Maryland National: A Dazzling Challenge
On April 23, 2011, the DC Golf Tour hosted a Two-Person Team Better Ball Tournament at Maryland National Golf Club. In spite of the ominous clouds and forecast, 36 golfers came out to play in this event on this amazing championship golf course. Thankfully, the weather system broke up to the North and South of us, and after a mere 10 minutes of a light rain at the beginning of the round, the skies cleared and it turned into a beautiful sunny Spring day.
Tour Members AlanBird and Dave Baca shot a better ball of 73, 2-over par, and were tied with Barry Flaer and Bob Linkous f
or First Place in the Championship Flight. Scorecards determined the winner, and on the 4th hardest handicap hole (#4), the Team of Bird & Baca made par for the win.
In the First Flight, Stu Scotten and Paul Dufresne shot a 9-over to tie with 4 other groups, and prevailed when the scorecards were matched. Hole #4 again was the deciding hole, as Stu made par to secure the First Flight.
Maryland National is one of those rare gems that can dazzle you with its views from elevated tee boxes, and yet challenge you to think your way around its serpentine layout. There are a multitude of holes you can make birdie on – or double bogey – depending on your level of aggression and ability. I noticed at the end of the round that I literally had used every club in the bag – one of my criteria for determining how varied any course’s layout can be. The golf course was in fantastic shape, in all facets. Tee boxes, fairways and greens were top-notch. The greens drew the most player comments, and “Fast and True” seemed to be the general consensus.
One of my favorite holes (of which there are many) is #2, a downhill, often downwind par 5. The possibility of your longest drive ever exists on this hole. The fairway slopes down severely from the tee box, with pot bunkers guarding the left side of the landing area, and a lateral hazard on the right. A large oak tree sits at approximately 150 yards from the green, and forces the player consider their options carefully. Bomb and gauge simply won’t work on this course – you have to think strategically to play well.
Maryland National is a course that you simply must play in order to appreciate fully. I have held tournaments there for the past 4 years running, and will continue to do so in the future.
The DC Golf Tour is having its next event at Glenn Dale Golf Club on Saturday, May 14th. Format is a 2-person team Shamble. Like all DC Golf Tour Tournaments, this event is open to the public, and you can sign up as a twosome, a foursome, or a single (you have a guaranteed partner). Tour Membership is optional, not required. Players can register online at www.dcgolftour.com.
The DC Golf Tour is a great way to meet new, like-minded golfers, and enjoy a taste of tournament competition in a fun and inviting environment. If you have any questions regarding the DC Golf Tour, feel free to contact me.
Ramesh M. Sundaresan
DC Golf Tour Director