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Value
3.2
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
3.9
Pace
4.3
Amenities
2.9
64.7%
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About

Holes 18
Type Municipal/Public
Par 71
Length 6611 yards
Slope 136
Rating 72.1

Course Details

Year Built 1925
Golf Season Year round
Architect Charles Banks (1925) Seth Raynor (1925) Kelly Blake Moran

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $17
Clubs No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper attire is required.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill

Reviews

3.4
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Reviews 24
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Letting the Course Go

I have been playing this course since it first went public, I believe 3 years ago. As one of only 2 public Seth Raynor designs (and with the other costing several hundred dollars per round), I want this place to succeed so bad. Each year since going public has seen the conditions gradually deteriorate. The prices go up, but the conditions get worse. The fairways have lots of dead patches, crab grass patches, and clover patches. The rough is non-existent in parts. I mean, there's grass there, but it's not "rough," it just slightly longer than the fairway. At on point I had a lie in the rough that was better than any fairway lie I had, as the ball was sitting up perfectly as if on a tee, and not in the way you sometimes get lucky, this was just the nature of this patch of rough. The rough was splotchy in other parts. The greens generally were rolling good and true. On the plus side, it appears they've heard the message about the bunkers and are in the process of replacing the sand throughout. Hopefully they'll take the time to put some love into improving and maintaining conditions throughout the rest of the course to give this Seth Raynor gem the conditions it truly deserves.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Cold weather
Walked

Wet & messy

Played here for the first time in a few years, when it was private and now is a municipal course. I like the course overall - it is challenging enough for me and most golfers with a nice layout. I have heard from others that the course always seems to be wet and muddy and this was true when I played. There was also goose crap everywhere - on a couple greens it was bad enough that we could not putt without kicking it aside which is terrible. I hope they can improve the conditions as I'd love to play it again.. The course did not seem too chewed up with the increased traffic it must be getting as a muni.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Cold weather
Walked

Maintenance is the issue

I have played this course a few times now starting shortly after they opened to the public. The conditions have not improved but have gotten worse. I don't know what it was like as a private club but the course has poor drainage with standing water on the course a couple of days after rain, that combined with carts on the fairways is not good.
The city is not treating the course like the gem it could be but still charging a 5 star price. For the money there are better places to play.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Golden-Age Layout by Premier Architect

Rock Spring Club is the place to go if you want to play a pro-level course built for the average golfer. The layout features many of the template designs, including the Bottle, the Leven, the Short, the Redan and the Eden, and geometrically-shaped greens and bunkers for which Seth Raynor is most noted. Golfers are presented with well-placed hazards that require some thought or precision shot-making in order to avoid, but the wide fairways and generally short holes make the challenge manageable for the average player. As with all good course designs, there are bad misses and good misses, and there's always a way to play it safe and make a par. Greens are moderately contoured, but play fairly difficult if you aren't close.

We played in the afternoon following drenching rain overnight, so the course was very soggy in spots and the greens were exceptionally soft, but putts rolled pretty well. Fairways were mostly good condition, but there were a few areas that were under repair. Tee boxes were in mostly-good shape.

We played on a Wednesday, starting after 2PM when the rate drops to $59. For that price, this course is an exceptional value. On weekend mornings, the rate climbs to $99 which might be a little bit steep.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Way too beat up of a course to charge $100

We got through 9 holes of the course until the heavy rain came down and they told us we could either walk or leave. The course is not designed for cart path only rules so the cart we paid for was useless. The ranger told us we would get 50% of our money back if we decided to head back to the clubhouse, when we went back they provided the money back but ONLY as a future credit at the course.

I understand that it is August in a busy golf summer, but the course was way too over priced for a what they offered. It should have been half the price of what it was like other public courses in the area.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Needs TLC

Township needs to put some TLC into course!
For green fee charged not a well kept course.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Not worth the fee

Structure and challenge of course excellent, however not worth the green fee for course that needs a lot of care. Tee boxes loaded with crab-grass, driving paths horrendous conditions, several fairways need re-conditioning. Drive up appeal .......thought I was going to play at abandon course..
Township needs to fix up.... could be a gem of a course in near future.
Would not recommend until they get the place a much needed face lift.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Hidden Gem

Great layout, greens are pretty quick: would highly recommend with the exception of the landscaping crew who blatantly disregard golfers and leave their engines on, etc.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great layout in great shape

I’ve played the course maybe 4 or 5 times now. Obviously I’m a fan because I continue to return. The layout is fantastic, hilly with some huge greens. The bunkering is fantastic, although due to Covid they don’t get the treatment they deserve and need. The greens were the best I’ve played so far this summer. Rolled great, not fast but certainly not slow either. The fairways were probably as good as they could’ve been. Some tee boxes were a little scraggly, but otherwise very good. Will definitely be back as long as maintenance is sustained.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Great Course

