The Golf Courses

Event Journal

Read about our golf courses, Greate Bay Country Club and Twisted Dune. For more information visit and

The Golf Courses

Greate BayGreate Bay Country Club

Celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2003, Greate Bay Country Club has long been a landmark in the Ocean City/Somers Point area.

Greate BayGreate Bay was built as Ocean City Golf Club in 1923 by the Lake family, Ocean City’s founders. The Lakes envisioned a classic course on a picturesque parcel of land hugging the shore of Great Egg Harbor Bay. To make their vision a reality, they commissioned one of the most accomplished players and designers of the day, Willie Park, Jr.

Park was a star professional who won the British Open in 1887 and 1889. He also authored an instruction book before turning his attention to golf course design. Throughout an accomplished career, Park created courses that remain among the world’s finest – including Olympia Fields North in Illinois, site of the U.S. Open in 1997 and 2003 and the PGA Championship in 1925 and 1961.

Gene Gatti oversaw a course renovation in the 1970s, with much of the work executed by Norristown-based architect George Fazio and his nephew, Tom.

The bay breeze creates ever-changing wind conditions and moderates temperatures on the course, allowing for a long golf season with a marked absence of biting insects.

Today’s Greate Bay retains the timeless character of the original Willie Park, Jr. design. It’s a course that takes full advantage of its waterfront location, with elevation changes, small greens and ample bunkering that put a premium on shot-making, start-to-finish.

Twisted DuneTwisted Dune

In the tradition of Royal Lytham, St Anne’s Old Links and other famous seaside courses in the British Isles, Twisted Dune is a first class links even though it’s not on the ocean. Laid out through rolling sand dunes and almost devoid of trees it’s easy to forget you are just minutes away from the action in Atlantic City, and not tucked away deep in the Scottish Highlands. The layout of Twisted Dune takes into account the factor the wind will play on the course and allows the player the option of running the ball up or flying it onto the greens.

Twisted DuneThis tests the player’s ability with shots seldom called for on ordinary courses. The bent grass turf that carpets each fairway offers players the perfect firm surface from which to strike a crisp approach. Sand dunes frame each of the generous fairways, but will test both the players’ skill and temperament should his ball find itself among them. Adding to the challenge on each hole is a host of fiendish bunkers along with carnivorous waste areas that wait to devour any ball that strays too far off line! A fearsome 7,336 yards from the championship tees the course has three sets of more manageable tees for the enjoyment of those not quite up to the challenge of the PGA Tour. The large greens, once reached, offer ample opportunity for birdies! With such smooth rolling surfaces the player has no one but himself to blame should the ball not fall into the cup.

Twisted Dune is a players club, one where every golfer can enjoy the total golf experience. Tee times are further apart than at traditional clubs and play will be limited to insure each foursome rarely ever sees the people in front or behind them. In short, Twisted Dune is a public golf course that looks and feels like one of the world’s finest private clubs, leaving you with the memorable impression of having played and enjoyed a special golfing experience.

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