Charleston Springs Golf Course - South Course
|White (W)||72||5899 yards||74.1||126|
|Red (W)||72||5153 yards||69.7||118|
|Blue M: 73.9/134||450||395||220||473||413||531||355||526||173||3536||316||130||450||529||360||448||602||200||382||3417||6953|
|Gold M: 71.0/127||405||350||195||432||379||505||317||503||158||3244||294||115||412||499||336||407||543||182||345||3133||6377|
|White M: 68.9/120 W: 74.7/132||384||311||177||412||351||489||311||462||143||3040||271||100||375||442||303||376||506||163||323||2859||5899|
|Red W: 69.9/123||343||263||132||361||312||444||249||425||115||2644||240||72||331||397||259||338||457||135||280||2509||5153|
About as scenic of a course as you can imagine with a very interesting layout. The greens had been recently aerated, but they weren't terrible. i didn't find the old guys who work there to be very friendly, but the course was well run. I loved it.
Best of the MCPC courses
This course is exactly what a county course should be. It offers plenty of challenge. I prefer the south course due to its layout. Playing from the tips offers tons of challenge while the white tees offer a great round. I keep a yardage book here that has taken plenty of strokes off my round. The range is in great shape and is set apart from the two courses. The facility itself is fantastic. The grill room is a great place to relax for a minute after the round. It’s not easily accessible from the south course for getting something to eat or drink at the turn but on peak weekends the cart girls come around pretty often. The practice green is in excellent condition.
Great Course once you get past the cranky old men
Played from the gold tees and found it fair and challenging. Course was in great shape to the compliment of the fine grounds crews.
Greens didn't have much break to them but were fair.
No shortage of grumpy old retirees who ride the course to tell you where you can park your cart, where you can tee off. We got chastised at the range (stay tight within the lines) By the starter (pull your carts up). I half expected one of the those old dudes to come out of the weeds to tell me I can't take a leak here.
Again, no one comes here for the friendliness of the staff, but the course is quite good.
Conditions are excellent throughout. Just not many memorable holes. The course is flat, but some long walks from green to next tee. Deep heather looks nice but slows play when looking for balls.
This is a fun links layout up around freehold nj. Really fun course, well maintained, and interesting layout. In my multiple experiences it isn't exactly easy to get a tee time there, and it's a little pricey on out of county players.
Great Public Course
Probably one of the nicest courses I've played in terms of conditions. I've played both the North and South courses and prefer the links-style North over the parkland-style South which tends to be a little tougher. Being county resident you can't beat the price and even for out of county its well worth it. They usually do a twilight special. I believe its $30 or something for 9+.
The only problem with this place is the unfriendly staff.
Excellent county facility!!
I was quite impressed with this municipal facility. Expansive practice area and a well-manicured golf course (probably 2 of them, but I only played one). This review is for the South course.
There's a GREAT mix of long and short holes here. From the tips, there are a few north of 450 yards but a couple south of 350. Except for the 16th, the par-5s are reachable for big hitters. Several hazards to carry but there seemed to be options to go around most if not all of them if needed. Just a really fun golf course!
I did find the rough to be a little too thick, though. It was a good 4+ inches long pretty much everywhere - even just a yard from the fairway. There was little or no first cut to keep an otherwise good tee shot from rolling into a thick lie. I missed the fairway by a yard on one of the 450-yard par 4s and couldn't reach the green due to the lie. A slightly shorter cut would have been a little more appropriate for us mere amateurs. It was tough to even find a ball in the rough - especially with the several blind / semi-blind tee shots (again, from the tips - probably easier to see landing areas from the forward tees).
Greens rolled true and a nice speed. Fairways were in excellent condition. The bunkers seemed to be in good shape - I don't think I hit any myself.
All-in-all, I can't say enough good things about this course. Thoroughly enjoyable!
A public country club
Charleston Springs North is an absolutely gorgeous track located in Millstone Twsp. NJ. It is not only in prime condition for being a public county course, I would venture to say that course conditions at CSN exceed those at a fair amount of country clubs. From the 1st to 18th hole you will find yourself thoroughly engaged in an excellent test of golf. Tree and water hazards are sparse but present and each hole is flanked by high fescue which only gets more jungle like as the spring turns into summer. Fairway bunkers on most holes are expertly placed so that an golfer is forced to be extremely creative because even a perfect drive can carry into the long stuff off the hard and fast fairways. Each hole is significantly its own at Charleston Springs while also maintaining contiguity with the rest of the design so that no hole sticks out as inferior. When the flagstick is replaced and hands shook on the last green you can be sure you played a complete gift of a golf course.
The rates are extremely fair for walking but the system should really do something about the price of the electric carts they have available especially since the Central Jersey region's temperature often enters dangerous territory. If you are an incomplete group be assured that you WILL be paired with people who either have reserved a spot via the online system or are walk-ons. If you choose to walk as a single and the rest are riding you will not be permitted to ride in the cart with the other member of the party, you will be forced to walk and keep up with the riders pace of play. Also the crowds which the Monmouth County Park systems can attract can be severely hit or miss so be wary of this if others effect your game. Staff at CSN and most of the MCPS courses is also another hit or miss scenario. I'm guessing that the pristine quality of the courses also lends itself to swelling up their employees ego's.
The facilities which are not part of the actual game itself are also very nice although they appear rarely used. A full locker room with showers is available. The grill room at Charleston Springs is better than all of the other courses since none of the others have any to really speak of. The putting green is large and they even have a short game area which can be utilized for ten dollars and a range where tokens are exchanged for balls.
I often find myself comparing other courses to the experience I have playing CSN because it truly is an incredible course.