Every Wednesday we profile another place to play. Today our destination is Northfield, NJ, and the venerable Atlantic City Country Club.
I just can’t get enough of the atmosphere sorrounding a round of golf by the bay. We’re fortunate to have several options for that at the Jersey Shore, and topping that list is Atlantic City Country Club.
Golf here is something special. There’s history at every turn, starting with that clubhouse and locker room — very cool. The range is large and outstanding. Before you head out on the course, check out the plaque that denotes the term “birdie” was coined there.
Then, there’s that putting green that blends right into the first tee. The fun continues out on the golf course, with roots dating back to 1897. William Flynn had a hand in a 1925 redesign, and Tom Doak’s 1998 restoration work has also been well-received.
Then head into the Tap Room after your round and check out the pics of all the famous golfers and entertainers who have enjoyed the club. When it is finally time to go, it is very, very, difficult to say goodbye.
Here’s my ACCC Scouting Report:
Fees: This is high-end daily fee golf and the rates reflect that. Standard in-season rates can run from $150 to upwards of $200 per player. Weekday memberships are an excellent value at only $3,000 for the season. If your golf budget can’t handle any of that, wait for the offseason when you can score some obscenely good deals.
Tees: Traditional and simple — three sets of tees. 5,249 from the forward tees, 6,175 from the middle, and 6,577 from the back tees, playing to a par of 70.
Best Hole: I’m not going to pick just one. Instead, how about the closing stretch starting with the 14th, a sporty par 4 with the tee out in the bay… then a nasty par 3… another par 4 with the tee out among the reeds… then a semi-blind par 3 with the green tucked behind a large mound … wrapped up with the long, strong 18th that plays back up to the clubhouse.
Local Knowledge: We’ll take you off course for this one. Take some time to read about the history of the club, then when you’re there, enjoy all the Leo Fraser memorabilia in the room off the lobby. Hang for awhile in the locker room, too, and check out some of the names on the lockers.
Ed Abrams anchors mornings on KYW Newsradio, and you can hear his Golf Reports there on Fridays and Saturdays. He has also created a pair of websites: www.DealTrackerGolf.com, featuring leads on the best golf equipment deals… and www.TeeItUpPhilly.com, with video course tours, audio swing tips and local golf deals