The Links at Lighthouse Sound

Course Description

The Links at Lighthouse Sound opened in 2000 and is home of the longest cart bridge in the United States, stretching nearly 1,500 feet. This bridge will take you from the bay side holes across to the pristine marsh side.

The course features the only consecutive holes in America playing to the same double green. The Par Five, 2nd playing 508 yards and the Par Three, 3rd 190 yards play to a 16,000 square foot green set along a tidal marsh of the Assawomen Bay.

The signature hole, the Par Three 5th plays directly over the marsh to a green surrounded by water on three sides. This hole plays from 89 to 218 yards, and also provides spectacular views of the Ocean City skyline.

The back nine holes play along the St. Martin’s River and through the trees and marshland that have been undisturbed since the beginning of time. The Par Three 11th and Par Five 12th play directly along the river.

Golf course on the water

Course Credits

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Director of Golf : Devan Scott

Managing both Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links and The Links at Lighthouse Sound, Devan oversees the day-to-day operations of both courses. Devan attended University of Maryland Eastern Shore where he earned his PGA Golf Management Degree that was also integrated with Hospitality and Tourism. Before joining Rum Pointe, he took a Head Golf Professional Job before shifting into Sales within the golf industry. Originally from Watertown, NY, Devan moved to the Eastern Shore of MD at a very young age. His father was the one who originally piqued his interest in golf very early in life. He decided to pursue his passion when the time was right and turn it into a career.

“My main focus is providing an amazing customer experience from the moment they arrive until the moment they depart. We are in the golf business, but hospitality is how we make every visit one to remember. I want all our guests to have the experiences that will make them want to return in years to follow”.

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Golf Course Superintendent: Tom Akers

As the Golf Course Superintendent of Lighthouse Sound, Tom Akers works to upkeep the golf courses daily. He has been with Ruark Golf at Lighthouse Sound for 18 years!

Tom attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA where he earned a degree in Agronomy. Before joining Ruark Golf, he worked at a golf course in Peterstown, West Virginia where he helped construct the golf course.

Although working less than a half an hour away from his hometown of Princeton, WV early on in his career, Tom was drawn to Ocean City, MD when he received a job at Lighthouse Sound.

“I like being able to provide a good product for customers to enjoy through my job. Overall, I like to make people happy.”

Course History

The property, now known as Lighthouse Sound, was a working farm until the mid 1960’s when a massive development with almost three thousand home sites was envisioned and construction actually begun. The old silo and barn from the farm days can still be seen from the driving range. The project was stopped before completion and the property changed hands several times before the Ruark family bought the project in the late 1990’s and committed to preserving the natural beauty of the property.

Most of the home sites were eliminated from the project, and the ones that remain were pulled off of the waterfront, reserving the most pristine areas for golf and preserving the environmentally sensitive areas. Rather than impacting wetlands wooden cart bridges were built throughout the property, including the longest cart bridge in the US, running between holes 8 and 9.

Lighthouse Sound has been recognized by most of the golf publications including a Top 100 rating by Golf Magazine. We hope you will take notice of the surroundings we have preserved as you enjoy your round here at Lighthouse Sound

Aerial view of golf course next to water

Course Architect

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Arthur Hills

With a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan, Arthur Hills is a renowned American golf course designer and architect. Having designed over 180 new golf courses, he has worked on private, resort, upscale, and public courses throughout the world.

Arthur is the chief designer for his firm Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and Associates. His firm has been asked to renovate or modify over 120 courses, including some of the most well-known, respected clubs and courses in preparation for major USGA and PGA Championships.

From as close as the Manor Country Club in Rockville, MD, to as far as Portugal and Sweden, Arthur has put his course design talents to use, and continues to do so through his firm today!

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