There’s leaving well-enough alone and then there’s letting momentum carry you. Little Mill Country Club opted for the latter approach and now advertises itself as “Southern New Jersey’s only twenty-seven-hole private country club.” It’s the original late 1960s Red and White nines, that make the grade here.
The architect was Garrett Renn, who had demonstrated his course acumen while serving as superintendent of Philadelphia’s municipal golf courses. Unfortunately, he lost his life during a car accident before his plans at Little Mill could come to full fruition. Those in the nearby New Jersey Pine Barrens region now have a fine 18 to honor his legacy (the additional Blue nine was added later by David Gordon).
Those familiar with the perennial world Top 10 course at Pine Valley, just down the road from Little Mill, understand the inherent appeal: sandy terrain offering optimal bounce for fans of classic golf. Likewise, this course offers a rather private experience, with fairways traversing through a similar woodsy landscape, largely separated from neighboring holes.
Little Mill is a very nice 27 hole complex in south NJ. My son is a member here. The course attracts many of the best players in SNJ. Three years ago the club won the GAP championship which all of the top clubs in the Philly area play in. A view to the course doesn't per se point to it being a club which should attract great amateur players. In the GAP matches though many visiting players are humiliated by Little Mill. It's somewhat long, somewhat tight and demands a creative short game. It's not the type of course you dream about. There are no special views. There isn't any exceptionally memorable holes. There is just hole after hole of pure golf with no pushovers. Conditioning is very good. The staff is very accommodating. If you get an invite take it.