The Shore Club invests in upgrades, draws new members

By Fritz Schranck

The Cape Region’s private country clubs run full tilt at the height of summertime. 

In part that is because a significant percentage of their members are seasonal. The non-locals here on summer weekends and vacations enjoy their clubs’ amenities during what are often the best golf days of the year – not counting the occasional heat wave, of course.

Country clubs that serve as the away-from-home club for their members are not unusual, but maintaining their viability is a challenge. Fortunately, the private clubs in the Cape Region, such as Kings Creek, Rehoboth Beach CC, and The Peninsula are doing quite well. 

The Shore Club in Cape May County, New Jersey, is another good example of how a seasonal club can succeed and thrive under the right conditions.

Located one mile from Exit 9 of the Garden State Parkway, about 15 minutes from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal, the club for many years was known as Wildwood Golf & Country Club. Arnold Palmer played it frequently when stationed at the Cape May Coast Guard base.