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It's the oldest public golf course in York County.

It's also one of the quirkiest.

This weekend, the top amateur golfers in the area will try to solve the riddle that is Grandview Golf Course.

The York County Amateur Championship is set for Saturday and Sunday at the facility that sits on Route 74 near Dover.

Grandview is a 6,655-yard, par-72 layout from the championship tees. It has a course rating of 71.0 and a slope rating of 122. Those are all pretty standard numbers.

But how the old course gets to those numbers is anything but standard.

Two-time defending champ T.J. Ostrom will chase his sixth York County Amateur crown.
Two-time defending champ T.J. Ostrom will chase his sixth York County Amateur crown. (File photo)

Grandview features five par-3s, five par-5s and eight par-4s -- far from the normal combination of 10 par-4s, four par-3s and four par-5s.

The par-35 back nine is particularly unusual, with four par-3s, three par-5s and only two par-4s. That includes a monstrous 245-yard par-3 finishing hole.

It's a very different kind of layout.

Grandview's first nine holes were built in 1920, with an additional nine holes added in 1935. Until the 1950s, it was York County's only public golf course.

Floods: Recently, however, Mother Nature hasn't been especially kind to Grandview. Two years ago it got slammed by severe flooding. And this spring it was again hit by some flooding.

As a result, some of the fairways have patchy spots. Because of that, the players will almost certainly get to move the ball a club length this weekend, provided they are in their own fairway, according to Dave Bennett, the executive director of the York County Amateur Golf Association, which runs the event. If they're in the rough, however, the players must play the ball as it lies.

And those lies in the rough could get tough.

"They're letting the rough grow for us," Bennett said. "The rough should add a little more character to the course. ... We'd like to see 2- or 21/2-inch rough by the time the tournament starts."

Despite the recent floods, Bennett said Grandview is holding up pretty well.

"It's actually not in bad shape," he said. "The greens are in excellent shape and they got the traps back (after the floods). ... As far as public courses go, it's in good shape."

Low turnout: While Bennett is happy with Grandview's condition, he's not so happy with the turnout for the event, which sits at 69 golfers. Most of the big names are there, with some notable exceptions (Jeff Poet, Denny Lankford, Todd Kennedy), but Bennett would like to see a deeper field.

"We're disappointed with the turnout," Bennett said. "We listened to the players and reduced the entry fees to all the (YCAGA) tournaments, but all the entries have been low. ... We also moved the tournament up a week this year to accommodate one or two clubs that had member-guests scheduled on the same weekend. But it's going back to the third weekend in July next year because we didn't gain anything from those clubs by moving it up."

Bennett noted that YCAGA events that are held at public courses normally draw smaller fields than those held at country clubs. Many players will jump at the chance to play private courses that they normally don't have access to, while sitting out events at public courses that they can play anytime.

Still, in an effort to attract more players, Bennett said that anyone who is a member of YCAGA Players Club will soon be able to compete in YCAGA events, provided they have a verifiable handicap. Previously, to compete in YCAGA events, you had to be member of a YCAGA club or a resident of York County with a verifiable handicap. Bennett hopes the change may add about a dozen players from surrounding counties to future YCAGA fields.

Familiar contenders: Despite the disappointing turnout, however, the 2013 field is packed with familiar names.

Two-time defending champion T.J. Ostrom will chase his sixth York County Amateur crown. Bill Brenner is also in the field, trying to claim his seventh Amateur title. Three-time champion Scott Knouse and two-time champion Matt Henry are also playing. Knouse won the YCAGA Senior title earlier this year. The other former champions in the tournament are Bob Ruby, Cary Walton and Gary Stewart Jr.

Some other players to watch are Grandview regulars Brett Berkheimer, Chris Mescan, Dan Wolfe, Dustin Hoffman and Travis Hoffman. They are all intimately familiar with Grandview's quirky layout. Berkheimer was the individual medalist earlier this season at the YCAGA Interclub Championship.

Finally, one youngster to keep an eye on is Fairfield High School's Isaiah Logue, a long-hitting lefty who won the PIAA Class AA state title last fall.

Bennett believes the winning score should end up around 3- or 4-under par, especially if the rough gets long. That could put a premium on accuracy and patience.

On the other hand, Grandview has long been known as a course where you want to hit the ball straight or extremely wild, rather than just a little off line. A shot that's just a little off line often finds trouble in trees and bushes that line nearly each fairway. An extremely wayward shot, however, often lands in an adjacent fairway and provides a clear shot through or over the trees and bushes.

It's just another of Grandview's quirks.

Sunday evening, we'll find out which local amateur was best able to navigate one of York County's most unusual courses.

Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dis patch. He can be reached at sheiser@yorkdis patch.com.