Atlantic City Country Club was founded in 1897 by a group of Atlantic City hotel owners.
The original course was designed by John Reid, and reworked by Willie Park Jnr in 1915.
William Flynn & Howard Toomey undertook further renovations in 1925, and then it wasn't until 1999 that Tom Doak was engaged to substantially remodel ACCC and ensure it was relevant in the modern age.
Atlantic City Country Club is famous in golfing circles for another reason.
The golfing term 'birdie' for a one under par score on any given hole was first conceived at Atlantic City CC.
Apparently George Crump (who started Pine Valley) stumped his approach on a par 4 after hitting a bird in flight with his drive.
The resulting one under par score for the hole was termed by Crump's playing partners as a 'birdie'.
The term stuck and spread throughout the club.
Further it led to a two under hole being labelled an eagle, and three under an albatross..
Atlantic City Country Club has hosted:
- the 1901 USGA Amateur
- the 1948, 1965 & 1975 USGA Women's Open,
- the 1967 Women's Senior Open
- the 1980 Inaugural Seniors
- the 1997 USGA Women's Mid Amatuer
Atlantic City Country Club was a late inclusion in our tour of some of the best courses on the East Coast, and perhaps isn’t as well known as others we played.
The course was nicely maintained, but perhaps not at the level of some of the elite courses.
We had a lovely day, and good company- and without caddies moved quite quickly through the round.
The course is right on the edge of the marshlands and has very little elevation change from start to finish.
It is an easy walk.
The bunkering is well placed and strategic, but perhaps a little scruffy compared to the very best (being hyper critical)
The 3rd and 4th holes introduced clusters of bright white sand bunkers protecting two nice greens..
They are world class holes.
The back nine starts with a lovely par 5 with a lake in play late in the hole.
Holes 12, 14, 15, & 16 feature the marshlands in a variety of challenging and picturesque holes that really are fabulous..
It is an impressive back nine.
Notable Holes include:
Hole 3 ( Major’s Favourite), a shorter par 4 with bunkers dominating the approach to the green
Hole 4 (Arroyo), a short, pretty, well bunkered par 3
Hole 10 (Birdie), a winding par 5 with lake in play for the approach
Hole 12 (Mesa), a short par 3 with a raised green completely surrounded by bunkers
Hole 14 (Salt Marsh), a mid length par 4 with a long tee shot over the marshland
Hole 15 (Tidewater), a strong par 3 requiring a carry over the marshland to a raised green
Hole 16 (Skyline), a challenging par 4 with tee shot over the marshland and water right for the duration
Atlantic City Country Club is a course all golfers will enjoy.
On a nice day, with your 'A game' in play this is a brilliant place to play golf.
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