Most people would say that golf is boring and terrible. They usually emphasize the fact that you have to be really good at it to have a good time. They also say that you have to wake up before dawn to get on the course and spend half your day looking for a little white ball in the woods surrounding the area. However, this is not how golfers see the sport.
Golf has always been a perfect balance of relaxation, exercise, fun, and competition. It’s a great way to build friendships and to socialize. It all happens outdoors, so you’ll have enough sunshine and fresh air. After the game, you can share a meal or refreshments with other golfers. This sport is both mentally stimulating and physically challenging. A game of golf may not be considered physically demanding, but one round means you are moving around outside, walking at a pace of 6-7km for several hours at a time, and constantly using your mind for the many mental challenges you face.
New Jersey has more than 200 public and private golf courses and clubs for every golfer. Whether it’s your first time to play or you’re a seasoned player, you are welcome to any of these green courses.
New Jersey Shore’s 12 Best Golf Courses:
Greenbriar Oceanaire Community & Golf Course
This course is inspired by its own unique design: the pines, oaks and vegetation clearly have a “New Jersey” feel. Brian Yoder, the golf course architect, created it in a way that it begins at the clubhouse and loops around, returning to the clubhouse midway. This is a traditional Arthur Hills design that incorporates such visual cues as sand traps, trees, and grass-based bunkers to help the golfer frame the hole.
According to Yoder, the goal is to make the course interesting and fun to play at all levels so that it keeps golfers coming back for more. There are not too many forced carries and each hole offers its own cues to help with strategy. Since golf is mainly a game of angles, the angles of this course are carefully set up for success. This course is more than just a place to golf. It is a tribute to the rich relationship between Lennar and Arthur Hills, and to the grand traditions of this great game of golf.
Springdale Golf Club
Springdale Golf Club is nestled among the beautiful buildings of Princeton University and Theological Seminary. Springdale Golf Club is one of the oldest in New Jersey, which was formed in 1895.
Dating back from 1915, the golf course was designed by Gerard Lambert. It was revised in 1926 by William Flynn. The par 71 course is 6380 yards from the blue tees with a course rating of 70.5 and a slope of 131. The old clubhouse is originally a farmhouse circa 1860. It was a gift from the Princeton Class of 1886. The recent clubhouse opened in August 2007.
Springdale is a private club that hosts a limited number of outings. It serves as the home course for the Princeton University Men’s and Women’s golf teams. With its fine and experienced PGA staff members, the club hosts numerous tournaments, collegiate matches, clinics and golf outings every year.
Hollywood Golf Club
Hollywood Golf Club is home to a well renowned championship golf course designed by Walter J. Travis in 1917. It is masterfully restored to its original intent by Tom Doak and Renaissance Golf Design in 2014. The club has hosted numerous golf championships throughout the history of New Jersey, both Regional and National level.
This course is nestled less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean, in the town of Deal, located in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Hollywood Golf Club is a private, member-owned, family-friendly club established primarily for the enjoyment of its members, their guests and children.
Hollywood Golf Club’s Championship golf course stretches 7040 yards. It is complemented by two golf practice ranges including a separate short game facility. The Golf Professional Staff is available throughout the year to give one-on-one lessons and group clinics for adults as well as juniors. In addition, the Golf Staff can also assist you with personalized club fittings, a wide array of golf merchandise, and special order items. Hollywood Golf Club also offers golf tournament activities as well as a full calendar of entertainment for members of all ages.
Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club
Eagle Oaks is everything a private golf and country club should be. It is a Championship caliber golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller. This course has a stunning Southern Colonial-inspired clubhouse, luxurious amenities, and lush landscaping on 350 acres near the Shore in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Eagle Oaks provides exceptional country club experiences for families and an environment that encourages the formation of enduring friendships. It offers personalized services and a sustained commitment to excellence. Its inclusive membership is welcoming and social, a unique lifestyle that cultivates a sense of pride, belonging, and camaraderie.
The ambiance of the Eagle Oaks clubhouse transports you to a comfortable and serene location. From the exquisite crown moldings found throughout, to the marvelous marble lobbies, to the casual, yet sophisticated mixed grill room, members and guests feel welcome, comfortable, and at home. The clubhouse is a functional venue and a beautiful work of art.
Metedeconk National Golf Club
Metedeconk National Golf Club, located in Jackson, New Jersey, was designed to be a private golf club for those who share the love of golf. It is a course of world-class prominence with the natural beauty of the rolling terrain, thick forests, quiet marshes and abundant wildlife. The Club and its prominent membership are dedicated to maintain an environment where sportsmanship, camaraderie, and service are supreme. From the championship tees, this golf course has a rating of 75.4 and a slope index of 146 with a par of 72.
Robert Trent Jones and his chief designer and top aide, Roger Rulewich, created a 27-hole masterpiece of tree-lined fairways, well-placed bunkers to maximize accuracy and the subtly contoured greens for which Jones is internationally known. Typical of all Jones’ creations, the development of water as a playing hazard is a strategic consideration on seven holes at Metedeconk National. Extensive and multiple tee boxes, which is another Jones trademark, allow for unlimited flexibility, and permit the course to be played at yardages ranging from approximately 5,200 to 7,200.
