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ATLANTIC COUNTY

Atlantic County Green Tree G.C.

1030 Somers Point-Mays Landing Road, Egg Harbor Township; 609-625-9131; Greentree.ACLink.org; 18 holes

Amenities: Limited pro shop, driving range.

Course description: Short, fun and inexpensive course that is great for beginners. Fairways are narrow, some greens are sloped. Only two par 5s on course.

Atlantic City C.C.

Shore Road and Leo Fraser Drive, Northfield; 609-641-7575; ACCountryClub.com; 18 holes. Proper golf attire required. No denim.

Classes: Classes taught by staff PGA-certified teaching professionals

Amenities: Pro shop, driving range, restaurant.

Course description: This renovated, more than 100-year-old course features classic holes altered to challenge even the most dedicated of golfers. The architects rebuilt every green and tee in order to put a new spin on this classic course. Ranked by Golf Digest as one of the greatest courses in the state. Recently purchased by same company that owns Scotland Run and Ballamor.

Ballamor G.C.

6071 English Creek Ave., Egg Harbor Township; 609-601-6220; Ballamor.com; 18 holes.

Amenities: Pub and Grille at Ballamor.

Classes: Private and group instruction, along with ladies’ clinics and kids’ camp.

Course description: Carefully carved out of gently rolling land and dense woods, Ballamor was named the No. 3 public golf course in New Jersey by Golf Magazine. The course uniquely blends traditional architecture with subtle, modern-day nuances capturing the distinct beauty of the property. Each hole possesses its own individual character, testing every type of golf shot.

Blue Heron Pines G.C.

550 W. Country Club Drive, Cologne; 609-965-1800; BlueHeronPines.com; 18 holes

Tee times: Recommended, and may be made up to 10 days in advance. Reserve tee times online or by calling 609-965-1800.

Amenities: Pro shop, driving range, practice green, restaurant and bar and grille called 7 Tap Tavern, the Golf Academy at Blue Heron Pines.

Pro’s description of course: Rated No. 34 in GolfWorld’s top 50 public courses in the country in 2010. Five sets of tees on championship holes offer variety and playability for golfers of every level. The West Course plays from 6,777 yards to 5,053 yards, with a slope rating of 133 to 119. Two holes are replicas of holes at Pine Valley, one of the top courses in the world. One must play this outstanding layout to appreciate it. Club has been described as a “private club for the public.”

Buena Vista C.C.

Route 40 and Country Club Lane, Buena; 856-697-3733; AllForeCclub.com/bvcc; 18 holes

Tee times: Recommended. Reserve at least seven days in advance.

Metal spikes: Not allowed.

Amenities: Pro shop, driving range, restaurant and bar (The Bunker), 10th Hole Snack Stand.

Pro’s description of course: All fairways are tree-lined. Course is relatively flat and well-bunkered. Course is an excellent challenge.

Frog Rock C.C.

420 Boyer Ave., Hammonton; 609-561-5504; FrogRockGolf.com; 18 holes

Tee times: No tee time required.

Amenities: Restaurant open for lunch every day, dinner on Saturdays, pro shop.

Course description: The former Hammonton Golf & Country Club expanded from a 9- to an 18-hole course that may be difficult for beginners. Fairways are narrow, greens are fast and water comes into play on six holes.

Greate Bay Country Club

901 Mays Landing Road, Somers Point; 609-927-5071; GreateBay.com; 18 holes. Private country club with weekday, seasonal and social memberships available. Proper golf attire required. No denim.

Golf Instruction and Tournaments: Classes for men, women, seniors and juniors taught by staff PGA-certified teaching professionals. Greate Bay features a full Titleist Performance Institute program for golf fitness with TPI-certified golf and fitness professionals. Greate Bay also has the region's top Junior Golf program offering clinics, classes and private instruction tailored specifically for young players of all ages and skill levels.

Amenities: Voted “Best of The Press” year after year, Greate Bay has complete golf amenities, including locker rooms, driving range, short-game practice facilities, Golf Shop and club storage. The clubhouse has a Pub & Grille with piano bar, a full schedule of parties and social happenings, special events for golfers and non-golfers alike, public banquet and meeting facilities, elegant award-winning weddings and access to a full-service fitness facility with the region's leading indoor tennis and squash programs.

Course description: Now celebrating its 90th anniversary, the golf course at Greate Bay is a classic, award-winning, championship, 18-hole course designed by Willie Park, Jr., a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, in a beautiful setting on the Greate Egg Harbor Bay.

Hamilton Trails C.C.

