Atlantic City-area Courses Escape Wrath of Hurricane Sandy

Despite the heavy toll inflicted by Hurricane Sandy on many communities along the New Jersey coastline, the Greater Atlantic City Golf Association's (GACGA) 19 golf courses escaped relatively unscathed, with the lone exception being the Links at Brigantine Beach. That course has been temporarily closed, but is expected to reopen in the near future.

"Much like Atlantic City's casino hotels, our golf courses are fully operational and in excellent condition," said Tom Sullivan, president of GACGA. "GACGA is an integral part of the Atlantic City community and the region. In that vein, we invite visitors who are not dealing with the aftermath of the storm to return to the area, enjoy a round of golf and visit the casino resorts.

"By encouraging our guests to return to the region, play some golf while we enjoy some nice weather, and visit the casinos, we hope to be able to help stimulate the regional economy and thus contribute to the recovery and rebuilding process."

Sullivan also announced GACGA's support for relief efforts in the region through a food drive. All GACGA courses will serve as drop-off points for anyone interested in donating non-perishable food items, which will be turned over to the southern branch of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. A complete listing of courses is at

In addition, GACGA is assisting the Links at Brigantine Beach to help residents of Brigantine with recovery efforts. The Links at Brigantine Beach will be holding a "Surviving Sandy" fundraising event December 1, and will donate all proceeds to a local fund set up by the city of Brigantine. The Greater AC Golf Association will donate rounds of golf along with other gifts and prizes to be auctioned off at the event. For more information about "Surviving Sandy," call 609/266-1388.