Bowling Green Golf Club http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com NJ Golf Club - Golf Course Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:36:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 How to Enjoy the Last Month of Golf Season in Northern NJ http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/blog/enjoy-last-month-golf-season-northern-nj/ http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/blog/enjoy-last-month-golf-season-northern-nj/#respond Thu, 29 Oct 2015 19:23:32 +0000 http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/?p=1214 The writing is on the wall….the end of golf season in Northern NJ is in sight, but before we all call it a day, here’s a light hearted ode to the late season golfing experience. The pressure is off your game – you’re liberated from all those exacting golf formalities – no score posting for handicap – lost balls mean the leaf rule is invoked – winter rules (roll the ball over) are in effect – weather conditions add strokes to your game – now’s the time to just enjoy the beauty of Fall. So ok, Indian Summer has come and may be almost gone – the Fall colors too – but those last few extra warm days are sweeter than a beautiful mid summer day! Without further ado, here are some tips for enjoying the end of golf season 1. Lower Fall rates mean you can play in prime time – which is what you’ll want to do to get in a full round before sunset. 2. Use complementary rounds accumulated during regular season play – Bowling Green has a Frequent Player loyalty program which earns you a free round after every five paid rounds – no restrictions. Loyalty programs are influential to decision making for many golfers according to Rekreation Marketing. 3. Be a walk on for solo golf late in the afternoon when you have the course to yourself. Catch the full moon rising. 4. Enjoy the vagaries of the season – frost delays might mean starting on any hole but the 1st – shot gun starts are used weekends at the end of the season when daylight hours only allow for a short window of play – or the nines might be flipped to accomodate short staffing during slower periods. 5. About the weather – if it’s warm – you’ve hit the jack pot and there’s always the option of a beer & a hot dog after your round. 6. If it’s cold (but not cold like winter!) bring several layers and hope you can take some off. Visit the pro shop for stuff on sale. 7. If it’s cold, walking instead of riding is invigorating. 8. If it’s cold, play a softer compression ball and ditch the 3 and 4 irons for hybrids. You’ll maintain the distance you’re accustomed to. Repeat # 6; visit the pro shop or sporting goods store for equipment on sale if you think you’d like to try something new for next season. 9. If it’s cold, there’s always the option of a warming adult beverage at the 19th hole when you’re done. Your favorite bartender loves seeing you:) 10. Review the swing thoughts & habits which worked well for your game during the season – check your yardage on frequently used clubs – maybe it changed over the season – or maybe late season weather conditions dictate an extra club. Keep notes so that you have a head start on next season. And, it’s never too late to start working on next season’s swing with your local pro! He’ll give you something to do over the winter. The Number #1 reason *** Enjoy faster greens & lusher fairways – grass loves cooler night temperatures & it’s easy to forget that conditions are often at their best. Whatever your reason for enjoying late season golf, pat yourself on the back for being an avid golfer! Visit here to learn more about the golf experience at Bowling Green. Download our ebook for further reading.

