OUTDOOR DEMO DAY RETURNS SAT. APRIL 26TH
AT THE COG HILL DRIVING RANGE
9 AM to 3 PM
BY: RORY SPEARS
THE PAR 3 17TH AT GALLOWAY NATIONAL
The invitation came out of nowhere, in
fact the plane ticket had me getting on a
plane on April Fools Day (No Joke). But
I boarded the flight anyway, and what I
found in New Jersey is no joke either. It’s
There are some 18 courses that are within
20 minutes of the main hotels, casino’s and
the boardwalk of Atlantic City. They are
some very good courses. I know Atlantic
City really doesn’t sound like a great golf
destination, well guess what. It is now.
LOOK FOR THIS DISPLAY AT THE AIRPORT
First off Chicago golfers, the days of having
to fly into Philadelphia first and drive 70+
miles to AC are over. So are the days of the
flight to Newark, and then the over 100 mile
drive to AC.
As of April 1st. Atlantic City and United have
partnered up to for a Non-Stop flight from
O’hare, to the Atlantic City Airport. If you
hate spending the first day of trip just to get
somewhere, fear not if Atlantic City is your
The flight leaves at 8:10 AM from O’Hare,
and your on the ground in AC with the time
change included to EST time, at 11:00 AM.
Since AC is not the biggest airport, you do
get your bags quickly, and your on your way.
You can be on the first tee at Atlantic City’s
flagship property the classic 1897 Atlantic
City Country Club, that is open to the public.
If you have wanted to play an old classic
course, that has the feel of a Chicago Golf,
Shore Acres or Old Elm. Well now you can.
You can also be on the tee by noon after
you arrive at 11 AM at the AC-Airport.
There are great views of the city, the harbor
and you can hear the ocean in the distance.
ACCC CLUBHOUSE FROM 14 AND OVER THE 18TH HOLE
Several architects have worked on the
course over the years since John Reid
started in 1897. Willie Park Jr.in 1915,
William S. Flynn with Howard Toomey
in 1925, Tom Doak came along in 1999.
The history of the club is well captured
inside the clubhouse. You can use the
lockers the rich and famous used during
their visits. I had Billy Casper’s, but
did miss out on Arnold Palmer’s. The
GM is Charles Fahy, who does a great
job and will make sure your visit is one
to remember.The Atlantic City Country
Club is a former Top 100 Classic Club
by Golfweek Magazine, now it sits in
the top 140.
I then made a visit to Ballamor GC, that
was a private club and now public. The
course is spread out and not really very
walkable, but the holes are solid and a
test of golf you will enjoy. It’s rated by
Golfweek Magazine as one of the best
public courses in state.
A few miles up the street from Ballamor,
is the Galloway National Golf Club, that
is a private course but VIP’s of certain
hotels and casino’s can get access. If
your staying at one of the main hotels,
it does not hurt to ask for access.
Galloway is a Tom Fazio course, that has
a bit of a Pine Valley feel to it. Hey we
are talking about New Jersey golf here.
The club is Top 45 on the Modern 100 list
by Golfweek Magazine.
While in AC there are several great hotels,
resorts and casino’s to stay at. When I was
in town I stayed at the Borgata, there will
be no complaints from me on that hotel.
Great casino (okay I won a little $$$),
very nice room with a great ocean view.
There are shops, a spa and restaurants
like Wolf Gang Puck and more.
While in town if you need transportation,
I fully recommend Ceasar Limousine Inc.,
Jerome Ceasar is the boss and he will get
you where you need to be, when you need
to be there, or more likely a little early.
See ceasarlimousineinc.com. Tell Jerome
I sent you, he likes golfers.
As for Atlantic City itself, this is not your
fathers AC. So much for the rumors of it
being dirty, unsafe or other. I’ll take my
chances in AC, before many parts of our
Every year the improvements continue,
the streets get redone, the new houses
and the renovations continue. Plenty
more things on the table to be done,
that will be done.
The area connected to the Tropicana is
called “The Quarter.” It’s like an indoor
mall that resembles the French Quarter
down in New Orleans with restaurants,
shops, bars and more. Fun, fun and more
I dined in both the Palms Restaurant that
was outstanding for steaks and seafood.
If you like Italian (who doesn’t) you must
hit Carmine’s. You will be stuffed when
you leave. Manager Randy True is first
rate, tell him I sent you. Make sure you
try the meatballs, a must.
When the time comes to leave you will
enjoy the flight home. The plane does
not leave until noon-time (11:52 AM)
and it will have you back into O’hare
by 1:08 Chicago time. That gets you
out of O’Hare before rush hour hits.
My only regret was my that visit wasn’t
long enough, and I only saw three courses.
Before long I plan to go back and hit a few
Atlantic City is slightly south of Chicago,
so their weather add’s about 3 weeks of
golf season to spring and fall we don’t
I’ll have more coming up this week on the
Atlantic City Golf experience. If you can’t
wait for my next story, go visit the website
PlayACGolf.com. Atlantic City, it’s now a
golf destination you can’t pass up.
Where you can gamble on or off the golf
I’ll have a Masters Column, more from
Rich Harvest Farms owner Jerry Rich on
the LPGA International Crown, and more
details on Atlantic City coming up all this
week. Stay clicked in and Go Play. RS