Running Deer Golf Club

4.4117647059 4.4 stars from 5 (9)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7074 yards
  • Slope: 134
  • Rating: 74.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fee

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared Shirts. Jeans and tank tops are not considered proper dress. No Tee Shirts/ No Jeans. Hats off in Caddy’s Pub

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tips 72 7074 yards 74.5 134
Long 72 6805 yards 73.1 130
Middle 72 6485 yards 71.4 127
Mulligan (W) 72 6150 yards 76.6 139
Forward (W) 72 5851 yards 74.9 133
Front (W) 72 5510 yards 72.7 128

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 9 Reviews
5 stars:
5
4 stars:
3
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

9 out of 9 reviews


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"soggy course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

I have played here many times (had a then career round of 77 first time there a few years ago) and always enjoy the variety of the holes. The greens are really tough if you are out of position on them. On this day the course was really wet and it was cart paths only (except for the senior foursome in front of us which we assumed were members). It was a lot of tough walking on soggy turf as I don't have skill to hit near cart path on every shot. Combined with wind this older guy was worn out at the end of the round. Highly recommend. Have some photos but they are in my phone.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Ron Jaworski's Best (and Toughest) Course"


ddotson2's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Pace of Play: 4:30 on a Sunday afternoon, seems about right for this difficult course.

Conditions: It has rained a few days before and the course seems to hold water pretty well so the fairways and tee boxes were a little hairy. Greens rolled at an average pace but were a little bumpy. Overall not bad.

Layout: Great layout, the epitome of South Jersey "Pinelands Golf" with tons of bunkers and VERY UNDULATING GREENS. I'd say about half the holes were pure target golf. The course is set on a nice property and you only see the hole you're playing on for the most part. Unique and challenging layout.

Staff Friendliness: No complaints; everybody was very pleasant.

Amenities: Being a semi-private course, the amenities are very nice; grass range, two practice putting greens, a halfway house for food/drinks and a nice indoor restaurant/bar. Only needs a bigger short game (pitching/chipping) area to get a 5-star.

Overall: A great course; it's classic Pinelands golf and easily Jaworski's best course. Don't let the distance from Philadelphia scare you away, it's an easy drive and worth the hassle. Just be prepared for challenging greens!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Ginormous Greens"


bambiklr's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Greens are gigantic and undulating. Knowing distance to pin is critical to avoid 60ft putts. Pin locations didn't match flag on a few holes which was somewhat annoying. Fairways and greens were in good shape. Tees on driving range were mostly dirt.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"top notch golf"


bradco's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Pennsylvania Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I tried out Running Deer for a mid week round on my day off. You can tell just by looking at a few holes when driving up to the clubhouse that this is a prime facility. The course was emerald green and had gotten a pretty good soaking the night before.

The staff was professional and pleasant when I arrived and the locker room is what you'd expect from a nice private club. I played the first 9 with a member and the back nine with 2 very nice daily players like me.

Every hole at Running Deer is cut out of the tall pines and framed by them. You'll notice tons of traps and waste areas but the fairways are extremely generous in most places. You'll need excellent distance control with your drives and approaches to keep out of the bunkers. There is some high fescue if you miss which is difficult to get your club through.

Most of the holes are straight with few doglegs. The hard part of the course is the enormous undulating greens. You have to keep your shots on the right tiers of the greens or 3 putting will be routine. The greens were a bit slower than anticipated and that could be due to the overnight rains. If you have a good short game, you can get up and down as there is ample room to wedge it close when you miss a green.

The cart girl had a very well stocked cart especially with liquor and she was very sweet. There was plenty of cold water to drink on the course at the tee boxes which was a nice bonus.

If you play the back tees, the course is much tougher and I played with the rest of group from the white tees at 6400 yds.

The course is visually stunning and in excellent condition even though the greens were a little spongy and soft from the overnight rain.. I'll be back soon!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Getting ready for USGA qualifier"


wlippin's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Jaws has done a masterful job taking over this fine layout. Some good changes (landscaping ,& playability behind & waste area on hole 9, improved bunkers & excellent greens. I did not like that they removed the front bunker on 8 & waste area on hole 3, that makes the greens way to easy to access. Conditions where very good will be prime in 1-2 weeks for qualifier. If you get a chance to play this gem hidden in deep South Jersey, I recommend it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"top quality"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This is a top quality design and it is kept in great condition. If I lived closer I would be there a lot. No two holes are even remotely alike and every hole is a challenge. No really easy holes.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Worth the drive"


Brian3615170's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Jersey-NYC Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

What challenging greens. Very large and undulating so make sure you are on the right level if you want a makeable putt. The conditions of the fairways and greens were great but the tee boxes could use work around white tees. Fairway bunkers are placed very strategically around this course and make you think off the tee. If I am nit picking, I was not pleased with the par 5s. All four of the par 5s made it nearly impossible to reach in two as unless you can carry it 270+ you had to layup to specific positions. It would be nice for at least one of them to be a grip it and rip it hole.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bang for the buck"


Moparbiker's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

For the money, you cannot beat this course. The conditions are outstanding, the greens can be evil. That's what makes it fun. Lot's of dirt, lot's of trouble. Makes you use all your clubs.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bang for the buck"


Moparbiker's avatar
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This course is serious bang for the buck. It's hard, but that's what makes it worth the money. Conditions were great, the greens can be diabolical. The staff was as friendly as you could ask for. The pub has great food.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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