Club are all about exposing golf to those
who otherwise may not have the privilege. Jones’ wife, Diane, immediately
forged relationships with Prince George’s
Community College and the PGA-certified
golf management program at University of
Maryland Eastern Shore to offer internships in hospitality, mechanics and horticulture. They also held a community
“We are handing out information to
the community to show them how youth,
adults and seniors can get trained in various careers,” Turner said.
Turner hopes that by exposing youth to
the golf course, he can give them a chance
to learn more and try their hand at the
“In a minority community, golf has
not really been a focus,” Turner said. “We
haven’t been exposed to it and, well, that’s
fine, but they do watch movies, so why
not set up an outdoor movie screen and
have a community night? Why not have a
performing arts center on the facility and
bring local entertainment? We have jazz.
We have R&B. Bring them here and you’ll
be surprised how many of those individu-
als, once they come to see the golf course,
will start playing golf.”
With the help of Blakeney’s experience
as a musician and owner of a nightclub,
Marlton Golf Club has already successfully
featured live music, graduation parties,
anniversary parties and more.
“People are coming here saying, ‘Oh
this is so beautiful; we’ve never seen such
a beautiful area,’” Turner said. “You’re talk-
ing about inner-city people — a lot of them
lived in Washington, D.C., and moved out
to Prince George’s County — who did not
have the opportunity to see a countryside
or see a golf course like this before.”
Within its first month of operation, the
course was nearly hitting the 100 round
mark for a weekend day and between 45
and 70 rounds on weekdays.
“If we can hit that 80 mark average per
day during the week and about 100 to 110
per day during the weekend then we will
be doing very well, and we are happy with
that,” he said.
The next goal on his list is to partner
with the nearby MGM resort, which is 10
“They typically affiliate with two to three
courses,” he said. “We may get that oppor-
tunity and are hoping to work with MGM.
We would like to be another destination
Turner, however, is more focused on tar-
geting families than avid golfers.
“These individuals are very loyal to golf
and the golf course they become affiliated
with,” he said. “It becomes a family event.
The wife comes out. There’s a father with
his 7-year-old son trying to push a golf bag
with them. That’s really been an experience
for me, and that’s what we’re trying to really
get back — the family.”
But if there is one thing Turner wants
people to know, it is that just because this
is an African American owned and oper-
ated club, it is by no means only for African
“This course is very diverse,” he said.
“We have a very strong white following of
people that live here in the community that
are veterans too. We’ve got everybody.”
MARLTON CLUB offers
discounted memberhsip rates
to veterans and seniors.
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