Course Architect: Brian Ault, Clark & Associates
Year Opened: 1998
Location: Hunt Valley, Maryland
Slope: 142. Rating: 75.4
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,041
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 380 Yds    10 - Par 4 362 Yds
                      2 - Par 5 555 Yds    11 - Par 3 167 Yds
                      3 - Par 3 180 Yds    12 - Par 4 398 Yds
                      4 - Par 4 411 Yds    13 - Par 4 433 Yds
                      5 - Par 5 531 Yds    14 - Par 3 200 Yds
                      6 - Par 4 437 Yds    15 - Par 4 384 Yds
                      7 - Par 4 417 Yds    16 - Par 5 553 Yds
                      8 - Par 3 210 Yds    17 - Par 4 441 Yds
                      9 - Par 4 385 Yds    18 - Par 5 597 Yds
                      Par 36  3,506 Yds     Par 36  3,535 Yds

Key Events Held: State Farm Classic (2001),
                 Greater Baltimore Classic (2002),
                 Constellation Energy Classic (2003-06).

HISTORY:  The  property that Hayfields  Country Club  sits on has roots dating
back  to the Revolutionary War and played a role in the nation's history since
its  beginning. The historic  farm was one of the first placed on the National
Register  of Historic  Places. History states that Lafayette, on behalf of the
French  government  awarded the Silver Tankard,  known as the Lafayette cup to
Hayfields  as one of  the best farms in America. Rumor was that Lafayette gave
these  tankards to  every farm  he visited  and in  return, a  hot meal  and a
night’s  lodging  were his reward.  Located just north of Baltimore, Hayfields
had  been under attack by many developers to destroy the farm for high density
housing  on  the land. The  community and local government successfully fought
this  effort for  the  past 20  years  and had  their minds  set  to stop  any
development  no matter what. The Mangione family's vision was to develop an 18
hole  private golf and country club and 40 single family residential lots over
475 acres. The overall challenges seemed overwhelming, as the local government
was  under a  great deal  of  pressure to  ensure the  project met  everyone's
expectations.  The county had adopted protection through a Landmark Commission
to protect the historic buildings. After meeting monthly for a year (using the
park  service  standards for review)  the project  was approved, with only one
negative vote. The farmstead consisted of three houses each dating back to the
18th and 19th century. Each house got bigger and grander as the farm prospered
and  the  family grew. The last  house built was  known as the mansion and was
built of Beaver Dam marble, the same material as the Washington Monument. This
house  was to  be used as the  Club House, which required an 8,000 square foot
addition for a banquet room for 200 people. This was the most challenging part
of  the project and took the most time for Landmark Commission to approve. The
other  buildings were all adapted for new uses. The stone slave quarter was to
become  the  members' bar and  grille room. The barns  were converted to a pro
shop  and a  cart storage building. The  cattle barn, which had burned down to
the  stone  rubble walls, was  rebuilt as the  maintenance building and is the
envy  of  most  course  superintendents.  Uniquely,  the  spaces  between  the
buildings,  including  the  walled  garden, were  landscaped  to  reflect  the
original farm gardens.

Opened  officially in  the summer of 1998, Hayfields Country Club was designed
by  Ault, Clark  & Associates, whose credits include TPC at Avenel, Kingsmill,
Turf  Valley Resort and Hunt Valley Country Club. The private 18-hole venue is
a links-style design with generous fairways and an abundance of native grasses
situated  between  the fairways. The  course has  played host to the Champions
Tour,  with  Allen Doyle capturing  the 2001 title  and J.C. Snead winning the
2002  event. Snead set  the course record of 64 during the second round, as he
went  on to defeat three players by one shot. The win established a new record
for  most time between  Champions Tour victories for a player -- six years, 11
months  and seven days. The win was his fourth on Tour and his first since the
1995 Senior Players Championship.

