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4.4
279 Reviews (279)
5 Stars
114
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
11
1 Stars
10
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.9
87.7%
Recommend this course
247 out of 279 reviews
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4.5
30 Reviews (30)
5 Stars
19
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
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1
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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.6
Layout
4.6
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.5
86.7%
Recommend this course
26 out of 30 reviews
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4.6
40 Reviews (40)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.7
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.6
90.0%
Recommend this course
36 out of 40 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Links
Par 71
Length 6535 yards
Slope 130
Rating 71.7

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.

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McCullough's Emerald Golf Links
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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
Scorecard for McCulloughs Emerald
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 72.2/135 432 206 489 372 236 502 464 414 172 3287 466 341 443 203 517 283 136 501 358 3248 6535
White M: 70.6/126 390 173 481 345 212 490 422 400 166 3079 437 314 434 180 491 272 126 451 348 3053 6132
Gold M: 67.6/124 W: 71.3/130 363 140 461 323 196 457 380 385 160 2865 380 289 419 154 458 259 113 431 332 2835 5700
Red M: 64.2/110 W: 69.0/118 302 105 413 298 158 401 333 370 123 2503 354 249 342 126 422 221 92 400 253 2459 4962
Handicap 3 17 9 13 11 7 1 5 15 2 6 8 10 14 18 16 4 12
Par 4 3 5 4 3 5 4 4 3 35 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 5 4 36 71
Handicap (W) 3 17 9 13 11 7 1 5 15 6 2 8 10 14 18 16 4 12

Course Details

Year Built 2002
Golf Season Year round
Architect Stephen Kay (2002)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf Simulator No
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice No
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, American Express
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Shirt and shoes required

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Reviews

4.4
279 Reviews (279)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 22
Patio Dining 13
19th Hole Scenic Views 9
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 35
Bunkers 32
Thick Rough 31
This course/club is great for:
Locals 27
Advanced Golfers 25
A Weekend Splurge 20
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 25
Near Local Attractions 20
Convenient to the City 15

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Great Surprising Par 4's and Elevations!

At times it was great to look around and remind myself I was in Egg Harbor, NJ., This is a course that you will want to visit annually to get a feel for history and authentic golf. Wind, elevations and clever hazards keep you thinking and charging towards the well kept greeens. You feel welcomed from check-in to the 19th hole.

Take the time to play these links you wont be disappointed!

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4.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Good
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Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing

Slow and pretty obnoxious customer service

1. Booked my tee time through Golfnow got a call a day or so before where they informed me that they “had” to move my tee time due to high demand (found out I got bumped for members)
2. No range
3. Ranger came out on the one hole my group of 20+ hackers (who the course paired me with) had fallen behind 1/2 a hole. We picked up speed and waited 15 minutes to tee of on the next hole

The cool thing is that all 18 holes are replicas of Irish golf holes like Waterville etc but for Pete’s sake NJ or not be more customer focused.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Excellent condition

Had a 605 tee time this morning. They got us right out. The round was a amazing 3 hrs 30 minutes. The greens was in excellent condition and fast. The fairways again in great condition. I definitely would recommend this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Great price great time to play

Teed off at 6:15 two days in a row back on the beach by 11 am perfect time to play and course conditions were best I’ve seen at this course. Fast greens even through the early morning dew.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Already booked a second visit

We loved the course layout, the challenging elevations, the conditions of everything, the friendly service. We’re playing again there tomorrow.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Saturday golf

Great course, pace of play was really slow. Allowing bachelor parties to play 11 to a hole sucks. 5.5 hour round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Good Links Course

First time playing course, and found it in very good condition. Fairways great, greens true. Biggest problem is not knowing the course. Lots of blind shots, and undulating greens. And VERY WINDY today, so that did not help. As expected in a links course, lots of hills, no trees, so wind played a big part.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Greens we're very nice, smooth and rolled true.

There were a number of blind shots coupled with the fact we never played the course made it tougher. was friendly and helpful however the rangers did nothing to speed up play. There were 2 foursomes in front of us who were together and 3 holes behind the rest of the field. It was ungodly slow and no one was willing to step up and move things along. In my humble opinion, there's no place in golf for a 5 hour round on a Sunday afternoon.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Philly Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

like it more

I have played here before but each time I play it the more I like it. It's a fun course to play and it's not pushover. This day the wind was up which really required concentration. The course overall was in very good condition but the greens were excellent. A smooth fast green is the easiest kind of green to putt on. Just pick a line and get the ball moving. With the wind today it could have been a round of golf in Ireland with rain early and sun later.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Used cart

Prestine

I have played this course about a dozen times in the last 5 years, and have always enjoyed it. With that being said, I have never seen it in such incredible shape. There is no course in the area in better shape than this one, including the high priced ones. The greens are beautiful and so so smooth. I can't believe how far the course has come.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Condition

Best condition of all the courses in the area. Fair course for all levels. Greens true and quick. Fairways fantastic.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun time

Don’t usually play this course because of how they do their rates (like a hotel, charge more for busier times/days instead of consistent rates for days/times). That aside, It’s a challenging course that even beginners can have fun playing. Course was a little soggy from rain two days prior (was cart paths only). Still was in pretty good condition. Playing partner and I were able to keep a good pace. We didn’t run up on anyone or have anyone in our heels. Staff was friendly and helpful.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Call ahead, do not play if cart path only

Nice course with undulating hills, longer Par 3s and narrow fairways. Tiered greens with interesting hole placements. Biggest issue is management restricted course to cart path only with no notice and no offer to offset, yet grounds personnel drove all over the course without regard. Not a course to play with those restrictions.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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