Beach Club: beautiful, diverse

June 21, 1992|By Blair Holley | Blair Holley,Contributing Writer

The Beach Club Golf Links: a dandy name for a course hard by the ocean. While not a true "links," which demands tidal action and history to qualify for that label, the Beach Club is certainly close enough to the Atlantic Ocean to qualify as a "shore" club. And it also qualifies as a handsome golf venue.

Developed by Frank J. Scott Sr., the Beach Club was designed by the firm of Ault, Clark and Associates of Washington, the same group that crafted the Avenel course in Potomac, where the Kemper Open is played each year. It also got a big boost when Hunt Crosby, who had been head pro at the nearby Ocean Pines Golf and Country Club for many years, left the security of what would probably have been a lifetime job and moved to the new club to realize its vision as its director of golf.

Too often, those who know no better call a new course a "PGA" course in publicizing it. Only layouts such as Sawgrass and Avenel and other stadium courses qualify for that name.

However, the Beach Club was designed to U.S. Golf Association standards and thus earns the title of USGA course.

Frank Scott told Ault to take as many of the 340-plus acres on the site, and the designers carved a beauty through the timber. The firm came up with a challenging and diverse layout that can play from a heart-stopping 7,020 yards (the Gator) and a 72.8 rating, to one of 6,602 yards (pro tees) and a 71.0, or the average man's, 6,193 yards (men's tees) and a 69. All three are 36-36--72 par and the ladies' tees are 5,167 yards with a 68.8 rating and also a par of 36-36--72.

The telephone number for the Beach Club Golf Links is (410) 641-GOLF and you are invited to call for tee times or more


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