The Jersey Shore has a wealth of outstanding golf challenges. Wonderful venues that can satisfy each and every level of golfer.
With that in mind, have to give a major shout out to one of if not the finest open to the public layouts, Ocean View's Shore Gate Golf Club.
We at golfbuckscounty.com previewed the course elsewhere on the site years ago, calling it a gem. "A Must play". Years have passed, and this gem is polished and has gotten even better with age.
A recent visit - Annual Day after Thanksgiving Shootout - saw a couple writers visit this outstanding venue.
Not a single disappointment, as Shore Gate was in perfect shape, the fairways manicured to perfection and the greens rolling like glass. Superb.
The golf boom since fizzled has meant some area courses have weaved their way through bankruptcy and ownership changes. Blue Heron Pines, The Vineyards at Renault and Mays Landing come to mind. But Shore Gate is rock solid and commands a player's attention as a challenging layout with all the fixins.
From the first tee box to the 18th green, Shore Gate is one heck of a golf destination.
Simply stated, if you haven't sampled it, you must, and if it's been a while, get back there.
In the world of golf there are not many secrets, especially when considering the playability and challenge of a wonderful public golf course.
Oh, you hear about hidden gems, but generally those gems aren't diamonds in the rough. Maybe even more rough than diamond. It's all about one's perspective.
This corner has never been one to keep a secret long, though, when it comes to outstanding play opportunities. Heck, we are always looking to keep our readers in the know about happenings in the game of golf. We are relentless in our quest to ensure our readers know about the best local players, trends in equipment and the game. And we are always looking for great places to play.
Okay, here's the secret: Running Deer Golf Club, which is located just off Route 55 near Vineland, NJ, is an off the charts, must play, don't miss destination. It is located just about an hour from Lower Bucks County --- mostly on Interstate highways --- and once there you will find a secluded and challenging layout worth the trip.
My destination was The Architects Club in Lopatcong, New Jersey. It is just a few miles across the icy river from Easton, PA. The course opened for play on July 24, 2001 and it touts itself "Distinction By Design." The reason for that is while the playing field is a shade over 10 years old, the design goes back nearly a century. And from most of Bucks County, you can be there in about an hour.
I miss, I really really miss, the executive golf courses I grew up with.
This has come into the forefront of my mind recently when my 19-year-old ice hockey playing, extreme sports loving son, decided he wanted to hit some golf balls.
Mr. Thrillseeker, Liam never liked golf. Too slow. Too boring. If it isn't dangerous, he doesn't like it.