Street names in Atlantic City (AC) will strike a chord with Monopoly players. The board game of our youth was modeled after AC and like the city itself is timeless, reinventing, and still widely popular. From Baltic Avenue to Parkway and Boardwalk, around the board, pass thru a casino and collect $100 if you’re lucky.
There is nothing dicey about golf in the area. The Atlantic City Country Club, founded in 1897 will ring a bell, literally. The bell that tolled for the last trolley long ago is on display at the club entrance. The Ottinger Golf Group purchased and completely refurbished the iconic club top to bottom, restoring its grandeur. From the entry through the locker room and every foot of the fairway it is a round with history. Considered the number one public course in the state of New Jersey, it is the birthplace of the birdie. Views of Absecon Bay and the AC skyline loom large along the course and from the prominent new Skydeck, an elevated open-air terrace. Watch their new video at www.accountryclub.com to get the whole picture.
The Seaview Golf Club is the site of the LPGA ShopRite. Troon Golf manages the Pines and Bay courses. Since 1914, peepers and crickets serenade on the golf stroll along the seaside marsh with the bay and cityscape as the sea view.
The Vineyard Golf Course in Egg Harbor meanders through pines and along vines, passing under a grape arbor past the 7th tee box reflecting the essence of a good marriage – wine and golf. Walk through Bootlegger alley of the Renault Winery for an amusing history and tasting.
Each hole at Twisted Dune Golf Club carries the name of a horse that rambled on the former equine farm. Twisted are the deep ravines, bunkers, and the whole layout. The sky has a twist too with unique aircraft flying over to a national aviation-testing center. Another twist? If you want beer, bring it. They’ll provide the cooler with ice. Forward tees are very advantageous from 7248 tips to 4930 reds, so ladies place your bets.
AC is a shore bet for all players and water lovers. The first and longest Boardwalk in the country extends to the sandy beach, where Miss America makes her traditional jump. “Sea” your way to Gardner’s Basin for shops, restaurants, aquarium and the Atlantic City Cruise. The dolphin tour guarantees a sighting. We hit the jackpot with over 100 bottle-nose dolphins emerging. The cruise backdrop is stupendous including the Absecon lighthouse and Casino beach row. Judge Judy sold her multi million-dollar ship, Triumphant Lady, which stands out against the Revel Casino to its owner. A conflict with the power company and more within the Revel challenges the reopening. He thought he landed on the Electric Company and took a chance.
The Tropicana along with seven other hotel casinos is in full swing with nightly light shows and fireworks on Saturdays. Modeled after Old Havana, it is a beach village unto itself with lots of shops and restaurants including Cuba Libre. Jim used to own the ice cream parlor in the Tropicana and his wife is still an exec with Caesars. His uncle was a controller for the city until his throat was slit in the prohibition days. The sordid bits of mob history give a risky flavor to visiting AC yet it is very safe. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority is passionate about bringing AC back to glory day tourism status and is succeeding well. When a beach concert brings 65k partyers without incidents or arrests, it is just fun. AC is reinventing the wheel, literally – the Observation Wheel will be a giant vertical Ferris Wheel, with fully enclosed spacious cars for a 30 minute viewing ride. Think cocktail party in a new round. They should serve hi balls since AC is where they were invented. Have whatever you like at Dock’s Oyster House reopening the first of June following an expansion. The wasabi-crusted tuna is to die for. Dress to impress. Or go cash by car, not by thimble or shoe to Joe DiMaggio’s favorite, the Irish Pub on St. James. Drinks and dinner for three totaled $55. AC Nightclubs range from tame to strictly adult but not in your face card slapping like the Vegas strip. Roll the dice on a golf vacation in Atlantic City and you’ll be shore to win. PlayACGolf.com