The 18-hole layout at The Bedens Brook Club in Skillman is a Dick Wilson design dating back to the mid-1960s. Featuring large putting surfaces, the course is laid out around a meandering tributary of the Millstone River.
Bedens Brook is a nice club in the Princeton area of NJ. It's more of a tennis/racquet club than a golf club. The course is nice. It is rather pedestrian though. It starts with a solid par 4 pretty much straight away. The 2nd is a short par 3 slightly downhill. The 3rd is an interesting hole. A par 5 which you cross a creek with your drive and choose how aggressive you want to be with your line as you will cross back over this same creek to a slight uphill green. Most will have to lay up with their 2nd. Only those who challenge the creek with their first can challenge it again with their 2nd. 4 is a par 4 slight dogleg left with a bunker short. 5 is a short par 4 with many fairway bunkers which prompt your correct aim. 6 is a nice par 3 over a large valley to a large sloped left to right green. 7 is a par 5 down hill sliding right with bunkers protecting the corner. 8 is a par 4 typically the hole you see pictured with a nice stone walled creek short of the green. What is interesting is I didn't notice the creek until I was standing on top of it almost. 9 is a big par4 climbing uphill the whole way to a large severely tilted green toward you. The front is the stronger 9.
10 is a nice slightly downhill par 4 with a gentle dogleg left with a tree that helps define the best path as it sits out toward the mid right side. 11 climbs back along 10 and is a solid par 4. 12 is a par 5 which is one of the best chances for birdie. It's not long and gently downhill. 13 is a par 3 over a pond to a large kidney shaped green. 14 is a short par 4 which climbs slightly and offers only a vicious sloped green as protection.15 is a strong par 4 16 is a par 3 with some length. 17 is the longest hole and plays it. Dogleg left with a green which is built up from its lower position to put forth deep edges on both sides. 18 is a ho hum finisher which defines the course.
A well manicured layout which offers a challenge mostly because the greens are gently tilted mostly as to hide the true line. There are a number of severe slopes but they are not the norm. Bedens Brook offers exactly what you expect. A nice course in a nice place. It could be much more but as you pull up and see like 24 racquet courts all about. You understand maybe the golf isn't the top priority. Even given above....It is better than several ahead of it on this list.