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World Golf features local Troon Golf Courses Bear Trap Dunes, Bayside & Bay Club

A month ago, took a look at three of Troon Golf’s local golf courses in the coastal Delaware and Maryland area: Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View, Del., Bayside in Fenwick Island, Del., and Bay Club in Berlin, Md.

Kevin Dunleavy compares and contrasts the three courses and outlines the intricacies of each, showing why each deserves to be visited.

On Bayside:

“Bayside owes its success to an extraordinarily diverse layout which traverses woodlands, salt marshes, and open meadows, while incorporating stunning views across the Assawoman Bay of the Ocean City skyline. At 7,545 yards with water hazards on every hole, Bayside plays to a rating of 77.4 and a slope of 146, making it the most stringent test in the Ocean City area.”

On Bear Trap:

“Bear Trap Dunes remains one of the most distinctive courses anywhere, thanks to some outside-the-box thinking by (Rick) Jacobson. Known for building courses that appeal to players of all handicaps, Jacobson favors wide fairways and sprawling greens. It’s his goal to fire the imagination¬† of players, not intimidate them. Bear Trap is a good example. Troon’s attention to food and beverage is apparent in particular at Bear Trap Dunes, where DiFebo’s Bistro has a steady clientele thanks in part to leather sofas, fireplaces and enticing views of the golf course.”

On Bay Club

“Bay Club, opened in 1989 with the parkland-style West Course, designed by Russell Roberts. It features the area’s first island green and an hourglass-shaped double green serving the parallel par-5 finishing holes, no. 9 and no. 18, both with approaches over the same water hazard. Bay Club has a loyal clientele drawn by its straightforward, walkable layout,
affordable rates and faith that the course is aging gracefully.”

Do you agree with Dunleavy’s take? Feel free to share your thoughts and expereinces on these courses in the comments section.

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