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Two New Takes on Golf You Should Take a Look At http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/blog/two-new-takes-golf-take-look/ http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/blog/two-new-takes-golf-take-look/#respond Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:24:14 +0000 http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/?p=1233 National Golf Day was April 15th and the We Are Golf coalition of industry leaders was in front of Congress to lobby for golf’s economic impact as an industry composed of 15,000 small businesses. Jack Nicklaus & PGA Commisioner Tim Finchem with First Tee’s Joe Barrow & Bryan Yan on Capital Hill Not withstanding We Are Golf’s assertion of economic impact, those in the golf industry realize golf is competing with many other forms of leisure activity. Golf being the difficult game that it is, entry to the sport and continued skill improvement can be daunting. “Play it Forward” and “The Relaxed Rules of Golf” are two new initiatives being touted with the goal in mind of encouraging new and lapsed golfers to take a second look at the game. Introduced in 2011, Tee It Forward is a joint initiative between the USGA and The PGA of America that encourages players to play from a set of tees best suited to their driving distance. In addition to providing more enjoyment for golfers, teeing it forward also can be one of the most important steps that golfers take in improving play. Surveyed Tee It Forward players: The majority played faster More than half are likely to play golf more often Over 80% hit more-lofted clubs into greens 85% had more fun Over 90% will Tee It Forward again For a male driving the ball 225 yards, the recommended 18-hole yardage would be 5,800 -6,000 yards; for a female driving the ball 175 yards, recommended 18-hole yardage would be 4,400- 4,600 yards. Check out the teeing options here at Bowling Green Golf Club. Relaxed Rules of Golf Make the game of golf easier, faster and more fun. (Courtesy of Golf Channel, presented by Matt Ginella and Charlie Rymer) It seems a Tour player is DQ’ed on a weekly basis. If the professionals and rules experts can’t get it right, what are we to do? “Relax the rules, people. You’ll have more fun playing golf.” CR “That’s the message with the Relaxed Rules of Golf. Tournament golf is supposed to be full of pressure and stress and challenging conditions combining to identify the best player. Casual golf should be the opposite of those things. When there’s nothing on the line but fun, recreational golf should be an enjoyable experience. Trying to remember and decipher the official rules can get in the way of a good time.” You and your friends should pick and choose the rules that best fit the way you all want to play, and enjoy the game. Maximum Score: Double par max Penalties: 1 stroke, Drop and go Search Time 2 min max Unfortunate Lies Roll it and hit it Conceded Putts Inside the leather Equipment Long putters (et al.) allowed Common Sense Be fair and have fun “We’re not suggesting that golfers ignore the official rules.” But be aware, only 12% of golfers hold handicaps. That means that nearly 90% of golfers do not. “When it’s a match among friends, Relaxed Rules can make the game easier, faster and more fun. These simply are common sense practices, and it is how the majority of the game is being played anyway.” Adopt some or all of the rules within your group, and have a good time.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Host Your Next event at a NJ Golf Course http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/blog/10-reasons-why-you-should-host-your-next-event-at-a-nj-golf-course/ http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/blog/10-reasons-why-you-should-host-your-next-event-at-a-nj-golf-course/#respond Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:26:21 +0000 http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/?p=1158 The golf outing has long been the go to event for groups of allkinds wanting to gather together forfun and good cause. If you’ve been handed the assignment of planning an event for your organization, you will want to understand some of the advantages of a golf outing. Here (with a nod to David Letterman) are the top 10 reasons why you should host your next event at a Northern NJ golf course. 10. Non golfers can be included. 9. Your organization is only limited by imagination when deciding what additional activities to offer for the day. 8. Golf events are traditionally the accepted excuse to leave work for the day. 7. Golf outings in NJ carry universal appeal: the once or twice a year golfer is as happy to play (make that chop) as is the weekly player, in support of a good cause. 6. The camaraderie, exercise, outdoors, food and drink go hand in hand: always a winning combination. 5. The game format can be all about playing together as a team. 4. The golf staff handles all the details of the event so that your organization’s lead planner doesn’t have to be a golfer. 3. Private country clubs as well as public courses are seeking business and are set up to handle groups – large or small. 2. Casual and seasoned golfers can both have fun. 1. You can enjoy the great outdoors. If you’re looking for a prime event venue to host your next charity fundraiser, business golf or family gathering, check out a golf club in northern NJ near you. There are options which fit all budgets and golf staffs waiting to make the day a success. Best of all, you’ll get all the credit. Find the details and fine print for these tips here.  

