By Dave Enscoe, Advertising Department

JoAnn Shaffner grew up in one of the first houses ever built on the Atlantic City Country Club. She was 12 years old when her father, prominent builder Jack Nugent, completed the two-story house that abuts the historic golf course in Northfield.

Nugent was a close friend of club owner Leo Fraser, who agreed to sell off a prime lot on high ground directly on the 116-year-old links style course that hugs Lakes Bay. Over the years the course has played host to golfing legends Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino. It's also where, in 1903, the term "birdie" was fist used to describe a score of one under par.

JoAnn's childhood home, built in 1964, is the last house on English Lane, a quiet street that abruptly ends just shy of the 17th Green.

"It's a special location" says JoAnn, who has lived in the house right across the street since she was married. "You have a panoramic view of the golf course, the meadows and the Atlantic City skyline. You can sit on the patio with a cocktail and watch the golfers tee off on the 18th and putt on the 17th."

JoAnn and her siblings inherited the house earlier this year following the death of their mother, Jane, who was 87. Jack Nugent had passed away in 1978.

The house occupies an oversized 145-foot deep lot that includes 170 feet of frontage on the course. It features a fenced back yard and towering holly and oak trees that shield it from an adjacent home. An in-ground swimming pool is surrounded by a brick patio. A full bathroom is attached to a free-standing garage that is connected to the house by a breezeway.

The exterior of the house has cedar clapboard on the second floor and brick on the first floor. The interior features original oak floors throughout the house. Formal living and dining rooms are separated by French doors and both rooms have large bayed windows that face the golf course.

An elegant spiral staircase with bronze railings highlights the wide foyer. The kitchen is dated but spacious, and includes an eating area with doors to the front patio.

The enormous family room addition has a parquet floor and vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. The end wall has a massive fireplace, now converted to gas - with a floor-to ceiling chimney made of Pennsylvania stone. Off the family room are a full bathroom and a laundry room.

A fiberglass deck with an elevated view of the golf course and meadows runs the entire length of the second floor, which has four bedrooms and two baths. Three of those bedrooms have access to the deck. The master bedroom has a private bath with original pink and black tile.

A full finished basement needs updating.

JoAnn has fond memories of growing up in the golf course home with her brother and two sisters.

"We had great times in the family room with the fire roaring away," she say. "And there's a lot of nature. We would see foxes walk down the path and deer walk across the yard."

Those memories make it all the more difficult for JoAnn to part with the house that has been in her family for half a century.

"I have terrible emotions about selling it," she says. "I'm just hopeful someone will realize what's so unique about it. It's very important to me that someone buys it who appreciates it the way I did."

An open house at this property, which is listed for $579,000, will be held Sunday, Aug. 4 from noon to 2 p.m. For more information and directions call Nancy Van Riper of Keller Williams Real Estate, 609- 839-0310.Nugent was a close friend of club owner Leo Fraser, who agreed to sell off a prime lot on high ground directly on the 116-year-old links style course that hugs Lakes Bay. Over the years the course has played host to golfing legends Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino. It's also where, in 1903, the term "birdie" was fist used to describe a score of one under par.

JoAnn's childhood home, built in 1964, is the last house on English Lane, a quiet street that abruptly ends just shy of the 17th Green.

"It's a special location" says JoAnn, who has lived in the house right across the street since she was married. "You have a panoramic view of the golf course, the meadows and the Atlantic City skyline. You can sit on the patio with a cocktail and watch the golfers tee off on the 18th and putt on the 17th."

JoAnn and her siblings inherited the house earlier this year following the death of their mother, Jane, who was 87. Jack Nugent had passed away in 1978.

The house occupies an oversized 145-foot deep lot that includes 170 feet of frontage on the course. It features a fenced back yard and towering holly and oak trees that shield it from an adjacent home. An in-ground swimming pool is surrounded by a brick patio. A full bathroom is attached to a free-standing garage that is connected to the house by a breezeway.

The exterior of the house has cedar clapboard on the second floor and brick on the first floor. The interior features original oak floors throughout the house. Formal living and dining rooms are separated by French doors and both rooms have large bayed windows that face the golf course.

An elegant spiral staircase with bronze railings highlights the wide foyer. The kitchen is dated but spacious, and includes an eating area with doors to the front patio.

The enormous family room addition has a parquet floor and vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. The end wall has a massive fireplace, now converted to gas - with a floor-to ceiling chimney made of Pennsylvania stone. Off the family room are a full bathroom and a laundry room.

A fiberglass deck with an elevated view of the golf course and meadows runs the entire length of the second floor, which has four bedrooms and two baths. Three of those bedrooms have access to the deck. The master bedroom has a private bath with original pink and black tile.

A full finished basement needs updating.

JoAnn has fond memories of growing up in the golf course home with her brother and two sisters.

"We had great times in the family room with the fire roaring away," she say. "And there's a lot of nature. We would see foxes walk down the path and deer walk across the yard."

Those memories make it all the more difficult for JoAnn to part with the house that has been in her family for half a century.

"I have terrible emotions about selling it," she says. "I'm just hopeful someone will realize what's so unique about it. It's very important to me that someone buys it who appreciates it the way I did."

An open house at this property, which is listed for $579,000, will be held Sunday, Aug. 4 from noon to 2 p.m. For more information and directions call Nancy Van Riper of Keller Williams Real Estate, 609- 839-0310.

Fast Facts

Where: Northfield

Location: On the Atlantic City Country Club

Size: 4 bedooms, 4 baths

Taxes (2012): $12,823

Price: $579,000