The Seaview Dolce Resort

Hole No. 2 on Seaview’s Bay Course features a dramatic view of Atlantic City.

Seaview’s elegant main dining room.

The Seaview is unique on the Jersey Shore—an historic resort hotel with two championship golf courses, indoor and outdoor pools and a full-service spa. What Seaview does not have is an actual view of the sea. It’s situated on Reed’s Bay in the town of Galloway, about 10 miles inland from Atlantic City.

Founded in 1914 as a country club for Philadelphia’s elite, Seaview has played host to golfing presidents from Harding to Eisenhower—and to golf legends such as Jimmy Demaret, Ben Hogan  and Gene Sarazen. The club hosted the PGA championship in 1942 (Sam Snead’s first big tournament victory) and in more recent years, the ShopRite LPGA Classic—which returns to Seaview May 30 to June 5, and should feature many of the tour’s top pros.

These days, the hotel is operated by the Dolce Hotels and Resorts chain under its new owner, Richard Stockton College. The college plans to use the hotel as a training lab for senior-level students in its hospitality and tourism program.

Dolce upgraded Seaview last winter, renovating the lobby, the main dining room, the Oval Room (site of the future Princess Grace’s 16th birthday bash), the grounds, the golf shop and more. The new Bayview Terrace extends the existing Bayview Ballroom into a lush patio and gardens. Also new is a 2,500-square-foot exhibition area, which will showcase artwork from the nearby Noyes Museum.

The hotel has 278 guest rooms and 19 suites, all tastefully decorated and well maintained. Breakfast is served buffet-style in the spacious and sun-filled main dining room. The lobby is also an expansive space, newly redecorated to capture the simple elegance of Seaview’s club heritage. Showcases of memorabilia and photo displays trace the hotel’s history as a magnet for sports and entertainment celebrities.

The large outdoor pool area is enclosed within the hotel’s central courtyard. Lounges and umbrella tables are plentiful and a poolside bar provides drinks and light food service. There is also a retro-styled indoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. The Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa is located at the neighboring Fairway Villas (operated by Marriott), a short walk or cart ride from the main hotel.

For many guests, Seaview’s two 18-hole golf courses remain the resort’s main attraction. Both underwent renovations last winter, including bunker restoration. The Bay Course is a links-style layout designed in 1914 by the legendary Donald Ross. On a clear day, the waterside holes provide dramatic views of Atlantic City across the bay. The Pines Course is a more sheltered layout, winding its way through the piney woods behind the hotel. Each course is challenging in its own way—making for a fun two-day golf vacation.

In addition to Atlantic City and the Noyes Museum, nearby destinations include historic Smithville, with its dozens of shops, eateries and kids’ attractions; and Tuckerton Seaport, an historic maritime village with activities for all ages.

In May and June, midweek rates at Seaview start around $160 per night, double occupancy, in a king room. A Spring Golf Getaway package starts at $227 per night and includes a round of golf and breakfast for two.


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