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Golfers can swing at local courses

September 24, 2006

There are a variety of golf courses in Washington County from which to choose.

Beaver Creek

Access: Semi-private.

Layout: 18 holes, par 72, 6,920 yards. A challenging course with plenty of trees on some holes. Course follows a rolling terrain, but is walkable. A new state-of-the-art clubhouse opened in 2005.

Cost:

Members: Full-time members pay a one-time initiation fee of $500 and dues of $150 per month for single, unlimited golf play. There are other rates for juniors, seniors, families and couples available.

Nonmembers: 18 holes - $38 weekdays, $54 with cart; $44 weekends and holidays, $60 with cart

Address: 9535 Mapleville Road, on Md. 66 between Boonsboro and Smithsburg.

Directions: From Interstate 70, take Exit 35 and head one-half mile south on Md. 66.

For information and tee times, call 301-733-5152.

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Black Rock

Access: Public.

Layout: 18 holes, par 72, 6,646 yards.

The county's newest course, at 17 years old, Black Rock is one of Maryland's most spectacular public courses.

Cost:

Greens fees for county residents:

· Nine holes - $16 weekdays; $8 for a cart

· 18 holes - $25 weekdays, $30 weekends; $16 for a cart.

Greens fees for out-of-county residents:

· Nine holes - $16 weekdays; $8 for a cart.

· 18 holes - $30 weekdays, $40 weekends; $16 for a cart.

Juniors and seniors, in-county (weekdays only):

· 18 holes - $16; $14 for a cart.

Juniors and seniors, out-of-county (weekdays only):

· 18 holes - $18; $14 for cart.

Midday (after noon Monday-Friday):

· 18 holes - $32, includes cart.

Midday (after 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday):

· 18 holes - $35, includes cart.

Twilight (after 4:30 p.m., seven days a week) - $15; $10 for a cart.

Tee times are required one week in advance.

Address: 20025 Mount Aetna Road.

Directions: From Hagerstown, go east on Dual Highway and turn left onto Mount Aetna Road. Course is about one mile on the right.

For information, call 240-313-2816 or visit www.blackrockgolfcourse.com.

Fountain Head

Access: Private.

Layout: 18 holes, par 71, 6,323 yards.

Cost:

Must be a member or a guest of member to play.

Address: 13316 Fountain Head Road, off Pennsylvania Avenue, north of Hagerstown.

For information, call 301-739-6933 or visit www.fhcc1924.com

Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run

Access: Public.

Layout: Nine holes, par 34, 2,554 yards. Course is short and tight. Only one water hazard. One par 5, three par 3s.

Cost

· Weekdays: $9 for nine holes, $12 for 18 holes; seniors (62 and older) and juniors (16 and younger), $8 for nine holes, $10 for 18 holes.

· Weekends: $13 for nine or 18 holes

· Twilight (from 6 p.m. until dusk): $7.50

Carts: $9 for nine holes, $14 for 18; for seniors, $8.50 for nine holes, $13.50 for 18.

For frequent golfers, the best deal is to pay $250 for yearly membership for unlimited play, $200 for seniors. The family rate is $400 annually.

Walk-ons only, no tee times.

Address: 2 S. Cleveland Ave., at corner of Dual Highway and Cleveland Avenue.

For information, call 301-733-8630.

Yingling's

Access: Public.

Layout: 18 holes, par 54, 1,720 yards. The county's only par-3 course.

The course is ideal for beginners and others who want to work on their iron game.

Cost:

· $7 for nine holes, $9 for 18 holes, $13 for all-day play.

· For seniors and those younger than 16 - $6 for nine holes, $8 for 18 holes, $11 for all-day play.

No carts. Walk-ons only, no tee times.

Address: 20220 Jefferson Blvd., one mile east of Hagerstown on Md. 64.

For information, call 301-790-2494 or visit www.yinglingsgolfcenter.com.

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