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4.9
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3.3
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6895 yards
Slope 136
Rating 72.1

Union League National Golf Club on the Jersey Shore is a course that earns its former name (Sand Barrens), thanks to the varied sand traps and waste bunkers. Designed by Dana Fry and Dr. Michael Hurdzan, the South/West Course measures 6,895 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 136. The front nine is a little open and has more undulating greens than the back. Look for No. 4, which plays 439 yards and is one of the course favorites. It gets no easier on the back nine, which finishes with two challenging par 4s.

Course Details

Year Built 1999
Golf Season Year round
Architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan Dana Fry (1997)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Dress code strictly enforced for golf course AND practice facility. Please be prepared to comply. Collared golf shirts and proper length shorts required. No denim.

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Reviews

3.7
218 Reviews (218)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 17
Patio Dining 12
19th Hole Scenic Views 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 47
Undulating Greens 25
Thick Rough 17
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 27
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 23
A Weekend Splurge 20
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 25
Near Local Attractions 19
Convenient to the City 8

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First Time Playing

Great Course

Great course! Played the west course, felt like I was in a playing in a pine forrest. Some water hazards, but not bad. Would play again.

Conditions Excellent
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Friendliness Excellent
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
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Friendliness Excellent
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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
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5.0
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Nice course, bad bugs

Nice course, super friendly staff. Course layout is nice, greens are huge and smooth. The flys decided my ankles were irresistible and made an otherwise nice day tough. They don't have bug spray for sale.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice course

Played w/ a couple of friends from FL Nice course good deal fiendly staff

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Favorite public/private course in south jersey

What an awesome course. The staff are all incredibly friendly, the starter will sit there and have a conversation with you about your playing ability and pace of play, then will decide which course to send you out on. He listens to you and will take your requests into account. The rangers are very nice and do an amazing job at keeping play moving. The course is beautiful, but there is a serious problem with people not replacing their divots! I know this is not the fault of the course but it is very annoying when your drives are rolling into people's divots multiple times. If there were less divots this would easily get 5 stars for condition of course. Would recommend this course to anyone

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not like it once was

I've played this course multiple times over the past 5 years, but this last time it was not in nearly as well kept as in years past. It's a nice layout of a course. But I won't be returning to play at these prices if it isn't going to be taken care of. I've played much better courses for $20-$25, with their max cost is less than $50. And Sand Barrens would be in the ball park if their fees were equivalent. Tees and greens were fine, but waste areas, sand traps, and some of the fairways were less than ideal. As if they only have half or 1/3 of the staff needed. All the staff was friendly and helpful, I certainly appreciate that.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best Condition in Years

Course is in tip top condition. Greens were smooth and fast. Finished 18 holes in 3.5 hours.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

It's always fun to play this course, challenging but playable.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Sand Barrens South-West

A unique course in South Jersey. This layout has tons of sand bunkers and waste areas hence the name. Interesting geographical features makes this course fun to play. this is a shot makers course and local knowledge is key so pay attention and place shots. COurse was in great shape we have had a lot of rain Greens were top dressed this was NOT mentioned when we paid or greens fees so we were a bit taken aback. Greens are huge and accommodating.

Will return to play this again

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Worth the Money

Great course in great condition. Name holds true! LOTS OF SAND..Course was marked out to perfection and signs leading you to next tee box was a pleasant surprise. Beautiful course and well worth the money.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
Perfect weather
Used cart

Sand, sand, sand!

I don't mind sand traps, but this course is aptly named. Sand is everywhere, making play unreasonably tedious. We couldn't wait to get off the course. Play somewhere else!

Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good course, great GolfNow value

Solid layout, good pace of play with 3 nines and course in good condition for this early in the season!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Philly Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played

Solid South Jersey golf

This is a very solid South Jersey layout with pine trees and sandy soil with some natural and some manufactured elevation changes. There are 27 holes here expanded from an original 18 holes. It's easy to get confused in some places so you need to be careful to follow markings on the cart paths (which have faded over time) and posted signage. A signature double green is one you won't forget. My regular golf partner and I figure is has to take an hour to cut to give you an idea of its size and the undulations are something you have to see to believe. It is in play on the north and west course. The sand in the bunkers is native and course, almost gravel like and some of the "bunkers" are actually waste areas. The holes are solid and some of the par 4's play long. As fitting the name, sand is the main feature with minimal water coming into play.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great value

Only issue was sand dressing on greens. Great course for the $$.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

35 Acres of Sand and Worth every Penny

27 Holes of Golf Tucked away on the Southern Jersey Shore...Greens fast and true to read...Tees and fairways in great shape and the staff very freindly including the dog that greeted us...This place got a little "rough" for a few years but has come back better than ever...A Must play for anyone visiting and just a short 2 hour drive the the New York city metropolitan area...Thank you Sand Barrens for another Great Day....ohh...and if open the Food is on the higher end of the stick...French Onion one of the best I've had...

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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