The property at Rum Pointe Golf Links features legendary history for piracy fans, as both Captain William Kidd and Edward “Blackbeard” Teach allegedly took to the bay between Assateague Island and mainland Maryland in order to hide from the law. Pete Dye and his son P.B. have pirated many Titleists from golfers over the years, but the authorities eagerly brought them to the region in order to lay out Rum Pointe, near the only bridge to the 40 mile-long island.
Dye long claimed that his course at Kiawah Island featured the most seaside holes anywhere, but Rum Pointe can claim views of the bay from 17 of its 18 holes (the exception is the short par four No. 11, tucked behind some trees). Two holes — Nos. 8 and 16 — sit right on the shore, Pebble Beach-style, but you may be more likely to find water on the closing holes to both nines, which share a large pond between them.
Although other watery graves exist across the property, the Dye duo’s bunkering lend more identity to the course, ranging from small pot bunkers to enormous squiggles...both of which can be found on No. 15.
Rum Pointe is a pleasure to play. It offers a fun course with quality features and a mix of linksy golf with some parkland. The first is a quality starter par 4 of decent length. 2 is a par 3 with much sand in most areas short. 3 is a good par 5 with a pond out to the right which covers the entire length right up to the front of the green. 4 is a par 4 dog leg left. 5 is a good par 3 with a pond on the entire left side which is railroad ties right to the edge. 6 is a short par 4 which dares you to go directly at it as it is short but the green punishes you as it slopes away and a shot from the right rough just won't hold. 7 is a monster par 4 dog leg right with bunkers in the dogleg area. 8 is a par 5 abutting the bay which runs the entire way along the left. 9 is a grand par 4 with a pond along the entire left side. 10 is a par 5 with a pond out to the right and bunkers out to the left. It can play easy if you are accurate. 11 is a par 4 as you enter the trees and the complexion of the course changes. It's straight away. 12 is a slight dogleg left par 4 as you exit the trees. 13 is a par 5 with sand all down the right and a pond just right of the strip of sand which then cuts in close to the green. 14 is a long par 3 with sand waste areas covering most of the short areas. 15 is a par 4 which has a massive bunker complex left and short of the green. It doesn't fit with the rest of the course. 16 is the signature hole par 4 along the bay to the right with great length and a massive green. 17 is a short par 3 with a bunker seemingly into the middle of the front of the green. 18 is a fabulous finishing par 4 with a pond on the right the whole way and it cuts in just at the green. Overall a great conditioned fun day playing Rum Pointe.