Ballyowen Golf Club

4.7376000000 4.7 stars from 5 (194)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7094 yards
  • Slope: 131
  • Rating: 73.6
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7094 yards 73.6 131
Blue 72 6508 yards 70.0 122
Blue (W) 72 6508 yards 76.4 136
White 72 6066 yards 65.9 105
White (W) 72 6066 yards 72.1 129
Gold 72 5531 yards 71.2 125
Red (W) 72 4903 yards 68.7 123

Ballyowen Golf Club is an homage to the great Scottish links courses, the place where golf originated. The course sprawls across 250 acres of rolling farmland that overlooks the Walkill River. The layout tumbles through valleys and hills, staying as true as possible to the natural contours of the land. Much like a traditional links golf course, the virtually treeless landscape is accented with craggy knolls. The challenging layout features lush green fairways that contrast beautifully with the pristine white sand bunkers and golden patches of rough that border the greensides. There are also water hazards that come into play on five holes. Ballyowen has earned the title of New Jersey's top public course and Golfweek has even ranked it as one of the top 50 courses in the country.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 194 Reviews
5 stars:
118
4 stars:
54
3 stars:
12
2 stars:
8
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

174 out of 193 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs at a resort   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views a bucket list/top 100 pick   Challenges include thick rough bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views dinner  

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"Windy and cold... awesome"


Rxmpo's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I am lucky to live close to this gem. Ran over in late afternoon on a cold windy day and got 18 in in less than 3 hrs. Aerated greens but rest of course in great condition. Simply a dream day to start the year. Difficult conditions with the strong winds, but it is linx golf so should have wind.

Clubhouse gentleman was awesome. Helped me with an issue I had with CC. Love this place. Oh, and it was $36. Seriously... why ever go anywhere else.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Best Course in New Jersey"


mickaermiller's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/15/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played here numerous times never disappointed always challenged,what a phenomenal way to end the golf season! love this course!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Scott5538112's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Top New Jersey Course Lives Up to Its Reputation"


GalCallaway's avatar
New Jersey Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The course is beautiful and in great condition. The staff is very welcoming and helpful. The only slightly negative aspect was the driving range - no easy turnaround so every time someone had to leave for the first tee, they had to backup a small cart path (of course with the backup beeping alert from the cart annoying everyone warming up). Also, they did not have anyone attending the range and many of the "pyramids' of balls were empty.

The course itself is challenging but fun. The Par value for each hole was very fair for women (which is not always the case with courses). You do need to stay on the fairway because hitting into the fescue grass will most likely result in a lost ball. The greens were fast (which is the reputation of the course) but not "unfair" because the breaks were easy to read and the hole placements were in reasonable spots on the greens the day we played (hole location #1 for that day).

If you have a chance to play BallyOwen, go for it.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Player assistance guy"


Bigstem419's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Great Course really like it played every year for last 6 Years but had a problem with the same guy every year. He followed us n wouldn’t let us be. Played with 3 of the fastest golfer I know n I’m pretty quick myself. Played in under 4 hrs every time. This was the only negative I have with this course. And also if we hit it in the rough( was pretty high) not native grass the rough , he wouldn’t help us even though he watched 3 balls land within 10 yards of him , will play there again when he no longer works there. It’s unfortunate really.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Bring extra ballls"


Thanasi2737221's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course. Very challenging . You will not find your balk if you veer off the fairway too much. Greens run very fast.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



irina10's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Ballyowen"


roncohen111's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the round very much. Course was in very good shape. Pace of play was very good. No waiting on a busy Sunday. Challenging. If the balls goes into the heather it will be lost!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"There is only one way to describe this course"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of the best, if not best public course I've played in New Jersey. We also played in the afternoon, and the conditions were great and everybody on the course was respectful.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful track, first class facility in every catagory"


Luckyshank's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
New York Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

From the practice facility to the friendly staff, this track has just about everything a private club would have to offer. This links style set up in the mountains is very unique. There are many elevation changes and water is in play on some holes. Holes are beautifully designed with stratigically placed bunkers and conditions were excellent. If winds are blowing, this place can play extremely tough because errant tee shots will be punished if your ball finds the fescue. Despite its challenges, with five sets of tee boxes it is playable for all skill levels. Indeed a must play if you're a player from New Jersey or New York metro area.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Outstanding track!"


JJaeggi's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Second time playing this great course. Best public golf in NJ. A stout test from all tees but all holes are different and memorable. Would highly recommend especially for low handicappers. Conditions good , staff friendly and pace of play was good!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



LT92402's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"One of my favorites"


RobTyska's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2017
Previously played Walked Wet weather

Reviewed on

Still one of my favorite courses. Conditions are excellent overall, even though a few bunkers can still use some work. Allows walking and push carts and gives you a discount for doing so. Caddies are available. Grass range and balls are included. Great layout except for a few awkward walks from green to next tee. No trees, but plenty of tall grass and bunkers.

Biggest negatives are gas carts and expensive food.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great first time playing this gem..."


scapattack's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Came to play a round to kick off masters Sunday and was glad I made the long drive our to this course. It's a great looking facility with a friendly staff. The clubhouse is smallish, but the bar is a nice place to have a pint. The range is grass which is a big plus.

The course looks great and has a extremely fun layout. Shots off the tee require accuracy, but you do get rewarded when you hit your spot. The greens were receptive and putts rolled nicely. The par 3s are very memorable with water coming into play on 3 of the 4. The par 5s are great risk reward holes with none being too out of range after a proper drive.

The only issue was after the winter the fairways were extremely soggy. Many balls actually plugged almost completely underground... this made it pretty difficult to find your ball! This normally wouldn't be a problem - I've heard the course can play fast and firm in the summer.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent course"


yhoh's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/27/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

Course condition was still very good even though I played the end of November. Excellent course!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great facilities great view & layout"


u000007329475's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always pleasure to play in top notch course like at ballyowen


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"MUST PLAY"


BethpageBlack1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/29/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Thanks to GolfNow for allowing those of us on a limited budget to play courses of this caliber. Stellar layout, fair but demanding. Impeccable conditioning. Welcoming staff. Everything that golf should be. Favorite course in NJ. Played Bethpage Black the day before. Ballyowen can hold it's own against any course in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"tough greens"


royjstein's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

very pretty and fair but must stay in play


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great golf !!!"


drive320's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

It was very nice but expecting better greens.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Greens"


Lou8790784's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For 156 dollars per golfer we should have been informed that the greens were recently aerated and not rolling true...

Made the value very poor...

rate should have been discounted....


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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