BY TERRY SOKOL
ABSECON -- Marriott's Sea-view Resort here is a property with
many links to the past.
The Seaview was built as a private country club by utility
magnate and multimillionaire Clarence Geist in 1914 at a cost of
The colonial-style, four-story resort combines traditional
elegance with state-of-the-art golfing facilities and a strong
sense of history.
For example, the roads that cut through one of the Seaview's
championship-quality golf courses, the Donald Ross-designed Bay
Course, was created not to accommodate golf carts but rather
founder Geist's limousine.
"He liked to change his shoes a lot," said Andrew Rodgers, the
Seaview's head golf pro. "So the limo would follow him with all his
changes of shoes for each hole."
"That's the neat thing about a tradition of 80 years," said Mark
Donnelly, director of marketing for the property. "There are so
After Geist's death in 1938, the Seaview was sold to a group of
Atlantic City investors, who ran it as a private club until its
sale to Marriott in 1984.
Over the years, the Seaview's guest list has included presidents
Warren Harding, Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon and
entertainers Bing Crosby and Mick Jagger.
The Gatsby-esque architecture of the hotel contributes to its
Interior furnishings -- highly polished mahogany tables and
sofas upholstered in striped and floral brocades -- add to the
Guest rooms are spacious, with a luxury that recalls the stage
sets of the old Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies.
The Seaview is a founding member of the Greater Atlantic City
Golf Association, a tourism entity that promotes the quality public
golf courses of the area.
The association offers packages combining golf and gaming
options in the area.
Across S. New York Road stands the resort itself and behind it
the 6,394-acre Pines Course, designed by Toomey and Flynn.
A pro shop and the John Jacobs Practical Golf School are among
the amenities of the Seaview. A female golf pro is on the staff,
and the resort hosts many golfing women's executive groups,
The Seaview also features tennis, swimming and fitness
facilities. Local shuttle buses take guests to Atlantic City, just
10 minutes away.
Rack rates begin at $125 to $250 per night, double. Corporate
and advance purchase discounts are available as are special
For more information, call (800) 932-8000 or (609) 748-1990.