Golfing in Atlantic City is a heady experience, featuring several Top Places to Play courses (according to in-the-know). While it's no secret that its golf courses are among the best in the Northeast, you might not know that the 18th hole of our own Atlantic City Country Club (founded in 1887) is the origin of the term "birdie." The way the story goes, In 1903, a club member exclaimed that he had made ''bird of a shot'' after completing a hole one shot under par, and the rest is history.
But the area doesn't just boast storied private courses; Atlantic City's Twisted Dune Golf Course has been rated #1 public course in the state by New Jersey Golfer Magazine.
Recommended Golf Clubs
Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - Blue Heron Pines is an award-winning, 18-hole championship golf club. Designed by Stephen Kay and opened in 1993, Blue Heron Pines was rated 4 stars in Golf Digest's most recent "Places to Play," and was voted "Best 18-hole Golf Course by the readers of Casino Connection magazine. Location: 550 Country Club Drive, Egg Harbor City, NJ. Phone: 609-965-1800.
The Links at Brigantine Beach - Just across the bay from Atlantic City's world famous Boardwalk and Casinos is the Links at Brigantine Beach. This seaside layout includes breathtaking bay views, native marshes, and gently rolling nearly treeless terrain. Location: 1075 North Shore Drive, Brigantine, NJ. Phone: 609-266-1388
Harbor Pines Golf Club - Harbor Pines Golf Club is world class, 4-star, daily fee golf in southern New Jersey…just minutes south of Atlantic City's casinos and boardwalk…everyone's favorite place to play – rated best course conditions in South Jersey plus unequalled personalized service. World class golf outings, weddings, parties and business meetings, too - spectacular 20,000 sq. ft. clubhouse. Location: 500 St. Andrews Drive, Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Phone: 609-927-0006
Mays Landing Golf Club - Known as the "Best Birdie for the Buck," Mays Landing Golf and Country Club provides first-class golf and events at affordable prices. It is owned and managed by the Fraser family, the first family of golf in Atlantic County and former owners of Atlantic City Country Club. Location: 1855 Cates Road, Mays Landing, NJ. Phone: 609-641-4411
Sand Barrens Golf Club - What most golfers talk about after they play at our wonderful golf club is the unique personality of our layout with more than 100 acres of sand, some of it in bunkers, some of it in sweeping waste areas. Location: 1765 Route 9 North, Swainton, NJ. Phone: 609-GOLF-555
Twisted Dune Golf Club - Deep ravines, towering grass-covered hills, and well over 100 deep traps and bunkers, make Twisted Dune's 7,200 yards a memorable golfing experience for all. Featuring four par 5's at over 500 yards, ten par 4's, and and four par 3's, Twisted Dune GC is the type of course that serious golfers love to play again and again! Yet, with it's many tee box options, Twisted Dune is also one of the most friendly to golfers of every skill level. Location: 2101 Ocean Heights Ave, Egg Harbor Twp, NJ. Phone: 609-653-8019
McCullough's Emerald Golf Links - Combining the traditions and features of both old and new, McCullough's presents players with a distinctly different Irish-Scottish golfing experience - wide open fairways, powerful winds, remarkable grass mounds, bunkers, vast natural waste areas, and true undulating greens - reminding players of the challenge and allure of true British Isles golf. Location: 3016 Ocean Heights Avenue, Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Phone: 609-926-3900
- • New Jersey Golf Course Guide: www.newjerseygolf.com