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A VACANT, NEAR ACRE LOT is the home of three Whitemarsh Valley Country Club flagsticks. Wait, what?
They sit near the intersection of Morris
Road and North Wales Road in Blue Bell, Pa.
– a mere nine miles from the club. Jeff Lee, a
Whitemarsh Valley member since 1986, owns
the lot and planted the flagsticks. Club pride, a
“What happened was because of our
clubhouse renovation, and everything that
happened over the winter, the powers-that-be
decided to buy all new flags and flagsticks for
every hole,” Lee, who’s served on Whitemarsh
Valley’s Green Committee for five years, said.
“So naturally, the old ones weren’t being used.
I was able to grab half a dozen of them. I
just thought it would be cool to stick them
out there. A lot of guys from our club pass
through. I love Whitemarsh Valley to death.
The people are great.”
Lee also owns the adjacent property, which
hosts law offices and a financial and tax plan-
ning firm. Motorcar Makeovers, an automotive
repair facility, is on site as well. A three-bed-
room cape cod house and detached five-car
garage once occupied the now flagstick-laden
lot. The home succumbed to a fire in 2008.
As a result, the property’s previous owner
demolished the home, but left the dilapidated
garage standing. Lee and his team tore it
down this spring.
Next came the unused Whitemarsh Valley
“[The garage] had been an eyesore forever.
[Customers] noticed a couple of months
ago that we demoed the building down to
nothing,” Lee, 63, of Blue Bell, Pa., said.
“Then they noticed the flagsticks, so they
were thinking, ‘Is this going to become a
miniature golf course? A little chip-and-putt?
That would be awesome. Can we get some
batting cages in there?’”
Don’t rule out such a proposal yet. Lee plans
to construct a new five-car garage that fits with
the neighborhood setting. He isn’t dismissing
the notion of keeping a golf-centric element on
the lawn beside it.
“When it’s all done, I might get [Whitemarsh
Valley Superintendent] Drew [Goehler] up there
to make a little practice putting green,” Lee
said. “I wouldn’t mind that at all.”
BY TONY REGINA
“THE OLD [FLAGS] WEREN’T
BEING USED. I WAS ABLE
TO GRAB HALF A DOZEN OF
THEM. I JUST THOUGHT IT
WOULD BE COOL TO STICK
THEM OUT THERE.”