By Walter M. Brooks, Ocean City Golf Getaway
Ocean City was once known as a beach destination, with a golf course or two on the side. Today, some say it’s the opposite—a golf destination, with a beach or two on the side. Whatever you call it, Ocean City is one of the fastest growing golfing destinations on the East Coast, and it’s the place to go for year-round championship golf in a region full of exciting attractions and natural beauty.
Golf Courses in Ocean City
The scenic area surrounding Ocean City is just the starting point for great golf. Legendary players and course designers like Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and Pete and P.B. Dye all lent their expertise to more than 17 championship courses in the area. They’ve created magnificent courses with lush fairways surrounded by marshes, forests and inland waters. Some offer stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, its bays and rivers.
If it’s a visually striking scene a golfer is looking for, they’ll certainly find it here in Ocean City. Players can experience a variety of sand dunes and native wetland grasses that complement the natural landscape of the oceanfront. The unique terrain is not only visually stimulating but also provides rare challenges that test a golfer’s ability.
A wide range of difficulties ensures every golfer—from casual to pro—can find their ideal course. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon game, or challenge distinctive fairways, pot bunkers and sand dunes and the ever-present East Coast winds.
Ocean City is also the best place to accommodate a range of prices for every golfer. The area continues to be a destination where the average golfer can plan an outing without having to pay outrageous greens fees. Plus, the host of courses available provides the flexibility to accommodate every golfer’s spending point from the penny-wise putter to the copious competitor.
Before You Hit the Links
For some practice before you embark on the first 18 holes, hit one of the many driving ranges or practice facilities in the area. Lessons and several clinics are offered as well, for first-time golfers all the way up to experts. Many of the area’s golf schools offer exclusive packages that may include one-on-one instruction, professional analysis of your swing, unlimited use of practice areas, course privileges and cart use as well as a tasty and energizing lunch every day.
Ocean City’s abundantly stocked pro shops will provide everything you need to be on your best game. Choose from a variety of snacks, extra equipment from your favorite brands and the most charming apparel that guarantees not only the most perfected golfer on the course—but the best dressed as well.
Find an Ocean City Hotel with Golf Packages
With some of the greatest selections of luxury or economy accommodations around, you’ll get a good night’s sleep and be energized for a brand new game in the morning. Many hotels even offer complete golfing packages, allowing you the privilege of trying out several different ranges or courses at various locations, rather than playing the same course over and over. Plus many packages may include free club cleaning and storage, breakfast, lunch and beverage vouchers, complimentary golf towels, tees, ball markers and guaranteed preferred advanced tee times.
With a relatively mild winter, Ocean City golf is a year-round luxury. However, as the summer heats up, so do the golf courses. Reserved tee times are an absolute must.
In the past 20 years, Ocean City Golfing has expanded so much, the whole nation is taking notice. In fact, Golf Digest and Golf Magazine have added several area courses to its lists of the “Best Places to Play” and “Best New Courses.” You will also find Top 100 nationally-ranked courses that you can play in the country, along with courses that are rated best in the Maryland and Delaware Resort.
Another reason Ocean City is the top vacation destination is because it offers plenty of amenities for the golfer and plenty of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. Some of the area’s top hotels provide heated pools, amusements within the hotel, deluxe fitness centers, game rooms and of course the endless hours of enjoyment supplied by the various beaches.
You can relax knowing that as you’re perfecting your backstroke on the green, your family is backstroking their way through a relaxing afternoon at the pool or having a perfect day at the beach. When you meet up for a special dinner, you can share fascinating stories of the fun you’ve all had during the day.
Let Ocean City Golf Getaway Help You Plan
When you start planning your golf vacation, it can be overwhelming trying to research each club and the courses and amenities they offer along with figuring out the locations and booking overnight accommodations for your trip. Luckily, there’s an exclusive service with you in mind. Ocean City Golf Getaway provides golfers with one-stop hassle-free shopping for golf vacations. They include a variety of inclusive services-oriented packages with hotels, golf package companies, condominiums, restaurants, golf schools, courses and entertainment.
Call (800) 4-OC-GOLF or visit OceanCityGolf.com for Tee Times, Stay & Play Packages or to plan your next Golf Getaway!