620 Harbor Ave., Mays Landing; 609-641-6824; HamiltonTrails.com; 9 holes

Amenities: Driving range, individual lessons and clinics available on Wednesday and Saturday.

Pro’s description of course: Course is fairly flat. Easy walking. Large greens. Regulation length. Par threes require a carry over ponds. Tree-lined, challenging par fours.

Harbor Pines G.C.

500 St. Andrews Drive, Egg Harbor Township; 609-927-0006; HarborPines.com; 18 holes

Tee times: Recommended. Available 30 days in advance for members and 14 days in advance for nonmembers. Reserve tee times at HarborPines.com or 609-927-0006.

Collared shirts required, no denim, no pull carts.

Amenities: Pro shop, driving range, restaurant, liquor license, putting and chipping green, teaching program, individual and group lessons, clinics.

Pro’s description of course: A parkland-style course. Designed to challenge players of all abilities. Seventeen acres of large greens, water and distinctive bunkering.

Latona C.C.

Oak and Cumberland roads, Buena; 856-692-8149; LatonaCountryClub.com;

9 holes

Tee times: Not required.

Metal spikes: No preference.

Amenities: Limited pro shop.

Manager’s description: 9-hole regulation course that proves to be difficult. Very well-maintained greens have steep bunkers surrounding most holes. Interesting course for beginners and the low-handicap player.

The Links at Brigantine Beach

1075 N. Shore Drive, Brigantine; 609-266-1388; BrigantineGolf.com; 18 holes

Tee times: Recommended. May be reserved up to 14 days in advance. Reserve tee times at BrigantineGolf.com or 609-266-1388. T-shirts, denim and tank tops prohibited.

Amenities: Fully stocked pro shop, full-service restaurant, bar and grill, liquor license and full banquet facilities.

Pro’s description of course: The Links at Brigantine Beach is an authentic Scottish links golf course and was ranked No. 2 best value golf in the entire state of New Jersey by Golfing Magazine. Conveniently located as the closest public golf course to Atlantic City’s premier hotel casinos and world-famous Boardwalk, The Links is noted for having the best greens at the beach. Four stars from Golf Digest “Places to Play.”

Mays Landing G.C.

1855 Cates Road, McKee City; 609-641-4411; MaysLandingGolf.com; 18 holes

Tee times: Recommended, seven days in advance. Reserve tee times online or call 800-GOLF-222 or 609-641-4411 ext. 10

Amenities: Pro shop, banquet facility, group and individual instruction, children’s and women’s classes.

Pro’s description of course: An upgraded course, its 18 holes are cut into the pines of southern New Jersey. Each hole has its own unique design. Course will challenge all levels of play.

McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links

3016 Ocean Heights Ave., Egg Harbor Township; 609-926-3900; McCulloughsGolf.com; 18 holes. Proper golf attire required.

Tee times: May be booked 12 days in advance for non-residents and 14 days in advance for residents. Book tee times online or by telephone.

Amenities: Pro shop, restaurant and bar.

Description of course: Tremendous vistas abound at this Stephen Kay Irish-Scottish design, just 15 minutes from Atlantic City.

Pomona Golf & Country Club

400 W. Moss Mill Road, Pomona; 609-965-3232; 9 holes

Tee times: Not required.

Metal spikes: Soft spikes preferred.

Amenities: Limited pro shop, driving range, luncheonette.

Manager’s description of course: Located in the Pinelands of Galloway Township. Course is relatively flat with small greens, making approaches a challenge. Course plays well for the novice as well as experienced golfers.

Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club

401 S. New York Road, Galloway Township; 609-748-7680; SeaviewGolf.com; two 18-hole courses. Proper golf attire required.

Tee times: Recommended and available 14 days in advance. Hotel guests 60 days in advance. Available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Amenities: Pro shop, driving range, hotel, restaurant, liquor license, chipping and putting greens, Seaview Golf Academy, learning center, site of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Pro’s description of course: The Bay Course, completed in 1915, reflects Scottish influences with small, undulating greens guarded by steep-faced bunkers. The Pines course, built into the New Jersey Pinelands, is considered Parkland in style, with long, tree-lined fairways winding wonderfully through the pines.

Twisted Dune

2101 Ocean Heights Ave., Egg Harbor Township; 609-653-8019; TwistedDune.com; 18 holes. Proper golf attire required.

Tee times: Call for tee times. Book 10 days in advance by calling 609-653-8019.

Amenities: Pro shop, driving range, snack bar, chipping and putting greens, teaching academy.

