August 24, 2012
The September 2012 issue of GOLF Magazine gives a nice shout-out to several Cape Region golf courses, as part of its Best Courses Near You series.
The venerable golf publication tells its readers that there’s “no need to cash in your frequent-flier miles to reach a trophy course. There’s a great public track right around the corner.”
It then provides a state-by state listing of recommended layouts.
Long Neck’s Baywood Greens leads the five-course list for the Blue Hen State, followed by Bayside Resort in Selbyville. Ocean View’s Bear Trap Dunes (the Grizzly/Black Bear combination) came in fifth place among the state’s top public courses.
The Eastern Shore of Maryland also placed several fine courses on the Free State’s list. These included the Links at Lighthouse Sound in Bishopville, the River Marsh Course at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Rum Pointe in Berlin, and the River course at Queenstown.
At the bottom of the Delmarva Peninsula, Arnold Palmer’s Bay Creek course in Cape Charles, Virginia made that state’s list.
The magazine’s same issue also ran its national ranking of the Top 100 public access golf courses.
The Links at Lighthouse Sound was the only Delmarva course to achieve that distinction, coming in this year for the first time in the 82d spot. I’ve played several of these Delmarva courses, and quite a few other courses that made either the Top 100 national list or the top courses for other states. On many occasions I’ve written post-round reviews about these courses in this column.
Among the top 100 national courses that I’ve played, these include Pebble Beach and the Links at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, CA; Pasietiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz; Caledonia Golf and Fish Club in Pawleys Island, SC; Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, Maryland; Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, NC; the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort, in Palm Harbor, FL; and the Dormie Club in West End, NC.
I’ve played and written about several other top state-by-state courses in this year’s issue. These include the Magnolia course at Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL; Tobacco Road, in Linville, NC; the Leopard’s Chase and Tiger’s Eye courses in Ocean Isle Beach, NC; Mid-Pines, in Southern Pines, NC; Oyster Bay in Sunset Beach, NC; True Blue, Heritage Club, and Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island, SC; the Heathland Course at The Legends, Myrtle Beach, SC; the Green course at Golden Horseshoe, Williamsburg, VA; and University Ridge, the golf course of the University of Wisconsin, in Verona, WI.
It’s a safe bet that among avid Cape Region golfers and readers of this column, there are dozens of other golf courses on these two lists that they have enjoyed. Take a look at this September issue, available on line at Golf.com, and see which ones made your personal list of the top courses you have played.
DSGA Scholarship Fund Tournament October 1
Ron Barrows, the long time Rehoboth Beach Country Club head golf professional, remains active in supporting junior golf in Delaware. He recently sent a note inviting similarly inclined golfers to join him at the Delaware State Golf Association Tournament, a major fund raising event held October 1 at Fieldstone Golf Club, Greenville, DE.
The format is one best ball of four net, with a noon shotgun start. The $195 per player event fee also covers a box lunch, cocktail hour with hors d’ouevres, and tournament prizes. In addition, there is a silent auction following the round.
Make up your foursome and send your checks with your name, address, and handicap index to the DSGA, at 7234 Lancaster Pike, Suite 302-B, Hockessin, DE 19707. For more information, call the DSGA office at 302-234-3365.