Eagle's Landing. The name just about says it all for the 1-year-old Ocean City municipal golf course hard by the Ocean City airport. You will never forget it once you've played it or even just seen it.
In more than 30 years at this trade of golf writing, I've never seen a more scenic course in the United States. Regretfully, I've never been to Pebble Beach, the site of the recent U.S. Open, but Eagle's Landing can hold its own with any other place, including Baltusrol, the site of next year's U.S. Open.
I consider myself an environmentalist, and it seems evident that Eagle's Landing did not hurt its delicate environment. The builders went to a lot of trouble to preserve the wetlands of this Sinepuxent Bay location.
Architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan also managed to come up with a first-rate golf layout. The 7,002 yards (don't get scared, that's just from the gargantuan black tees) wind through the marshlands and complement the natural beauty of the place, which also happens to abound in wildlife.
The gold tees play a modest 6,306 yards and the whites are set for 5,700 yards, with the women's red tees at 4,896.
There are more than 2,000 lineal feet of bridging heading toward peninsula-type tees and greens. The fairways are lush and rolling and in such great shape one would hardly believe that this is a new course. That's undoubtedly due to the Bermuda grass they chose to use -- a wise choice indeed.
Located only 3.5 miles from downtown Ocean City, Eagle's Landing is easily reached by heading west on U.S. 50 and making a left onto Route 611. Drive past the airport and turn left on Eagle's Nest Road. You will soon see the handsome clubhouse where head pro Andy Loving plies his trade. Call (410) 213-7277 for more information.
The Beach Club Golf Links, featured in last week's O.C., analso just 1 year old, held its first Anniversary Tournament with three divisions in action. Winners of the member-guest group were Robert Jones and Gary Wright with a 61 better-ball score, while the member-member bunch was led by Al Raye and Tony Mileo, also at 61, and the mixed division was taken by Pat and Mardie Davis, again with a 61.
A Women's Peninsula Golf Association Invitational better-ball was hosted by the women at Ocean City Golf and Yacht Club. Overall winners in the gross play were Sally Mason and Sandy Anderson from Ocean City with a 79, and net honors went to Grace Bradley and Connie Boadte from Green Hill Yacht and Golf Club in Salisbury.
Also at Ocean City G&YC, a Ladies Day tourney had Sandy Anderson with 89, Mary Sanford at 95, Kate Davis with 103, and Polly Phillips at 109 as gross winners in A,B,C, and D flights. Net prizes went to (A) none, (B) Mardie Davis, 74, (C) Anita Mooney, 77, and (D) Jean Green, 76.
In Ocean City men's action, a net aggregate on the Bayside course went to Zip Nanna and Tim Comley at 138 over the 140 of Al Moran and Red Green.
The Ocean Pines Ladies Golf Association -- 9 holers held a Pick Your Favorite Four Clubs Plus Putter event, played at net. Dean Bennett won the A prize with a 34, Joan Sarisky and Marietta Bosco tied in B at 35, C went to June Dwyer on 34 and D went to Betty Duff and Sally Wainwright tied at 38.
An Ocean Pines Ladies Golf Association -- 18-Holers Flag Day event was captured by Jane Herzog, who holed out on the 20th hole. Mary Boteler had a hole-in-one in her round.
Two other holes-in-one were scored. Barry Streib aced the 130-yard 12th at the Bay Club in Berlin and Rick Allen followed suit with a 5-iron to the 185-yard fourth green at River Run Golf Club on Beauchamp Road alongside Ocean Pines. It was the first ace for both men, and Mr. Streib had paid $1 to register for the Million-Dollar competition running all summer at the Bay Club, the Beach Club, Eagle's Landing, Ocean City and River Run.
That made Mr. Streib eligible to compete on Sept. 27 for a $1-million prize, which goes to a successful ace maker. Details are available in the pro shops of each of those five clubs and brochures are being handed out at the Bay Bridge toll booths.