The best Golfweek courses you can play: New Jersey

The next time you roll in a birdie, know that the term comes from what is now New Jersey’s best publicly accessible golf course.

Golf week ranks courses by compiling the average scores – on a 1 to 10 point basis – of its more than 750 reviewers to create multiple lists of top courses. This includes the popular list of the best courses you can play for courses that allow non-member tee times. These are generally defined as arrangements accessible to resort guests or regular day players.

Number 1 on this list in New Jersey is the Atlantic City Country Club (pictured above this story) in Northfield, where in 1903 a golfer named Abner Smith hit an approach shot near the hole, after which one player in his squad said, “It was love at first sight. The bird was born, and the phrase was commemorated by a plaque on a rock at No. 12 in Atlantic City CC.

The Atlantic City CC course itself is even a few years older, having opened in 1898 with a John Reid layout. As well as being # 1 among New Jersey public access courses, it is also # 160 on Golfweek’s best classic course list for all layouts built before 1960 in the United States.

Ballyowen at Crystal Springs Resort in New Jersey (courtesy Crystal Springs Resort)

The Ballyowen route at the Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg ranks second among New Jersey’s public access routes. Designed by Roger Rulewich and opened in 1998, Ballyowen plays on former rolling farmland and vast meadows overlooking the Wallkill River.

The Neshanic Valley at Neshanic Station is the 3rd among Garden State’s public access facilities, followed by the 4th Twisted Dune in Egg Harbor Township and the 5th Seaview’s Bay Course in Galloway.

New Jersey is also home to a strong private club scene, most notably the layout that Golfweek’s Best ranks as the best course in the world. Pine Valley is not only # 1 on Golfweek’s best classic course list, it is the highest rated course in all of Golfweek’s top databases for any setup, anywhere. Pine Valley was designed by George Crump and Harry S. Colt and opened in 1914 as an 11 hole course which was completed several years later.

Check out the best of the state’s public and private classes below.

Seaview Resort’s Bay Course in New Jersey (Courtesy of Seaview)

Here are the best Golfweek public access amenities in the state:

1. Atlantic City CC
Northfield (c)

2. Crystal Springs Resort (Ballyowen)
Hamburg (m)

3. Neshanic Valley
Neshanic station (m)

4. Twisted Dune
Township of Egg Harbor (m)

5. Sea view (Bay)
Galloway (c)

6. Rock Spring
Western Orange (c)

7. Scottish Race
Williamstown (month)

8. Shore Gate
Ocean view (m)

9. Architects
Lopatcong (m)

10. Crystal Springs Resort (Wild Turkey)
Hardyston (m)

11. Ballamor
Township of Egg Harbor (m)

12. Heron Glen
Ringtones (m)

13. Blue heron pines
Galloway (m)

14. Sea view (Pine trees)
Galloway (c)

15. Knoll (west)
Boonton (c)

(c): Classic, opened before 1960
(m): Modern, opened in 1960 or after

Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey (Golfweek files)

Here are the best private Golfweek amenities in the state:

1. Pine Valley GC
Valley of the Pines (No. 1c)

2. The Somerset Hills
Bernardsville (No. 20c)

3. Plainfield
Edison (# 27c)

T4. Ridgewood (Championship)
Paramus (n ° 49c)

T4. Baltusrol (lower)
Springfield (No.50c)

6. Hollywood
Agreement (T57 c)

7. Galloway National
Canton of Galloway (T42 m)

8. Baltusrol (Superior)
Springfield (T59c)

9. Bayonne GC
Bayonne (T65m)

10. Hidden stream
Township of Egg Harbor (T92 m)

T11. Mountain ridge
Caldwell West (c)

T11. Essex County
Western Orange (c)

13. Hamilton Farm
Gladstone (m)

14. Ridge at Back Brook
Ringtones (m)

15. Trump National (Old)
Head of bed (m)

(c): Classic, opened before 1960
(m): Modern, opened in 1960 or after
– For courses with a number in brackets preceding the “m” or “c”, the number indicates the classification of this course on the best modern courses of Golfweek or Classics lists.

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