Despite temperatures that were 30 degrees cooler than the day before, I had an enjoyable round on Sunday 3/26 at Blue Mash which remains one of the better public tracks in Central Maryland. Unlike my 2015 visit to its sister course Waverly Woods, pace of pace was not an issue at all. The other twosome I was paired with moved on as the cold weather was too much for them (they played the front nine and called it a day), Playing with the guy I got paired with as a twosome, we finished 18 holes in 3 hours and 10 minutes (and that was with a your humble scribe requiring a stop for refreshments between nines).
Despite the up-and-down weather of late, for the most part, Blue Mash was in good shape when I played it with a couple notable exceptions. The driving range is currently mats only while their green grass portion comes back (it’s currently covered with a plastic tarp). As you can see from my photos, much of the turf-grass is still brown, but that’s not really surprising (the turf played fine; if anything it was nice that the rough wasn’t really a factor and easy to play from). The greens rolled pretty true (it’s hard to tell but there’s a lot more break in them than it appears).
It’s been five years since I played Blue Mash so it was a bit of unfamiliar territory. For those unfamiliar, Blue Mash doesn’t ease you into your round. The first 3 holes are long par 4’s that are as difficult of an opening stretch that exists in the DMV. Once you escape that, you’ve got a medium-length par 3 (photo above( to a well-protected green and a medium length par 5 that has jail the entire left side of the hole.
The short 7th and 8th holes look inviting (and easy) enough on the scorecard, but any mistake off the tee and there’s trouble all over the place.
Once you hit the back nine, you have to contend with water for the first few holes, with 11 (a long par 3 into the prevailing wind) requiring a fairly stout carry over water to a well-protected green.
So Blue Mash remains a stout test for area golfers. I’m not going to claim to be Bradley Klein of Golfweek, but three notes about the course design:
1) Unless you’ve a knee that is problematic on a good day like I do, the course is a fairly easy walk. No big distances between holes and no real elevation changes of note. If courses want more people walking this is one way to make this happen.
2) No homes. Not even kidding on this one. The entire area is nothing but golf course.
3) The green complexes are all well protected; several holes have large bunkers (I know since I found my way in them) in the front of the green. This came into play because on a cold day the ball doesn’t travel as far as it normally would and being off a few yards had some unpleasant consequences.
So all in all, Blue Mash is well worth a visit. They have a practice green, a short game green and a range that is currently mats only but should convert to their green grass once we get into season.
Finally wore my Foot-Joy Hyperflex II shoes during my round at Blue Mash. Out of the box they felt really good, but I will do a review once I get 3-5 rounds played in them.
SONG OF THE DAY
Alan Hawkshaw is a musical savant. Put this on and if this doesn’t make you want to fix a cocktail or twelve then I can’t help you. Things are weird. Sometimes you’ve just got to let go a bit. This isn’t yacht rock. It’s something else entirely.