Seaview Golf Resort offers players two options - follow the pros or blaze another trail. Two 18-hole layouts exist at this Galloway Township facility. The historic Bay Course, shorter and known for precise shot placement, hosts the LPGA ShopRite Classic. Seaview became an LPGA tour stop in 1986 and regained hosting duties this year after a three-year absence. Several Hall-of-Famers, including Annika Sorenstam (the circuit's all-time leading money winner), Juli Inkster and Betsy King, have won this tournament. The ShopRite LPGA Classic grew from being the LPGA's smallest event to one of its largest and has also become a big community event.
While the Bay Course is an attention magnet, the lesser-known Pines layout offers more length and woods, fewer hazards and a scenic, tree-lined journey.
Both present interesting challenges. When wind kicks up on the Bay Course, for instance, it can affect shots by two club lengths.
"With the Bay Course, you're seeing something traditional in style," Stephen Havrilla, director of golf for Seaview, says of the course, which opened in 1914. "You don't need a lot of club, (6,247 yards from the back tees) but you can certainly get into a lot of trouble with the tall fescue. You've got the high bunkering, subtle movements of the green and small targets.
"The Pines Course is less windswept and has a larger variety of holes, more left-to-right layouts, etc. and is appealing to the eye of the majority."
It is also nearly 6,800 yards and will appeal both to long-ball strikers and those who hate using ball retrievers for the water.
Want a classic hole? The second at the Bay Course is difficult, even for the pros. Measuring 434 yards from the back tees and 421 from the next forward set, it invariably includes winds from the east that make the hole play perhaps 20 yards longer. If the drive is not placed in the right-center of the fairway, a player might observe a blind shot to the green. High fescue mounds to the left may essentially force a one-stroke penalty. Water sits behind the green.
Players battle winds and imposing yardage lengths here. Even a satisfying drive of, say, 250 yards would lead to a low-iron or wood approach shot. Feel happy with a bogey on this hole and delighted if you steal par.
The 11th hole carries a similar challenge. It is a par 3 in name only, being listed at 230 yards from the back tees and playing closer to 250 on a windy day. Most players hit 3-woods or drivers and contend with bunkers, although the green is large.
Over on the Pines Course, check out the par-4 17th, a hard dogleg left playing 468 yards from the back, 429 from the next forward set. Many courses make 468-yard holes a short par 5, but this one is simply a long par 4. A tee shot of perhaps 237-275 yards is needed to make the turn and have a clear second shot at the green.
The course opened in 1929.
Seaview Golf Resort
401 S. New York Road, Galloway Township
Rates: Monday to Thursday - $99 before 3 p.m., $59 after 3 p.m. Weekends and Holidays - $109 until 3 p.m., $69 after 3 p.m.
Amenities: Practice green, clubhouse, driving range, restaurant, instruction.