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15 Golf Tips with Universal Appeal for Golfers http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/golf-tips/15-golf-tips-with-universal-appeal-for-golfers/ http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/golf-tips/15-golf-tips-with-universal-appeal-for-golfers/#respond Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:38:02 +0000 http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/?p=1250 Some golf tips are universal – boasting the ability to positively impact everyone’s game, from beginning players to seasoned golfers alike. Others address the two most common golf swing faults – the hook and the slice. Still others address problems with the short game. It’s virtually impossible to find something that hasn’t been said before, so we humbly offer the following tips as a review of golf instruction fundamentals. These 15 tips will help you get warmed up, strike the perfect drive, get out of tough spots and stroke putts with more confidence. They are especially tried & true for golfers who want to nip any bad habits in the bud. Find the right grip for you. Options include an interlocking grip (with fingers locked together), the Vardon grip (where your hands overlap; most popular) and the 10 finger grip (similar to a baseball grip; ideal for beginners). Jack Nicklausadvises that it is most important that the hands don’t fight each other during the swing and that they work together in total harmony Jack as well as Tiger use the interlocking grip. Whatever grip you choose should allow you to keep your fingers as comfortably close together as possible. The importance of warming up. For a quick warm up when you arrive at the first tee with no time to spare,swing two clubs together 20 times. Better yet, allow enough time to swing two clubs 20 times andhead to the driving range. Even better, allow for some time on the putting green so that your first putt on the first hole isn’t your warm up. Practice perfect posture.The ideal golf stance has your club lining up with the ball perfectly while your arms are fully extended and relaxed. Because we play with the the ball on the ground, our bodies will be inclined as we address the ball. One of the hardest skills to achieve is maintaining that sameangle of inclination throughout the swing. Jack Nicklausadvises toset up to the ball with your butt shoved back & out anduse the thought “butt stays back and out” throughout the swing to retain the proper angle. Tee it higher: If you’re not getting the loft or distance from your large-headed driver, make sure you tee the ball so at least half of it is higher than the top edge of the clubface and move the ball forward in your stance allowing a sweeping delivery of the clubhead to the ball. Fix your slice: Don’t be afraid to hook the ball. Any further explanation should involve golf lessons with your local pro. Fix your hook: Turn, turn turn. Turn your hips sooner and your shoulders farther on the downswing. See above! Keep your eye on the ball: probably the most commonly heard tip of all. Try thinking about it this way instead; keep your head steady through impact – Jack Nicklaus’ lifelong No. 1 swing fundamental. Get the tempo right: go ahead and swing hard at the ball,you’ll stay in better balance. Tempo is more about allowing the proper sequence of the swing motion to happen in an unhurried manner. See your local pro for more on this fundamental of golf instruction. Master the knee knockers: Four footputts still test the nerves of even the most seasoned golfers. Try hitting the practice green with the sun overhead and use the shadow cast by the pin to lineup your putt. Stroking the putt along a visual line will help build confidence for those real knee knocker putts. Digging out of the sand: When you’re stuck in the bunker, keep these golf tips in mind; open stance, feet planted firmly slightly below the ball, weight on your front foot and swing through the sand to a high finish. Jack Nicklaus advises that he likes to visualize removing a rectangle of sand. Make your short game a priority: It’s fun to go to the driving range but be sure to also practice your short game shots as 60 percent of all golf shots take place from 100 yards in or closer. Favor speed over direction when putting from a distance: Speed, speed, speed is most important. The key to lagging long putts close to the holelies more with nailing the proper pace than hitting the exact line. Know how to rough it: When hitting out of the rough, follow these tips and par can still be a possiblity. Take the safest route possible back to the fairway, use a 5 iron or more loft depending on the thickness of the rough, position the ball more back in your stance than normal, grip the club more tightly and hit the ball with a descending blow. Handle short chips like putts: Grab a 9 or 8 iron and simply swing away the same way you would with your putter i.e. a smooth stroke using arms & shoulders instead of hands & wrists. Take lessons & learn from reading: there is a myriad of sources for golfing tips – golf magazines, videos by pros, books by pros, Golf Channel content, but nothing will substitute for a visit to your favorite golf pro for golf lessons. You can find golf lessons across Northern NJ; from driving range practice facilities & golf merchandise mega stores to public (and private) golf courses to full on golf resort schools. Everyone has golfing tips from your local pro (make that even the Tour pros) to your neighbor who’s a max- out handicapper. Remember to consider the source. You can often find a gem of truth in just about any tip. Sometimes hearing a tip voiced from another perspective will suddenly click for you. Reading & watching golf instruction can be a great supplement but not a substitute for golf lessons with a pro.

