Course Architect(s): John Reid (1897), Willie Park Jr (1915), Howard C. Toomey & William S. Flynn (1925), Tom Doak (1999)
Year Opened: 1897
Location: Northfield, New Jersey
Slope: 128. Rating: 72.0
Par: 70
Yardage: 6,539
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 450 Yds    10 - Par 5 488 Yds
                      2 - Par 4 368 Yds    11 - Par 4 432 Yds
                      3 - Par 4 353 Yds    12 - Par 3 134 Yds
                      4 - Par 3 144 Yds    13 - Par 5 553 Yds
                      5 - Par 4 445 Yds    14 - Par 4 339 Yds
                      6 - Par 5 592 Yds    15 - Par 3 184 Yds
                      7 - Par 4 452 Yds    16 - Par 4 400 Yds
                      8 - Par 3 196 Yds    17 - Par 3 157 Yds
                      9 - Par 4 452 Yds    18 - Par 4 400 Yds
                      Par 35  3,452 Yds     Par 35  3,087 Yds

Key Events Held: U.S. Amateur (1901),
                 U.S. Women's Open (1948, 1965, 1975),
                 U.S. Women's Senior Amateur (1967),
                 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur (1997),
                 PGA Inaugural Seniors (1980),
                 Atlantic City Commemorative (2004),
                 Atlantic City Celebrity Kids' Classic (2000-01),
                 Ron Jaworski Celebrity Golf Challenge (1999-present).

Awards Won: Ranked #1 Public/Daily Fee Course (New Jersey) - Golf Week (2006),
            Top 100 Classic Golf Courses in America - Golf Week (2006),
            Ranked 5th among Golf Digest's best in state (New Jersey),
            Named by Golf & Travel as one of America's Best 40 Resort Courses.

HISTORY: When one first talks about the history of Atlantic City Country Club,
the  first  thing that  comes  to  mind, is  the  proud  distinctions of  "The
Birthplace  of the  Birdie," as well as  being the site where the term "Eagle"
was  coined. Founded in 1897, the course first hosted the U.S. Amateur in 1901
won  by Walter J. Travis. Travis, who designed Westchester Country Club's West
Course,  Garden City Golf Club and Equinox Golf Links, was a three-time winner
of  the U.S. Amateur and a six-time medalist in the event. Travis took up golf
at  age  36 and won his  three U.S. Amateurs by  age 42. The U.S. Women's Open
made  its  first stop in Atlantic  City in 1948, as Mildred Didrikson Zaharias
was  the  winner. The  "Babe," as  she was called,  posted a  score of 300 and
defeated  Elizabeth Hicks  by eight  strokes. Seventeen  years later  the USGA
made  a return  visit and Carol Mann  came away with victory. Mann opened with
78,  but  rebounded with  rounds of  70-70-72 to  win by  two shots over Kathy
Cornelius.  In  1965 a  couple of firsts  were marked, as  the final round was
telecast  nationally for the first time and the last two rounds were played in
two  days instead of one as before. The U.S. Women's Open returned in 1975, as
Sandra  Palmer  recorded one of only  two rounds under  par all week to win by
four.  Palmer finished  at seven-over-par  to finish  ahead of  JoAnne Carner,
Sandra  Post and amateur Nancy Lopez. The wind, which was extremely strong all
week,  grew  fiercer during the  final round and Palmer  was one of just three
players  to  shoot par  on the  last day. The  second place  result was one of
Lopez'  four  runners-up finishes at  this event,  the only coveted title that
eluded  her throughout  her career.  Legendary amateur  champion Carol  Semple
Thompson  captured  the  1997  U.S.  Women's  Mid-Amateur  at  Atlantic  City.
Thompson,  who has  played in  this event  since its  inception in  1987, also
captured  the tournament in 1990. Playing the course at just under 6,000 yards
and  a par of  72, Thompson defeated Leslie Shannon, 2 & 1 in the championship
match.  Shannon  was one down  heading into the  16th, but dumped her approach
into  the water  and she could not  recover. The PGA's Champions Tour made its
first  foray into golf  back in 1980 at Atlantic City, as Don January defeated
Mike  Souchak by two  shots. The tournament was one of just four events in the
inaugural  season. The  first  American  to capture  the  U.S.  Open, John  J.
McDermott was the first professional at Atlantic City Country Club. The course
has  had  a handful of architects  throughout the years, tweaking and updating
the  land,  most recently  by Tom  Doak. The  course, now  owned by Park Place
Entertainment,  brought  in Doak  and  his  Renaissance  Golf Design  team  to
preserve  the  century-old history  of the  course while improving conditions.
According  to Renaissance  Golf Design,  "the  character of  the property  was
changed by excavating along the upper fairways to give the course more rolling
topography,  and using  the earth  to screen  adjacent homes  to provide  more
privacy for golfers." They added that, "trees in the middle of the course were
also  transplanted to  open up views of  the marsh and of Atlantic City across
the  way.  Large expanses between holes  were returned to the open, sandy look
which was a feature of the course in the early 1900's." Of the 18 greens, only
four  were  preserved per their  original design, while the remaining surfaces
were modified to suit the shot values of the modified golf holes and the green
speeds.  Doak made  significant changes  to the  course, as  he shortened  the
second hole, lengthened the fifth, combined the 10th and 11th holes into a par
five  and  added 70-plus  yards to the  12th. The 14th  and 15th holes brought
about  the  most changes,  as a  new section of  tidal marsh  was dug into the
original  15th to create a more challenging, short par-4 from a peninsula tee,
while  the following hole  was crafted to play back into the wind, a difficult
184-yard  par  three. The final  hole was also  shortened into a par-four that
plays back into the wind.

