When you play an Ottinger Golf Group course you will be playing one of the top rated courses in New Jersey and will come away impressed with the quality of the layouts and the service you will receive from the staffs at each club.
“Ottinger Golf offers a unique experience at each one of our courses,” said Chip Ottinger, Owner. Ottinger Golf Group has three top-10 public courses in the state of New Jersey, including Atlantic City Country Club, which has been named the top course in the state. “We pride ourselves on excellent conditions while maintaining fair course setup to allow for enjoyable pace of play.”
The goal of Ottinger Golf is to insure that golfers enjoy their experience. Said Ottinger, “We cater to our customers’ individual needs in order to provide the best experience possible. Most of our players come from both southern and northern New Jersey, as well as Philadelphia. But because Atlantic City is a resort destination, we often get players from all over the country and Canada. We have stay and play packages available with local hotels to accommodate those travelling golfers with special discounts if they play more than one Ottinger Golf Group course.”
Ottinger commented, “Atlantic City Country Club is a luxurious property filled with history and panoramic Atlantic City skyline views. It’s perfect for a day to get away from it all and a night out. Atlantic City Country Club is a full service entertainment facility offering golf outings, a public restaurant/bar, a beautiful banquet venue and sport simulator entertainment.”
He said Ballamor Golf Club offers exclusivity for private and corporate outings. “Our outings at Ballamor are provided with an on property private restaurant.” The option to close the large gates for a completely private golf course is available. Outing capacity at Ballamor maxes out at 150. The club’s outings are affordably priced for small to mid-size organizations.
Scotland Run is a family golf course and a has a golf partnership with Rowan University. Said Ottinger, “Scotland Run offers juniors programs throughout the year, a public restaurant/bar, golf outings, a beautiful banquet venue and sport simulator entertainment.”
Even with all that is going on at Atlantic City Country Club off course it is difficult to overlook the centerpiece of the facility, which is its beloved layout that has delighted visitors for over a hundred years.
The Northfield, N.J. club has the distinction of being the home of many firsts, such as being acknowledged as the “Birthplace of the Birdie,” and also where the term “Eagle” was coined. Six USGA championships have been played at the club’s legendary and beautiful layout. The club’s professional at the time, Johnny J. McDermott, became the first American to win the U.S. Open in 1911. The great Babe Didrikson Zaharias captured the first of her three USGA Women’s Open titles at the club in 1948, and Don January won the inaugural PGA Senior Tour event played here in 1980.
The “Atlantic City Country Club Bell” was originally used in the early 1900’s to remind golfers and other members that the last trolley was about to leave for Atlantic City. The club still rings the bell at the end of each day.
John Reid, Willie Park, Jr., Howard C. Toomey and William S. Flynn, in addition to Doak, have laid skilled hands to the ACCC course design. The course is 6,575 yards from the tips, the slope is 128 with a par of 70.
“Number 9 at ACCC is a great, traditional golf hole,” offered Mike Burke, Director of Golf, Atlantic City Country Club. It’s a long (452 yards) dogleg left, with a demanding tee shot and an even harder approach to a protected green. A four on this hole is a well earned par. As far as picturesque, few can rival number 16. You tee off from the marsh and the entire hole borders the bay. It’s both intimidating and beautiful as you play the hole with Atlantic City skyline in full view the entire way.”
Ballamor Golf Club, what many consider one of southern New Jersey’s best maintained, most spectacular course was formally limited to a small number of private members. But now, all can enjoy this remarkable Ault, Clark and Associates-designed layout (Dan Schlegel was lead architect) that was carefully carved out of gently rolling land and dense woods.
Traversing Ballamor, a par-72, 7,098-yard layout, is indeed something special. There are several “pods,” or groupings of holes that are scattered about the secluded property. After playing the first hole, the golfer travels a bit of a distance across a wooden bridge to a natural area for the pod of holes two through five. Then it’s across another bridge on a scenic ride to number six before heading off to holes seven through 12. The final grouping of holes ends back at the clubhouse. The course has three ponds, ample bunkering and a few forced carries, mostly over wetlands or natural areas that add sublime charm to the track.
Ballamor was founded in 2001 as an upscale private club, is located just 15 minutes from Ocean City, N.J., and Atlantic City, N.J., and features a full-service clubhouse, pub and grill room with outdoor dining, a driving range with a short game practice area and five target greens. The club went public in 2010.
“Ballamor Golf Club is a tree-line challenge from start to finish with large undulating greens,” said Barry Shewalter, PGA. “Number 3 is a fun short par-four with a green guarded by water and bunkers, making it the ultimate risk/reward hole. Nothing quite ties together a good or bad day of golf like a great finishing hole and Ballamor has one of the best around. Number 18 is a reachable par-five 5 that borders a beautiful lake all the way to the green. A good tee shot gives the longer hitters a chance to get home in two. While the rest of us lay up to the left and take our chances with a wedge. Either way, it almost always keeps you coming back for more.”
Built in and around an old sand quarry, Scotland Run offers a distinctive blend of wooded, quarry, and links-style holes. The most unique characteristics include expansive waste areas and an imposing display of cliffs. Located 20 minutes from downtown Philadelphia and 45 minutes from Atlantic City, Scotland Run is open to the public year-round for daily-fee play. A Golf Digest 4 1/2-Star winner, Scotland Run was named the one of the Top 50 Public Courses in the country by the readers of Golf World
in their annual Readers’ Choice Awards in 2009 and 2010. The course also has the honor of being awarded the number one course in the Philadelphia region by Business Week Magazine.
“Scotland Run offers a nice change of pace and a completely different feel than both Ballamor and ACCC,” said Nick Borro, PGA General Manager of Scotland Run. The front nine gives you the feel of being wide open, but requires strategic target golf mentality.
Number 7 is 372-yard par-four from the back tees, 340 yards from the white. The sharp dogleg left requires a tee shot to get out to a specific distance to have a clear shot at the green, but not too far to go through the fairway, usually a hybrid or fairway wood for most people. Said Borro, “The green is protected by a unique bunker that is elevated above the green, making all or part of the green a blind shot from the fairway depending on your landing spot. Proper placement off the tee leaves a short iron in to a two-tiered green.”
Number 9 is a real test and requires a precise long iron or wood (depending on the wind) to reach this difficult par-three and keep your round going.
Borro said, “The 16th is our most asked about hole, the `airplane hole’. It is a 402-yard par-four from the back tees, 360 from the white. The tee shot must carry a sand quarry where and old “crashed” airplane rests. The tee shot is risk-reward. If you stay left, it will only require 150 to175 yard tee sheet to carry the quarry, but will leave 150 to 200 yards into the green. The further right you go, the required carry is between 200 to 250 yards, but leaves you about 100 to 150 yards into the green, or possibly less.”
Ottinger Golf Group is offering an early sign-up 2020 membership promotion, which gives the golfer the rest of the 2019 fall for free. And for daily golf course specials, there’s a Veteran’s Day promotion giving free golf to all vets, and a Thanksgiving Shotgun to allow golfers to get out early before going home to their family dinner.
Visit the websites below.
Ottinger Golf Group
Atlantic City Country Club
Ballamor Golf Club
Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
Scotland Run Club