One of the best local golf getaways is Ocean City, Maryland in the spring and fall. An abundance of courses at reasonable prices means golfers have lots of choices for their games.
On a mid May trip we ventured over to Ocean Pines, one of our long time favorites. The established community of Ocean Pines has 8,000 homes with much water access to the local OC bay. An active community association supports the residents with concerts, golf, trips, and all types of fun. Seemingly no two homes are alike in this eclectic collection of human expression in architecture. Even the popular storage sheds are carefully manicured to the owners’ tastes. Fortunately for visitors this nice private club offers public play.
The golf course has homes on most of the holes, but none intrude into the aesthetics of your round. Designer Robert Trent Jones put his care into the tract when the community was on the drawing board, so the residences fit nicely into the layout. That does not mean they are not hittable from the tees, however.
Five sets of tees adorn the course, and we recommend you carefully select the proper ones for your skill. Playing this tight tree lined gem from the tips will cost you many Titleists for sure. Think Hilton Head when you step to the first tee before you move to the back tees. Lots of mature overhang trees, canals, ponds, wildlife, and bunkers will give even a single digit handicapper a challenge from the blues.
Course conditions were excellent on our visit. The range was closed for major renovation, but a very nice chipping green was open. The staff was one of the friendliest to be found in the OC area. The bag boys had our clubs as soon as they spotted us, and then regaled us with welcomes and course advice.
Ocean Pines is located in Berlin, Md. Just across from OC near the OC Expressway, Route 90.