|Ballamor Golf Club|
Today Ballamor offers a wonderful golf experience within a few miles of Atlantic City. The 7,098-yard course has a strong Pinelands feel, with routing through and around environmentally-sensitive wetlands on a huge 350-acre piece of property without a home in sight. The architect, Dan Schlegel, then of Ault, Clark & Associates, moved a great deal of earth to create rolling terrain out of what was originally a fairly flat, featureless pine forest. The result is a manicured and highly playable golf course.
Ballamor opens with a fairly benign 522-yard par five (from the 6,681-yard blue tees) that, like much of the course, features wide fairways and a green to match. One of the most interesting holes on the course is number 15, a 347-yard par four with a mentally challenging tee shot. Water is your first test, but then comes the real choice: carry the massive bunker on the left corner of the dog leg with a 220-yard drive or play it safer to the right, leaving a long, bunkers-everywhere-in-site second shot?
The Ottinger family group includes nearby Scotland Run and the tradition-laden Atlantic City Country Club.
Among many other books, Dave Donelson is the author of Weird Golf: 18 tales of fantastic, horrific, scientifically impossible, and morally reprehensible golf