University of Maryland Golf Course Threatened by Redevelopment Plans
By Torleif Sorenson on 10/23/13
The 8th green at the University of Maryland Golf Course in College Park
The University of Maryland Golf Course is one of the most popular public-access courses in the Washington D.C. - Baltimore metropolitan area.
Each year, over 35,000 rounds are played on this valuable 150-acre George Cobb-designed layout, including the Maryland state high school championships. GolfWeek magazine has ranked it among the top 30 campus courses in the United States. A strong junior golf program and teaching academy are important parts of the facility.
It is also one of the few large public green spaces in the increasingly crowded Washington metropolitan area, as well as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. This is especially nice for students and local residents wanting to escape the miles of surrounding concrete and urban development.
But University of Maryland President Wallace Loh wants to bulldoze the course in order to let developer Greenberg Gibbons build an upscale shopping center, an access road to the Capital Beltway, and faculty housing in its place. Loh wants to attract more people and vehicular traffic to the campus.
Now, Loh and Gibbons' plans are being met with a firestorm of criticism.
If University President Wallace Loh feels the pressure not just from students and local residents, but also from many golfers from everywhere else, he and developer Brian Gibbons might have no choice but to scuttle plans to destroy this valuable public-access golf course and wildlife sanctuary.
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How else are they going to pay the $50MM exit fee to the ACC?
Enjoy the Big 10.
I have played this golf course - very nice. Fred Funk used to be the coach of the men's golf team at Maryland.
Same thing is going on here in Austin TX with plans to destroy one of the oldest golf courses west of the Mississippi - Lions Municipal. Sad....
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