Par for the courses 8/4

August 04, 2002


The average cost of playing a round of golf in the Tri-State area ranges from less than $10 to as high as $50.

In Washington County, Hagerstown's Municipal Golf Course at 2 S. Cleveland Ave. charges $9.50 for an 18-hole round. Cart rentals cost $14.

"I know people that came in from out of town and couldn't believe how cheap it was to play here," said Kevin Chung, 42, of Hagerstown.


The course, built in 1932, was designed by Frank Murray and Russell Roberts. It is public and open year-round, with no dress code. An estimated 25,000 rounds are played at the course annually.

"You have to compare it to different courses. Around here you're not going to find anything cheaper," said Bill Cosnor, 42, of Falling Waters, W.Va.

Hagerstown residents also have the option of playing at Black Rock Golf Course at 20025 Mount Aetna Road.

Black Rock charges $17 on weekdays and $22 on weekends. Out-of-county residents are charged $26 on weekdays and $31 on weekends. Cart rentals cost $14.

"They're reasonable prices," said Reid Lynch, 44, of Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Not every golfer agrees with Lynch.

"The county course, Black Rock, is too expensive," said Larry Crocher, 34, of Greencastle, Pa.

The course, built in 1989, was designed by Robert Elder. It is public but a dress code prohibits cutoffs, tank tops and metal spikes.

An estimated 36,000 rounds are played at Black Rock annually.

"Greens fees are based on the maintenance budget for maintaining the course," said Darrell Wittington, director of golf at Black Rock.

Franklin County, Pa.

In Franklin County, Pa., Waynesboro's Municipal Golf Course is at 150 Cemetery Ave.

Golfers can enjoy a round for $11, with cart rentals costing a little less than $14.

The course was built in 1958. An estimated 18,000 rounds of golf are played at the course annually.

Franklin County residents can also check out Greencastle Greens at 2000 Castle Green Drive in Greencastle.

The cost for playing the course depends on when you decide to tee off. On weekdays before 4 p.m., it costs $27; after 4 p.m. it costs $17.

On weekends the cost ranges from $38 before noon to $19 after 4 p.m. A cart is included with the fee.

The course, built in 1991, was designed by Robert Elder.

Courses in the area tend to attract more golfers on the weekends. However, some golfers prefer to play during the week to avoid increased green fees.

"I wouldn't want to pay $80 on the weekend. That's why I play during the week," said John White, 44, of Smithsburg.

Berkeley County, W.Va.

Berkeley County residents can experience the fairways at Locust Hill Golf Course at 1 St. Andrews Drive in Charles Town, W.Va.

On weekdays at Locust Hill, the cost ranges from $24 before 8 a.m. to $35 between 8 a.m. and noon and $29 after 2 p.m. On weekends the cost ranges from $50 before 11 a.m. to $30 after 3 p.m.

The cost of cart rentals is included with the fee and the total cost depends on the time of day.

The course, built in 1991, was designed by Ault Clark and Associates. An estimated 33,000 rounds of golf are played on the course annually.

West Virginia golfers can also practice their swing at Stonebridge Golf Club on Route 5 in Berkeley County.

"We base fees on basically what the market will bear," said Kirk Waldeck, Stonebridge's pro/manager.

The course charges a flat rate of $25 on weekdays. The fee includes a cart. On weekends before 1 p.m. it costs $40; from 1 to 4 p.m. it costs $30 and after 4 p.m. it costs $25.

An estimated 30,000 rounds are played at Stonebridge annually. The course was built in 1922.

All of the courses also offer various specials, varying membership fees and discounts for senior citizens.

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