The Links At Lighthouse Sound

Arthur Hills unveiled this artistic layout in 2000, and it quickly became the signature dish on the Ocean City, Md., golf menu. Expansive views of Assawoman Bay and the Ocean City skyline greet golfers throughout the round. Variety rules, as 10 holes skirt pristine marshes contained within the 1,000-acre site, while others are lined with mature hardwoods.

Though huge, the greens can be hard to hit, thanks to ever-present winds off the bay, and harder to hold, because of their firmness and contouring. An excellent quartet of tough par 3s will linger long in memory. Equally stirring are the 622-yard par-5 seventh, "Devil's Elbow" (as nasty as its name implies), and the 558-yard par-5 12th, "River's Edge," named for the St. Martin's River that skirts the left side of the hole.

The 430-yard, par-4 fourth is unforgettable; it demands a precise drive over a marsh to a ribbon of fairway framed by Assawoman Bay to the right and a bunker left, and the long, narrow, peninsula green juts into the bay and affords outstanding views of Ocean City.

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