Baltimore “Replays”

Last weekend I played at Mount Pleasant Golf Course in Baltimore with a group of three friends. Like most groups on Saturday tee times, we had a couple bets going on and split the group into two pairs. And, as usual, it all came down to the 18th tee. This hole was a short par four, and only 354 yards from the back tees.

We both birdied, and still nobody was happy. Instead of ending the round here, five Baltimore courses offer “replays”, where after your round you can take your Players Card and receipt from the round and get a chance to play the same course for $12. And off we went for another round of 18.

“It’s obviously the best deal you can get if you want to play a lot of golf in a single day,” said Brendan McGowan. “You save money with the players cards already, and can save even more on the replays. I get my money’s worth for the 27-holes I play most Sundays.”

It’s a great way to play some extra holes and not have to burn the wallet to do it.

“Discounts bring people to the course,” said Tom Pierce, the director of BMGC. “We offer these rates and hopefully create golfers for life.”

Most golfers end up having courses that they love to play, but often can’t always get there every weekend. So instead of only playing 18 holes, spend an extra hour playing some more holes and then when you can get out to play, play longer. It’s an easy solution to not being able to play all the time.

“Because I can only play a couple times on the weekends, I just spend a little more money on the replays,” said Joe Johnson, a 28-year-old Baltimore native. “It’s the best way for me to use the great courses in the Baltimore area.”

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Renditions – Golf’s Grand Slam Experience

After watching Tiger’s return and Mickelson’s triumph at Augusta a couple weeks ago, I had been itching to take my own cuts at Amen Corner.  Fortunately, living in Baltimore doesn’t mean that I need to head down to Georgia; all I have to do is throw my clubs in my trunk and drive less than an hour to Renditions Golf Club in Davidsonville, MD.

Over the years I’ve been afforded the opportunity to play “Golf’s Grand Slam Experience” numerous times, and right now the course is playing better than ever.  Tee boxes, Fairways & Greens are all in excellent condition, not to mention that the pace of play was fantastic.  The hard work of the General Manager and course staff is evident and they should be applauded for their efforts.  Try to look past the unique round of golf you’ll experience and just appreciate Renditions as just an all-around great golf course.

Check out The Local Golfer’s Course Spotlight on Renditions from 2009 — “Around the World in 18 Holes”

Mickelson Withdraws From Pro Am

Phil Mickelson withdrew from the Quail Hollow Championship Pro Am today after having to receive medical attention on the fifth hole . He was treated for dehydration and was taken back to his hotel room to rest.

Phil is set to tee off at 12:50 pm tomorrow and fully expects to be fine. He was treated for heat exhaustion and dehydration last year during the CA Championship at Doral Golf & Resort.