Beach Park, Illinois
The grounds are in need of management. The greens and fare ways need attention. The gnats made it difficult to stay in one place to hit the ball. My biggest concern is that my friend was charged for services not rendered and the staff said that they were not authorized to give her money back. The manager is not available to take our calls nor will he return them. This teeters on unethical business practices. For these reasons we will not golf there, nor will we recommend it.
OK I am an 11 handicap and play over 200 times a year all over the country. On a scale of 1-10 this course is a 1. First of all $49 to play and there are horrible tee boxes, fairways, greens, bunkers and no restaurant. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. When we arrived for our 8:30 Tee time there was on one car in the parking lot. I found this to be very strange and should have taken the cue but I didn't. I can deal with the little things like no ice water to drink. Only bottled water with no ice. I cannot enjoy a golf course that has rough that is 8 inches high around the greens. i cannot enjoy playing a golf course where there are large mud holes on the green with mower tracks in them. (Photos provided) I cannot enjoy golf when trying to putt on greens that have 5 different grasses 4 of which are weeds that have been growing for a long time. This course is in horrible condition. No way should they charge $49 for this track. In Texas we call this type of course a goat field. About all it is good for is feeding goats. I know the course probably can't do anything about the gnats and mosquitoes. When I say they are horrible i am not exaggerating. When you try to swing you are attacked in the nose, eyes ears and all around your head by hundreds if not thousands of gnats while the mosquitoes chomp away at your arms and legs. We actually thought about quitting and asking for a refund. The back nine is an interesting layout that would be a lot of fun if it was not in such bad condition. How about a par 3 that you have to climb 40 steps straight up a mountain to hit an 118 yard shot. Be sure to take a handful of clubs the walk back down is pretty hard also. To make matters worse when we made the turn a new foursome was teeing off on number 10 backing up 4 groups on the tee box even though the front was virtually vacant. Remember me saying there was one car in the parking lot?
Blackwood, New Jersey
We booked a foursome here. The staff we met was friendly and helpful. The front nine wasn't special, but the back has a few holes that are a lot of fun. A few of the greens and fairways had large puddles the appeared to have been there awhile. Overall we had a good time.
The mountainous environment with the creek winding through the course is impossible not to appreciate, so drink in the picturesque scenery. However, the greens were in awful shape, the grounds crew was mowing throughout the entire 18 holes, and the pace was super slow (nobody was regulating that either). There was only one ball washer, and no drink cart coming around when it was 96 degrees!
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