Union League National Golf Club - North/South

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4.0
Value
4.5
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6969
Slope 136
Rating 72.3
Type Semi-Private
Featuring more than 100 acres of sand, Union League National Golf Club (formerly Sand Barrens Golf Club) in Swainton, N.J., is a semi-private golf course on the Jersey Shore. It's not all sand, though. The luxuriant fairways could almost be greens. The North/South at Sand Barrens G.C. measures 6,969 yards from the longest tees. The golf course kicks things off on No. 3, a 401-yard par 4 and one of the most popular holes on the course.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Pro 72 6969 yards 72.3 136
Champion 72 6648 yards 69.8 135
Regulation 72 6314 yards 67.8 128
Regulation (W) 72 6314 yards 74.1 135
Senior 72 5826 yards 65.4 121
Forward 72 4946 yards 67.8 121
Scorecard for Meade/Sherman
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 72.3/136 401 411 401 391 161 580 442 595 201 3583 365 188 399 429 439 546 204 295 511 3376 6959
Black/Blue M: 71.1/132 355 411 401 355 161 539 416 545 171 3354 365 163 372 429 415 523 157 295 511 3230 6584
Blue M: 69.2/129 355 377 389 355 150 539 416 545 171 3297 353 163 372 406 415 523 157 285 500 3174 6471
Blue/White M: 67.5/126 325 347 389 345 150 513 395 545 140 3149 353 163 328 353 358 491 157 285 485 2973 6122
White M: 66.5/124 W: 71.4/129 325 347 365 345 125 513 395 518 140 3073 329 145 328 353 358 491 129 276 485 2894 5967
White/Green M: 65.2/121 W: 68.7/124 325 347 365 255 125 513 308 479 140 2857 329 105 308 353 328 443 109 210 485 2670 5527
Green M: 63.6/119 W: 67.8/121 266 282 273 255 90 425 308 479 85 2463 254 105 308 329 328 443 109 210 387 2473 4936
Handicap 7 11 9 13 17 3 5 1 15 10 16 6 4 2 8 12 18 14
Par 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 36 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 5 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1997
Golf Season Year round
Architect 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.

Reviews

4.2
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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5.0
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
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

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
Verified Purchaser
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
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
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
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
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!

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
Top 100 Contributor
Philly Advisor
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
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