Atlantic City Country Club is one of the oldest courses in the country. A classic Eastern seaboard links layout, the course is said to be the birthplace of the birdie. It doesn’t seem like there’s any consensus about how this came about, but the claim alone makes this place cool.
Having opened in 1897, this course has an old-school vibe that’s apparent everywhere you turn. The windswept fairways and large sloping green complexes are quirky by today’s standards. That doesn’t make them easy, however.
Bunkers abound from tee to green out here. And they aren’t the shallow, cookie cutter bunkers typical of modern design. Instead, they’re roughly hewn pits of despair that are to be avoided at all costs.
When I finally make it to New Jersey, you can bet I’m putting this track at the top of my list.