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By DAVE BARRY and DAVE BARRY,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | May 24, 1998
EVERY NOW AND then somebody thinks up a new idea that is so revolutionary it just revolutionizes everything.One such idea was brought to my attention recently by an alert reader named (really) Dwain Vanderhoof, who sent me a brochure for a new type of golf club (which I absolutely swear I am not making up) is called the Ballistic Driver.The Ballistic Driver is a "swing-less" golf club. You grip it as usual, and you position the head of the club next to the golf ball. But instead of swinging the club, you press an "Activator Button" on the grip; this detonates a small explosive charge inside the club head, which causes a metal plate to shoot out the side of the club a distance of 1.5 inches at a speed of 200 miles per hour.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
Saturday's 9-6 loss to Patriot League rival Bucknell was an exercise in déjà vu for Navy coach Rick Sowell. For what seemed to be the umpteenth time, the team played well enough to win, but failed to execute when it mattered the most. “We feel like we've been preparing well, but we've got to continue to tweak some things,” said Sowell, whose Midshipmen (1-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference) have dropped five consecutive Patriot League games and nine of their last 10 contests.
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By Howard Libit and Peter Hermann and Howard Libit and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writers | August 31, 1994
Sparked by the second armed robbery of golfers in less than a week, the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp. beefed up security yesterday at its five public golf courses.City police also increased their visibility at Mount Pleasant Golf Course, the site of the most recent robbery.Two masked youths robbed three golfers of $10 at gunpoint Monday on the 16th hole at Mount Pleasant, and, in an incident that police believe to be unrelated, two teen-agers robbed a pair of golfers of $70 at the Forest Park Golf Course last Wednesday.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
The body of an Anne Arundel County woman found dead on a golf course Wednesday showed signs of hypothermia, an autopsy showed, though an exact cause of death remains unclear, Anne Arundel County police said Thursday. The State Medical Examiner's Office performed the autopsy on the woman identified Wednesday as Diana Kapnistos Hester, 49, of Arnold. The exact cause of death is pending the results of a toxicology report. No signs of foul play were found in a preliminary investigation.
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By Mark La Monica and Mark La Monica,Newsday | April 6, 2008
If they build an entire city in the desert, then you know they can certainly whip up a few golf courses, too. And the golf in Las Vegas is nearly as renowned as the city's gambling and partying. Although there are a few courses on the Strip (Wynn, Hilton and Mandalay Bay), most courses are within a 30-minute ride of the Strip. In order to play some of the top courses in Las Vegas, you need to be a guest of the hotel company that owns it. Have a look at a few courses worth a cab ride or car rental: Cascata: A Rees Jones course owned by Harrah's, Cascata opened in 2000 and lives up to its name.
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By John E. Woodruff and John E. Woodruff,Sun Staff Writer | September 5, 1995
Stephanie Novak Hau is "at most a once-a-month golfer" who admits to a tendency to embarrass herself when she plays, but fairways and greens are as big in her life as in Nancy Lopez's or Amy Alcott's.And she may have done more to improve many a Maryland golfer's game than all the pros, though few would recognize her name.A hydrogeologist and president of Chesapeake Environmental Management Inc., Ms. Hau does work on golf courses that everybody sees but nobody notices.Long before architects and designers begin to lay out the course, she pores over aerial maps to find water sources that will keep the grass green.
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By Sylvia Porter and Sylvia Porter,1991 Los Angeles Times Syndicate Times Mirror Square Los Angeles, Calif. 90053 | March 4, 1991
All it takes is land, sand, water, a few little flags and some holes. And, of course, impeccably groomed grass.There is a golf course boom in the Sun Belt. It is fueled in large part by Japanese investors who have fallen in love with the sport and who often are paying the asking price for ritzy golf resorts.Already Japanese investors own more than 25 golf courses in California and a similar number in Hawaii, as well as nearly 100 others in the United States. In fact, selling golf courses to the Japanese has become such a hot business that it has spawned its own newsletter, the Japan Golf Investment Report.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | August 4, 2005
The state panel charged with protecting the Chesapeake Bay from harmful shoreline development adopted guidelines yesterday for building environmentally sensitive golf courses along the waterfront - but in a move that pleased environmentalists, tightened the rules to close potential loopholes. The design standards unanimously adopted by the Critical Area Commission call for keeping fairways, tees and greens at least 300 feet back from tidal waters and wetlands, and for maintaining 150-foot buffers on either side of any streams flowing through the course.
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By Erika Niedowski and Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF | February 13, 2000
Another two of the Columbia Association's money-losing facilities are about to come under review by the city's elected council, as the debate continues over how to address rising costs and stagnant income. Fairway Hills and Hobbit's Glen golf courses have lost a combined $3.9 million over the past five years, prompting an internal staff evaluation of whether they have performed as well as expected. While the losses piled up in Columbia, county officials announced support for building a $8.6 million course in western Howard in what has been called an "undersupplied" market.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,Evening Sun Staff | September 30, 1991
The non-profit group that manages Baltimore's municipal golf courses is accusing the city of holding it "hostage" by refusing to approve construction projects at the courses.William L. Cook II, executive director of the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp., said he thinks the city's refusal to act is prompted by his organization's refusal to share its profits with the city.Cook said the company is contacting golfers and posting a notice at city golf courses that says, "The City of Baltimore holds the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation hostage."
