Ocean Pines Golf & C.C.: Once-private gem near Ocean City, Maryland now open to all

BERLIN, Md. -- Though he was from California and lived most of his life in the West, golf great Billy Casper often listed his home as Ocean Pines, Maryland.

After the opening of Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club in 1972, Casper lent his name to the then-private course and made appearances there.

Casper wasn't a long hitter, but he was one of the most accurate, an asset that would serve him well at Ocean Pines with its tight, bending, tree-lined fairways and heavily guarded greens.

Casper isn't the only World Golf Hall of Famer associated with the golf course that sits across the bay from resort town Ocean City, Md. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and remains his only work on the Delmarva Peninsula.

As one might expect with the name Jones, Ocean Pines is a tough test with many deceptive design elements. The course measures 7,072 yards from the tips, but plays longer considering the bend of the fairways. It has a rating of 74.8 and a slope of 135.

Still with a strong membership base, Ocean Pines now allows public play.

Nov 01, 2016

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