Nutters Crossing Golf Club

Course Description

Golf is fun at Nutters Crossing. The ninety degree rule is in effect most of the year which will enable you to ride to your ball. Beautiful lush fairways roll over gently sloping hills, past eight water hazards and through a maze of over 50 bunkers, to rolling greens built to USGA specifications.

And don’t be fooled by the relatively modest back tee yardage. With water lurking on no fewer than a dozen holes, even the most advanced player will be severely tested. Nutters Crossing is the focal point of an upscale residential community located just minutes from Ocean City. Consistently recognized as one of the area’s best-conditioned courses, Nutters Crossing offers two distinct layouts: the front side, which is wide open, gives players the chance to let out a little shaft on the tee, while the back side trails through woodlands and will provide a test of accuracy all the way home.

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Course Credits

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Golf Course Superintendent: John Collins

In his role as Golf Course Superintendent at Nutters Crossing, John and his team engage in the daily meticulous upkeep of the golf course.

A true Eastern Shore native, John’s roots in our community run deep. While attending The Salisbury School, he grew his passion for the game of golf while playing on the golf team, who practiced right here at Nutters. His journey into the golf industry started at a local municipal course, where he worked his way up from an entry-level position. John went on to get his degree in Professional Golf Turf Management from Rutgers University.

Over a decade later, he still truly loves the work. “With my history playing this course so much growing up – it’s really an honor getting to look after it now. I’m excited about the prospect of passing on the game of golf to my daughter. Getting to guide her through the same tees and greens where my own journey with the game began; that’s what it’s all about. This really is a dream job.”

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Head Golf Professional: David Combs

As the General Manager and Head Golf Professional of Nutters Crossing, David oversees all of the operations of the golf course and cafe. He runs the pro shop area and waits on members and customers daily.

He has been with Ruark Golf at Nutters Crossing since 2005. Before his career with Ruark Golf, he worked at the Beach Club Golf Links as both a First Assistant Golf Pro and then Head Pro from 1997 to 2005. Even before that from 1991 to 1997, David was the First Assistant Golf Pro at Nassawango Country Club in Snow Hill.

He was born in Salisbury, Maryland, and started his career in golf in the area at a young age. When he was 14, he worked on a driving range. Since then, golf has been a huge part of David’s life and career!

“The best part about my job is interacting with members and customers on a daily basis.”

David was named Bayside Golf Champ in 1987.

Course History

In 1991, Ruark Golf Properties built their first ever golf course: Nutters Crossing.

Offering a professionally-designed 18-hole course to golfers in the community, Nutters Crossing became the most exciting site filled with sparkling ponds and lush fairways in Salisbury, Maryland. The course’s location conveniently serves the shore’s major traffic routes, and is only minutes away from the Salisbury-Wicomico County Regional Airport. The course has also incorporated practice facilities, a restaurant, and snack bar throughout the years to keep improving their golfers’ experiences.

Over time, Nutters has grown in both popularity and success. Continuing to receive trophies in various championships, the course recently brought another one to the table, winning the 33rd Annual Salisbury Golf Championship by five strokes in 2016.

Well-known for its rolling greens and consistent immaculate conditions, this new community that Ruark Golf has fostered and grown since 1991 has blossomed into one of the most pristine, respected golf courses found on the Eastern Shore.

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Course Architect

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Ault, Clark & Associates

Brian T. Ault and Thomas E. Clark are the principals of Ault, Clark & Associates. They have been working together in golf course designing since the early 1970s. Both are longtime members of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, and both are past Presidents of that national organization. Each is in charge of every phase of golf course architecture on various projects, including: site evaluation; cost estimating; design; preparation of golf course construction plans and specifications; and construction administration. Golf Architect James N. Cervone, Jr., a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects also works with ACA as Senior Design Associate providing design, production, and construction administration on several projects.

Ault, Clark designs are well-known for making maximum use of each site to create a distinctive and exciting experience for all players and in some cases spectators, as well as television audiences.

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