Oct 09, 2013 | 11:43 AM

Going for the Green

The University of Maryland’s renowned golf course, which has appeared on our list of top college courses and recently underwent a $3.5 million renovation, might very well be plowed under to make way for a “terrapin-themed route” from the campus to I-95, according to a report in The Washington Post. At an investment of $100 million by developer Brian Gibbons, the academic village would also include housing for staff and faculty, as well as office space, arts center, and green spaces. Some of the course might still be usable, but needless to say the proposal has gone over like a triple bogey with golfers and neighbors. “I would be heartbroken,” said Charlie Hodgson, 81, of Silver Spring. “I would probably stop playing golf. That’s how important it is to me.” The university said in a statement that it “is sensitive to the concerns” but the plan is worthy of consideration as it includes a connector road that would help alleviate congestion on Route 1, the main artery to the freeway now.

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Oct 08, 2013 | 10:32 AM

The Grain In Spain

While Spain’s economy is struggling, at least one national institution is getting some investment. Valderrama Golf Club—designed by Robert Trent Jones, site of the 1997 Ryder Cup, and among the consensus top courses in Europe—is undergoing a bit of an overhaul. According to the website Golf In Spain, 3 million euros (slightly more than $4million) is going to a new irrigation system, redoing all bunkers with new liners and sand, repairing cart paths and improving landscaping, and a new practice chipping green. Notes the website, “one would think that a major golf tournament might be soon announced for Valderrama.” That would be magnifico.

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Oct 07, 2013 | 10:12 AM

Elementary, My Dear Watson

Tom Watson isn’t as well known a golf architect as some of his fellow pros, but he has designed a number of courses, including Cassique at Kiawah Island and one at Reunion Golf Club in Orlando, and helped renovate the Old Course at Ballybunion in Ireland. According to the News-Press of St. Joseph, Missouri, Watson is laying out a nine-hole course specifically for kids and new golfers. It will be designed, he says, “for kids or anybody, really, to play the game where you aren’t forced to play 400-yard par fours or 500-yard par fives…things that are manageable for beginning golfers.” The course will be located in Maryville, Missouri, and hopes are to involve The First Tee. Price tag for the course is estimated at $550,000; fundraising is already underway.

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Oct 04, 2013 | 10:27 AM

Red, White, and Blue—But No Greens

If you were hoping to escape the news out of our nation’s capital by playing some golf this weekend, better call first and check that the course is open. Due to the government shutdown, many courses on or near government land have closed. Fox Sports reports that Highland Links (above), located on National Park Service land in Truro, Mass., has a recorded message informing the public that it’s closed. But there was no answer and no tape at Washington, D.C.’s Langston Golf Course, not a good sign. Still, if you can’t play, there’s some golf solace to be found: Sit down in front of the TV and watch The Presidents Cup, which, despite its chief-executive titling, will go on—from 1-6pm (eastern) today on Golf Channel, and on NBC Saturday 8am-6pm, Sunday 12-6pm.

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