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Your Guide to NJ Public Golf Course Rain Check Policies http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/golf-tips/your-guide-to-nj-public-golf-course-rain-check-policies/ http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/golf-tips/your-guide-to-nj-public-golf-course-rain-check-policies/#respond Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:11:30 +0000 http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/?p=1514 New Jersey publicgolfcourserain check policies vary greatly so we prepared this guide to help you identify player-friendly policies. Weather within our small State of New Jersey fluctuates from region to region: from the shore to the inland pinelands, from the urban areas in the north to the mountains of the northwest. That means when you’re playing golf in Northern New Jersey but listening to a New York City or coastal forecast or playing golf in Southern New Jersey and listening to a Philadelphia forecast you can’t be sure you know what the weather will be on your favorite golf course. It’s best to find the local source and check by time of day, and more often than not, it makes sense to chance a bad forecast that covers only a wide general area. It’s going to rain from time to time. The question you want to ask is: where, when, how much and will you be compensated for any missed golf. Here are some points to consider and questions to ask when determining whether a club offers a fair, player-friendly rain check policy: Who determines if the conditions are unplayable? With some courses, the Golf Superintendent or another senior employee ultimately decides whether a course is too soggy ““ wet enough that damage could be done ““ to let players out. Lightening within close proximity of the course always results in at least a temporary stoppage of play. But outside of these two examples, players might have some discretion to decide what they’re comfortable playing through. Since golf is a sport that has historically been played in the rain, the potential exists for a difference in opinion between customer and golf course management over what constitutes “unplayable”. If rain is in the forecast, it’s wise to talk to the course staff to determine the ins and outs of their rain check policy and whether (no pun intended) or not you have the discretion to quit your round. How many holes are covered? First and foremost, a rain check is not a cash refund of your green fee. It is always a “˜credit’ in the form of a voucher to return for play at another time. Some golf courses do not offer rain checks at all once you have paid your green fee. Most commonly, a rain check is given for only a fraction of the round. For example, some clubs may only offer a rain check for nine holes regardless if you’ve quit on the 2nd hole or the 9th, and may not offer a rain check at all if you’ve quit on the 10th hole. However, the best and most flexible rain check policy is to pro rate for the number of holes played. In other words, if the golfer completes 7 of 18 holes, they’ll receive a rain check for 11/18 of green fee paid. How do you claim your rain check? Make sure you ask the pro shop what you need to do to claim your rain-check appropriately. The pro shop staff, starter or course ranger will be aware of your position on the course and how many holes you have left to play so they’ll easily determine what you are due. Be sure to ask about the conditions for redeeming your rain check. For example, some clubs require that they be used within 30 days of issue and some may allow redemption for the remainder of the season. Also, understand the terms of the rain check: must it be used for a comparably priced round or can it be applied toward the cost of a more expensive round? Playing golf in New Jersey or the New York metropolitan area means you may experience an occasional shower or more rarely a complete rainout. Don’t wait for perfect weather. Tens of thousands of rounds are played every year by people who know how to manage weather hassles. Here is what they do: Look for a favorable golf course rain check policy in their area, Check the hour by hour forecast on weather.com for the location you intend to play. You will often find that “30% chance of rain” is happening later in the day when you won’t be playing golf. Pretend you’re from Scotland – Bring your golf umbrella and rain jacket so a quick shower is just a temporary inconvenience (leaving them in the closet at home doesn’t do any good!). Seek out great rain gear at your local golf shop which will stand you in good stead for other outdoor activities. Look for the most flexible northern new jersey public golf course rain check policy you can find and take a look at Bowling Green Golf which has all of the above!

