Tucked away just off Route 30 in Hammonton is an economically priced golfing jewel. Frog Rock Golf and Country Club rekindles thoughts of the sport's more informal, inexpensive era. Tee times? Forget about them. Just call ahead to make sure there are no tournaments or outings planned. Greens fees? How about $15 to walk in the middle of the week, $21 to ride?
Regulars at Frog Rock may re-name it "SHHH" and bemoan high-profile feature stories, but value hawks will be rewarded for spending the gas money to go play it.
"You will like the hilly terrain and the variety of challenges on this course," Frog Rock's head golf professional Dennis Strigh says of a layout that spans 6,131 yards from the back tees, 5,533 from the front. "And dollar for dollar, it's the best golf value anywhere. Where else can you play 18 holes for $15?"
Most likely, nowhere. (Green Tree is $14 to walk with an Atlantic County discount card). Frog Rock was constructed as a 13-hole, par-3 facility in 1968. Subsequent expansions formed a course with multiple personalities. The first three holes are tight, while a mid-1990s overhaul brought a wider fairway section between the fourth and 11th holes. Pine trees along the fairway have tightened them a bit over the years, but these holes provide more leeway for tee shots than the others. The final seven holes resemble the narrow fairways of the first three.
Frog Rock offers enough of a challenge to satisfy experienced players without taxing beginners.
One of the course's signature holes is the second, a 480-yard baby par 5 with a narrow fairway. It has an elevated green with a pond in front, prompting a big decision for the second shot. A nice drive of, say, 250 yards will have players toying with the idea of reaching the green in two. The second shot, however, most often a fairway wood, must not end up short. Hit the water and a potential eagle or birdie hole becomes a nightmare.
The 13th creates another interesting challenge. It's one of the popular all-or-nothing holes many clubs like to have, usually as a par 3. The 13th here is 185 yards from the back tees, 150 from the front. Hit the ball too well and watch it carry into the street. Play a little too short and it's in the water.
The tee-box view of the hole, with a small pond in front of the green and a large one to the right, along with the clubhouse, is the most picturesque on the course. It creates a nice feeling, one that is bound to stay if your tee shot stays dry.
Frog Rock has greatly expanded its banquet and catering business. It can accommodate gatherings of 300 on its property and 1,000 by way of partnership with Kerri Brooke Caterers, which has an event center on the premises. ... Frog Rock's name has an unusual origin. Frogs constantly heard in a nearby abandoned cranberry bog accounted for the first half. Rock stands for Rock Colasurdo, who owns the course along with his wife Gloria.