I have played this course a couple times when it was private. This year, i started playing just about once a week since they opened up post COVID. At first, the conditions were moderate but i was under the assumption it was because of the weather transition of spring-summer. Each week i played, the course conditions got better and better. Very big fan of Rock Spring

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 32
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Played Pre-Covid/Early Season

When I played it, we were still in the normal world and expecting a great Golf season! I can only imagine it is even better now but it was a great experience and layout. Hope to make it back soon to play it while plush & green.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
4.0
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Great Local Course Alive AGAIN

This course was re-opened during the past year or so and was originally a Country Club that the Town of West Orange took over. They need to redo the clubhouse, especially the outside, but inside is coming along nicely. The course itself is very nice, with challenging holes, and some moderate easier holes. Really enjoy playing this track and rarely have a difficult time getting on. Especially love holes 4 and 5 (just over the road) as they are long, wide and good scoring holes, followed up with 6 which is a little tricky Par 3 from an elevated green.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Disappointing Day

When it comes to the course itself, it was a pleasure playing Rock Spring. A formerly private course, the conditions were great, the weather was beautiful, and the sights of NYC and scenery phenomenal. When it comes to the golf, I really enjoyed it.

My day unfortunately had a damper put on it from the moment it began, however, when my new Bushnell Rangefinder was stolen off my bag while on the putting green. The course was busy the day I played. My group was next off the tee, and I pulled my cart up next to the putting green/ 1st tee to putt around while waiting to tee off. While putting, a staff member (without me knowing) got into my cart and moved it back to the entrance to be next to the other carts. After a couple minutes I went to go back to my cart and realized it was gone. I walked back to the entrance and found it there. I asked why my cart was moved and they told me that the carts have to wait there as to not block the path to the 1st tee. No big deal, no harm no foul. I then went with my group to the 1st tee, hit my tee shot and drove to my ball. When I went to grab my rangefinder, I realized it was gone. I knew I had just taken it out of my bag 10 minutes ago (I always keep it in my bag and take it out while waiting on the 1st tee when I grab my tees, divot tool, ball marker, etc) so I went back to see if it fell off the cart anywhere. Unfortunately it was gone, and no one had seen it, and it never showed up again. The only thing I can think of is that someone, whether it be another player or a staff member, must have unclipped the rangefinder off my mag and taken it. These things happen, its unfortunate, and I do not hold it against the course. But it definitely put a damper on my day and left a sour taste in my mouth.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Rock Spring

Rock Spring was a Private club that went public this year. I had a tee time for 230pm which is when rates go down to $47.The pace of play was great. We may have waited a minute on 1 or 2 holes.
The course was very challenging. The funny thing was, they aerated few days earlier and I still had a great round.
I cant wait to play the course again.
Oh, and the 19th hole was so relaxing!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Course beat up

Used to be a nice private track, but since it went public went way down hill. Divots and ballmarks all over the place, greens slow and no sand in traps. I was disappointed to say the least and not worth the 90 bucks they charge on the weekend.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Wet Conditions

Course was saturated after all night rain night before. Walking only was the rule of the day. Golfers have to start taking care of the course replace divots and fix ballmarks or the course wil be destroyed in a year.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Just opened

This course opened to the public this year. Good condition and the pace of play was good. Holes are nicely designed but the layout is a little confusing for the first time thru. Staff is very friendly

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 81
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
N Y N J Advisor
Top 250 Contributor

Very good course with classic design

This course has a terrific routing through a very good property and good strategic features. Off the tee it is very fair, with hazards located strategically and room to play away from them in a risk-reward manner. The greens have a nice blend of slope and contour. The variety of size and shapes of the greens is good. Many of the greens have steep cliff-type drop-offs into bunkers that run along an entire side (which got a little repetitive). The layout is great. The holes run up and down and weave and turn through slopes and valleys very nicely. This is a Seth Raynor design but I didn't see many explicit templates that his courses are known for. No Redan, or Biarritz, or Road Hole. There was a punchbowl-type green, one par-3 designed like a Short (picture included), an Alps-type hole in that an uphill blind tee shot is required, and some doglegs that give risk-reward decisions to carry a hazard. There are a number of short par-4s and long par-4s. It is also a good course to walk.
Surprisingly, there is no driving range. But overall a very good golf course and a fun one to play.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

First time there

Nice course. Staff is very friendly. Conditions were good considering all the rain we have had. The layout was a bit confusing but the folks I played with knew the course. Pace of play was great. Finished under four hours. Will definitely go back

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Solid above-average country club course

Reasonably challenging, very enjoyable course. Staff pleasant and helpful.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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