Top 40 Public Golf Courses In New Jersey

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 12:00pm

Ballyowen Golf Club in Hamburg

Ballyowen Golf Club in Hamburg

Gearing up for golf season? Perhaps you are ready to lower your handicap or finally make a hole in one. But with all the golf courses in New Jersey, it can be difficult to locate the best one. New Jersey Monthly makes it easy for you, with an 11-page guide to the Top 40 Public Golf Courses in New Jersey. The top three? Ballyowen in Hamburg (Sussex), Neshanic Valley in Neschanic Station (Somerset), and The Architects in Phillipsburg (Warren). The closest one is Francis Byrne in West Orange (Essex).

Dick Friedman describes Ballyowen:

Tucked alluringly like a sucker pin in northwest New Jersey’s Highlands region is a golfing Brigadoon. Literally and figuratively, Ballyowen is on a plateau. The links-style layout is not the longest course you can play in the Garden State, nor the most iconic. But it is surely the damnedest – and the most intoxicating.

The list also breaks down the top courses by various criteria including region, condition, female-friendly, practice facilities, design, and scenery.

Did New Jersey Monthly leave anything out? What’s your favorite of the public golf courses in NJ (or private)?

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