News & Notes
Around the Greens
• For anyone who needs a little space to themselves to work on their game, Blue Mash Golf Course in Laytonsville is the place to be. The all-grass tee on the driving range measures 306 feet wide and 230 feet deep. The distance from the back of the hitting area to the end of the range is more than 315 yards. Players are allowed to hit off the grass all season long, with buckets of balls costing $6 (small), $10 (medium) and $14 (large). The short-game practice area and putting green are free.
• The University of Maryland Golf Course has renovated its practice facility, complete with six target greens that have exact yardages from each hitting station and a new bent grass putting green. The course also added a new bent grass chipping green with a practice bunker and a new fairway bunker with exact yardages to all target greens. Video lessons are available.
• The 16th hole at General's Ridge Golf Course in Manassas Park was the 2006 winner of NewsChannel 8's "Toughest Hole Contest." The 404-yard par-4 layout requires a tee shot to a not-too-generous fairway with the following play over a large ravine. The tricky green often leads to three- or even four-putts. The fourth hole, meantime, recently was changed back to a par 5 after it played as a par 3 for about three years.
• South Riding Golf Club upgraded its tee boxes to bent grass and has started to edge some areas of the cart paths with crushed stone for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. South Riding also is offering a 2007 player's pass for $319, which covers three pre-paid rounds and reduced rates for the entire season. The pass entitles bearers to two complimentary large buckets of range balls per day. In addition to South Riding, the pass can be used at Pleasant Valley Golf Club in Chantilly and Lee's Hill in Fredericksburg.
• Bristow Manor Golf Club is offering a special rate to all police officers and firefighters: $30 for 18 holes, Monday-Thursday, with proper identification. The club will offer a similar discount to all teachers during the months of July and August, with teaching ID.
• Goose Creek Golf Club in Leesburg is offering a player's pass for $49.95 that includes benefits throughout the year, including a free weekday greens fee for every three paid weekday rounds, plus another voucher for a free round with a cart for use anytime. Player's pass participants also can play for $34 anytime Monday-Friday.
• And for moms and dads wanting to get out with their children, it might be time to check out Compass Pointe in Pasadena. Junior players 17 years and under can play for free anytime Monday-Thursday and after 2 p.m. Friday-Sunday when accompanied by a paying adult.
-- Thomas Heleba