For golfers who are considering a trip across the Garden State, a great place to start is historic Atlantic City Country Club, located just across the bay from the state's top gambling resort. However, the only drawback to opening a golf road trip
at Atlantic City Country Club is you may not
want to play anywhere else.
For decades, ACCC was a highly exclusive
private club. Then, under the ownership of Harrah’s
casino, the club became an even more exclusive
destination for high rollers. Some of the greatest
names in golf, other sports and entertainment of
cut divots into these lush fairways.
Today, Atlantic City still has the same feel of an
extremely high end private, but the club is open to
limited public play under the direction of the Ottinger
Family Group, who purchased the course on April 15,
2014 from Caesar's Entertainment.
"Atlantic City Country Club is truly a gem," said
Liz Norton-Scanga, spokesperson for the Ottinger
It doesn’t take long to realize how special the
course is. It could happen the moment you pull up
to the first tee and realize its an extension of the
putting green, or when you spot the old bell that
was once used to signal golfers that the last ferry to
Atlantic City was about to leave. You might sense it
when you see the monument marking the place
where the term birdie was first coined. Perhaps it
will be when you pick up one the wooden rakes in
the bunker or while you are admiring at views
across the bay toward the city.
The clubhouse is a museum of both the rich
history of this club and also the game itself. After
all, the term birdie was coined here. ACCC has
hosted six USGA championships – including the first
US Open victory by Babe Didrickson Zaharias in 1948 –
and was the site of the first official Champions Tour
event won by the lanky Texan Don January.
The course itself , which opened in 1897, was
originally designed Scotsman Willie Park, but has
seen its share of renovations, most recently by
contemporary architect Tom Doan. While the club
has changed hands a few times, the club probably
enjoyed its golden age under the ownership of
South Jersey golf legend Leo Fraser.
The elegant clubhouse boasts fabulous service at
breakfast, lunch and dinner. For weddings,
banquets and special occasions there are precious
few facilities that offer such dignified ambiance.
Among New Jersey golf courses, Pine Valley and
Baltusrol tend to hog all the acclaim. However,
more than a few discerning golf experts place
ACCC as near equal to those renown facilities.
Certainly the club belongs near the top of the
nation’s most underrated golf courses.