Pro’s description of course: 18-hole Scottish links with mounds, bunkers, quarry, water. Course challenges golfers of all levels. This course is very unique for the region. Recently recognized in GolfWeek as one of the top three public courses in New Jersey. Named New Jersey’s No 1. Public Golf Course in The Jersey Golfer Magazine in 2002.

Victor’s Par 3

6444 Pittsburgh Ave., Mays Landing; 609-625-4931; 18 holes

Amenities: Driving range and putting green.

Tee times: None required.

Owner’s description of course: Come out and practice your short game. Course plays well for novices as well as experienced golfers. All holes are par 3 (no sand, no water, but lots of trees). Course and greens kept in good condition. Children ages 7 and up are welcome.

Vineyard G.C. at Renault

72 N. Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City; 609-965-2111; VineyardGolfAtRenault.com; 18 holes. Denim prohibited. Proper golf attire required.

Amenities: Pro shop, award-winning restaurants, Tuscany hotel and banquet facilities.

Pro’s description of course: Vineyard-style, 18-hole course with five sets of tees stretching from 5,176 to 7,213 yards. Unique attraction of this course has golfers teeing off from within the vineyard on select holes. The course offers strategic elements that create risk and reward opportunities on every hole.

CAPE MAY COUNTY

Avalon C.C.

1510 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House; 800-MIDIRON; AvalonGolfClub.net; 18 holes. Proper golf attire required.

Tee times: Recommended. Tee times can be scheduled two weeks prior at AvalonGolfClub.net or by phone.

Amenities: Pro shop, restaurant and bar, banquet facilities.

Pro’s description of course: Located across the bay from Avalon, this layout offers four sets of tees for the enjoyment and challenge of all levels of golfers. Dogwoods, oaks and pines line all fairways on both sides, putting a premium on accuracy.

Cape May National G.C.

834 Florence Ave., Erma; 609-884-1563; CMNGC.com; 18 holes

Tee times: Required and available seven days in advance.

Metal spikes: Not allowed. Proper golf attire required, no denim.

Amenities: Pro shop, driving range, grill room, bar, putting green. Players have full use of locker room and facilities.

Pro’s description of course: Classic, turn-of-the-century-designed golf course. The greens are reputed to be among the best in the tri-state area. Course has won many honors, with a number of holes named “Best of Jersey.” Naturally beautiful setting with 50-acre private bird sanctuary.

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

Fulling Mill Road off of Route 47, Rio Grande; 609-889-2600; CapeMayPar3.com; 18 holes

Metal spikes: No preference, but discouraged.

Amenities: Driving range, pro shop.

Pro’s description of course: 18-hole, par-3 course with regulation greens that is beginner friendly with large greens and no hazards except trees. Fun course to play in about two hours.

Heritage Links

1375 Route 9, Palermo; 609-390-4500; GolfHeritageLinks.com; 9 holes

Tee times: Recommended and available two weeks in advance by calling 609-390-4500.

Amenities: Pro Shop, snacks, putting green, gift certificates any amount. Rental clubs available for family.

Pro’s description of course: Nine-hole, links-style course. Designed to be unintimidating for beginners, yet challenging for accomplished golfers. Large greens, some water and strategic bunkering.

Laguna Oaks Golf Course

600 Bayberry Drive, Cape May Court House, 609-465-4560; 10 holes

Pro’s description of course: Par 3 course on 200 serene acres of meadow land, willow oak trees, ponds and waterfalls.

Ocean City Municipal G.C.

26th Street and Bay Avenue, Ocean City; 609-399-1315; 12 holes

Manager’s description of course: A small course set in the wetlands. Good for irons play. Greens are small but in very good shape. Longest hole is 240 yards, shortest is 65 yards, average length is 120 yards.

Pines at Clermont G.C.

358 Kings Highway, Clermont; 609-624-0100; ThePinesAtClermont.com; 9 holes

Tee times: Recommended. Reservations are available one week in advance by calling 609-624-0100.

Amenities: Pro shop, putting green.

Description of course: Built on 34 acres of land, each of the nine holes is tree-lined with an assortment of ornamental grasses making up the fringes. Water comes into play on three holes.

Sand Barrens G.C.

1765 Route 9 North, Swainton; 609-465-3555; SandBarrensGolf.com; 27 holes

Tee times: Required. Available 10 days in advance. Reserve tee times online or call 609-465-3555.

Amenities: Pro shop, driving range.

