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Conditions
3.6
Value
3.6
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
3.6
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.3
70.4%
Recommend this course
548 out of 604 reviews
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2.5
17 Reviews (17)
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2.5
Value
2.2
Layout
3.3
Pace
2.6
Amenities
2.1
StaffFriendliness
2.3
29.4%
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5 out of 17 reviews
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3.2
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Conditions
3.2
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Layout
3.8
Pace
3.4
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52.0%
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 71
Length 6863 yards
Slope 131
Rating 72.5

The Architects Golf Club is a unique layout that honors legendary course designers including Donald Ross, A.W. Tillinghast, and Alistair Mackenzie. Each hole is named after a famous designer, beginning with Old Tom Morris. The opening par 5 pays homage to St. Andrews' designer through the use of the existing features as hazards such as the rock wall and the sloping hillside that the green is deftly carved into. One of the most memorable holes is the 13th, another par 5 that will give you a taste of what it's like to play Augusta. This Alistair Mackenzie-inspired hole offers many risks and rewards. Golfers will face fairways bunkers and a pond on the left and then a creek that runs diagonally in front of the triple-tiered green. Position is the key to maneuvering this tough hole.

Course Details

Year Built 2001
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ron Whitten (2001) Stephen Kay (2001) Doug Smith (2001)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire must be worn at all times. Jeans (denim), tee shirts, bathing or gym shorts, tank tops and halter-tops are not permitted.

Food & Beverage

Snacks, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

3.8
604 Reviews (604)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 55
Patio Dining 37
19th Hole Scenic Views 28
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 98
Elevation Changes 64
Undulating Greens 62
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 81
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 64
A Weekend Splurge 61
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 99
In the 'Burbs 48
Convenient to the City 16

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Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course, Friendly Staff!

Architects Golf Club is a gem! Wonderful experience from start to end. The staff, both in the pro shop and outside, were incredibly helpful and professional. The views on this course are spectacular. Conditions were perfect. Could not recommend this golf course more!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 11/30/2020

Thank you for your kind words! We strive to provide service and nice course conditions along with an engaging experience for all of our guests. We look forward to having you back again soon!

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Never playing here again

I played here last week for the first time in a few years and will never play here again. It was truly disappointing. Super slow pace of play, greens didn't roll true and the course was soaking wet. The course has gone way downhill over the past few years- it used to be much better. Not sure whose managing this place but they're doing a terrible job.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 11/13/2020

Thank you for your feedback. The Staff works very hard to provide a memorable experience. We hope you'll reconsider and return in the future.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

This Course Sucks

Wow, this course sucks. Not worth the money. 7 of the 18 holes resemble soccer fields or open prairies - they're literally just wide open fields with greens at the end. Total scam of a golf course. You're better off playing other courses in the area, such as High Bridge Hills, which is 10x more fun and half the price.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Extremely Easy
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Commented on 11/13/2020

We value your feedback. The golf course is defined with very unique features which are memorable. We look forward to having you back in the future.

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Commented on 11/08/2020

Thank you for your comments. The Team works very hard to provide good course conditions and an engaging atmosphere. We look forward to having you return in the future.

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Don't Go Here

If you want to have a horrible golf experience, then the Architects is the place for you. I have played at over 100 courses in New Jersey and the Architects takes the cake for the worst experience of all time. Staff, course conditions, greens, pace of play, driving range, pricing etc, were all horrible. Expect to pay for an overpriced round ($100+ on weekends) that will take 5+ hours. During the 5-hour round, also expect to have an unfriendly interaction with a staff member every three holes as they pester you about pace of play and cart paths. They literally watch you play. The staff is extremely rude, aggressive and unfriendly. It's quite obvious there are issues between the Manager, Ron, and his staff- the tension is extremely uncomfortable and makes you feel bad for some of the junior employees. Moving onto the course conditions - wet as a dog and poor maintenance. The back nine has a nice layout- unfortunately the tee boxes, greens and bunkers felt more like an abandoned mini golf course. Oh, and if you're thinking about hitting the range before your round, expect to hit 20 balls off concrete for $5. One last thing- don't show up early because you're not allowed to tee off until the exact minute of your tee time. Do yourself and your wallet a favor and play at other public courses -Heron Glen, High Bridge Hills, Neshanic Valley, Fox Hollow, Royce Brook, Berkshire Valley, Ballyowen, Wild Turkey, Rock Spring, Knoll West. Other lower priced courses worth trying are Beaver Brook, Green Knoll, Farmstead, Sunset Valley, Black Bear, Galloping Hill.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Extremely Easy
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Commented on 11/02/2020

Thank you for your feedback as it will be leveraged to assist the Team of Associates with providing a better experience for our customers. We apologize that course conditions were impacted as a result of heavy rains leading up to the day of your tee time. Your input will be a guide for balancing our service standards with our on-course experience.