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Average Pace of Play for a Round of NJ Golf: How to Manage Your Time http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/blog/average-pace-play-round-nj-golf-manage-time/ http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/blog/average-pace-play-round-nj-golf-manage-time/#respond Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:40:26 +0000 http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/?p=1257 Few things can disrupt an otherwise pleasant day of northern NJ golf like a round that meanders past five hours. After all, the option to spend an entire day on the course is a luxury for most of us! Fortunately, golfers have a number of tools and options to take control of their round and play 18 in close to four hours. Arrive early to northern NJ golf coursesSure, it’s common sense, but arriving early doesn’t just help ensure you’re punctual for your tee time: It gives you time to stretch, clean your clubs, and get your balls and tees ready rather than doing so in the tee box and slowing down the action. Sometimes, if you arrive early enough, you may even be fortunate enough that the starter will let you play earlier. Practice “˜ready golf’ and fast play tipsWhen the fairways are packed fairly tightly and you’re waiting for the foursome in front of you to finish up on the green before you strike your approach shot, do everything you can except for hitting the ball. That’s “ready golf.” Select your club, get in your warm-up practice swings, and hit your shot as soon as the coast is clear. And when the links are a little less crowded, the USGA states that you should be able to handle club selection and shot routine in 20 seconds or less. Try nine holes When the weather is perfect, the course is full and you have a small window of time to sneak in a round, why not enjoy nine holes of golf without worrying about whether you’ll get in the entire round? In the summer the 5 pm green fee rate is typically the lowest available and you’ll have no problem getting in almost 18 holes with the longest daylight of the year. There are new suggestions by some in the golf industry that golfers consider playing shorter parts of the course – anything from 6 holes to 9 holes to 12 holes to 15 holes. Is this the future of the game in our starved for time world? Try an off-peak start timeCompromising on your desired tee time by just a little bit here or there could possibly save a little money or provide access to a course that might be very crowded at other times. Northern NJ golf courses are known for being overcrowded during peak tee times. And while you can’t control the crowds, you can ensure that a speedy pace of play can be part of a great day at the links if you avoid golf courses which do not promote pace of play management on the course (often a municipal course), have overly difficult layouts or a design which doesn’t allow you to drive the golf cart to your ball (often a resort course built in the last 20 years).  

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6 Options NJ Golf Courses Offer for Fun and Golf Fitness http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/blog/6-options-nj-golf-courses-offer-fun-golf-fitness/ http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/blog/6-options-nj-golf-courses-offer-fun-golf-fitness/#respond Tue, 06 May 2014 19:41:08 +0000 http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/?p=1260 It’s not easy comparing northern New Jersey golf courses head to head when trying to decide which course to call home. Your primary concern will be the excellence of the course layout and maintenance of fairways, tees and greens. Are the greens smooth and quick? Are the tee boxes level? Is the fairway turf plush? And after that, are there some holes with stunning scenery and interesting playing challenges? Once you’ve made the choice to take up golf for fitness, and you’ve identified a course or two with a layout you’re in love with, you’ll want to take a look at the other amenities offered . From food and beverage options to recreational choices, it’s different strokes for different folks. Evaluating these key features is a big part of the decision-making process when you are deciding upon which golf course to call home. Here are five amenities to review when choosing your home course: Walking the course for fitness: At Bowling Green, we like to use the tag line “golf the way it is meant to be”. Fundamental to that is walking the course. Bowling Green does not require golfers to take an electric golf cart and furthermore, unlike so many modern (built in the last 20 years) courses, walking is very accessible at Bowling Green because the greens and tees are in close proximity to one another. For some great golf fitness, you can get into the flow of the game while you walk to your ball as your partners are hitting ““ just be sure not to get out in front of anyone!   