A Dozen Great Golf Outings in New Jersey

Visit the Birthplace of the Birdie

The fast-and-firm greens and bayside backdrop might remind you of Scotland, but Atlantic City Country Club is actually one of the oldest and most prestigious in the U.S. Opened in 1898, this top public golf course boasts many firsts. In 1903, "birdie" was coined on its then-12th Hole—and the term "eagle" took flight here, too!

Play a Robert Trent Jones Classic

In Colts Neck, Hominy Hill Golf Course is considered “the crown jewel of the Monmouth County Park System's golf courses.” Highly rated and popular, too, this course has hosted numerous championships and awaits your next round.

Experience Bagpipes & Caddies

Find the award-winning Ballyowen Golf Club at Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg. It's a modern-day, links-style classic on more than 250 acres, atop a plateau with 360-degree river views. If the inland Heathland feel doesn't evoke Scotland, the pub's nightly bagpiper will. And as NJ's only public course with caddie service, it won't just be luck that blesses your play.

Pay Homage to 18 Design Legends

The one-of-a-kind Architects Golf Club of Lopatcong pays tribute to 70 years of great design styles created by the game's most prolific architects. Immerse yourself in golf course architecture history, then savor equally praiseworthy cuisine in the clubhouse's Architects Bar & Grill.

Putt on a Replica St. Andrews Course

Located in Far Hills, the USGA Museum features the Pynes Putting Course, a 16,000-square-foot green inspired by the famous Himalayas Putting Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. Grab a putter and balls and take on the fun challenge of its humps and swales.

Hit a Drive, Sip a Wine

Vineyard National Golf Course in Egg Harbor City provides the perfect complement to Renault's sublime restaurants, hotel and, of course, winery! Sample the 7,213-yard layout with magnificent vineyard vistas—and the award-winning, lip-smacking fare of one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the U.S.

Honor The King's Legacy

Also, at the USGA Museum in Far Hills, the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History celebrates the incomparable golf legend’s iconic life and Hall-of-Fame career, along with galleries highlighting the most iconic moments in the history of the game.

Take the Twisted Test: 100 Traps & Bunkers

Serious golfers—of every skill level—love the unique and exciting links-style course at Egg Harbor Township's Twisted Dune Golf Club. Discover twisting landscapes with dramatic elevations and deep ravines—and a taste of the Scottish Coast on the Jersey Shore.

Go "Old School" with Donald Ross 

The Bay Course is the first and more famous of two 18-hole courses at Seaview, a Dolce Hotel in Galloway. It also has the honor of being crafted by legendary Donald Ross. Built in 1914, the course has been restored to his original links design, and the Atlantic Ocean winds still add an extra thrill.

Try Golf's Kicky Hybrid: FootGolf

At Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, both the Cascades and Minerals 18-hole courses offer this unusual crossover sport. FootGolf can be described as two sports rolled into one, played by kicking a soccer ball into an oversized hole on a golf course. Fun for all ages!

Tee It Up, "Tillie" Style

In Eatontown, renowned course architect A.W. Tillinghast designed Suneagles Golf Club. Opened in 1926, its fairways have tested countless players and been the setting for noteworthy golf history. The creator summed it up, saying, "I maintain that the Suneagles Course ranks among the best of my creations."

Carry Over a Sand Quarry 

Sculpted in and around an old sand quarry, Scotland Run Golf Club in Williamstown offers more than a wee challenge. Warm up on the front nine as preparation for the "wild and wooly" back nine. Be ready for No. 16, which features a forced carry over the huge sand quarry.

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