Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links

June 04, 1998|By Steven Kivinski

Address: 7000 Rum Pointe Lane, Berlin, Maryland 21811

Telephone: 410-629-1414

Professional: Ryan Crandell, PGA

Superintendent: Chuck Poole

Course architect: P.B. and Pete Dye

Opened: 1997

Open: All year (First tee-off at dawn)

Status: Public

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Yardage: 5,276 (forward tees); 6,004 (front middle); 6,523 (back middle); 7,001 (tips)

Course rating/slope: 70.3/120 (forward), 68/113 (front middle); 70.4/118 (back middle); 72.6/122 (tips)

Greens fees: $50 weekdays; $57 weekends and holidays

Carts: $12

Tee-time policy: Reserved up to one year in advance with credit card.

Additional features: restaurant, bar, driving range, practice green, club rental, pro shop, lessons.

Review: This Scottish-style links course situated on the shores of the Sinepuxent Bay is a must-play for golfers visiting Maryland's Eastern Shore. For starters, the course, designed by the father-son team of Pete and P.B. Dye, is the only one in Ocean City sporting bent grass from tee to green. Throw in immaculate conditions, including welcome breezes off the bay and a picturesque setting, and you'll understand why Golf Digest nominated it as the "Best New Upscale Facility" in 1997.

Water comes into play on 14 holes and all but one of the holes provide a view of the bay. The lush fairways are inviting and surprisingly forgiving. The bikini-waxed greens are fast and true and four tee areas make the course enjoyable for players of all skill levels.

The signature and the No. 1 handicap hole is the 16th, dubbed "Shipwrecked." The hole plays 463 yards from the tips and normally sets up directly into the wind. A waste bunker runs the entire right side of the hole, forcing players to stay left or flirt with disaster.

The course opens with a slight dogleg par-4 to a two-tiered green and finishes with a long par-4 which winds around a man-made lake to the right. No. 18 calls for an accurate tee shot and a long iron into a large, well-protected green.

In an effort to protect the greens from the strong winds and maintain the ambience of the Scottish-style links, five-foot flag sticks are used.

Pub Date: 6/04/98

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