Practice facilities:Driving up to the course for your tee time and heading straight to the first tee box without warming up is the leading cause of mulligans and certainly not good for golf fitness. It’s unusual not to find a driving range and putting green convenient to the first tee, although municipal courses often do not have practice facilities as well as (surprisingly) some private clubs established years ago in neighborhoods where no more land is available. Practice facilities enable golfers to warm up their swing quickly and get a feel for how fast the greens are putting that day ““ perhaps saving a few strokes (and balls) by the end of the round. The trend has been for high end daily fee courses built in the last 20 years to offer elaborate practice facilities with targeted greens to hit to, short game practice areas, putting & chipping greens and dedicated space for lessons. You may not mind paying the typically higher green fee in this case.   Resort facilities – Locker rooms, swimming pools and tennis courts Unless you’ve joined a private club, you won’t find swimming pools and tennis courts or other family recreational activities at a traditional public golf course. You may find locker room accommodations which range from modest to more than adequate at daily fee courses. If you are interested in activities for the non-golfers in your life, a resort course may be the answer for you. Luxurious hotel accommodations, dining, spas and swimming pools are the popular offerings.   Restaurant, bar and beverage cart Because a round of golf with travel time can involve more than 4 ½ hours, you’re almost guaranteed to be hungry or thirsty at some point. A tasty snack and cold beverage adds fuel to your game. Food & beverage options run the gamut from a simple snack bar in the clubhouse to a halfway house between the nines to a well-appointed grill room in the clubhouse or a beverage cart on the course. An upscale daily fee golf course is bound to have all of the above. Wheter you waive down the beverage cart between holes, stop in the ’19th hole’ after finishing your round, or bring the family in for a weekend dinner, finding a club with a winning menu will keep you coming back.   A well-stocked pro shop Traditionally, the golf pro at a private course stocks the pro shop with discriminating merchandise such as Titleist balls, logoed hats, gloves, shoes , stylish clothes and the latest equipment. These days golf superstores have encroached upon this hallowed ground. It’s still nice to browse through a well-stocked pro shop though, and this might be an amenity which adds to the aura of the course for you. Not to mention the convenience when you arrive at the course having forgotten your golf shoes!   Catering facilities Do you need to host a gathering for business entertaining or team building? Maybe you need to plan a wedding for your son or daughter, a family reunion, shower or graduation party. It’s likely that a golf course’s catering facilities whether indoor or out will provide a gorgeous setting for your event. The added value ““ a dedicated event coordination staff takes all the stress of planning off your shoulders. You’re sure to be surprised and pleased with the variety of choices you’ll have for golf course amenities in Northern NJ . Happy hunting for your personal match!  

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The Best Golf Clubs in Oak Ridge and Northern NJ for Seasoned Golfers http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/northern-new-jersey-golfing/best-golf-clubs-oak-ridge-northern-nj-seasoned-golfers/ http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/northern-new-jersey-golfing/best-golf-clubs-oak-ridge-northern-nj-seasoned-golfers/#respond Thu, 01 May 2014 21:04:17 +0000 http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/?p=1503 Beginner and seasoned golfers around Oak Ridge and throughout northern New Jersey share many of the same general expectations of course conditioning and customer friendly relations when choosing a course to call home. New Jersey Golfers, beginner and experienced alike, enjoy a course with well-maintained fairways, greens & bunkers plus a pro shop staff which is genuinely glad to see them when they arrive. However,as beginners develop from folks looking for a relaxing afternoon with pals in a beautiful surrounding into more seasoned golfer, their expectations become heightened. Over time, experienced golfers begin looking for course design features which challenge their developing playing skills such as quality greens which roll true and putt fast, championship tees and well thought out hole layout and hazard placement, as well as a reasonable pace of play, ease of scheduling tee times and quality of practice facilities. And many golfer, beginner & experienced alike desire for their home course to feature a signature hole which encompasses memorable scenery and shot making thrills for all. Here is a rundown of top public golf clubs in and around Oak Ridge in Northern NJ designed to challenge more seasoned golfers: Bowling Green Golf Club, Oak Ridge, NJ Privately owned, Bowling Green has a traditional course layout following the contours of the land designed by Geoffrey S. Cornish with enough nuance to keep golfers returning. A course that calls for shot making but is also forgiving, Bowling Green is a daily fee course offering green fee options that appeal to members and non-members alike. Bowling Green is the home of the four hour round, five sets of tees, superior playing surfaces, the opportunity to either use carts, or walk at any time, plus a relaxing and low-key family atmosphere. Narrow