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Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - Clubhouse
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Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - Clubhouse
Blue Heron Pines Golf Club -- with its stylish clubhouse -- is a great place for weddings, family and company events. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - hole 1
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Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - hole 1
The par-4 opening hole at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club plays straight. There are two fairway bunkers on the left and one on the right. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - hole 2
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Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - hole 2
Morning sun and clouds reflect in this little lake off of the second hole at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Cologne, N.J. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - hole 4
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Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - hole 4
A lateral water hazard runs the entire length of the hole on the right side of four at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club on the Jersey Shore. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - hole 5
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Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - hole 5
The par-4 fifth at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club has numerous sand bunkers, protecting fairway on the right. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - 5th
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Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - 5th
Avoid getting wet on five at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Cologne, N.J. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - hole 6
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Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - hole 6
There is one bunker on the right side of the sixth fairway at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club. Another sand trap protects the front left of the green. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - hole 11
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Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - hole 11
The par-3 11th at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club is a variation of the famous 10th hole at Pine Valley. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - hole 14
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Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - hole 14
There is a huge sand area interrupting fairway at the par-5 14 at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Cologne, New Jersey. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - 14th
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Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - 14th
The green on 14 at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club is protected by the small sand bunker on the back and by the large one on the front. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - hole 15
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Blue Heron Pines Golf Club - hole 15
There are water and bunkers protecting the large two-tiered green on 15 at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club. The green slopes severely toward the water. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Blue Heron Pines - The View restaurant
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Blue Heron Pines - The View restaurant
The View at Blue Heron Pines offers an atmosphere of casual sophistication, accented by panoramic views of the golf course. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
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Jersey Shore-favorite Blue Heron Pines Golf Club wanders through ancient pine forests, sparkling blue lakes

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Blue Heron Pines Golf Club has been recognized as one of the best 18-hole courses on the Jersey Shore.

Since opening in 1993, this Stephen Kay design has become known for both its scenery and challenging design. The course wanders through ancient pine forests accented with sparkling blue lakes. The parkland layout has subtle contours and modest but tricky elevation changes on the greens.

There is an abundance of sand throughout the course to contend with, but it gets particularly tough on the back nine starting with the treacherous 14th hole. This hole requires a carry past a 100-yard waste bunker planted with native long grasses in order to make it to the slightly elevated green.

It is followed by an equally challenging hole with an elevated green, though the 15th is longer at 518 yards. There are also bunkers along the right of the fairway and a lake along the left side of the green.

The course has a fair amount of challenges, but five sets of tees makes it more accessible for players of all skill levels.

Born and raised in the former Soviet Union, photographer Oleg Volovik moved to the United States in 1992 and now lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles. He joined the TravelGolf editorial team in 2010. Originally graduated with a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering he continued to dedicate his time and energy to his passion for visual arts and photography. Oleg has extensive experience in fine arts, fashion, event, architecture and journalistic photography. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Moscow, where he also taught a master class, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, in April 2007. He may be a novice golfer, but Oleg always wears a white leather glove during photo sessions. "Golf photography is my own 'game' with the beauty of nature and human creativity.

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Jersey Shore-favorite Blue Heron Pines Golf Club wanders through ancient pine forests, sparkling blue lakes