It is nice to be back on golf after a hurricane, prolonged power outage and a holiday weekend.
Here is one designed to keep people on the golf course instead of in front of the TV watching football… but this special is good every Sunday at the Golf Course at Glen Mills, whether or not the Eagles are playing: $55 for 18 holes of golf starting at 12:12 until closing time. That is $24 off the regular price and even $10 off the usual twilight rate on Sundays. It takes effect starting this Sunday.READ MORE: Atlantic City Casinos, Union Workers Reach Tentative Agreement To Avoid Strike
Now, the day trip. It is in the north end of Baltimore, just inside the 695 Beltway, and in 2008 Golfweek named it the 12th best municipal course in the country. I had the pleasure of playing Mount Pleasant Golf Course (see above photo) over the weekend and it was terrific.
The course is an older, mature muni that has hosted PGA Tour events back in the day (Arnold Palmer earned his 2nd career tour win there). It is laid out on interesting terrain that gives it a great variety of par 4’s — no cookie cutter architecture here. There are two par 5’s (#1 and #10 and only 3 par 3’s, a drop shot wedge on the front and two long and strong one-shotters on the back nine.
I gave it a try because of the glowing comments I had read at Golf Club Atlas, where the architecture junkies can be, ahem, a little tough to please at times. Well, it turned out to be everything I had expected and then some, with a nice bonus: it is easy on the budget. We paid $41 including cart for our 12:30p tee time on a holiday weekend.
Conditioning? It wouldn’t blow you away but for a muni in early September I thought it was pretty good. The greens rolled well, and were quick enough to be interesting without slowing down play. They have a lot of slope and could be very intimidating if shaved a bit more.READ MORE: CBS3 Mysteries: Philadelphia Mother Makes Powerful Plea To Help Find James Walke's Killer
Mount Pleasant’s location on the north side of Baltimore makes this an easy day trip for everyone but out friends up in Bucks County (admittedly a bit of a haul from there). If you like older courses with character, this is one for your bucket list.
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Ed Abrams anchors mornings on KYW Newsradio, and you can hear his Golf Reports there on Fridays and Saturdays. He has also created a new website at www.DealTrackerGolf.com, a resource for golfers seeking the best bargains on clubs, apparel and everything golf.