Atlantic City CC golf course - hole 1
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Atlantic City CC golf course - hole 1
The first hole introduces the wonders of the Atlantic City Country Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Atlantic City CC golf course - hole 4
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Atlantic City CC golf course - hole 4
The par-3 fourth hole at the Atlantic City Country Club shows off the city skyline. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Atlantic City CC golf course - hole 5
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Atlantic City CC golf course - hole 5
The bunkers at the Atlantic City Country Club have a classic look, like this one on the fifth hole. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Atlantic City CC golf course - 12
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Atlantic City CC golf course - 12
A plateau green surrounded by bunkers highlights the 12th hole at Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield, New Jersey. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Atlantic City CC golf course - 13
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Atlantic City CC golf course - 13
Water catches any misses left on the 13th hole at Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield, New Jersey. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Atlantic City Country Club - city skyline
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Atlantic City Country Club - city skyline
The back nine at Atlantic City Country Club roams through the marshes, showcasing views of the city skyline. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Atlantic City CC golf course - hole 15
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Atlantic City CC golf course - hole 15
The 15th hole at Atlantic City Country Club is called "Tidewater. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Atlantic City CC golf course - hole 17
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Atlantic City CC golf course - hole 17
The 17th green at Atlantic City Country Club is blind from the tee but provides this great view once golfers get there. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Atlantic City CC golf course - hole 18
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Atlantic City CC golf course - hole 18
Looking back toward the 18th green at Atlantic City Country Club provides quite a sight. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Atlantic City Country Club remains a treasure along the New Jersey shore

NORTHFIELD, N.J. -- Atlantic City Country Club just oozes with history and golf lore.

A historic clubhouse filled with memorabilia and photos feels like a museum of golf. Legends Arnold Palmer, Bob Hope and Sam Snead have hung out with friends at the Taproom Bar & Grille and in the locker room, swapping stories and advice.

"If these walls could talk," said Charles Fahy, the general manager/director of golf at the club.

Founded in 1897, Atlantic City Country Club has hosted six United States Golf Association championships, including the 1901 U.S. Amateur won by Walter Travis. The club hosted the first Senior PGA Tour event (now called the Champions Tour) in 1980.

The golf terms "birdie" and "eagle" were coined at the club. The 6,577-yard, par-70 course remains a pure classic, ranking as New Jersey's no. 1 public course. In 1999, Tom Doak did a thoughtful restoration of a layout molded over a period of years by multiple men, including Willie Park Jr. and William Flynn.

The back nine dives deep into the tidal marshes to provide striking views of the Atlantic City skyline and some tantalizing shots. This is as good as golf gets.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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