlike the TPC at Avenel in Potomac, the Howard County location would be developed only as a golf course and not as a residential community, Hawes said.

Asked how long it would take to build a TPC course, Hawes said, "It's a 16- to 20-month process, exclusive of the time it takes to get various permits. But we're not that far into the process to tell what it would be."

Joseph W. Rutter Jr., director of Howard County's Department of Planning and Housing, and Bob Rutan, the former co-chairman of the Howard County Golf Advisory Committee, could not be reached for comment.

Pub Date: 6/12/99

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