The wait is over for one of the golf world’s most anticipated new courses: Links at Perry Cabin will debut this spring on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay, where renowned architect Pete Dye has created an exciting, exhilarating and entirely fun playing experience.
The 18-hole championship course is routed through trees and wide, rolling terrain, along the way reprising several of Dye’s most clever creations. With design input from his wife Alice, Dye has recaptured in Links at Perry Cabin the grandeur of the bayside landscape he first encountered when building the former Harbourtowne Golf Course in the 1960s.
In planning the rebuild, the Dyes followed three rules:
- Keep it fun for everyone: Links challenges the scratch golfer while engaging the novice.
- Keep it beautiful: Each round begins and ends with views of the Chesapeake Bay and features quiet, tree-lined hole corridors along the way.
- Keep it moving! There’s plenty of vintage Dye trouble, but the course is virtually free of long rough, making it hard to lose a ball.
Links at Perry Cabin is largely defined by the natural elements of the Eastern Shore. It also reprises what is arguably the most famous Dye golf hole—the island green 17th at TPC Sawgrass—and features the unmistakable strategic fingerprints of the game’s most recognizable designer.
The opening nine holes feature continuous movement and mounding that resembles the natural Bay sand dunes. Making the turn, the surroundings become almost parkland style as they enter the woodlands, where majestic, indigenous trees provide an entirely different energy. The round boldly concludes with three holes that the Dyes have dubbed the “Goodnight Kiss.”
“I believe the last three holes should be the most memorable part of a round,” Pete Dye said, “akin to a good night kiss on a first date. We designed 16, 17 and 18 to remain in the golfer’s mind long after the round is over. Each is exciting, challenging and fun its own way.”
In its own way, indeed! The 16th is a short par 4 with upper and lower landing areas in the fairway that dramatically alter the hole’s character, particularly for those who try to drive the green, which brings water into play. At the hole’s island green, here supported by angled railroad ties, it’s the “hero shot” of the day, whether playing the forward tees at 92 yards or from the back tees at 143.
No. 18 is one of Dye’s most majestic finishing holes. Working left-to-right, it dares golfers to drive across as much of a lake as they dare. The water continues up the right side, finishing next to a three-tiered green. And did we mention the pot bunkers along the way?
The par 72 plays to 4,956 yards from the forward tees to 7,059 yards from the back tees, with five sets of tees. Greens, tees and fairways are Bent Grass (A-1, A-4). A 12-acre practice facility will include a full-length range, short-game area. Forecaddies and bag-carrying caddies are available.
Only a 90-minute drive from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Links at Perry Cabin is reserved for club members and guests of Inn at Perry Cabin. To help launch the course’s first season, a “Stay & Swing” vacation package has been created. It includes:
- Luxury accommodations
- Breakfast for two at Stars restaurant
- One round of golf per person, per day at Links at Perry Cabin
Inn at Perry Cabin is an intimate waterfront resort, voted the No. 1 resort in the Mid-Atlantic by readers of Condé Nast Traveler in 2017 and recently named the Most Beautiful Hotel in Maryland by the editors of Architectural Digest. It’s bayside setting—site for the filming of “The Wedding Crashers”—feels a world away and inspires a true sense of escape.
The Inn has 78 guest rooms and suites, all featuring contemporary interiors and most with private terraces and water or garden views.
The resort also features the Eastern Shore’s only four-star restaurant, Stars, serving breakfast, lunch, Afternoon Tea and dinner daily in a picturesque waterfront setting. Purser’s Pub, with its intimate atmosphere and old-world charm, offers a comfortable setting to savor casual fare and libations.
Also on the property is the premier resort spa on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Among its offerings are a full range of botanically based treatments, indoor or outdoor relaxation areas, sauna, and a zero-edge pool, as well as yoga classes.
The Inn is a short stroll from the charming town of St. Michaels, which boasts a rich collection of intriguing shops and specialty boutiques, inviting eateries, a dockside maritime museum, and numerous other amenities.
For more on Inn at Perry Cabin, visit www.belmond.com/hotels/north-america/usa/md/st-michaels/inn-at-perry-cabin/
For more on Links at Perry Cabin, visit www.linksatperrycabin.com
Via the Traveling Golfer