McCullough's Emerald Golf Links

4.0391352941 4.0 stars from 5 (225)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6535 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 71.7
  • Layout

  • 3016 Ocean Heights Ave , Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234, Atlantic County
  • (609) 926-3900
  • (609) 926-3910
  • mcculloughsgolf.com
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Year built: 2002
Architect(s): Stephen Kay (2002)
Type: Public
Style: Links
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: No
Simulator: No

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Shirt and shoes required
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, American Express

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tournament 71 6535 yards 71.7 130
Back 71 6132 yards 69.8 125
Blue 71 5700 yards 67.8 119
Forward 71 4962 yards 67.2 118

The golf course at McCullough's Emerald Golf Links is an 18-hole, public course that is situated within minutes of Atlantic City. Designer, Stephen Kay decided to pay tribute to famous European golf courses such as St. Andrew's in his design. The European influences are reflected in the open fairways, tricky strong winds, and undulating greens. The golf course also boasts the region's only 100-feet elevation changes.

McCullough's Emerald Golf Links' signature hole is the seventh; it is also the course's most unique. The hole features hazards like large bunkers and wide, rolling fairways. Water hazards also come into play on five holes. The acclaimed golf course is challenging but it does provide a truly unique golfing experience.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 225 Reviews
5 stars:
78
4 stars:
116
3 stars:
13
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
9

recommend this course

199 out of 225 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive near local attractions convenient to the city   Great for locals advanced golfers a weekend splurge   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers thick rough   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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u4474156's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u3559965's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Greens keepers"


u411653359's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Over all we had fun. The front nine we had two lawn mowers on every hole with people in every bunker cleaning and we went off at 8:45am took forever


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Under rated Golf Club; lucked out big time!"


Henry6327836's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

Spent the night in AC so was in the area looking for a new course. Due to weather I had the course to myself mid-day on a wet Sunday round. Challenging, yet fair layout for links style. Greens were immaculate at the time and responding beautifully due to the steady light rain. Thanks to the friendly staff and starter, as well as the ranger/manager riding the course, I got some good advice on where and how to hit em. Some beautiful holes, especially the Par 5s with a couple of choices off the tee and blind approaches. Shot 1 under on the back 9; they have some more get-able holes i.e. par-5 14th, and 15/16 across the road. Interesting layout and can imagine the angles and choices of approaches are much more limited when things dry out; these greens must roll really quick and are tough to hold when the wind picks up. I wouldn't suggest playing from the tips unless you're a true low handicapper; these guys saved me by telling me to play from the regular back tees. Must be tough sledding when you have steady 15-18 mph wind on a typical day. Just going off my first experience, I will definitely be back later this year to see how fair it plays on a dry day. I've played several links style courses but in general this was definitely my best experience in Atlantic county. It trumps Twisted Dunes and probably a better bang for your buck than the Bay course at Seaview if your anywhere near or above intermediate level player.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Amazing"


stumpy8831's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Everything from start to finish is amazing at this course even the food is unbelievable


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Michael7816423's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2018
First time playing Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



gary3050's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Cool course. Much wind. Greens were fast and generally in good condition.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Owner/Individual"


jjmcguinness's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

from the starter to the pro shop rep the staff was accommodating and friendly. For early April the course was immaculate particularly the greens


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Rolling hills"


Joe1412532's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

I wanted a challenge being newer to the game and boy did I get it. Very hilly plenty of blind shots. Course was in great shape for being a slow start to spring. The round was enjoyable; my only complaint was lack of signage.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



jnicklous's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Jersey91's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Zeb1615790's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2018
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Windy December day on the links"


RealisticScratch's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What a great reprieve from the usual pine tree lined souther New Jersey track. McCullough's is a great value for your money, offering a modern golf course desinged by local architect Stephen Kay. Be aware of the green complex's which are very undulating and penalizing. Forgiving off the tee with generous fairways. The course truly is a 2nd shot golf course requiring precision and shotmaking to avoid the bunkers and mounding that surrounds the greens. In all, this is a great value in South Jersey.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice Round at McCulloughs"


u000005768468's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great weather, very quick round. Course was in great shape!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best of the Ireland's course."


jainil's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

It. Was Ireland in New Jersey. Loved it and staff was great.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Authentic Links Course"


u331619160's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played this course on a gray, windy day with a drizzle in the air and it ate my lunch. But it’s the closest I’ll come to playing in Scotland. Fun course. Fair but difficult. Something different.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good time"


JonKagen's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2017
Previously played Walked Hot weather

Reviewed on

I like this course, the conditions and staff were outstanding.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"I could..."


ozzone47's avatar
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New York Advisor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2017
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

...play this course every day. Just a lot of fun with where to hit your tee shots and the best way to approach the green complexes. No issues with slow play. The course played long because of rain.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Horrible"


hahyo's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Outing going on, almost 6 hours round on a less than 6k yard layout...unacceptable!!!! And several blind shots, got hit in the head on 4th hole by the group behind!!! Greens in bad shape as well. Overall, the worst experience in a golf course in 25 years...


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course



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