THE LINKS AT BRIGANTINE BEACH
Atlantic City Golf Course Review
The Links at Brigantine Beach is an authentic Scottish links golf course on the barrier island of Brigantine located just across the bay from Atlantic City's legendary Boardwalk and casinos. Local legend suggests that "Old Pros" from the 1920s practiced at Brigantine before sailing for the British Open. The layout was designed by legendary architects Wayne Stiles & John Van Kleek in 1927. The Links was recognized as a "Top 100 Must-Play Course" by Philadelphia Golf Monthly, is ranked the "Best Value Course in South Jersey" by PubLinks Magazine, and was awarded 3.5 stars by Golf Digest in 2004.
The fairly level fairways at Brigantine are almost treeless, and are accentuated by crossing and parallel berms, tall native grasses, significant mounding and strategic sand bunkers. There is usually ample recovery room along the landing zones and greenside - affording players of all skill levels with the opportunity to enjoy a round here. The smallish, tricky greens have subtle breaks and are also reminiscent of the typical Scottish links courses – but the fronts are generally open - allowing for a variety of approach shots. The putting surfaces themselves are considered to best some of the best in Southern New Jersey.
Three sets of tee boxes at Brigantine play to distances and slopes measuring 6524 yards/123 slope, 6214 yards 122 slope, and 5198 yards with a slope of 115 from the forward tees. Bunkering is not overstated, but there are 51 sand traps located near landing zones and greenside. The main challenge is avoiding water hazards and golfers will have to do so on 15 holes to score well at Brigantine.
On course golfers will find 150 yard stakes in the middle of the fairways on all par fours and fives, and 100, 150 and 200 yard markers are measured to the center of the green. All the info one needs to know however, is available through the Pro Link GPS that is standard on all carts. With the course being so close to the waterway, wind is often a factor here...so players will have to adjust.
The property has seen almost 5 million dollars worth of renovations and upgrades in the last decade. Golf history has it that Walter Hagen and Harry Varden used to practice at Brigantine before going overseas to play in the "Open". The clubhouse here features a pro shop plus restaurant/lounge serving breakfast and lunch menus. There is a practice green but no range on property. For more info, visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.