WASHINGTON — We’re taking a quick break from taking you through our local courses to help everyone thinking of heading to the beaches along the Eastern Shore and Delaware this summer. To help us with the golf component of the WTOP Summer Beach Guide, we enlisted local expert Bobby Vermillion, whose show “Endless Golf” has featured over 200 courses over the last 15 years.
But his focus is the Ocean City area and the Delmarva beaches. With more than a dozen courses along the shore, there’re plenty to choose from, all within about a 45-minute drive.
“That’s the one thing about Ocean City that’s really cool — most of the courses are right next to each other,” Vermillion told WTOP. “You go to Myrtle Beach, you could be spread out by an hour.”
You might think of the summer months as peak golf season, but Vermillion says the spring and fall are actually usually busier times. For the stretch from Memorial Day to Labor Day, he says they actually aren’t as busy and take advantage of the longer hours to accommodate more golfers of all abilities.
“I can tell you that every course makes an effort to appeal to families during the summer months,” he said.
Most courses have junior tees, as well as multiple levels of twilight rates in afternoons.
As a local, Vermillion admits he’s biased, but says that there is both great variety and quality in the options along the shore, all for a reasonable price.
“This is a unique place,” he said. “The quality of golf courses we have for the value … I can’t think of a better place.”
Be sure to check in with the courses before going, as rates are highly fluid at many during the summer months. See Vermillion’s picks for the best of the area below.