Paint Branch Golf Complex Development

Status/Project Updates

Last Updated September 2021

Hello Paint Branch Golf Course Stakeholders,

This correspondence is to provide you with an update regarding the proposal to partner with the University of Maryland for the purpose of building a track and field at the Paint Branch Golf Complex.

M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation agreed to share any updates with the community before presenting to the Planning Board. As promised, we will not present to the Planning Board in September as we still are due a meeting with the community. We anticipate hosting a community meeting in late September or early October.

Additionally, the Department onboarded a golf professional to assist us in enhancing the golfing experience at Paint Branch. You will be able to learn more about this process during the community meeting.

Lastly, the Department is continuing conversations with the University in order to establish both a long-term lease and a use agreement, which would provide the community with access to the track for informal recreation and provide the Department access to the track for its programming.

For your awareness, the points of contact involving this project are:

Update from August 2021

We appreciate your continued engagement and insight on the value of Paint Branch Golf Course, including its walkability, affordability, and importance of the current 9-hole course. With the significant feedback we received during our June 15th meeting at College Park Airport, we are working to develop a plan that would include keeping the 9-holes, while ensuring the success of the Paint Branch Complex. Over the next coming weeks, we will consider how keeping the 9- hole course could guide the proposed partnership with the University of Maryland and impact other amenities such as the driving range.

Project Background/Description

Opened in 1964, the Paint Branch Golf Complex in College Park, Maryland is a 9-hole course that features 2,035 yards of golf with a driving range and short-game area, a clubhouse, and a Pro Shop.

The new development of the Paint Branch Golf Complex project involves a joint-use partnership between The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, and the University of Maryland, College Park to improve programming and development for the 74-acre complex, beginning with the 8-acre driving range area.

As a part of the agreement, the University of Maryland will construct and operate a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) track and field facility at the location of the existing driving range. Over time, it is proposed that additional joint-use facilities, including multipurpose fields, will be constructed within the complex.

The track, a facility whose primary use is for the University’s NCAA Track and Field program, will also be made available for other university and community uses/users. A new driving range will be constructed at a different location within the Paint Branch Golf Complex. This enhanced facility will increase the community’s access to recreational, leisure, and academic golf experiences.

The Paint Branch facility will be developed in phases. The first phase will include the track. The second phase will include the replacement of the driving range. Later phases could include miniature golf, batting cages, and 3-hole golf course. In addition, joint-use multipurpose fields are being considered for the backside of the site. A comprehensive design for these secondary phases will ensure the most efficient and economical utilization of such facilities and promote the recreational and educational programs and objectives of both M-NCPPC and the University.