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Caves Valley

Owings Mills, Maryland
ArchitectBadgeTom Fazio
Owings Mills, Maryland
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Venue for the U.S. Senior Open in 2002 when Don Pooley beat Tom Watson after a five-hole playoff, the Tom Fazio-designed course at Caves Valley Golf Club sits amidst the rolling hills of Baltimore County with many of the fairways routed through rather attractive areas of woodland.

The 11th edition of the Arnold Palmer Cup (which in 2007 was an annual 8-man competition between American and European college/university golfers) was contested here when the home team won the event by a score of 18 points to 6 points.

The two par threes on the front nine are notable, both are protected by water: the 224-yard 4th plays to the largest putting surface on the course with a bail out to the right of the green whilst a couple of menacing bunkers flank the left side of the green at the 215-yard 8th.

The round concludes with a couple of very strong par fours: the 480-yard 17th doglegs slightly right to an offset green that sits behind a cluster of bunkers, followed by the 460-yard 18th, where the well-bunkered home green is positioned above a small gulley to the front left of the hole.

Writing in The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses Volume 3 – The Americas (summer destinations), Tom Doak had this to say:

“The brainchild of former USGA president Reg Murphy, Caves Valley set a new standard for private-club service and class, inadvertently becoming the forerunner of a generation of courses where the ambience and the maintenance overshadow the golf. It all falls to pieces because the golf course is too hilly, and because none of the holes are standout.”

Caves Valley Golf Club staged the 2021 BMW Championship which Patrick Cantlay won after beating Bryson DeChambeau at the sixth playoff hole.

Venue for the U.S. Senior Open in 2002 when Don Pooley beat Tom Watson after a five-hole playoff, the Tom Fazio-designed course at Caves Valley Golf Club sits amidst the rolling hills of Baltimore County with many of the fairways routed through rather attractive areas of woodland.

The 11th edition of the Arnold Palmer Cup (which in 2007 was an annual 8-man competition between American and European college/university golfers) was contested here when the home team won the event by a score of 18 points to 6 points.

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Tom Fazio

Born in the northwestern suburbs of Philadelphia, Tom Fazio entered the business of golf course architecture as a teenager in 1962, assisting his uncle George in course construction.

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