With fall coming, golfers can get special packages


Recently, I have presented a look at the golf courses in and around Ocean City. Heading into fall, the golf opportunities will increase as the summer crowds decrease.

For example, the Carousel Hotel, only one of many with similar golf packages, offers one night's lodging, 18 holes of golf per day per paying guest, and other goodies. The cost for per couple on weekdays for oceanfront drops from a peak season $246 to $176 in September, $148 in October and $124 all of November and December. For additional people in the room, $48 per person all year, so a couple of golfing couples could save a bundle.

Ocean City has a telephone number you can call for starting times at any of the courses and, if you're staying over, reservations for any of the hotels as well. That number is (800) 4-0C-GOLF.

Let's look at all the courses and give them to you in a capsule form so you can make plans to come down to the shore and hit the links as well as the water.

The Bay Club on Libertytown Road in nearby Berlin is only about 10-15 minutes from Ocean City and it offers a scenic 18-hole layout with many sparkling lakes, an island green on the 14th hole and the 9th and 18th holes sharing one huge green. For starting times or to arrange for a tournament, call (410) 641-4081 or 4082, or the 800 number given above.

The Beach Club Golf Links is also near Berlin. It's carved from spectacular timber with tree-lined fairways, many lakes and ison Deer Park Road, only a half mile north of the U.S. 50 and 113 intersection, 10 minutes or so from Ocean City. Call (410) 641-GOLF for more information.

Eagle's Landing is a golf course of visionaries and it is near the Sinepuxent Bay down Route 611 just past the Ocean City airport. You will marvel at the beauty and playability of this place, since the builders took great care to preserve the natural wetlands across which some of the course was built. The success of this 18-hole gem has already led to discussions for another municipally-owned course in the area. Call (410) 289-4900.

Nassawango Country Club in Snow Hill is about a 45-minute drive from Ocean City and you can call (410) 632-3114 for tee times.

Nutter's Crossing is the other non-Ocean City course, being up the road in Salisbury but close to U.S. 50. It's a pretty place with sensible yardages that make it a pleasure for anyone to play, especially the women. Its 18 holes feature an old European style nine and a scenic, tree-lined nine. Call (410) 860-GOLF.

Ocean City Golf & Yacht Club is down Route 611 toward Assateague Island, only five minutes from Eagle's Landing. It is the oldest course in the area and sports two 18-hole layouts called the Seaside and Bayside courses. Call (410) 641-1778 or 1779.

Ocean Pines Golf Country Club is part of the Ocean Pines community across the bay from Ocean City and is primarily a private club, but you can play it if you are a member of another club. Call (410) 641-8653.

Pine Shore Golf is a neat layout of three nines, all of par 30 but definitely not a pitch and putt course. Thousands of golfers enjoy its challenges. Call (410) 641-5100.

Finally, River Run Golf Course is an 18-hole course on Beauchamp Road, off Route 589 and just up the road from Pine Shore. The first six holes are of Scottish nature and the rest

wooded with picturesque vistas along the St. Martin River. Call (410) 641-7200 or (800) 733-RRUN.

Almost all of the courses offer a driving range, putting green, electric or gas carts, restaurant facilities -- some snack, some dinner, pro shop and PGA pros. Remember, the master number to call is (800) 4-OC-GOLF.

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