Located inside a large estate that lies along the spectacular coastline of Chesapeake Bay on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, the two signature courses at Bay Creek were designed by two of the best golfers to have ever played the game.
The first layout to open was the Arnold Palmer course in 2001 and Arnie’s 18 holes were followed five years later by an 18-hole design from the Golden Bear himself, the Nicklaus course.
The Palmer fairways traverse wetland areas and glide past sizeable water hazards – such as Plantation Creek on the 17th – with unique “beach bunkers” incorporated into several of the holes, typified best at the two par fives on the back nine at holes 11 and 18.
The back nine holes move away from the bay, but water still comes into play at several holes, none more so than at the 171-yard par three 12th, where tee shots require a full carry to a green fronted by another stone wall.Arnold Palmer was obviously very happy with his work at Bay Creek when he was recorded as saying, “I don’t know if you could pick a better spot, better terrain, for a golf course than this. It’s remarkable to be out here... I could play this golf course every day and love it… It’s just perfect.”