Inside Eisenhower's $5 Million Renovation Project

Eisenhower Renovation Project

For over 20 years, Billy Casper Golf has partnered with Eisenhower Golf Course. Eisenhower was originally constructed in 1969 and has presented itself as a value to the community of Crownsville, Maryland for 50 years. Now the 6,659 – yard course will be closing its doors in 2019 while it undergoes a massive improvement project with a planned re-open date for the spring of 2020.

Damien Crosby, a PGA Professional, is the Chief of Maintenance and the Director of Golf for the county. Crosby has previously been the head pro at Eisenhower and is well affiliated within the Maryland golf community. With the support of Recreation and Parks Director, Rick Anthony, and County Executive, Steve Schuh, the $5 million restoration project broke ground in late October 2018. 

The restoration project will be led by Andrew Green, who has performed restoration work at nationally known courses including the Inverness Club in Toledo and Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. 

The ongoing construction include a new clubhouse, bentgrass greens, new short-game practice area, an expanded driving range, a creek restoration, a new double-row irrigation system, all-new maintenance equipment and new golf carts. Additionally, golfers familiar with Eisenhower will immediately take notice the removal of all bunkers. 

Dan Evers, Regional Director for Agronomy for Billy Casper Golf, believes the removal of the sand straps is a new trend that will benefit both maintenance crews and golfers alike. 

“It’s a totally different concept for golf, but it’s pretty interesting,’’ Evers said. “From a maintenance standpoint, we used to have a crew of four just for bunkers. The important goal is to make it easier to maintain, so we’re out of the golfers’ way and the golf course is as presentable as possible.’’

Eisenhower recently celebrated it’s 50th anniversary. To commemorate the special occasion, Michael Senneca, General Manager at Compass Pointe Golf Course (another Billy Casper managed property) and acting transitional GM during construction created a special opportunity for golfers in the closing months before construction. The first 2500 golfers who played in September received a numbered golf ball. During the renovations, Michael and his team will draw numbers to see who the first foursome will be to play when Eisenhower re-opens its doors.

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