The Architects Golf Club pays tribute to the "Golden Age" of golf course design. (Courtesy of The Architects G.C.) A rock formation adds a unique element to the 12th hole at the Ballyowen Golf Club at Crystal Springs Golf Resort.  (Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor) A plateau green surrounded by bunkers highlights the 12th hole at Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield, New Jersey.  (Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor) The first green at Twisted Dune Golf Club is protected by three bunkers. (Oleg Volovik/GolfAdvisor)

The five best golf courses you can play in New Jersey

Golf and travel expert Matt Ginella has compiled the best public courses in the state of New Jersey.

Spanning from Atlantic City to the New York City metro area, the courses range from classic country clubs to links-inspired, as well as one that pays homage to the Golden Age of golf course architecture.

Ginella shared them this morning on Golf Channel's Morning Drive.

Video: Ginella's Top 5 golf courses to play in New Jersey

1. Ballyowen Golf Club at Crystal Springs Resort

2. Neshanic Valley Golf Course

3. Atlantic City Country Club

4. The Architects Golf Club

5. Twisted Dune Golf Club

Have any other favorite courses to play in New Jersey? Share them in the comments below.

Aug 21, 2014

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Matt Ginella is Golf Channel's resident travel insider. He writes for and appears weekly on "Morning Drive." Before Golf Channel, Ginella was senior travel editor for Golf Digest and Golf World from 2007-2012 and covered courses, resorts and the avid amateur golfer's annual buddies trips to over 60 destinations around the country. Ginella graduated from St. Mary's College (Calif.) in 1995 and earned a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2003. Follow Matt on Twitter at @mattginellagc and on Instagram at @Matt_Ginella.