With cool rainy weather complicating the first two days of play in 2003, Larry
Nelson  and Jay  Sigel stood tied for  the lead following rounds of 67-70. The
duo  led  Des Smyth  and Jim  Dent by one  shot heading  into the final round.
Standing on the ninth hole, a bee stung Nelson when he touched his belt on his
pants, but he was unflappable. The three-time major championship winner played
bogey-free  the final  nine holes,  making two  birdies along  the way,  as he
carded  his second straight  round of 70 to defeat Dent and Doug Tewell by two
shots.  Sigel  could do  no better  than 73  and tied  for fourth. Nelson, who
birdied the 11th from 25 feet, iced the victory with a 15-footer for birdie on
the  16th. During  the week,  the par-5  18th  proved to  be one  of the  most
difficult holes on the course with an average score of 5.132, while the course
itself played over par at 73.169.

In  2004, Wayne Levi opened with a course-record tying 64 and led wire-to-wire
for  his second  career Champions Tour title. Levi, who finished with back-to-
back  68s,  birdied the par  five 16th to secure  the win over a hard-charging
Hale  Irwin, who  matched the course record  on the final day. Jim Thorpe, who
tied  for fourth, trailed by seven shots after day one, but carded a Sunday 64
to  equal the  course mark. Levi was the  lone player in the field to post all
three  rounds in the  60s. For the week, Hayfields played to a scoring average
of  71.026. The  most difficult hole for  the week was the par-3 third with an
average of 3.216, giving up only 17 birdies during the event. In contrast, the
easiest hole was the par-5 16th, averaging 4.448.

The  2005  event was a  runaway from  start to finish,  as Bob Gilder posted a
four-shot win over Morris Hatalsky for his eighth career Champions Tour title.
Gilder  opened with  a course-record tying 64 and closed with back-to-back 67s
for  a  tournament-record tying total of  198. Hatalsky tied the course record
during  round two,  as he birdied his final  four holes for 64, but shot 69 on
the  final day to  finish alone in second. For the week, Hayfields played to a
scoring  average of 71.151, while the Sunday scoring for the field was 71.338.
The  most difficult hole on the course was the par-4 6th with a stroke average
of 4.259, yielding just 18 birdies for the week.

REVIEW:  The course starts off innocently enough with a short dogleg right par
four,  with a pond  on the left. From an elevated tee, most players will use a
fairway  metal  or an iron  to set up  a simple short  iron to a raised green.
Birdie  is  a distinct possibility, just  ask Bob Gilder, who birdied the hole
all  three days in  2005 en route to victory. The second offers another birdie
chance,  despite the 555  yard length of this par five. This hole bends to the
right  and  the tee shot  must be negotiated between  bunkers on both sides of
the  fairway.  Although  bunkers  dot  the left  side  towards  the  green,  a
quality  second  shot can race  up towards the surface.  The third is a beauty
of  a par-three,  with water guarding the  entire right side of the hole and a
huge  bunker left  of  the green.  Depending  upon the  wind,  this hole  with
no  protection  from the  elements,  could  have  a two-club  difference.  The
fourth,  although  routine off  the tee,  features an uphill  second shot to a
narrow  green which  slopes from back to  front. Par will be a welcomed score.
The  player  will be tested on  the fifth, a  stern par-5 from an elevated tee
with  water  guarding the  entire left  side to  the green.  It can be reached
with  two  perfect  shots.  Hale  Irwin  drained  a  93-foot  putt  for  eagle
during  the final  round in 2004, en  route to his course-record tying 64. The
par-4  sixth uses  the same  body of  water protecting  the left  side of  the
fairway.  The  second-longest four  par on  the course,  the second shot plays
uphill to a very quick and sloping green. There is  good reason  why the sixth
is  ranked  as the  number  one  handicap hole.  The  seventh  hole gives  the
golfer  a  couple of options with  a split fairway.  The best play is top left
with  a fairway  metal, which  leaves a  short iron  to a  very narrow  green.
Whatever  you  do, don't miss right  off the tee  or green, as the hole slopes
severely downhill. The signature hole is the downhill, par 3 eighth.  From  an
elevated  tee,  the green  is  fronted  by a  pond,  making  club selection  a
difficult  choice. Sand  protects the  right portion  of the  putting surface,
while  another  trap guards the  back. The green is  very wide and slopes from
right  to  left. The  outward nine  concludes with an  uphill, dogleg left par
four,  featuring  a blind tee  shot. Bunkers guard  both sides of the fairway,
putting  extreme pressure  on the tee ball. Although just 385 yards, this hole
plays longer than it looks.

