MCCULLOUGH'S EMERALD GOLF LINKS
Atlantic City Golf Course Review
McCullough's Emerald Golf Links is a distinctive Scottish Links style design featuring wide open fairways along a gently rolling terrain with several elevated tee areas. Grass mounding - at times in the center of fairways, is a unique feature that when combined with vast natural areas. Significant bunkering and true undulating greens, provides golfers with an experience that resembles those of the British Isles.
Located just minutes from Atlantic City, this layout is a tribute to St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Prestwick, Gleneagles and Turnberry, among others. Designed by architect Alister McKenzie, McCulloughs features a three acre waste bunker plus an island fairway that is 160 yards wide, on the par four 7th hole. With water on 5 holes and the regions only 100 foot elevation changes, visitors to this course are treated to remarkable vistas and a challenging round.
The property is also an ideal venue for corporate outings, charity fundraisers, and special events. Mangia by the Greens is an on-site restaurant/sports bar that is open from 9 to11 pm weekdays and 9 am to 1 am on Saturdays. The pub overlooks the 8th, 9th and 18th greens. There is no range, but 2 hitting stall provide golfers with an opportunity to warm up, and a practice green is also available.
Four sets of tee areas play to distances and slope measuring 6535 yards/130 slope, 6132 yards/125 slope, 5700 yards/119 slope and 4962 yards with a slope of 118 from the forward sets. On course yardage markers are posted at 100 and 200 yards, with 150 yard stakes in the center of the fairways on all par fours and fives. Sprinkler heads are measured to the center of the green, and color coded flags indicate the day's front, middle or back hole locations.
84 sand bunkers come into play along the landing zones or greenside, and water hazards are featured on 6 of the holes in the form of crossing creeks or perimeter ponds. The high lipped fescue lined fairway traps are lethal - land in one off the tee and par is a tough assignment. Both the 3rd and 8th holes on the front and the par four 18th play from elevated tees, and numbers 11 and 17 are challenging holes with blind tee shots.
All being said, this Steven Kay design is a fair yet challenging test for top notch players, but also can be an enjoyable experience for high handicappers. The property is managed by Billy Casper Golf. For more info, visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.