- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Golf course living naturally appeals to those who enjoy the sport, but nongolfers are often equally pleased to live along the fairways.

The swathes of rolling lawns dotted with ponds and trees will never be subject to a new development of homes. Residents of golf course communities also enjoy the vicarious pleasure of watching people play.

Golf course communities usually offer a resortlike lifestyle, with a clubhouse, tennis and swimming pools and a congenial social life.

Prince George’s County is home to three golf course communities where builders are offering new homes: Beechtree, Cross Creek Club and Oak Creek. Part of Cross Creek Club also lies in Montgomery County.

At Beechtree, an upscale planned community on 1,200 acres near Upper Marlboro, the focal point will be the 18-hole championship daily fee golf course and clubhouse, which is anticipated to be complete in 2007 or early in 2008. Residents of Beechtree will be able to take advantage of discounted fees when the course opens.

Stone monuments, the tree-lined Beechtree Parkway and ornamental signs will add to the elegant atmosphere of the community, which was designed by Ryko Development and will include more than $20,000,000 in planned amenities.

The Swim and Racquet Club is anticipated to be complete this summer and will include multiple tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and a grand outdoor terrace overlooking the 18th fairway and a lake.

More than 600 acres of the community will remain as woodlands, open space, a 30-acre lake and the golf course. The 178-acre Collington Branch Stream Valley Park extends along the western border of Beechtree. Not far from Beechtree, the Patuxent River State Park provides more recreational amenities, including fishing, hiking and equestrian trails. Bowie Town Center is nearby for shopping.

Miles of trails will be completed by the time the community reaches the build-out stage in six to eight years. They will be incorporated into the community as it develops.

The community is expected to include schools, parks and a shopping village on the edge of the development when complete. Some 65 acres have been set aside for schools and parks, and tot lots and picnic areas will be incorporated into neighborhoods to create easy places for families and friends to meet.

Beechtree has been designed with four villages to be placed around the lake, with Eastlake Village to be developed first. Eventually, Beechtree will include almost 1,700 single-family homes, 480 town homes and 240 multifamily apartments.

The development is 10 miles from the Beltway, about 30 minutes from the District.

Builders at Beechtree include NVHomes, 301/627-1734; Ryan Homes, 301/627-4072 and 301/780-3792; Mid-Atlantic Builders Inc., 301/627-9230; Haverford Homes Inc., 301/627-6376; and McDaniels Homes, 301/574-5533.

Single-family homes at Beechtree are now selling in the Eastlake Village Section priced from the $600,000s to the $900,000s.

Among the many homes available at Beechtree, Mid-Atlantic’s Amherst model features an elegant two-story foyer flanked by the living room and dining room. A dramatic two-story family room has a step-down entrance, a fireplace and two walls of Palladian windows. In a nearby corner is an octagonal library nearly surrounded by windows. At the opposite side of the home are the breakfast room and kitchen, each with walls of windows. A pantry, laundry room and rear staircase are nearby.

Upstairs, the master suite includes a curving bank of windows, two walk-in closets and a dramatic bath with a vaulted ceiling, a whirlpool tub, a shower with a seat and a Palladian window. The master suite has a separate sitting room with another Palladian window. The upper level has a full bath off the hall and a second bedroom. The third and fourth bedroom share a connecting bath.

Brick town homes with two-car garages are available from Haverford Homes, 301/574-0642; and Ryan Homes, 301/574-3060; priced from the $480,000s to the $500,000s.

Visit www.Beechtreemd.com.

At Cross Creek Club in Calverton, a golf course community that straddles the border of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, an 18-hole course designed by Ault, Clark & Associates Ltd. provides the recreational focus for the neighborhood. Designed to blend into the wooded landscape of the development, the fairways of the course wind past creeks and ponds.

Cross Creek Club residents also have access to a driving range and pro shop. The Cross Creek Clubhouse includes an upscale bar and grill, banquet spaces for parties and conferences and a patio for pleasant outdoor gatherings. Nongolfers in the family and those who want to play more than one sport can enjoy tennis courts, a swimming pool and miles of trails within the community boundaries.

Minutes away are indoor ice skating, tennis, gymnastics and an Olympic-size pool.

NVHomes and Ryan Homes are building single-family homes at Cross Creek Club, where the houses are priced from the mid- to upper $600,000s to the low $800,000s.

