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Fly into Atlantic City (N.J, USA) and you’ll know all about the Boardwalk, the beaches and the nightlife but did you know that the ‘Vegas of the North,’ is also a top-quality golf destination too?
With challenging courses and beautiful coastal vistas, Atlantic City is an interesting alternative to the likes of Myrtle Beach, Cape Cod, Orlando and the desert courses of Arizona.
It’s also nice to visit a golf destination where there’s plenty to do off-course and Atlantic City is just that, an action-packed resort city full of high-rise hotels, bars, clubs, casinos and entertainment. If all of that sounds good to you, here are some of our suggestions for the best courses to play, along with what else you can do at this destination.
The Best Courses in Atlantic City
You can’t go to Atlantic City to play golf and not tee-up at the traditional Atlantic City Country Club.
The course is timeless and has a reputation as the grandfather of golf in the area. The turf is softer than a links course, but still has plenty of sand and wind to make it challenging. This classic course stretches out across 170 acres of coastal setting with views of the A.C. skyline in the distance.
According to the New York Times, the term “birdie” was first coined here in 1903 for a score of one under par.
Another great local option is Vineyard Golf at Renault, which gives you the chance to play right next to active vineyards, with an excellent restaurant and resort available for relaxation at the end of your round.
While the amenities and vineyards can seem like the main attractions though, this course is also a great test of golf. It’s full of variety and the unique layout demands players take it seriously and play for accuracy rather than simply gripping it and ripping it.
Last but not least is Shore Gate Golf Club, where you’ll find 88 sand traps to test your bunker skills to the extreme.
This course only opened in 2002 and still seems to escape notice amidst the other established golf venues in the area. With the top-of-the-line driving range and putting green, it’s a great place to visit to sharpen up your game and work on your swing. The club is quite scenic too, carefully laid out across tricky terrain which makes it a fun place to play.
Other Things To Do
When you’re not on the golf course, Atlantic City has much to offer in the way of sightseeing and entertainment. First and foremost, you have to walk the boardwalk if you’ve never been. It’s six miles of classic A.C, filled with quaint scenes, fun shops, and eateries. And if you want a bit of amusement, you can visit Steel Pier for carnival rides and games as you make your way along.
After the sun goes down, most people head to the casinos and this is when the fun begins. There are plenty of nightspots to choose from beyond just gaming venues – and most let you in without a cover charge before Ten o’clock. Bally’s Beach Bar at Caesar’s is a popular option and is open until midnight most nights of the week. You can also try Boogie Nights at the Tropicana if you want a bit of a retro disco atmosphere.
If you’re traveling with family, there are plenty of places to take them when you’re not golfing. Go shopping at the Playground Pier or Tanger Outlets for starters.
The shopping is part of the charm of the Boardwalk but it’s not all high-end boutiques, there are arcades and rides at Steel Pier, Storybook Land (an amusement park for a younger audience) and the Atlantic City Aquarium. Finally, everyone gets a kick out of climbing the Absecon Lighthouse nearby – the third-tallest lighthouse in the USA.
You’ll love your trip to Atlantic City, from the challenging golf courses to the array of attractions available day and night. It’s an excellent place to work on and enjoy your game and if you don’t like to lay-up, then your gambler instincts will provide lots of excitement when the sun goes down in A.C.