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
The body of a woman was found on a golf course in Arnold on Wednesday morning, and Anne Arundel County police are investigating the death as suspicious. After a preliminary investigation, the woman was identified as Diana Kapnistos Hester, 49, of Arnold. Police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said a man walking his dog about 7:15 a.m. saw what at first appeared to be discarded clothes near the 15th hole tee box on the grounds of the Bay Hills Golf Club, but he quickly realized it was a woman's body.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
Elegance and character are the hallmarks of 3608 Willow Birch Drive in Howard County, now being offered for $1.375 million. Located on a cul-de-sac overlooking six holes of Cattail Creek golf course, ithe house sits on an acre of manicured lawns and gardens. "This is a Colonial, 'Southern Living'-style of home that is absolutely stunning," said listing agent Bob Lucido of Re/Max Advantage Realty. "The vista is therapeutically very refreshing and calming, with scenery you can see for miles.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
The golf course at McDaniel College will host a different kind of athlete next month when the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association holds its cross country state championship meet there on Nov. 9. The meet, usually held at Hereford, had to be moved this year because of construction at the school. The MPSSAA reached a preliminary agreement with McDaniel in August and finalized the deal this month. McDaniel hosted the state championship in 1991 and 1992 when construction was also ongoing at Hereford, but otherwise the state meet has been held at the Baltimore County school every year since 1980.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
A prominent developer says he has no "present plans" to pursue a large, mixed-use development on land now occupied by the University of Maryland golf course. Brian Gibbons - whose firm, Owings Mills-based Greenberg Gibbons Commercial Corp., developed Annapolis Towne Centre, Hunt Valley Towne Centre and other shopping centers in Maryland and Virginia - had presented Maryland President Wallace Loh with a preliminary plan "to improve transportation connections to the campus and to repurpose some of the university's golf course," according to a July 8 letter obtained by The Baltimore Sun. The plan came under criticism from local elected officials and from a coalition trying to preserve the golf course.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2013
I wrote a story for today's paper on a proposal for a large development on what is now part of the University of Maryland 's golf course. The proposal is just a “concept,” the principals say. As now constituted, it would include a large, mixed-use development (hotel, retail, residences, office) and a direct link to the campus area from the I-95/I-495 interchange. At least some golf course land would be “repurposed.” Obviously, this would be a vast undertaking.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2013
- A prominent developer has met with Maryland President Wallace D. Loh to gauge interest in a proposal costing more than $100million to add a large, mixed-use development on land now occupied by the school's golf course and to provide a direct link to the campus from Interstate 95. At a meeting several months ago, Brian Gibbons - whose firm, Greenberg Gibbons of Owings Mills, developed Annapolis Towne Centre - presented Loh with a preliminary plan...
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By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Baltimore County Bureau | February 17, 1992
John McGinnis stepped out of his pickup truck and planted his feet in the muddy, ridge-top field with the same determination he has used to plant soybeans and corn for the past 30 years.Spread before him was a rural panorama of browns and greens under a gray winter sky. Across the narrow country road that borders the field, the forested terrain dipped to touch the Third Mine Branch Run, then climbed back up to meet another open brown patch of farmland riding the top of the next ridge."It just don't make any sense to put golf courses and a housing development on that," Mr. McGinnis said.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | October 6, 1996
South Carroll athletic director Fred Baker took a couple of surveys a few years back to see whether golf could fly in Winfield."The last one, we had three kids respond, and one of them listed "miniature golf" as [his] only experience," he said. "There just wasn't enough interest."That's all changed in a hurry, largely due to the efforts of Chris Howard and the cooperation he's received from The Links at Challedon, a Mount Airy golf course thatopened in June.South Carroll will have a team next fall, which will play at Challedon -- and benefit from the course in other ways, as well.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2013
The private Key School in Annapolis announced Wednesday that it finalized the purchase of Annapolis Golf Club - a deal that was unsuccessfully challenged by golf course neighbors. The school, located in the Hillsmere community, plans to use the golf course property for three athletic fields, eight tennis courts, a baseball diamond, a nature trail and a pool, according to school officials. There will be maintenance facilities on the property, but 44 acres of the 70-acre tract will remain undisturbed, according to a letter from Board of Trustees President Missy Attridge and Head of School Marcella Yedid that was sent to Key School families.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2013
A Colonial-style home sitting on an acre in Howard County's CattaiI Ridge neighborhood is on the market for $939,000. "The first point you notice when you see the house is its presence," said listing agent Ronna Corman-Chew of Long & Foster Realtors in Ellicott City. "This house has magnificent curb appeal. After that, there is a very open floor plan that is just beautiful. " Adjacent to the Cattail Creek Country Club golf course, the two-story brick and Hardie plank-sided home offers 5,277 square feet of living space.
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