Review for Baltimore (East)

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Baltimore Country Club was designed by A.W Tillinghast, who had several courses on the Top 100. He is also credited with Bethpage Black, but recent evidence seems to refute that. He most certainly designed Baltimore and he did an outstanding job. Baltimore Country Club is over 100 years old, although this particular course was not built for the club until 1926 and has hosted five major championships. All of the holes have been named, and those names clearly (if not poetically) describe each hole. Number 4, a par 3 called Plateau, has a huge green sitting high on a plateau. A few holes later is a par 5 dogleg left called the Barn. In its June 2006 issue, Sports Illustrated rated 18 of Tillinghast’s best holes. Number 6 and Number 14 (called Hell’s Half Acre), both par 5s, made that list. The course is beautiful – definitely one of Tillinghast’s best – mostly because of the way it relates to the trees (something that Tillinghast probably had very little to do with). Greens are set in forested amphitheatres that frame the holes, but you never feel like you’re on tree-lined fairway after tree-lined fairway. Number 17, the final par 3, is called Picturesque. Enough said. Larry Berle

Date: December 12, 2014

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