Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 11th
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Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 11th
The 11th hole at Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club is one of seven holes with a water hazard guarding the green. Courtesy of Ocean Pines Golf & C.C.
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Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 7th
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Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 7th
The par-3 seventh hole at Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club sits in a beautifully secluded setting. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 18th
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Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 18th
The view across the 18th green at Ocean City Golf & Country Club, where water is a continuing theme. Courtesy of Ocean Pines Golf & C.C.
Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 1st hole
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Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 1st hole
Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club wastes no time introducing players to one of the key characteristics of the course -- the steep-faced bunkers (this one on the first hole). Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 2nd
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Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 2nd
Fairway bunkers, this one at no. 2, also are prevalent at Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club, requiring players to carefully consider club selection off the tee. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 3rd
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Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 3rd
Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club winds through a development that includes many homes with waterfront property. This is evident off the green at hole no. 3. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 4th
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Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 4th
One of the many tree-lined fairways at Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club, this one at the par-5 fourth hole. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 9th
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Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 9th
The ninth hole at Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club is the longest par 4 on the course at 467 yards. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 12th
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Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 12th
All of the holes at Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club are named and no. 12 lives up to its moniker. It is a reachable par 5 that turns 90 degrees right, with a pond up the right side on the approach. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 14th
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Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 14th
This short par 4, called "Twin Sisters," has two large trees in the middle of the fairway and a bunker on the right side, forcing players to carefully consider their tee shot. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor
Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 18th hole
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Ocean Pines Golf & C.C. - 18th hole
With a water hazard fronting the green, the 18th hole might be the toughest at Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club in Berlin, Maryland. Kevin Dunleavy/Golf Advisor

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.

Kevin Dunleavy is a longtime resident of northern Virginia, a graduate of George Mason University, an award-winning reporter covering golf, colleges, and other sports for the Washington Examiner, and a single-digit handicap still seeking his elusive first hole-in-one. Follow Kevin on Twitter at @KDunleavy.
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