TOWSON, Md. - I know you saw Ernie Els incredible win at the Open. Did you ever think about joining a private golf club?
Chestnut Ridge is trying to start back up, Sparrows Point is selling some property, so now maybe your best shot to join. Let me take you to the Towson Golf and Country Club as they know what it takes to survive a tough hole.
No way. No chance.
"Nothing here, when we started," said one of the originals, Gill Cook.
"My first thought, you got to be kidding," said historian John Gants.
Look at what happened at the top of Towson. A golf course was born 42 years ago on land once owned by the first owners of the Orioles, Zanyl Krieger.
"Cow pasture, did you come up and see that old barn, its 123 years old," said course historian John Gants.
All those years of 2 foot taps, slices, hooks and Mulligan.
Gil, said, "This golf course is going to get this bit tougher everyday, from trees this high to trees now over 100 feet high now."
And now Eagles Nest wants to grow more. Because of the economy they've had to readjust their shot through the trees.
Cook, "In todays economy you cannot get away as much as you could years ago."
So Eagles came up with an A-La Cart. You don't like golf, how about swimming, you don't like swimming how about tennis.
One female golfer told us, "I love playing with the guys, but I like playing better with my lady friends."
This is the target audience now, "I think private clubs ought to start marketing more to women," said another female player.
And what do women want? A place where they feel their kids are safe and having fun. And a big room where daughters can grow up and get married. And a golf pro who's never had a bad day in his life, Mike Welsh.
"Oh I try not to have a bad day."
I take that back, Mike's worst day was the day he lost his Rosie to breast cancer. How this club rallied behind Mr. Friendly and his two girls.
We asked him if he believed Rosie is still here. "Yes I do" said Mike.
So this course started on the backs of people.
"People believing in people," said Gants
So this course is ready to take on an old familiar course.
"I think we are coming back strong, made adjustments and ready to be strong just like our past", said Cook.
You're encouraged, invited, to come on out and play Eagles Nest.
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