Neshanic Valley comprises 27-holes and is the handiwork of the former design duo of Dr. Michal Hurdzan and Dana Fry. The two have since gone in their own respective directions. The nines consisting of Ridge and Lake are done well but the golf architecture is merely "paint by the numbers" result. I have personally played other public designs from the former architectural twosome and when one sees the likes of an Eaglesticks in Zanesville, OH, you see what truly is doable when Hurdzan and Fry are hitting on all cylinders.
This is not to say the course is rudimentary or boring. There are a series of good holes that need to be handled with quality shot-making but the overall design is merely about providing golf that serves a utilitarian need. Hats off to the brain trust in Somerset County in adding another facility for local residents and those elsewhere to enjoy. If one should want to see a slightly better overall layout -- charging comparable rates -- head to Ringoes and play Heron Glen. Nonetheless, Neshanic Valley is a welcomed addition for the non-affiliated player to enjoy.
by M. James Ward
Date: January 01, 2018