fairways, some with doglegs, are challenging but a recovery shot from the rough is always on the table; making for an enjoyable round that challenges you fairly. Bowling Green likes to boast that its four Par 3s are the most difficult in the State and awards a coveted hat, “conquer the threes” to golfers who report that they have made par or better on all four in one round. Everything from the variety of teeing options to the choice of food and drink options ensures there is something for everyone in your foursome.18 hole, 72 par, 6,863 yards, 73.2 rating, 134 slope*. Berkshire Valley Golf Course, Oak Ridge, NJ This 18-hole, par 71 – 6,800 yard, Morris County Parks Commission Golf Course designed by Roger G. Rulewich, presents unique challenges atop the ridge of Green Pond Mountain. The first 4 holes can be quite challenging as they’re played off the side of the mountain. Interesting topography and beautiful views from this course create a challenging golfing experience with a73.1rating and 137 slope*. Sunset Valley Golf Course, Pompton Plains, NJ Sunset Valley is a 18 hole regulation length Morris County Parks Commission Golf Course offering 70 par, 6,483 yards with a 71.8 rating and 130 slope*. Fast, sloped greens provide enjoyable challenges even for the advanced player. A Morris County Municipal Course, Sunset Valley can get quite crowded which can slow down play. Knoll West Golf Club, Parsippany, NJ Designed by Charles Banks, the Knoll West is aMunicipal Course operated by the town of Parsippany. A par 70 course playing 6,752 yards from the blue tees and 6,479 from the white tees has a 73.0 rating and 131 slope*. Deep traps surround the greens which are mostly elevated. The fairways are wide but traps are strategically placed. Carts are required. When it comes to finding a golfing experience in North Jersey that suits your needs, there are a number of choices. With so many options, once you find the location you want to call home, you can focus on improving your game and appreciating your surroundings and your time with your golfing buddies. *Course and slope ratings are created by the USGA ““ a course rating is the relative difficulty of a course for a Scratch golfer (0 handicap) a slope rating is the relative difficulty of a course for a bogey golfer (20 handicap) ““ Course and slope ratings are typically quoted for the championship tees.  

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New Jersey’s Top 5 Golf Courses for a Quick Weekend Round http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/northern-new-jersey-golfing/new-jerseys-top-5-golf-courses-quick-weekend-round/ http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/northern-new-jersey-golfing/new-jerseys-top-5-golf-courses-quick-weekend-round/#respond Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:04:49 +0000 http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/?p=1506 There are a number of factors to consider when picking the right golf course for a quick weekend round in northern New Jersey: location, crowds, price and a pace of play program that works. Maybe the course’s location is ultra-convenient – on weekends it’s likely to be crowded and pace of play slow. Again, maybe the location is convenient – but there’s not so much scenic beauty. Maybe the price is extremely reasonable – it’s likely to be crowded and slow. Maybe the course is off the beaten path but still accessible – and you won’t have to compromise on pace of play and scenic beauty. Maybe the course has some sort of speed of play program, but doesn’t focus on it. The best courses are well attended, but also manage the traffic at their course. Here is a list of five courses close in and popular in Northern NJ: Bowling Green Golf Club, Oak Ridge, NJ This Oak Ridge, NJ club is a semi-private facility that packs in a ton of value and a challenging but fair course layout. With its top-notch staff, traditional design and decade old pace of play program, Bowling Green provides a quick pace of play. Bowling Green is a great spot for your foursome to get in 18 on the weekend because the €œpar€ for pace of play is four hours and 14 minutes. Bowling Green was voted best for walking among the top 40 Public golf courses by New Jersey Monthly in 2013. The course is gently rolling with greens and the next tees in close proximity. Best of all, Bowling Green offers competitively priced green fees and memberships. BGCC offers convenient tee time reservations online . Berkshire Valley Golf Course, Jefferson, NJ Part of the Morris County Park Commission, Berkshire Valley Golf Course spreads across 600 acres in the Highlands region of northern New Jersey. This 18-hole public golf course presents unique challenges along the ridge of Green Pond Mountain. Amenities include a Driving Range, Club House, Meeting Room and Snack Bar. The Knoll Golf Club, Parsippany, NJ Located on 360 acres in Parsippany NJ, this municipally owned and operated facility has both a public and semi-private course. The Knoll Golf Club West was established in 1929 and designed by Charles H. Banks. This course is semi-private. The Knoll Golf Club East, established in 1961, was designed by Hal Purdy. This course is a public facility and tee times are on a first come first serve basis. Sunset Valley Golf Course, Pompton