Among the many available homes at Cross Creek is NVHomes’ Wynterhall model, which includes a two-story foyer flanked by the formal living room and formal dining room, which has a tray ceiling.

Both the living room and dining room include decorative columns. The main level also includes a two-story family room with a fireplace, a wall of windows and a rear staircase.

At the center of the home is a dramatically wide staircase to the upper level. Other rooms on the main level include a study, a powder room, a butler’s pantry, a laundry room, a walk-in pantry and a center-island kitchen and breakfast area.

Upstairs, the master suite has a tray ceiling, two walk-in closets and a bath with a corner tub and a separate shower with a seat. Three more bedrooms share a hall bath.

Call 301/595-3899 for NVHomes or 301/586-9461 for Ryan Homes, or visit www.crosscreekgolfclub.net.

Montgomery Development is developing the upscale, guarded and gated golf course community of Oak Creek in Upper Marlboro. Oak Creek is eight miles from the District and five miles from the nearest Metro station. The majestic oak trees of this 1,100-acre community will be preserved and more than 600 acres of the development will be retained as open space, including parks, lakes, a waterfall and walking trails.

Amenities in the community will include Bowieville, an elegant plantation built in 1819 and restored by the developer. The mansion and its classic country gardens will overlook Reflection Lake and the first hole of the golf course.

The Oak Creek Club Golf Course, a 225-acre, private, 7,256-yard 18-hole championship course designed by Tom Clark of Ault, Clark & Associates Ltd. and developed by Niebur Golf Inc., will also include a practice range.

The Oak Creek Village Center, the focal point for the community, will feature an 18,000-square-foot country clubhouse, which will include a fitness center, a pro shop, locker rooms, and a variety of locations for entertaining and dining.

Members will have access to private function rooms, a grill, a banquet room, a formal dining room and an outdoor dining deck.

Other amenities at the village center include a 25-meter swimming pool, a wading pool and two lighted tennis courts. In addition, the village center also will have an outdoor concert pavilion, a putting green, a park and two lakes.

Within three to five years, Oak Creek plans include a public school and park site, a church community site and a commercial center. The 35-acre Oak Creek park will include a baseball and softball field, a football field, a soccer field, a basketball court and Lake Oak Creek, which will be stocked for fishing and will be connected via three miles of walking and biking trails to Collington Branch Stream Valley Park.

An important amenity for residents of Oak Creek will be the concierge services, which will include a variety of services for individuals and community clubs, along with organizing community outings and activities.

In addition to the concierge services, the Oak Creek Homeowners Association provides basic cable service, high-speed Internet service, an information channel, a newsletter, maintenance of roads and common green space, snow removal and a community-owned bus service to and from Metro and other local destinations.

Security at Oak Creek will include a completely fenced road frontage, a guardhouse staffed around the clock, a mobile security guard, security gates or control arms and cameras at all entrances and a security channel accessible to all residences.

Eventually, 1,148 town homes and single-family homes will be built at Oak Creek, and homes will be designed for golf, stream valley and estate home sites. The first phase of homes at Oak Creek has sold out, with single-family homes base-priced from the $600,000s to more than $1,000,000.

A new section of home sites is anticipated to be released within the next few months, but prices for these single family homes and the town homes are yet to be determined. Models will open later in the spring.

Among the many homes available at Oak Creek, the Westport II estate home model from Mitchell & Best Homebuilders LLC features a two-story foyer, a study, a living room, a formal dining room and a family room with a wall of windows. In the center of the home are the open center-island kitchen and the morning room.

Buyers can add a covered rear deck accessible from the morning room and the family room. A family entrance off the garage includes access to a walk-in closet and the laundry room.

Upstairs, the master suite features a separate sitting room, a bedroom with a wall of windows, two walk-in closets and a bath. The second and third bedrooms share a connecting bath, while the fourth bedroom has a private bath. A fifth bedroom can be added over the garage.

Builders in Oak Creek include Craftmark Homes Inc. and Craftstar Homes Inc., 301/390-4471; K&P; Builders Inc. 301/390-3667; Michael Harris Development Inc., 301/390-2214; Mitchell & Best, 301/390-1553; NVHomes, 301/390-4403; WCI Renaissance Housing Corp., 301/390-4766; and Ryan Homes, 301/390-1601.

Call the Oak Creek Visitors Center at 301/390-8707 or visit www.oakcreekclub.com.

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