Described as “unique” and “fascinating,” McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links
, situated in Egg Harbor Township, is one of the best golf courses in New Jersey with its distinctively European links style golf course. Just a short drive from Atlantic City’s boardwalk, beaches and casinos, you can actually see the Atlantic City skyline from the 12th tee box.
Improvements address issues, increase ease
If you’ve not played McCullough’s in a while, you’ll be pleased to learn of some recent renovations that resolved the ongoing issues of compaction and air flow for the 15th and 16th holes, including moving the cart pad to create additional points of entry.
Library III, the decades-old landmark steakhouse at Black Horse Pike, has relocated to McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links
, bringing along its well-known steak and king crab menu, salad bar, books, cooks and wait staff. The former Clubhouse Bar and Grille was a little too bright but the Library III renovations and the use of “bookshelf” wallpaper have nicely improved the ambiance with increased richness, refinement and intimate lighting. A wall now separates the bar from the dining area and the pub serves soups and sandwiches for lunch, replacing the prior menu of simple breakfast sandwiches and hot dogs.
Along the 18th hole is the newly expanded deck – it’s almost doubled in size, and look for a roof structure to be completed by the end of summer.
McCullough’s challenging character
If you haven’t experienced this challenging links-style course built on a landfill and designed by award-winning architect Stephen Kay, you’re in for a treat that will challenge your skills with undulating greens, gentle rolling fairways, large grass mounds and small bunkers, scenic water hazards and elevation changes of 100 feet or more.
The two most intriguing characteristics of McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links
are the elevation changes and the holes: 17 of which are inspired by a recognizable hole from famous European courses – such as Gleneagles, Turnberry, Carnoustie, Prestwick and Royal Dormoch. For example, the Par 5 14th hole is a modified version of the famous 14th aka “Hell Bunker” at St. Andrews, and the Par 3 16th hole is based on the 8th “Postage Stamp” hole at Scotland’s Royal Troon. (Note: Tiger Woods had a triple bogey on this one.)
McCullough’s signature seventh hole was named “one of the most fun holes in America” by Golf Digest in 2011. Almost 100 years ago the original architect of Augusta National, Alister MacKenzie, entered and won a hole-design contest, but his submission was never built. Stephen Kay brought the design to life for McCullough’s golf NJ. The Par 4 dogleg hole’s distance is 380 to 480 yards depending on how it’s played – the biggest hole Kay ever built – with the fairway measuring 159 yards at its widest point.
Whether you’re up for the challenges of Scottish-style links with spectacularly scenic fairways or simply hungry for a sumptuous steak dinner, the reinvented McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links
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