When arriving and leaving Atlantic City Country Club, you'll notice a bell
hanging in the drive by the clubhouse. This bell was used back in the early
1900s to remind golfers that the last trolley was about to leave for Atlantic
City. A beautiful reminder of the old days.

REVIEW:  Wind, wind and more wind. That is the determining factor when playing
Atlantic City Country Club. If the wind is up, how could it not, as the course
is  located right  on the marsh in  between Atlantic City and the mainland and
tree  protection  is minimal, then the  course is a  bear of a test. The first
hole  starts out with a monster of a par-four of 450 yards dead into the wind.
Get  out the  big dog right away, as  you'll need a big drive just to get into
range of a long-iron or fairway metal. The green is slightly elevated, guarded
by  sand  and slopes  from left-to-right  and back-to-front.  This is not your
ordinary opener. Although into the wind, the second is only 368 yards from the
tips  (maybe  they could switch the  first two holes). This straightaway hole,
requires  a solid tee ball that favors the left side, however a stand of trees
flank  the side, while  sand guards the right. From the fairway, only a medium
to short iron is left to a two-tiered green that slopes from right-to-left and
is  protected by sand on the right. The third hole offers the player his first
view  of the Atlantic  City skyline, as the hole faces directly to the east. A
long  iron or  fairway metal off the tee  is the play, but stay right, as sand
protects  the  left-side landing  area.  A  little wedge  will  be  left to  a
miniscule  green  protected every which  way by sand.  Miss long and your left
with a difficult putt or pitch down a slippery slope, short and your ball will
spin  back off  the elevated green. The fourth is a tricky 144-yard par-three,
that  plays  with the  wind from behind  and to the  left. Sand protects front
right and back left to this narrow green that's fairly flat. A definite birdie
chance,  if  you missed one  on holes  two and three.  The heart of the course
starts  on  the fifth.  Measuring 445  yards from the  back buttons, the fifth
plays  straightaway  to an undulating fairway,  guarded along the left side by
sand.  The putting surface  sits in a punchbowl type setting with more sand on
the  left.  If your  going to  miss, play to  the right  and take your chances
getting  up-and-down.  A stern test  with the wind blowing from left-to-right.
The  longest hole on the course, the par-five sixth requires a big tee shot to
the  right  side of the fairway  and an equally long  second to set up a short
pitch to the green. The hole, which usually plays downwind, needs to be played
strategically,  as  to avoid the  numerous sand traps  down the left side. The
putting surface, which slopes from back-to-front and right-to-left, is guarded
by a pair of deep bunkers to the right. There is no shame in making par on the
hardest  hole  on the course.  Like the first,  the seventh is another monster
par-four.  Playing  back into the wind,  a huge tee  shot is needed to leave a
long-iron into the huge undulating green. Sand guards the entire right side of
the  putting surface, so  bail left if you must. The speed of this green could
be  the quickest  on the course, so  leave yourself below the hole or expect a
three-putt.  The  longest par-three on  the course, the eighth plays downwind,
making  club selection  very difficult. Not to mention the numerous sand traps
blanketing the green. Whatever you do, don't miss short and right, because the
deepest  bunker  on the  course will give  even the best  player fits. Oh, the
ninth.  What a  classic par-four. This 452-yard beauty doglegs to the left and
although  it plays  downwind, players must be  careful not to run his tee shot
through  the fairway,  as gnarly  trees guard  the right  side. A  medium-iron
should  remain  to a  relatively  flat  and wide  green,  that  once again  is
protected by sand left and right.