Manager’s description of course: The Sand Barrens Golf Club has been named by The Golfer Magazine as one of the “Top Ten New Courses in America” and by Golf Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Courses You Can Play.” The Sand Barrens Golf Club is just minutes away from Atlantic City and the beaches of southern New Jersey.

Shore Gate Golf Club

35 School House Lane, Ocean View; 609-624-8337; ShoreGateGolfClub.com; 18 holes

Tee times: Required. May be made up to 14 days in advance. Reserve tee times at 609-624-8337 or ShoreGateGolfClub.com.

Amenities: Pro shop, driving range, restaurant, free junior clinic.

Manager’s description of course: Carved from more than 245 acres of pristine forest only a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Shore Gate is a unique combination of parkland and Scottish links-style designs that also presents a dramatic sculptured and undulating feeling. Named to Golf Magazine’s “Top 10 New Public Courses” in the United States for 2002. Named to “Top 10 New Public Courses 2003.” Named in Golf Digest as one of “America’s Best New Courses” and “Top 20 in New Jersey” and “Top 10 You Can Play in America” by Golf Magazine.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY AND WEST

Centerton C.C.

Route 540 and Almond Road, Pittsgrove; 856-358-2220; CentertonColf.com; 18 holes

Tee times: Required and available seven days in advance.

Amenities: Pro shop, driving range, restaurant, liquor license.

Pro’s description of course: Tree-lined, rolling fairways. Big greens.

Eastlyn G.C.

4049 Italia Ave., Vineland; 856-691-5558; EastlynGolf.com; 18 holes

Amenities: Pro shop, driving range, plus The Greenview Inn restaurant. Golf lessons available. Call to host tournaments or outings.

Pro’s description of course: Water comes into play on 11 holes. Greens are small and well-bunkered. Excellent for your short game.

Scotland Run G.C.

Route 322 and Fries Mill Road, Williamstown; 856-863-3737; ScotlandRun.com; 18 holes

Tee times: Mandatory. Available seven days in advance.

Amenities: Pro shop, driving range, restaurant.

Course description: One of the area’s most beautiful and challenging courses, the par-71 Scotland Run wraps around an abandoned quarry and incorporates the woodlands, quarry and links-style holes for a memorable golf experience. Lots of water, region-defying cliffs and terrific playing conditions make this a must-play course. Winner of the 2010 GolfWorld Readers Choice Award as one of the top 50 best public courses in the country.

White Oaks C.C.

2951 Dutch Mill Road, Newfield; 856-697-8900; WhiteOaksGolf.com; 18 holes

Tee times: Recommended. Available seven days in advance.

Amenities: Pro shop, restaurant, hitting net.

Pro’s description of course: A very player-friendly course with large, undulating greens. It boasts a very long, 641-yard par 5, which is the highlight of the course. The par 3-No. 17 has been voted “Toughest Par 3 in South Jersey.”

OCEAN COUNTY

Ocean Acres C.C.

925 Buccaneer Lane, Manahawkin; 609-597-9393; AllForeClub.com/oacc; 18 holes

Tee times: Required. Must be made one week in advance.

Amenities: Pro shop, driving range.

Manager’s description of course: Open front nine, tight back nine. 10th hole (par 3) is signature hole, with a true island green.

Ocean County G.C. at Atlantis

Country Club Boulevard, Little Egg Harbor; 609-296-2444; Ocean.nj.us/parks/golf.htm; 18 holes

Tee times: Can be made up to eight days in advance.

Amenities: Limited pro shop, driving range, restaurant.

Manager’s description of course: George Fazio design. Four water holes. Challenging, championship course.

Sea Oaks C.C.

Route 539 and Sea Oaks Drive, Little Egg Harbor Township; 609-296-2656; SeaOaksCC.com; 18 holes

Tee times: Mandatory. Available five days in advance.

Amenities: Pro shop, clubhouse, restaurant.

Pro’s description of course: Encompassing more than 194 pristine acres of natural terrain, Sea Oaks Golf Club was designed by popular golf course architect Ray Hearn. The course layout is specific to southern New Jersey, with wind-blown sand, pines and oaks incorporated into uphill and downhill designs. The course combines unique and diverse water features, formal and informal bunker formations with natural grasses.

CAMDEN COUNTY

Pinelands G.C.

887 S. Mays Landing Road, Winslow; 609-561-8900; AllForeClub.com/pgc; 18 holes

Tee times: Recommended Mondays to Fridays, required on weekends and holidays.

Amenities: Pro shop, driving range.

Pro’s description of course: Short but tight with numerous elevation changes. A challenge at any level.

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