Ocean City has become a solid destination for golf, maybe not a mecca like Myrtle Beach, but with some signature layouts by the likes of Arthur Hills, Dr. Michael Hurdzan, and P.B. Dye. It’s conveniently located 2 1/2 hours from Washington D.C., Norfolk, or Philadelphia along US 13 if you’re just passing through the Eastern Shore. There’s a variety of accommodations, either hotels, condos, or resort rentals. Restaurants rum the gamut from upscale seafood cuisine to local pubs and the typical boardwalk fare. We’ve identified the following best golf courses in Ocean City, Md from the national golf periodicals and hidden gems added by our members:
1. Links at Lighthouse Sound is the best course for the money in the Ocean City area. It’s an Art Hills design of 7,031 yards from the championship tees, 144 slope on Assawoman Bay overlooking Ocean City skyline and the St. Martin’s River. The back nine plays along the St. Martin’s River and through the trees and marshland, a great finish. Always windy here, bring plenty of balls. Stay after the round for lunch or dinner in the clubhouse, excellent food and views out over the skyline.
2. Eagle’s Landing Eagle’s Landing is at 7,003 yards, 126 slope from the tips with three shorter sets of tees, a Hurdzan/Fry designed course on the salt marshes of Sinepuxent Bay. It has sea views from many holes including the par 3, 17th, with its tees set 400 feet out in the marsh on a small island. Overall, an interesting layout, excellent scenery with marshes, trees, and well maintained with friendly staff and reasonable rates. Also, it’s the first certified Audubon sanctuary in Maryland.
3. Glenriddle is a resort/residential development located just south of Ocean City off Route 50, and has two 18 hole courses. Man O’War is priced about 30% less than the private course War Admiral, they’re both good courses and priced to possibly keep the daily fee play down on the private side. Man of War is a little more open and links-like than War Admiral, but has some trees, along with mounded fairways bordered by tall fescue, conventional and pot bunkers, and a few water holes. It plays to 7,163 yards and a par of 72 from the rear tees. 136 slope, and was designed by Joel Weiman. War Admiral, was designed by Jim Furyk, and is more parkland style, routed through tree lined fairways with mitigation or wetlands and lakes in play. From the rear tees the course plays to a par of 72 and a length of 6,889 yards.
4. Rum Pointe is located along the Sinepuxent Bay with most of the holes having some sort of bay view. P.B. Dye, the son of Pete Dye designed the course stretching over 7,001 yards from the tips with a slope of 122, and it seems tougher than a 122 slope. It’s a links style course with bentgrass from tee to green, except holes 11 & 12 which are are the only non-links type holes and run through the woods. The wind is always a factor here, and it’s just a matter as to how much it will affect your game.
5. The Ocean City Country Club has two courses, the Seaside Course and the Newport Course. The Seaside Course was designed by William Gordon and Russell Roberts, and opened in the late 1950′s. It’s 6,700 yards from the tips with a 122 slope, and three shorter sets of tees. a straightforward and playable layout with open fairways through the marshes, and a parkland style back nine. The Newport Course, 6,657 yards, 126 slope was redesigned by Lester George, and has a few holes holes running along the Intracoastal, the fairways a bit tighter through the marshes, and the greens larger, definitely the more challenging and interesting layout of the two courses.
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