After  a tough  outward nine, the back  starts out with a excellent chance for
birdie,  with  a reachable  par-five. The  only problem here  is that the hole
doglegs  to  the right and has  water by the  green. The top players should be
able  to bomb a  tee shot over the corner of the fairway to set up a long-iron
or  fairway metal to  the green. Water, however comes into play along the left
side  to the  putting surface, so bail  out or layup right. The green is quite
tricky  with a huge swale near the front, so depending upon the pin placement,
try  to use the slope to set up your birdie. By the way, your second shot into
the  green,  plays directly into the  wind. The 11th  is one of the seven par-
fours  at  Atlantic City over  400 yards  in length. The  hole is divided by a
series  of  bunkers that dissect  the fairway as the  hole bends to the right.
Into  the wind,  driver is needed, so  play down the left side. Your second is
slightly  uphill to an elevated green that slopes from back-to-front with sand
right  and  a large slope to  the left. The 11th  is your last test until your
reach the 15th. The little 12th is only 134 yards and plays downwind, so wedge
is  only needed to  hit this small target. Sand will capture any shot just off
line,  making getting  up-and-down very difficult. A certain birdie hole could
result  in bogey or  worse. Although the par-five 13th is ranked as the second
most difficult on the course, the hole can be tamed. A tee shot down the right
of  the  fairway will set the  player up in the  go-zone to reach the green in
two.  A couple  of problems however. Water  left off the tee and in the layup-
area  definitely  comes into play.  Marsh and sand to  the right can also play
havoc.  A myriad of  bunkers left and by the green can catch a stray shot, but
if  played down  the right  side, birdies  and pars  are most  likely, as  the
putting  surface is not  that difficult. The problem with the 14th hole is not
the  length  or the hazard, it's  choosing the right  club off the tee. At 339
yards,  the hole is a certain risk-reward type, as players can reach the green
with  driver since  its downwind.  However,  for those  of us  who layup,  the
landing-area  is very  narrow, forcing a medium- to long-iron off the tee. Now
it's  time to  attack the green, well  maybe not. The putting surface is quite
long and slopes severely from left-to-right towards the marsh. I know you were
looking  for birdie, but  take par and move on. One of the best par-three's in
the  area, the 15th  has it all. Length, hazards and of course, wind. Just 184
yards,  the wind  can make  this hole  play 40  yards longer,  as there  is no
protection  to speak of. Five-iron to five-metal can be the club of choice, so
choose  wisely, as marsh, sand and a large putting surface make this hole, the
hardest  on the inward  nine. The 16th is more beautiful than difficult, as it
plays  somewhat  downwind as the  hole bends slightly  to the right. Marsh and
water  guard the  entire right side through the green, while sand protects the
left.  Only a  three-metal or long-iron is  needed to set up a medium to short
iron to a slick green that slopes from left-to-right. Realistically, your last
birdie chance. The second to last hole is an outstanding par-three of just 157
yards.  Who  said you need to  be over 200  yards in length to be challenging,
certainly  not  Pebble Beach or Olympic  or Pine Valley. The 17th plays uphill
and  into the  wind, causing  club selection  problems. The  green sits  down,
nestled  between  mounding, with sand  short and  long. The putting surface is
two-tiered  and quite  slick from back-to-front. Prior to Doak's redesign, the
18th  played as a  par-five. Now its a great finishing hole of 400 yards, that
doglegs  to the right, finishing in front of the clubhouse. The tee shot plays
directly  into the wind and needs to carry far enough to leave an open shot to
the  green. A medium-iron down to a wedge can be the club of choice, but don't
be long with a front pin, as the putting surface slopes from back-to-front.

OVERALL: Getting on Atlantic City Country Club used to be impossible, however
since the course is now owned by Caesar's Resorts and has been made a public
facility, tee times are not a problem. The price is a little steep, but it's
well worth it.

There are many things that make A.C. a great course. First, the history.
Second, the mystique of the course. And finally, the course itself. The
practice facility, the course conditioning, the staff are second to none.
Anytime you play Atlantic City is a treat, but try to get out in late summer
and early fall, when the course is fast and firm and the rough is brown and
the fairways and greens are emerald and true.

This venue is a perfect example that courses do not need to be over 7,000
yards in length.  The elements is what makes this course outstanding. The
views of the Atlantic City skyline, the sun setting over the clubhouse as you
stroll up 18 and the ambiance of one of the grandest places in the history of
golf in the United States. This is golf in its purest form.