The  back nine  begins with a very short  par 4, similar to the first hole, in
that  it doglegs right and features the same water hazard. Once again, an iron
or  fairway wood is the call, leaving a wedge to a sloping green. The shortest
par  3  on the course,  the 11th is  another birdie hole  at just 167 yards. A
massive  bunker is located short of the surface, but shouldn't come into play.
The  green slopes  from back to front,  with your best shot at two coming from
below the hole. The 12th is almost a carbon copy of the second hole, only it's
a  par four. Bending  to the right, a solid tee shot will leave a mid to short
iron to a well- bunkered green. The dogleg left, par 4 13th features a pair of
options.  The sensible play is straight ahead, leaving a mid to long iron into
the  green. But if  you need to make up some ground, cut the corner with a big
bomb  off the tee and you'll leave yourself a flip wedge, setting up a birdie.
The  14th  is a beautiful  par three  of 200 yards  from the tips. It features
multiple tee areas, but the most intriguing is from the back buttons. You must
split  the trees  and carry the bush-covered creek. The difficult part however
is  finding a spot  on the green to hit your shot due to the sloping green and
the  bunker  guarding the front.  The hole plays  easier from the shorter tees
which  are located on  the other side of the creek. The 15th is a straightaway
par-4,  requiring  a 3-metal  off the  tee with  water left  and a huge bunker
right. Using a driver will leave a sand wedge to a long, narrow green. Birdies
can  be made if your approach is below the hole. The final three holes provide
an  excellent  test of golf with  a pair of  par five's around the longest par
four  on the course. The first three- shotter requires exact placement of your
second  shot,  as the hole  narrows towards the green  and is fronted by water
from  200 yards  out. When in doubt, bail  out left, as there is no margin for
error,  short and right. If played correctly, birdies can be made as the green
is  very  receptive.  The  17th,  the  longest par  four  on  the  course,  is
straightaway,  featuring a  blind  tee shot  to a  narrow  fairway guarded  by
bunkers on both sides and native grass. Your approach shot will be downhill to
a green guarded by three bunkers. This surface is one of the most difficult on
the  course  as it slopes  severely from  back to front.  Par is always a good
score,  but don't  be  upset making  bogey.  The longest  hole  on the  course
completes  the round  at Hayfields.  This  597-yard monster  has numerous  tee
boxes,  so select wisely.  Playing from the gold or blue tees, the golfer must
carry  at  least 200 yards of  marsh and trees  to reach the fairway. The hole
bends  hard to the left and now features another carry over the same marsh and
another  section of  trees that forces the  player to think about where to hit
the  ball. The  smart route  is  left, which  leaves a  longer third,  however
playing  over  the trees will  leave a sand wedge  to an uphill and undulating
green. Most players believe all par five's are birdie holes, not this one.

OVERALL:  At  first glance, the Hayfields  is not the most difficult course to
play...if  the  wind is  calm. However, at  over 7,000 yards,  this venue is a
bear  to  play when  the atmosphere is  in flux and  coming from all different
directions.  It has been  said that it is not uncommon for a six to seven club
variance  from one  day to the next depending upon the wind's characteristics.
The course features multiple sets of tees and generous fairways, so all levels
can  enjoy play, but  as is the case with most courses, accuracy is key due to
the  abundance  of native  grass and  hazards. The  scenic course includes six
large  ponds, 68  white sand  bunkers and  greens surrounded  by quarry  stone
walls.  Views of Oregon  Ridge and the golf course can be had by practicing on
the  immense  driving range and practice  facility. The lone drawback might be
the  likeness of  a few of the holes  (1 and 10 in particular). Don't let that
stop  you from making  a visit to Hayfields, if you get invited. The course is
very,  very upscale  and  the  Superintendent and  staff  keep  the course  in
immaculate condition.