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Getting To Know: The Links at Lighthouse Sound

An Insightful Interview With John Ruddo, Head Golf Professional

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with John Ruddo who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
The Links at Lighthouse Sound is an Arthur Hills design in Bishopville, MD, just one mile west of Ocean City. Open since 2000, this exquisite championship course offers a unique blend of modern, classical, and links style golf. The layout features marsh, river, and bay on 15 of 18 holes throughout a 1000 acre site. One item that sets our course apart is our 1500 foot cart bridge between our eighth and ninth holes, the longest cart bridge in the United States.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
In addition to a diverse, thoughtful layout along with impeccable course conditioning, Lighthouse Sound provides scenic views with plenty of variety. The course is nestled between the Assawoman Bay and the St. Martin's River, with some holes bordered by pristine tidal marsh and others framed by mature hardwoods. Many holes feature expansive views of the Ocean City skyline.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
This course will test your decision-making and your ability to play in the wind. The course is known for its risk/reward layout, and the ever-present windy conditions. Remember to "swing easy when it's breezy."

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Golf Magazine has named The Links at Lighthouse Sound #80 on their most recent edition of the "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" in the United States. On their most recent best in state list, we were named #2.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Our beautiful signature hole is our fifth, "Hills Passage." A challenging par 3 with a peninsula green, this hole borders the Assawoman Bay and the stunning Ocean City skyline. The wind is a prominent factor on this hole, and on a given day it has the potential to require you to hit any club in your bag off the tee depending on the conditions.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole here is the sixth. This unique par 4 begins on an island tee box that reaches out into the bay, accessible by an oyster shell walkway. You want to be sure to favor the left side of the fairway due to water on the right. All around, it is a fun and striking golf hole.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
We have plenty of great options in the clubhouse. Our most popular lunch option is the Tuscan Chicken sandwich, and there are many fine dining options are available in the evening. You also can't go wrong with the classic Ocean City cocktail, the Orange Crush. Our dining room features a panoramic view that is unmatched in Ocean City, and there is a fantastic stone patio for anyone who wants to eat outside. Our patio also features a newly built fire pit for those cool spring and fall days.

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
The course record is 62, held by Ryan MacDonald. On June 28, 2007, he shot a 30 on the front nine and a 32 on the back nine without a score on any hole higher than a 4.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 7051
Slope: 138
Rating: 74.6

More Information
The Links at Lighthouse Sound
12723 St. Martin's Neck Road
Bishopville, Maryland, 21813

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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