McCullough's Emerald Golf Links

3.9848705882 4.0 stars from 5 (218)
  • 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: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 218 Reviews
5 stars:
73
4 stars:
115
3 stars:
13
2 stars:
8
1 stars:
9

recommend this course

192 out of 218 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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"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


"Randy the Ranger"


u2787149's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

The course was great. Very enjoyable, pace of play was average. The only problem I would say that I had was Randy the ranger, as someone who plays often I've come across a lot of rangers and I've never had problems but when a paying customer ask prior to playing that I would like to play with only the individuals I came with don't try and force someone on me and tell me I'm wrong and that they're going to do it anyways. I shouldn't feel disrespected when I'm paying to play and randy did this, after I told him the individual I spoke with the day prior said that we could play as a twosome he made a snide comment and drove off before I could say something to him. Like I said the course was great but I will not be back because of Randy the Ranger.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Challenging Course - grumpy staff"


u7175077's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

First off let me start out by saying - for the first 9 holes this course was great. We were moving at a good pace. You absolutely need to be in the fairway or good luck finding your ball. There are also a lot of blind shots. Fairways and greens were a little spotty but they it was ok.

They were running a promotion on the 9th hole - $10 if you are within a certain distance to the pin then you get a prize. With that came a buy one get one free promotion for beer at the bar. My group stopped to have a beer and dog at the turn as there was a hole open behind us and no one in front of us. The service was slow so we were stopped for about 20-25 minutes. That put us at about 2h 20min for 9 holes. The first ranger asked us to pick the pace at the 10th tee and we hurried along. After our tee shots, less than 5 minutes later another ranger comes speeding down the fairway screaming about our pace of play and threatening to force us to skip a hole. As if the first warning wasn't enough. Not to mention, it was mid back swing of one of the players. We finished our round in under 4 hours and 30 minutes, even with the 25 minute stop. T

Note to Mcculloghs, if you put a promotion on the 9th hole for a buy one, get one beer expect the groups to stop at the clubhouse at the turn.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Great tract!"


u9559087's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played many courses in Scotland and this reminds me of the home of golf!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2017
Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course




1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2017
Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"This course is a true test of links golf"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a true test of links golf to score well here you must keep your ball in the fairways or don't bother playing here!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Too slow, too expensive"


danrichards12's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We didn't tee off until about 20 minutes after our tee time. Then, once we did tee off, we had to wait several minutes at each tee because he pace of play was so slow. We ended up quitting after 9, because it just wasn't enjoyable. The course is fair, though for the prices they charge it should be in much better condition. I'd like to play again, as the layout is unique and can be challenging, but I don't think I'll be back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course



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