Ocean Pines Golf Club’s new family tees have recently received an upgrade with plaques signifying the course’s affiliation with the PGA of America’s Family Course program.
The tees, which were installed last fall, are now marked with plaques that appear in the fairway and on the cart path of each hole on the course.
Designed to make golf accessible to more players, the Family Course program offers an alternative for juniors, those new to the sport and anyone interested in playing a shorter course.
The family tees at Ocean Pines Golf Club range in distance from 65-250 yards per hole for the shorter set and 85-300 yards for the slightly longer set. The course scorecard now includes the yardages for the family tees as well as for the five other tees available.
Ocean Pines PGA Director of Golf John Malinowski said the new tees are one example of how the golf course is working to make golf appealing to as many people in the Ocean Pines community as possible.
“Ocean Pines is lucky to have seen increased play in the past few years, and our junior golf and new player instructional programs have been thriving. The new tees allow us to offer an alternative to those who are developing their skills or who don’t have the time or energy to commit to playing a long course,” Malinowski said.
Malinowski commented that the new tees are ideal for allowing mixed-age groups to play golf together. “The multi-generational component of the PGA Family Course program is perfect for Ocean Pines. Now, for example, a parent, grandparent and child can all play golf together more easily,” he said.
The golf course also offers special rates for juniors. Children ages 15 and under can play for free after 3 p.m. with a paying adult. Before 3 p.m., the junior rates are $15 for nine holes and $25 for 18 holes.
An 18-hole championship golf course and the only one on Maryland’s Eastern Shore designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Ocean Pines Golf Club is open to the public year-round and is available for outings and tournaments.
For more information, contact John Malinowski, PGA director of golf at Ocean Pines Golf Club, at 410-641-6057.