McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links


Scots and Irish boast their golf courses with its history and link courses. McCullough's Emerald Golf Links brings this spirit at the state of New Jersey with the inspiration from the famous holes such as St. Andrews, Gleneagle, Carnoustie, Royal Dornoch and Turnberry.

The 18-hole private golf course features a 6,600 yardage par 71 layout with a slope rating of 130 and a course rating of 71.7. Stephen Kay, golf architect, designed the course’s 17 holes from the inspiration of renowned European courses. The 7th hole, which is the signature hole, is made from the work of architect Alister Mckensie. The design was intended to be built at the Lido Golf Club in the state of New York but it did not materialize. It was Brad Klein from Golfweek Magazine who recommended the design for McCullough's Emerald Golf Links as a tribute to the architect who won the design in 1914 sponsored by Country Life Magazine.

The signature hole features the widest point at 159 yards. A three-acre waste bunker is built replacing the Atlantic Ocean which is an original part of the design. For safer game, one can select an untrapped green but must hope a one-putt to par the hole. On the left, more challenging approach is needed as placing a drive over the bunker will bring a clear shot through the larger generous fairway. The hole distance vary from 380 to 480 yards depending on the spot a golfer choose.

Links are known for clubhouse and McCullough’s features a striking and renovated clubhouse featuring a Golf Shop and a Library Pub & Grille. The well-stocked Golf Shop offers different golf equipment and apparel in a competitive price. The merchandise includes shirts, shoes, golf balls, clubs and gloves. Enjoy a full meal or a quick snack seven days a week at the Library Pub & Grill. Friendly staffs serve the lunch and dinner.

The course received several awards including "Outstanding Pace of Play, Bunkering, Finishing Hole and Replica Holes" by ZAGAT Survey of America’s Top Golf Courses, "If you can't afford the pilgrimage to a real links course, check out this British Isles track just west of Atlantic City" by Zagat's America's Top Golf Courses, "Most fascinating…it’s got it all." by Golf Digest, "Top 34 Courses to open in 2002" by GOLF Magazine,"Top 10 You Can Play" Honorable Mention by GOLF Magazine, "4 stars"by Golf Digest Places to Play and named one of New Jersey’s 100 Must-Play Courses by GolfStyles New Jersey.