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Maple Creek Golf & Country Club

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Frederic Fitch
June 28, 2016 at 8:14 am

I was 8 years old in 1961 when Heather Hills Country Club opened, and my dad was one of the first ones to get a family membership. My siblings and I took swimming lessons there and joined the swim team. Dad played a LOT of golf with his buddies, and I spent a LOT of time in the pool.
Back then, the pool had racing stripes on the bottom that were our racing lanes. We swam against Meridian Hills, The Dolphin Club, Riviera Club, TownEast, Belair Pool and Northeastway Swim Club.
We also swam against the Miramar Club, and lost every time.
We were good, but they were phenomenal.
The clubhouse is pretty much the same as it was then, just painted and has new additions in the back.
Wonderful memories of that place, and it is still a beautiful club with a really beautiful golf course.
I remember working for Jimmy Vaughn who was the pro there, and he worked my rear off in the pro shop.

Our Moms would drop us off at the pool for early morning swim practice, and we would just stay all day long. The deep end was cool and had a high dive and low dive boards.
Moms could not find a better babysitter than the pool, and of course, there was no danger of child abductions in those days. So we just stayed all day long and ate candy bars out of the vending machines at the pool.
When that was not enough, we strolled across the road to the clubhouse, and order a cheeseburger platter and put it on "Dad's tab".

Names like, Touchette, Fitch, Demas, Moulton, Salisbury, Grantham, Lund, Winings, Smith, Goldsmith, a lifeguard named "Skip" and a coach named Rick Myers, are forever imbedded in my memory from those early days of Heather Hills.
Ahh, the good old days.

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