Cape May Golf

If you're a golf fanatic or just getting into the game, you can find many a fine course while vacationing in the Cape May area.

Let everyone else head to the beach while you do a different golfing venue each day.

From early morning to dusk, golf courses on the Jersey Cape offer challenging, playable holes and exquisite venues, making it easy to fit a round of golf into a vacation schedule.

With nine public courses and two private courses in Cape May County, tee times are rarely a problem. Most courses have special afternoon, weekday and “twilight” rates for those who want to hit the links after a day at the beach and many clubs offer restaurants or grill rooms and pro shops.

Cape May National in historic Cold Spring, and Ponderlodge off Bayshore Road in Villas, are each 18-hole, par 71 courses tucked into wooded areas and each featuring lakes, sand traps, grass bunkers, tree-lined fairways and undulating greens.

Cape May National’s 18th has been called “the finest closing hole in the Mid-Atlantic Region.” The course is built around a 50-acre private bird sanctuary and teems with natural beauty of the area’s expansive wetlands.

Cape May Par 3 Golf Course and Driving Range, in Rio Grande, is an 18-hole course that offers experienced golfers a chance to hone their short games while giving novices an opportunity to learn the game.

At 5,896 yards for men and 4,694 yards for women, Avalon is one of the area’s most popular and accessible courses, featuring eight lakes throughout the course and a driving range.

Sand Barrens, 6,304 yards for men and 4,817 women, has a renowned 4th hole, with an elevated tee and two greens below, one 450 yards away, the other 429. Both Avalon and Sand Barrens are par 72 courses.

Shore Gate in the Ocean View section of Dennis Township is an 18-hole course, designed to be challenging but rewarding for players of all levels.
The Pines at Clermont is a fun, nine-hole executive, par 31 course that is 2,105 yards for men and 1,985 from the red tees.

There are some par 4s, bunkers, water and traps. B.L. England Golf Course, off Route 9 in Beesley’s Point is a nine-hole, par 34 course set amid the trees with just enough water and sand to make the course interesting. Ocean City lays claim to the area’s only municipal course, with a 12-hole, par 3 pitch-and-putt course tucked into the bayside of the barrier island.

Private courses are the Wildwood Golf and Country Club and the Stone Harbor Golf Club, both in Cape May Court House.

Whatever level of play, there is enough diversity in the layouts and designs of the golf courses in Cape May County to satisfy anyone who wants to make golf playing a part of their Jersey Cape Vacation.

 

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