12 New Jersey Golf Courses To Play Now

Eager to get out on the links this summer? New Jersey is famous for great golf, and the following 12 courses (presented in alphabetical order) are just a small sample of what’s out there. While all are open to the public, be sure to check individual golf courses when you make your tee times to see what amenities are available and what specific guidelines are in play.

Golf Course 
Architects Golf Club | Lopatcong
You don’t have to travel far to experience the genius of the game’s most prolific architects. At the one-of-a-kind Architects Golf Club, immerse yourself in golf course architecture history while you play holes designed in the style of greats such as A.W. Tillinghast, Donald Ross, Alister MacKenzie, Robert Trent Jones and more.
 
Atlantic City Country Club | Northfield
The fast-and-firm greens and bayside backdrop might remind you of Scotland, but Atlantic City CC is actually one of the oldest and most prestigious courses in the U.S. Opened in 1898, this top-ranked public golf course boasts many firsts and has been nicknamed “the Birthplace of the Birdie.”
 
Ballyowen Golf Club | Hamburg
The showpiece of Crystal Springs Resort, Ballyowen is a modern-day, links-style classic on more than 250 acres, atop a plateau with 360-degree river views. This Roger Rulewich design frequently makes its appearance on lists of top public golf courses.
 
Galloping Hill Golf Course | Kenilworth
Nicknamed “The Hill,” this sprawling layout is considered one of the area’s most challenging courses. Beautifully restored to reclaim original shot values by acclaimed architect Rees Jones, Galloping Hill reopened to the public in 2014. It was originally designed by Willard G. Wilkinson, a protégé of A.W. Tillinghast.
 
Heron Glen Golf Course | Ringoes
This scenic layout in Hunterdon County is popular with golfers of all abilities and budgets. Enjoy rolling vistas and plenty of opportunities for risk/reward strategies. Its #18 offers a terrific finish, a long par 4 with a water hazard along the left side.
 
Hominy Hill Golf Course | Colts Neck
The crown jewel of the Monmouth County Park System, Hominy Hill is a classic Robert Trent Jones design. Highly rated and popular too, it’s been named one of New Jersey’s best courses for the money by NJ.com and Inside Jersey.
 
Neshanic Valley Golf Course | Neshanic Station
Neshanic Valley, the flagship course of the Somerset County Park Commission, is comprised of a trio of well-maintained nine-holes (The Lake, The Ridge and The Meadow), as well as the nine-hole Academy Course (walking only). Golfweek named it one of the Top 50 Municipal Courses in the U.S.
 
Seaview Bay Course | Galloway
Opened in 1914 and designed by Hugh Wilson and Donald Ross, the Bay Course features dramatic seaside views, deep pot bunkers and small undulating greens. Atlantic breezes add extra thrill (and challenge) to play. For a different playing experience, try the tree-lined fairways of Seaview’s second layout, the Pines Course.
 
Twisted Dune Golf Club | Egg Harbor Township
Serious golfers—of every skill level—will thrill at the unique links-style design of this Jersey Shore course, recognized by Golfweek as one of the top public courses “you can play” in the state. It justly earns its name from the twisting landscapes, ranging from dramatic elevations to deep ravines.
 
Vineyard National Golf Course | Egg Harbor City
Looking for a unique “winery tour”? Vineyard National meanders through South Jersey’s Pinelands, affording picturesque vistas of the vineyards at Renault Winery, one of the oldest continually operating wineries in the U.S. Curbside pickup of wine is also available with advance order!
 
Weequahic Park Golf Course | Newark
Part of the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Weequahic holds the honor of being the oldest public course in New Jersey. Designed by Baltusrol Golf Club pro George Low in 1913, the rolling course has been enhanced with new bunkers.
 
Wild Turkey Golf Club | Hamburg
Wild Turkey is Crystal Spring Resort’s second Roger Rulewich design and an outstanding follow-up to his award-winning Ballyowen. Described as a “basin & ridge” layout, it features two distinct terrain types—wide open and multi-elevated.
 
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