Pine Barrens Golf Club
Pine Barrens Golf Club is a premier private golf club located in the scenic Pinelands of Southern New Jersey. It is situated upon 420 acres of natural terrain and is an award-winning Championship golf course.
Eric Bergstol, the Course Designer, made use of the native sand, the indigenous plant life, and the congregations of pines. Located upon 420 acres of natural terrain, Pine Barrens Golf Club is spectacular. It is indeed a world-class golf destination within the protected acreage of the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
Expansive, undulating, bent grass greens average over 7,500 sq. ft. and are custom-made to test the skills and abilities of even the most experienced golfer. Each hole begins from one of five sets of bent grass tee boxes, specifically designed to accommodate a range of playing abilities. The course ranges from 5,100 to 7,125 yards. From the moment that the first ball is hit, until the last putt drops, Pine Barrens Golf Club provides a golfing experience which is concurrently challenging, often vexing, and unfailingly exhilarating!
Bella Vista Country Club
Located in Marlboro NJ, Bella Vista Country Club is owned and operated by the Beshara Family. This Private Country Club offers a challenging course that’s an enjoyable round of golf as well as a club that’s women friendly. This is just part of the overall distinction that sets our club apart.
Bella Vista Country Club offers various club memberships that are appealing to even the casual golfer. It includes an esthetically designed clubhouse with a restaurant and catering as well as a grill lounge, and locker rooms. It also has a pro shop that provides golf instruction by two PGA golf pro’s and an event pavilion that host up to 275 guests with breath taking views of the beautifully manicured golf course.
TPC Jasna Polana
TPC Jasna Polana has an innovative design and a reverence for nature. It is considered among the top private golf courses in the New Jersey with par-72, 7,098-yard championship layout that was crafted by the legendary Gary Player. The golf course blends harmoniously with its surroundings in the rolling hills of Princeton. Numerous lakes, creeks and ponds add to the golf course’s strategic diversity and its spectacular beauty. The course finishes with a remarkable risk or reward finishing hole, a 515-yard, par-5 18th hole that favors long hitters.
This golf course features five sets of tees on each hole. While it measures near 7,100 from the tips, the members can play from a either 6,500 or 6,000 yards. The golf course also has a 3.5-acre quality practice facility that features a 60,000 square-foot practice tee, four putting greens and practice bunkers.
TPC Jasna Polana was host to PGA TOUR Champions Instinet Classic for three years from 2000-2002 and also hosted a Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf match in 1999, where Tom Watson defeated Hale Irwin.
Galloway National Golf Club
Galloway National Golf Club is a private, world-class, 18-hole championship golf course designed for the serious golfer and world renowned architect, Tom Fazio. This golf course is a meticulously crafted 7000 yards out of a 200 acre tract of heavily wooded, gently sloping bayside property. It is a dramatic and fair golf course designed to bring joy to the golf lovers. Natural contour changes, pine forest, sand and water are the “tools” for a challenging play.
The inspiration behind Galloway National Golf Club originated with a group of dedicated golfers who share a deep sense of passion for the sport. The management of the club is being handled in the same way. Its facilities compete the finest in the world and are designed to enhance not detract from your unique golf experience. Members enjoy an elegant, yet modest ambiance of quiet comfort.
Beacon Hill Country Club
Beacon Hill Country Club is established in 1899. It is a private, member-owned club located in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. Nestled high on a hill between Red Bank and Sandy Hook, Beacon Hill features spectacular views of the New York City Skyline and Sandy Hook Bay.
The club has the perfectly manicured golf course, newly renovated Olympic-sized pool, and breathtaking clubhouse, which debuted in 2007. Beacon Hill Country Club offers its members and their guests a relaxed and family-friendly experience. Explore Beacon Hill Country Club! It is the best kept secret in Monmouth County.
Cape May National Golf Club
Nicknamed “The Natural”, Cape May National Golf Club is one of the most natural golf courses ever built. The course surrounds a fifty acre private bird sanctuary. This golf course surrounds one of the largest private bird sanctuaries in the state of New Jersey. There are no houses, only pure golf at a championship level. It is one of the most beautiful locations in the state.
It started a new trend in environmental compassion in course design while providing a classic turn of the century golf course that golfers love. Cape May National goes back to its roots to the late 1800s and its forerunner, Cape May Country Club.
Harbor Pines Golf Club
Harbor Pines Golf Club served the Atlantic City golf community and entire Philadelphia golf region for 20 years. It’s a premier South Jersey golf course and is consistently voted a Favorite Place to Play golf in Atlantic City. Harbor Pines offers outstanding course conditions, pace of play, and service that rivals any private country club.
This course as flawless conditions, beautiful surroundings, and a challenging but fun course that is just minutes from Atlantic City, Ocean City and South Jersey shore points. It is open to the public whole year round.
Harbor Pines has five sets and two combo tee options accommodate golfers of all skill levels. Distinctive bunkers and large undulating greens are designed within this golf course. Harbor Pines Golf Club also offers three separate and distinct practice areas.
Enjoy a fantastic Pub-Style Menu at Harbor Pines Grill Room while you watch the on-course action from the covered patio which overlooks the 9th Green, 1st Tee, and blue azure pond, which is home to some South Jersey wildlife.