Maryland National Golf Club – 04/02/2009

Maryland National Golf Club Middletown, MD – 4/2/2009
An overcast 60 degree day was perfect for a mid-week round at Maryland National on this early spring day. I hadn’t been to Maryland National for a while and looked forward to checking it out. I was very impressed with the condition of the course as it seemed even better than its normal “superb” conditions. I’ve said it before but something about this course always gets me and several holes had their way with me with double bogeys but those were not the “usual suspect” holes for me but other more docile ones. Alas, if it’s not one thing it’s the other. You can’t talk about Maryland National without mentioning the closing 3 holes. #16 is a risk-reward drivable par 4. Either go for the green with a 3 wood or lay up and play for a regulation par. The lefthander just missed the green and pitched poorly and still had a birdie opportunity but missed it and had to tap in for par. Rats! Then #17, a mid-length par 3 which is a hit-the-green-or-you’re-in-trouble shot. There is a bail out area short and right of the hole so if you’re going to miss that is the only safe area. A well struck 9 iron got caught up in a cross wind and that’s where my shot ended up. Another poor pitch and 2 putts later, I walked off with a bogey. Finally, the par 4, #18 which is one of the most difficult closing holes in the area. A big drive with a slight draw left me about 160 out, however a fairly strong wind in my face had me looking at another knee-knocker “hit-the-green-or-you’re-in-trouble” approach shot. (See #17 above). I managed to hit a slight draw into the wind and 2 putted from about 70 feet to happily walk off with a closing par. A nice cold beverage in Maryland National’s Shroyer’s Tavern left me with that “good taste in my mouth” to get back out golfing again soon! There is a pretty good special in the Waggle Golf Pass for a discounted play at this fine track. Check it out at the pro shop. Then you can play Maryland National for a great price! Lefty (85)

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