New Jersey

New Jersey may be one of the smallest US states but it’s one of the country’s wealthiest and most populous. First claimed by the Dutch and then commandeered by the English, New Jersey, or The Garden State, lives up to its “Liberty and Prosperity” motto these days.

Essex County Country Club was inaugurated way back in 1887 but it took almost thirty years before A.W. Tillinghast laid out a golf course for the members’ enjoyment. Golf in the Garden State dates back to the late 19th century and the New Jersey State Golf Association was founded in 1900 (only nine years after Ireland formed the world’s oldest golf union) and now the association serves more than 275 clubs across New Jersey.

Golden Age designs can be found right across the state, fashioned by the likes of Donald Ross, Seth Raynor and the prolific “Tilly”, but the jewel in New Jersey’s crown is the course that rates not only as the state number one, but also one of the best in the world. Let’s hear it for Pine Valley Golf Club.

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Our New Jersey Best In State Rankings were last updated in July 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - New Jersey

Pine Valley

1st New Jersey - Best in Area

Pine Valley Golf Club was the dream of a Philadelphian hotelier, George Crump, who sadly died before its completion.

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Description: Pine Valley Golf Club was the dream of a Philadelphian hotelier, George Crump, who sadly died before its completion. Rating: 5.8461538461538 out of 6

Somerset Hills

2nd New Jersey - Best in Area

Somerset Hills Country Club is a Jekyll and Hyde course that's routed around flat, open, links-like terrain of a former racetrack going out, and across hilly, dense woodland coming home.

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Description: Somerset Hills Country Club is a Jekyll and Hyde course that's routed around flat, open, links-like terrain of a former racetrack going out, and across hilly, dense woodland coming home. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Baltusrol (Lower)

3rd New Jersey - Best in Area

Baltusrol Golf Club takes its name from Mr Baltus Roll who once farmed this land in the 19th century before his untimely murder.

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Description: Baltusrol Golf Club takes its name from Mr Baltus Roll who once farmed this land in the 19th century before his untimely murder. Rating: 4.5 out of 6

Plainfield

4th New Jersey - Best in Area

The name, Plainfield Country Club, is understated and perhaps suggests an ordinary run-of-the-mill golf course but we can assure you, plain it is not.

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Description: The name, Plainfield Country Club, is understated and perhaps suggests an ordinary run-of-the-mill golf course but we can assure you, plain it is not. Rating: 5.7142857142857 out of 6

Baltusrol (Upper)

5th New Jersey - Best in Area

The Upper course at Baltusrol Golf Club was laid out by the "Creator of Golf Courses", the legendary A. W. Tillinghast.

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Description: The Upper course at Baltusrol Golf Club was laid out by the "Creator of Golf Courses", the legendary A. W. Tillinghast. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Ridgewood (West & East)

6th New Jersey - Best in Area

There are three nine-hole loops at Ridgewood Country Club, West, East and Center, which refer to their location relative to their fabulous Clifford Wendehack designed clubhouse.

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Description: There are three nine-hole loops at Ridgewood Country Club, West, East and Center, which refer to their location relative to their fabulous Clifford Wendehack designed clubhouse. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Galloway National

7th New Jersey - Best in Area

Galloway National Golf Club is routed through a glorious, gently undulating 200-acre parcel of land...

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Description: Galloway National Golf Club is routed through a glorious, gently undulating 200-acre parcel of land... Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Hollywood

8th New Jersey - Best in Area

Formed in 1898, Hollywood Golf Club moved to its present location in 1912. The layout has been revamped numerous times since the Scottish professional Isaac Mackie originally laid it out.

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Description: Formed in 1898, Hollywood Golf Club moved to its present location in 1912. The layout has been revamped numerous times since the Scottish professional Isaac Mackie originally laid it out. Rating: 5 out of 6

Bayonne

9th New Jersey - Best in Area

Bayonne is dramatic and rather surreal as the course is located directly across the Hudson River from Wall Street where panoramic views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline create a quixotic backcloth.

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Description: Bayonne is dramatic and rather surreal as the course is located directly across the Hudson River from Wall Street where panoramic views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline create a quixotic backcloth. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Hidden Creek

10th New Jersey - Best in Area

Set amidst pine, oak and maple in southern New Jersey, Hidden Creek was the brainchild of its owner, Roger Hansen, grandson of the Norwegian construction magnate Ole Hansen.

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Description: Set amidst pine, oak and maple in southern New Jersey, Hidden Creek was the brainchild of its owner, Roger Hansen, grandson of the Norwegian construction magnate Ole Hansen. Rating: 4.5 out of 6