Calvert County Times April 20, 2017 - Page 13

Thursday, April 20, 2017 The Calvert County Times cesses of the golf club and future plans that are now in the works. He feels that the best accomplishments that have been made over the past few years are the improvements in the general con- diti on of the grounds and the facilities. “Our greens aver the past three years are considered by our customers to be the best around, and that is something we are very proud of.” Helper ssaid The local government has invested over $1.5 million in this new jewel for the county. A major undertaking was the installation of an underground ir- rigation/sprinkler system that was sorely needed and has proven its worth during this month’s long drought im- pacting the Mid-Atlantic region. One look at the tee boxes and the fairways to see how green they are at this time of the year is refreshing. The dining area and bar have been upgrad- ed for the comfort of the players. Many behind the scene fixes include repairs to fix a continuing water intrusion problem, repairing the building’s cur- rent heating and air conditioning sys- tems, installing security cameras and a public wi-fi system, and making struc- tural improvements where necessary. Each year there is a program to take on major improvements to the course itself. Just this past summer the course rebuilt all the bunkers on the course and beginning this summer, the course will be replacing the grass in the fair- ways with the latest and greatest Ber- muda Grass available. Feature Story When questioned about modifica- tions to the clubhouse itself, Tim states it’s been determined this 50-year-old structure will be too costly to rehabili- tate and the course is in the process of hiring an architect to develop a floor plan and provide a cost estimate for the project. Helper talked about upcoming events at Chesapeake Hills. He smiled when he stated there are over 40 tour- naments scheduled for the coming season, nearly double the number held just five years ago. At this rate, there is an average of one tournament a week during the golf season. Among the more popular tournaments during the next two months are the annual Our Lady Star of the Sea and the Ameri- can Legion Post 274 tournaments. And in late June, the popular “Spiggy and Friends” Charity Golf Tournament re- turns after a four-year absence. Additionally, Hepler addressed the many golfing programs underway. The golf club is the home course for the Calvert and Patuxent High School golf teams and is the founder of the Tri-County Junior Tour for youngsters 6-17 interested in participating in tour- nament golf over the summer. Senior citizens continue to regularly play in weekday leagues on Tuesday, Wednes- day, and Thursday each week. They also play in a fast action group play called “The Blitz” on Friday evenings as well. And they host three corporate leagues involving county government 13 workers and the employees of the Do- minion and Exelon firms. One interesting feature now offered at Chesapeake Hills is a new sport called “FootGolf,” a combination of soccer and golf played with a soccer ball that opponents kick into large holes on an 18-hole course. This popu- lar new sport is a great recreational activity the entire family can enjoy together. FootGolf is quickly growing in popularity and has become a profit center for the club. This new attraction has been offered for less than a year and has been officially accredited by the American FootGolf League. If you have never visited Chesa- peake Hills, even if you are not a golfer, take an afternoon and visit this beautiful Calvert landmark. It offers a cozy intimate Grille Room with a large fireplace, solid dark wood bar, and a panoramic sweeping view of the wonderful fairways and tall majestic trees that make up this greatly im- proved golf course. Stay for lunch or have a drink from its well-stocked bar and familiarize yourself with the all the amenities it has to offer. After all, it is a public facility and as a taxpayer, you have ownership in it. For more information contact the course at 410 326-GOLF [4653] or go online to