For the first
time in its 15-year history, the Canon Cup returns to one of its
former venues for a second run. Caves Valley Golf Club first played
host to the Canon Cup in 1997, when the East prevailed for the
fifth year in a row.
have been turned this time around, as the West looks to extend
its three-match winning streak.
the tide of competition, along with the 40 junior competitors,
has changed, the AJGA is glad to be in familiar surroundings at
Caves Valley Golf Club.
of Caves Valley Golf Club begins in 1988.
At that time,
a group of prominent business and civic leaders shared a vision
for a world class golf facility to be built in the finest traditions
of Americas great golf clubs.
a total golfing facility that would serve local pride, establish
a regional presence for economic development opportunities and
attract a diverse national and international membership. The vision
became a reality when the founders came upon 962 acres of pristine
countryside tucked away in the rolling hills of Baltimore Countys
famous estate and hunt country.
legendary golf course architect Tom Fazio, Caves Valley Golf Club
opened its gates in 1991. Caves Valley was designed to capture
the excitement and character of the magnificent land forms of
one of the most beautiful parcels of property possible.
It has proven
to be a perfect fit for Canon Cup.
for truly special courses to host Canon Cup, explains AJGAExecutive
Director Stephen Hamblin. Caves Valley is an awe-inspiring
course that provided an ideal setting in 1997 and definitely will
do so again. The players, their families and spectators will have
a wonderful experience here.
7,165 yards from the back tees, Caves Valley is a par-71 layout
that includes a variety of holes, from the elevated ridge line
at the clubhouse to the gently rolling front nine with large lake
areas on holes three and four, to the tree-lined strong
holes of the back nine.
has played host to several national events, including the 2002
U.S. Senior Open and 1995 USGA Mid-Amateur Championship.
style of the original home built in 1936 by a prominent New York
family has been maintained as the foundation of the clubhouse
with enhancements to ensure the comfort and convenience of the
members and guests.
Taking a brief
tour around Caves Valley, the par-4 first hole sets the tone for
the whole course. As with the other 17 holes, there are no tricks
keep the ball straight on this hole and birdie is within
par-4 sixth hole is a majestic golf hole lined by tall oaks, poplars
and ash trees. Cut right through the forest, the tee shot demands
a long and straight drive in order to reach the green in two shots.
No. 8 is a
202-yard par 3 that looks like the easiest of the four at Caves
Valley. No water to speak of. No marshland jungle to cross. But
in every tournament, this hole registers the highest average score
of all the par 3s.
The back nine
is shorter but equally demanding due to the dense forest that
covers much of the final nine holes.
10th is another of Caves Valleys short par 4s and requires
much more golf strategy than suggested at first glance. An iron
off the tee will give the player plenty of room to fire at the
flag with a full wedge or 9-iron from a flat lie.
The 13th hole,
measuring 585 yards, is a grand par 5 that cuts through a stand
of tall hardwoods. The fairway rolls up and down and then up again
to a long plateau green.
The 18th is
a 460-yard, par 4 where once again position off the tee is of
utmost importance. Any drive that strays even slightly to the
right rough can be blocked out from the green, which is tucked
on a shelf behind a slight dogleg to the right.
It will be
a challenging finishing hole for those matches that go the distance.
And, undoubtedly, players in every match will surely agree that
it is good to be back at Caves Valley.