O.C. Golf and Yacht Club a pioneer


July 05, 1992|By Blair Holley | Blair Holley,Contributing Writer

It is interesting that settlements appeared on the Eastern Shore as early as the late 1600s but golf didn't reach Ocean City until after World War II, 1959 to be exact. Why, even the westernmost portion of Virginia, way up in the mountains, has a course at the Homestead in Hot Springs that has had a first tee in constant use since 1902.

Apparently the lure of the sand and the sea was so strong that nobody bothered to think much about golf down here. That kind of thinking has gone by the boards (no pun intended) and golf is really on the minds of many now.

That groundbreaking course in 1959 was the Ocean City Golf and Yacht Club, which now boasts of two 18-hole layouts fully rated by the United States Golf Association and open to the public as well as offering private memberships. The Bayside Course is described as being suited to the precision golfer and the Seaside to the free swinger, although both are nearly equal in length from the men's tees.

The scenic Seaside is 6,520 and 6,252 yards for the men from the championship and men's tees, respectively. For the ladies, the distance is set at 5,848. Men's par is 37-36--73 and for the women's it's 38-37--75, a bit unusual.

Then the Bayside Course runs 6,526 and 6,211 yards in the same order on the guys' card and the women face only 5,396. Par is set at the conventional 36-36--72 for men and 37-35--72 for

women. Both courses have been the sites of many challenging tournaments.

A handsome clubhouse, worthy of most any private club and remodeled only a year or so ago, offers and excellent lunch room and bar. There are also locker rooms and showers for men and women. Dave Quelland and his fine staff run a proper pro shop and lessons are available by appointment and large tournaments can be more easily booked due to the 36-holes available. And there are two hard surface, all weather regulation tennis courts.

Despite its name, the Ocean City club is some distance from Ocean City proper. You drive west on Route 50 from Ocean City, make a left at Route 611 and head toward Assateague Island. When the road bends left toward the ponies, you bear right and will soon see the course on your right, with a right turn onto the road that leads to the club driveway with the bay in the distance. It's really only about 15 minutes from O.C. and you may call (410) 641-1779 for starting times.

Local Scores:

Pine Shore Golf Semi-Annual Employee-Guest Tournament won by Bob Murray, Bill Ratliff, Gini Whaley and George Groth at 5-under-par. . . . Ocean Pines Spring Member-Guest, 36 holes over two days, taken at gross by Gene Kerin and Evan Hileman with a 135 and, in net, John and Bill Sears with a 119. . . . Ocean City Ladies, Lori Karvellas won a Quota Points contest with plus-one. . . . Skip Smith took an Ocean Pines Ladies-9 Holers event gross with 53, while Peggy Craven, Joan Lovelace and Millie Starck tied for net at 37. . . . Ocean Pines Ladies--18 Holers action went to Charlotte Manning in a Point Tournament with 61.

Ed Onuscheck, 67, from Indiana, Pa., scored a hole-in-one at Eagle's Landing when he knocked his trusty 8-Iron from the gold tees, 143 yards for his first-ever ace. He was playing with Fred and Lloyd Abbott and Jim Washington and it was the first ace this year at Eagle's Landing.

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