McCullough's Emerald Golf Links

By Ray Schweibert
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Address: 3016 Ocean Heights Ave., EHT

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Details: Established in 2002, McCullough's was designed by renowned course architect Stephen Kay and named after EHT's longtime mayor, James "Sonny" McCullough, who led the successful effort to convert a landfill into a golf course. It is a links-style course modeled after those found in Ireland and Scotland. Its par-four, 464-yard seventh hole is a replica of an award-winning design by architect Alister MacKenzie, who built Augusta National. The course has undulating greens, rolling hills and two large ponds that border the eighth, ninth, 13th, 14th and 18th holes. It has earned Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary status as a course that helps protect the local environment, conserve natural resources, and provide wildlife habitats.

McCullough's has a well-stocked golf shop with a wide selection of the latest golf apparel and equipment. Pro-shop services include rental clubs and custom club fitting with purchases.

Public greens fees are $76 Mon.-Thurs. ($51 for EHT residents) and $86 Fri.-Sun. Twilight rates start at 2pm. You can purchase a Rewards Card that saves you $10 each time you play, and builds up points for future discounts and free plays. Every two weeks, starting July 24, there will be Nine 'n' Dine tournaments for $36, which includes nine holes of golf and dinner at McCullough's Mangia by the Greens restaurant. After 5pm the greens fees are $31. One child plays free with any paying adult.

From the G.M.: Tom Sullivan has been the general manager of McCullough's Emerald Golf Links since 2004. "As you know we had a lot of rain this spring, but the course is coming out of those wet conditions very well. We've cut down the rough quite a bit more than we have in years past just to improve the playability and increase the enjoyment of the golf course. The greens are in excellent shape right now, which is a testament to [course superintendent] Larry Motto and his crew. He's had his work cut out for him with all this rain, but he's really proven himself."

The course has four tee boxes ranging from 6,535 yards from the back tees to 4,962 yards on the forward tees.

"Because of the high winds and elevation changes here, the course actually plays more like a 7,000-yard course for the more advanced players. It will be a lot more enjoyable for the novice or less skilled players to play off the forward tees. The course was designed for all skill levels."

Kudos Are in Order: Brother and sister Heather (age 17) and John (13) Petronis of Northfield both qualified for prestigious golf tournaments in their respective age groups in the same week recently. The two are the children of Junior Golfers Association of America president/founder John Petronis, who is also the director of instruction at Harbor Pines Golf Club in EHT.

Heather Petronis qualified for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship, to be held in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, from July 28-Aug. 2. John Petronis Jr. qualified for the U.S. Golf Teen World Championship, to be played at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, from July 30-Aug. 1. Both tournaments are among the eight largest in the world for children seeking recognition from college coaches, and typically are represented by young players from as many as 26 countries.

Good Golf Guide

Listings: - 646-4848, ext. 44

Phone numbers are 609 area code unless otherwise indicated.

Atlantic City Country Club

1 Leo Fraser Dr., Northfield. 236-4400. Open daily from 8am. Greens fees through Sept.: Mon.-Thurs. $195, after 2pm $150. Fri.-Sun $225/$175 (incl. cart and tax).

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