View of the bunkered 15th green at Ballyowen Golf Club
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4.4
287 Reviews (287)
5 Stars
174
4 Stars
79
3 Stars
18
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
7
Conditions
4.3
Value
3.8
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.3
86.4%
Recommend this course
254 out of 287 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.4
8 Reviews (8)
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
1
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.9
Value
3.1
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.4
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.0
75.0%
Recommend this course
6 out of 8 reviews
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4.5
13 Reviews (13)
5 Stars
8
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
2
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0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.1
Value
3.6
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.3
84.6%
Recommend this course
11 out of 13 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private/Resort
Style Links
Par 72
Length 7094 yards
Slope 134
Rating 74.1

Ballyowen Golf Club is an homage to the great Scottish links courses, the place where golf originated. The course sprawls across 250 acres of rolling farmland that overlooks the Walkill River. The layout tumbles through valleys and hills, staying as true as possible to the natural contours of the land. Much like a traditional links golf course, the virtually treeless landscape is accented with craggy knolls. The challenging layout features lush green fairways that contrast beautifully with the pristine white sand bunkers and golden patches of rough that border the greensides. There are also water hazards that come into play on five holes. Ballyowen has earned the title of New Jersey's top public course and Golfweek has even ranked it as one of the top 50 courses in the country.

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Course Details

Year Built 1998
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Roger Rulewich (1998) A. John Harvey

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Restaurant, Beverage Carts

Lodging

Lodging Available

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Spa, Showers, Lockers

Accolades

Reviews

4.4
287 Reviews (287)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 24
19th Hole Scenic Views 21
Dinner 13
Course Challenges Include:
Thick Rough 43
Bunkers 42
Undulating Greens 36
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 42
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 32
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 29
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 47
In the 'Burbs 17
At a Resort 15

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Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Fantastic course

Must play excellently maintained links design large greens fast speed

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 45
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Exceptional layout and conditions

Heard a lot about this course and was looking forward to playing it for some time. Let me say, the course did not disappoint. Absolutely gorgeous and in great condition. Will definitely be back. Only annoyance was the lack of cordiality from the started. Not exactly what you wanna confronted with before your round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 79
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 52
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 10
3.0
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Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Too expected there!

I was expecting too much there.
I do not know why they have a good review.
I am playing 3~4 times a week at many place.
I sometime play at Cristal springs and black bear .
They were good value for the fee.
But if I have to pay more than them to this course.
I do not play this course anymore.
If the summer time , they do not have any shade in the course .

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 72
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing

No 1 golf course in nj

I agree no 1 5stars rank in New Jersey state

Gorgeous layout fantastic fairway

Never seen before

Amazing kindly service from all staffs

Challenge every shot fast green

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 182
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Great Course, Terrible Value

Stick to golf. If you limit your field of vision strictly to the golf course - and don't look at the $185 price tag (with the rumor of going over $200 during peak - we scheduled pre-season at $90), and don't look at the $12 White Claws, and $14 Hot Dogs, and the practice range that is "wedges only"... and if you do all that, step on the first tee - it's a great course that doesn't guard the states' crown jewel behind a financial firewall for others to enjoy.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 27
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Excellent course. Loved it.
I would absolutely go back there.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful course and great condition! Staffs very friendly!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 182
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Awesome golf course - highly recommended

After meeting the staff, you feel like in Scotland.
Nice links style course layout, somewhat challenging with water hazards on multiple holes.
Definitely planning to play more often here.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 106
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Great Layout

Great Layout and good assortment of tees. Big greens that roll true. Would play again. Only drawback is food and drink are very pricey.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Amazing Course-Terrible Pace of Play

Course is amazing, somewhat challenging, and would definitely return. Two negatives-gas powered golf carts were a bit scary on the hilly terrain (and is not in line with Crystal Springs "green" initiatives.)
and the pace of play was hideous. My group consisted of myself and my husband...and the round took five hours. There were two extremely slow groups ahead of us and the Ranger basically told us "there was nothing he could do..." Since the Ranger indicated that the same two groups were problematic the day before at one of the sister courses, I think the issue should have been addressed.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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