Union League National Golf Club - South/West

4.2487352941 4.2 stars from 5 (218)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6895 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 72.1
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
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.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Pro 72 6895 yards 72.1 136
Champion 72 6608 yards 70.1 131
Regulation 72 6270 yards 67.8 125
Regulation (W) 72 6270 yards 73.4 136
Senior 72 5695 yards 65.7 117
Forward 72 4971 yards 68.8 120

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 218 Reviews
5 stars:
66
4 stars:
95
3 stars:
30
2 stars:
20
1 stars:
7

recommend this course

183 out of 217 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive near local attractions convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens thick rough   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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"Great Course"


Dankohner's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

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.


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




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u000007738399's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Nice course, bad bugs"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


u000002229619's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Favorite public/private course in south jersey"


u044607362's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u666529869's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not like it once was"


Daschmunk's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course



u000005621260's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Best Condition in Years"


u000004444886's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



fmiller's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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



u349378490's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Sand Barrens South-West"


James4637165's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Worth the Money"


Sam9580755's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


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



james275's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Sand, sand, sand!"


docbdg's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2017
Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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!


I don't recommend this course


"Good course, great GolfNow value"


Kevin8815484's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Solid South Jersey golf"


sixeagles's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Philly Advisor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great value"


Christophe4448910's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/24/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"35 Acres of Sand and Worth every Penny"


miamisun22's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

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...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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