by Christopher Taydus
with contribution by Mel Tansil
The Charlestown Conference Center doesn’t have the much tall grass, or really any grass at all, but that doesn’t mean that their Winter Putterland golf course does have it’s own challenges. This full 18-hole course designed and built by members of Charlestown’s woodshop is part of the annual miniature golf tournament where residents compete to raise money for the Charlestown Benevolent Care Fund.
The entire course is outlined with 100 two-by-fours. Volunteers sawed, sanded, hammered, and painted obstacles for the course. Many of the obstacles in the miniature golf course are designed to divert the golf ball through the use of ramps, pipes, etc. On one of the holes, golfers will shoot the ball through the legs of a clown. There is also a barn, a rocket ship, and a Baltimore Ravens football player. One of the obstacles to look like a replica of Charlestown’s entrance sign on Maiden Choice Lane. Charlestown resident Roger Mackubin built a wooden scale replica of historic Our Lady of the Angels Chapel located on Charlestown’s campus.
Charlestown’s 300-plus resident-run clubs were also invited to participate in the creative process. On one hole there is a treasure chest to represent the popular treasure sales that are held on campus. Another hole depicts Charlestown’s nature trail and features a tree limb across the pathway with gnomes. Yet another hole has a picket fence with flowers to symbolize the Garden Club. Each obstacle ranged in complexity and time from about 12 hours to 70 hours to complete over several months. The woodshop donated about 350 hours to the project.
Some Oak Crest residents competed on the course along with nearly 100 people from Catonsville, Woodlawn, Arbutus, and Lansdowne Senior Centers. For highlights from the golf tournament, tune in to Oak Crest Now on Monday, March 7 at 10 AM, 2 PM, 7 PM, 9 PM, or 12 AM. The show will also be available the following day on www.oakcresttv.com.