Plains, NJ Part of the Morris County Park Commission, this public course takes you up, down, and across. Designed by Hal C. Purdy, the layout has some interesting tight tee shots and decision making. However if you enjoy walking a course, you might find this undulating course a challenge in more ways than one. The Meadows, Lincoln Park, NJ The Meadows is a public golf course located in Lincoln Park, NJ. With few elevation changes it’s easily walkable, and carts are available as well. While the fairways have been recently renovated, slow pace of play can be an issue. It’s important to remember that the closer a public course is to the Metropolitan area, the more likely it is to be busy. Oak Ridge NJ, accessed by either NJ State Routes 23 or 15 off Route 80 is a convenient, enjoyable scenic ride from many areas of Northern NJ. Oak Ridge is located in the Northeast corner of Morris County, immediately adjacent to Sussex and Passaic Counties. The key to finding the best golf course for you is to choose a balance between the amount of time you want to spend on your round, the conditions of the course, price you want to pay and the convenience of the location. There are a variety of courses both around the corner and a few miles down the road from Oak Ridge NJ which will give you lots of options for weekend golf.

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Private, public and semi-private golf courses: What’s the difference? http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/public-golf-course/private-public-semi-private-golf-courses-whats-difference/ http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/public-golf-course/private-public-semi-private-golf-courses-whats-difference/#respond Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:01:27 +0000 http://www.bowlinggreengolf.com/?p=1500 Private, semi-private and public golf courses offer many different advantages and disadvantages, from access and price to service level and pace of play. Choosing whether private, semi-private or public golf courses are the best option for you begins with deciding what type of experience you want. If you’re a beginning golfer looking for value, public courses are likely the best option. If you’re a seasoned player looking to fine-tune your game while the family enjoys other club amenities, then a private club may be the best choice. What if you want the best of both worlds? Fortunately, there are plenty of private and public golf courses around northern and central New Jersey. However, there are only handfuls that offer the right mix of in between! Here’s how to tell the difference. Public golf course From Pebble Beach to Bethpage Black, there are a number of public golf courses that buck the stereotype of overrun, overbooked municipal courses. More often than not, beginning golfers get their start on the nation’s public courses. They can be affordable, forgiving and the perfect training ground for future local scratch golfers and professionals alike. But they are busy. As you evolve from a weekend warrior to a seasoned, frequent golfer focused on lowering your handicap, you may desire some more exceptional touches, from the roll of the green to the bartender who always remembers your cocktail at the 19th hole. Private golf course Membership has its privileges. And the privileges of joining a private golf club are many: uncrowded and pristine courses, refined dining, social activities, highly personal service, and five-star amenities fit for the entire family. Considering you pay a large sum to belong to a private club vs. patronizing a public course, you expect to experience exceptionally manicured greens and fairways, the prestige of playing a golf course designed by a recognized architect and the status of belonging to the club. All good, but price is a factor. Semi-private golf courses For those looking for a choice to get the best of both worlds, there is a hybrid, the semi-private golf course. The semi-private course is open to the public but also offers memberships for those who want to pay for priority tee times, reduced green fee rates and other perks which fit their appetite for golf. Charging higher green fees to the public than municipal courses, semi private courses are able to maintain the fairways, tees and greens to a higher standard and will see less heavy play than a municipal or county course. The semi-private course will also have finer facilities for dining, practicing, lessons, and other recreational amenities than the municipal course. These benefits are very attractive to both the serious frequent golfer who wants what a private club can offer but wants to keep cost in mind, as well as to the discerning public golfer. Semi private courses might also offer a complimentary round of golf, no green fees at certain times/days, complimentary carts and driving range privileges. Semi private golf course conditions tend to be as immaculate and well groomed as any high end private course without the high price of private club membership. Being a semi-private course does not preclude non-members from playing on the course or using the restaurant or driving range. Semi-private courses are essentially a welcoming option in between public and private golf courses.  

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