First-class all the way, starting with a classic clubhouse, a great restaurant and a real locker room staffed by an attendant. The on-course folks were friendly and helpful, and the beverage cart even crossed a fairway with our drinks—there’s no continuous cart path.
Pace of Play
Since we were just two at 9:15 a.m. on a Saturday, the starter helpfully suggested we play the back first and kept a space open for our return to the front nine. The round took under four hours. Late morning/early afternoon tee times are the busiest, due to the “casino influence.”
A classic old course restored by Tom Doak that is alternately challenging and fun. Short and long par-3s, outstanding variety in the par-4s and three legit par-5s keep things interesting. Kudos to the terrific greens—they’re subtle and tricky, but not unfair and very true.
High-priced for the Northeast at $225 for prime-season weekends, but that does tend to deter less serious players. For that rate, we got a great driving range/short game practice area, pristine greens, a memorable course, superb facilities and a bit of a golf history lesson. It’s definitely worth the splurge.
This is what an old-style public course should be: You feel like a member of a legendary country club for a day. And you’re playing a course that hosted the 1901 U.S. Amateur and the first Senior Tour event, and was the birthplace of the term “birdie.” Atlantic City is a real Old School treat.