A Dozen Great Golf Outings in New Jersey

Renowned for our private golf clubs, the Garden State also tees up some spectacular public-access courses – this page is your ace in the hole for finding a dozen great golf outings in New Jersey!

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. You can also try golf’s kicky hybrid at the resort – both the Cascades and Minerals 18-hole courses offer FootGolf. Fun for all ages, the game is two sports rolled into one, played by kicking a soccer ball into oversized holes on a golf course. 

Play Like a Champ on County Courses

Neshanic Valley Golf Course serves up 27 holes of championship golf across three 9-hole layouts showcasing wide-open spaces and scenic wetlands in Neshanic Station. Looking to improve your game? The Neshanic Valley Golf Course Learning Center offers both private and group instruction.

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 the legendary Donald Ross. Built in 1914, the course has been restored to his original links design, with the Atlantic Ocean winds still adding an extra thrill.

Take the Twisted Test: Over 70 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 – plus a taste of the Scottish Coast on the Jersey Shore.

Seek a Ray(nor) of Hope, 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.

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 18-hole layout with magnificent vineyard vistas – and the award-winning, lip-smacking fare of one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the U.S.

Go at Your Own Pace

Just two miles from the sand and surf of the beach, you’ll find Shore Gate Golf Club in Ocean View. Since its opening in 2002, Golf Digest has repeatedly ranked this destination among New Jersey’s top 20 public golf courses. Book a tee time and discover why for yourself.

Tee It Up, "Tillie" Style

In Eatontown, renowned course architect A.W. Tillinghast designed Suneagles Golf Club. Opened in 1926, its fairways have challenged countless players and have 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 in preparation for the "wild and wooly" back nine. Be ready for No. 16, which features a forced carry over the huge sand quarry.

Play a Round with History

This Scotch Plains golf course may have “country club” in its name – but it’s open to the public. Shady Rest Country Club opened in 1920 as the first African-American golf and country club in the nation and today offers a nine-hole 33-par course as well as an 18-hole mini golf course for the whole family to enjoy.

Farm-to-Pin Golf

Built on former Hunterdon County farmlands, Heron Glen Golf Course now cuts through the picturesque rolling hills in Ringoes. Need to brush up on your skills before the round? A practice facility with a driving range, putting green and practice bunker are right on site. 

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