All this talk about green jackets got you craving some tee time? Dust off your nine iron and pull the clubs out of the attic. These courses offer resort style dining, accommodations and lodging, so you can indulge in a full day of golf-inspired bliss, or check into the luxury lodging that some of these recommendations provide to extend your stay.
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Consistently ranked as one of America’s best golf courses in the country by magazines like GolfWorld, Ballyowen Golf Club is a premiere public course. Ballyowen is a unique golf site as it is crafted out of 250 acres of native rough grasses and the links-style layout allows golfers to preview the upcoming holes as they navigate fairways and bunkering.
This down-the-shore golf resort takes full advantage of the natural landscape and differing trees of the area to line the course. Blue Heron Pines sets a high standard for all public golf courses with its well kept grounds and friendly, attentive staff, with members who are knowledgeable about the game.
Wild Turkey golf course is a vast area of multi-elevated terrains which makes for a challenging, yet comprehensive course, where various skill levels can be successful. With a demanding signature hole and wide fairways, this course is great for beginners experience a more advanced course and skilled golfers to enhance their game.
The classically designed Hominy Hill course has been home to two of USGA National Amateur Public Links championships and other regional tournaments throughout the years. It boasts a USGA course and slope rating of 74.2 and 131 respectively from the blue tees and similarly high numbers from the red and white tees.
Neshanic Valley’s already diverse course is beginning expansion to incorporate more area for future park usage. Carved into the New Jersey countryside, this course is primed with creeping bentgrass and fescue and designed with subtle ripples to increase the level of difficulty and challenge each golfer as throughout the 18 holes.