March 24-27, 2012
We left Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, May 24th as the drive to Ocean City, Maryland is almost 10 hours. With only three stops to change drivers, the majority of the trip was straight down the I-81 and the I-476. When we arrived in Ocean City the weather was cool and misty. With lots of fog, it was difficult to give our first impression of the city.
We pulled into our hotel, the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites on 17th Street, got settled in an exceptional room. We had a full kitchen with fridge, stove, microwave, and dishwasher. We even had a jacuzzi tub and two TVs, one in the bedroom and one in the living area. This room would be an excellent stay for a family as preparing your own meals would greatly reduce the price of a vacation. At $98/night the room was a steal but I imagine rates would increase during prime season.
While traveling down Philadelphia Avenue toward our hotel we noticed a number of buffet restaurants. We asked at the hotel front desk what they would recommend and we were told that only two buffets were open at this time of the year. The others are seasonal. It is quite obvious the Ocean City would be one hopping town during the summer months as everything appears geared for the tourist.
For dinner we ate at a seafood buffet called, "The Bonfire". At $31.99 it was a bit on the pricey side but I do have to say the selection and quality of food was exceptional. With 150 feet of food to choose from there was something for everyone.
After dinner we visited "Seacrets". Seacrets is a unique restaurant and bar that was recommended to us. Located on the beach, the floor of the building is entirely of sand. We arrived about 7:30pm and I didn't expect much to be happening but there was already a large crowd and a band was playing. From my point of view, the crowd at Seacrets appeared to be more of an over 40 bracket but I'm sure this changes with the season and the time of day. It appears to be night stop for any age group.
Day 1: Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links
Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links resides on the east side of Sinepuxent Bay. From the course you can see the Verrazanno Bridge which leads over to the Assareague Island State Park. The course opened in the spring of 1997 and was designed by Pete and Paul Burke Dye. No less than 17 holes have a view of the bay.
For a complete review of Rum Pointe, click on the image!
Day 2: The Links at Lighthouse Sound
The Links at Lighthouse Sound can produce disturbing results to your golf score when the winds are blowing. Overlooking the Ocean City skyline, you'll find this course to be one of the more memorable courses you'll ever play. Boasting America's longest golf cart bridge at 1500 feet, the course is spread over 1,000 acres with no less than 10 holes bordering pristine marshland.
For a complete review of Lighthouse Sound, click on the image!
Day 3: Bayside Resort Golf Club
Jack Nicklaus designed an extremely challenging course for the Bayside Resort Golf Club. Located in neighbouring Delaware, this Nicklaus signature course has dramatic views of the Assawoman Bay coastline. You'll be in for a surprise at how this course takes you away from a community setting and into the environmental wetlands and woodlands.
For a complete review of Bayside Resort, click on the image!
Other Area Attractions
The Ocean City Boardwalk dates back to 1902 and is one of the longest in the country. We took a walk along a stretch of the boardwalk and came across a small amusement park as well as a Ripley's Believe It or Not. Besides the numerous stores and gift shops you can always enjoy the gorgeous beach.
Anybody like mini putt? I couldn't get over the number of mini putt courses while driving down Philadelphia Avenue. There almost appears to be one on every block.
The Tanger Outlet Mall is just minutes from downtown Ocean City. Located just off Highway 50, it has over 40 stores to shop for bargains.
Ocean City has over 30 courses in the surrounding area. The Harrison Group (http://www.tee1off.com) has a select 18 courses to create a golf package to meet your requirements.