Being an amateur to everything golf I am excited to embark on an adventure where I learn from the best about the sport. For ten weeks I will be sitting down with head professionals at golf courses surrounding the Ocean City area.
This week I had the opportunity of speaking with Bob Croll at Eagles Landing Golf Course. It was a great relief to have sat with a man who was so optimistic about sharing information about a course he’s so familiar with.
Like many college graduates Croll went to school for geography and found a career that had no relationship with his degree. “I moved to the beach after college and ran into a buddy of mine who was running this golf course [Eagles Landing] who got me a job parking carts.” After four years of parking carts Croll went to golf school to become a certified pro. He has now been the head pro at the facility for the past 10½ years.
Tucked away next to the bus station on the corner of South Division and Baltimore Ave, Henry’s Hotel was built in 1895 in a time when Ocean City was deeply segregated.
It’s astounding to think there was a time when music legends like Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong came to Ocean City, performed in major hotel ballrooms yet were not permitted to sleep in the same hotels where they performed. Instead they stayed at Henry's Hotel.
"I remember coming here as a little boy. There's a lot that's symbolic about the old hotel surviving all through segregation up to now when so much has changed."
Ocean City has come a long way in the past 117 years since this hotel was built and today you see people of all colors enjoying the boardwalk and beach. As long as this cultural landmark stands it’s a reminder of how far we’ve come as a town and as a nation.
Find out more about the history (and possible future) of Henry’s Hotel or some of the other African-American landmarks in the Ocean City area.
The 2012 Ocean City Seaside Boat Show included bass boats, pontoon boats, offshore fishing boats and accessories from 200 dealers and exhibitors from all over the east coast. All proceeds from the event benefited the Ocean City - Berlin Maryland Optimist Club Youth Foundation.
This show marks the beginning of the end of winter time in O.C. and we all look forward to an exciting Spring and Summer in Ocean City, Md!
Check out more 2012 OC Seaside Boat Show pics on flickr.
There's nothing like the smell of fresh salt air. But mix in the scents of some newly laid boards and it only gets better.
The Ocean City boardwalk project is a 2 year project but the south end is already looking great. The North end is getting there too, but they still have a few streets to go.
Check out some more Ocean City boardwalk construction pics on flickr.
On the corner of S Division and Philadelphia Ave (a stone's throw from the Oceanic) there's a sweet little spot where you can enjoy the bay and take in an amazing Ocean City sunset.
Check out Sunset Park on any Thursday this July and August for some live music.