About Ocean Pines

Ocean Pines is a premier residential community nestled on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in Northern Worcester County. With over 9 miles of waterfront property on 3,000 acres of wooded areas, with amenities throughout the community including a beachfront property located 5 miles in Ocean City and on the Atlantic Ocean.

The vision of Ocean Pines is to be a premier resort community, offering exceptional value and quality of life to property owners who are diverse in age, economic status and interests, and to primarily provide residents the facilities, services and amenities that are attractive, affordable, safe and enjoyable.

Today, there are approximately 8,452 platted lots in the community with about 12,000 full-time residents and 8,000 part-time residents and associated guests living and participating in Ocean Pines. It also has restaurants, shops and extensive recreation facilities.

It’s a 5-Star Community

  • Ocean Pines Aquatics 5-Star Facebook Review: “I was there to watch my grandchildren taking swimming lessons. I thought the experience was great. They have both benefited from these lessons, and the instructor was great!” -Judy Warthen Ashton
  • Ocean Pines Aquatics 5-Star Facebook Review: “Absolutely wonderful experience. I came with my adult kids and had a blast. It exceeded my expectations. We will be visiting often :)” -Gloria Myers Dietz
  • Ocean Pines Aquatics 5-Star Facebook Review: “Love the facilities and the people at OP Aquatics! Keep up the great work!” -Ryan McDaniel
  • Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks 5-Star Facebook Review: “What a great Craft Show yesterday! Lots of vendors and community pride. Great people & great fun!” -John J Marsiglia
  • Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks 5-Star Facebook Review: “My little guy loves his soccer team and swim classes and other great events and programs.” -Jessica Pursley Farrell
  • Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks 5-Star Facebook Review: “The best…lots of activities for both young and old.” -Rochelle Snyder Cohen
  • Ocean Pines Golf 5-Star Facebook Review: “I took my son on a Monday morning. We were on vacation and this course got the nod mostly due to price. We couldn’t have been more pleased. A beautiful course with great conditions. The starter was a huge help and seemed to be the hardest working guy in/near OC! We had a great time and we’re truly impressed with the pace of play. We finished in approximately 3:45 which is unheard of for courses in this area. Would definitely recommend this course to anyone in the area that doesn’t want to spend $100 on a round of golf. A true Robert Trent Jones course with fairway bunkers in landing zones and trouble around greens. Bunkers in great shape. Overall this place and these workers are doing a tremendous job!!” -Scott Eckert
  • Ocean Pines Golf 5-Star Facebook Review: “Very nice course, very well kept. Ranger was great. The starter was just as great. lit more than what I expected.” -Jody Eaton Kilpatrick

The Ocean Pines Community is in close proximity to …

  • Public and private schools
  • Continued Education Facilities
  • Catered & Independent Living Facilities
  • 55 plus Residential Community – located in the Pines
  • 2 top-notch hospitals
  • Well rounded list of medical specialists
  • Regional airport
  • Numerous outlet shops and malls
  • Local Chamber of Commerce
  • The Beach and Ocean City

Important Dates in the History of Ocean Pines

  • 1968: Road construction began; Opening Day of sales was July 12
  • 1969: Boise Cascade purchased 3,500 acres of land; first home sold to John & Mickey King
  • 1970: First year-round residents Jerome &  Gloria Richards occupied home; Route 90 opened
  • 1971: Beach Club, Swim & Racquet Club, & Equestrian Center opened
  • 1972: Eighteen-hole golf course opened, Ocean Pines Association formed
  • 1974: Community Hall built
  • 1975: Yacht Club & Marina built, Sports Core Pool & tennis courts opened
  • 1981: New South Side Firehouse dedicated
  • 1986: Pines Plaza opened
  • 1989: Ocean Pines Memorial Pavilion built in White Horse Park
  • 1990: New tennis center opened at Manklin
  • 1992: Cathell Road extended in to Ocean Pines community
  • 2003: Fundraising efforts led by resident Barbara Kissel and community volunteers resulted in newly installed playground at Manklin
  • 2005: Worcester County Veterans Memorial at Ocean Pines dedicated
  • 2009: Ocean Pines Skate Park opened
  • 2012: Ocean Pines Farmers Market opened; Ocean Pines Dog Park opened
  • 2013: New Yacht Club construction project broke ground; all 18 greens were renovated on golf course
  • 2014: New Yacht Club opened
  • 2017: New pickleball courts and platform tennis courts opened at Manklin; Farmers Market expanded, changing its name to Farmers & Artisans Market after breaking vendor registration history

Worcester County, Maryland

The State of Maryland

Charles I of England granted a royal charter for Maryland in 1632, and English settlers arrived in 1634. Early on, it was primarily home to indentured servants, convicts and Catholics (and was one of the only early settlements to have Catholics in positions of power). The Mason Dixon Line was created in the mid-1700s, and Maryland gave away some land in 1791 to create the District of Colombia, which is now the location of the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and the White House. British troops attempted to capture Baltimore in 1814, prompting Francis Scott Key to write The Star Spangled Banner. Maryland was a slave state during the Civil War but stayed in the Union.

The state covers both sides of Chesapeake Bay and it has one of the longest waterfronts of any state. A few vital agricultural products are nursery and greenhouse products, dairy products, chickens, soybeans and eggs. The waters from Chesapeake Bay grow clams, finned fish, oysters and crabs.