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Don't Go Here

If you want to have a horrible golf experience, then the Architects is the place for you. I have played at over 100 courses in New Jersey and the Architects takes the cake for the worst experience of all time. Staff, course conditions, greens, pace of play, driving range, pricing etc, were all horrible. Expect to pay for an overpriced round ($100+ on weekends) that will take 5+ hours. During the 5-hour round, also expect to have an unfriendly interaction with a staff member every three holes as they pester you about pace of play and cart paths. They literally watch you play. The staff is extremely rude, aggressive and unfriendly. It's quite obvious there are issues between the Manager, Ron, and his staff- the tension is extremely uncomfortable and makes you feel bad for some of the junior employees. Moving onto the course conditions - wet as a dog and poor maintenance. The back nine has a nice layout- unfortunately the tee boxes, greens and bunkers felt more like an abandoned mini golf course. Oh, and if you're thinking about hitting the range before your round, expect to hit 20 balls off concrete for an extra $5. One last thing - don't show up early because you're not allowed to tee off until the exact minute of your tee time. Do yourself and your wallet a favor and play at other public courses -Heron Glen, High Bridge Hills, Neshanic Valley, Fox Hollow, Royce Brook, Berkshire Valley, Ballyowen, Wild Turkey, Rock Spring, Knoll West. Other lower priced courses worth trying are Beaver Brook, Green Knoll, Farmstead, Sunset Valley, Black Bear, Galloping Hill.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Extremely Easy
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Don't Go Here

If you want to have a horrible golf experience, then the Architects is the place for you. I have played at over 100 courses in New Jersey and the Architects takes the cake for the worst experience of all time. Staff, course conditions, greens, pace of play, driving range, pricing etc, were all horrible. Expect to pay for an overpriced round ($100+ on weekends) that will take 5+ hours. During the 5-hour round, also expect to have an unfriendly interaction with a staff member every three holes as they pester you about pace of play and cart paths. They literally watch you play. The staff is extremely rude, aggressive and unfriendly. It's quite obvious there are issues between the Manager, Ron, and his staff- the tension is extremely uncomfortable and makes you feel bad for some of the junior employees. Moving onto the course conditions - wet as a dog and poor maintenance. The back nine has a nice layout- unfortunately the tee boxes, greens and bunkers felt more like an abandoned mini golf course. Oh, and if you're thinking about hitting the range before your round, expect to hit 20 balls off concrete for $5. Also, don't come early because you're not allowed to tee off until the exact minute of your tee time. Do yourself and your wallet a favor and play at other public courses -Heron Glen, High Bridge Hills, Neshanic Valley, Fox Hollow, Royce Brook, Berkshire Valley, Ballyowen, Wild Turkey, Rock Spring, Knoll West. Other lower priced courses worth trying are Beaver Brook, Green Knoll, Farmstead, Sunset Valley, Black Bear, Galloping Hill.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Extremely Easy
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Usually a favorite course, but.......

I generally recommend this course to friends, especially if you can get a tee time midweek at a reasonable price. When the weekend rolls around and they jack up the prices, the experience goes from good to poor. First of all, the greens were spiked and top-dressed. No course should be charging full boat under those circumstances. You also can't be stacking tee times every 8 minutes. However, if you are you need to control the pace of play. 5 hours, 35 minutes for a round of golf is ridiculous. Some of the crazy pin placements and the fact that it was a windy day, did not help. I realize you folks took it on the chin during the pandemic, but don't try to make all your money back in a month. I have always liked this course, but I would only recommend that you play it midweek.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 60
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing

Previous reviews are very salty

Let me start off with saying the course could be in a little better shape. However we had a tropical storm and a heat wave so most courses are a little chewed up. Yea there was crab grass but unless you want to play pine valley down the turnpike you will find some on every course. The greens need to be rolled but we also played at 3pm on Saturday so that’s also understandable. Yes the bunkers had some rocks in them and could use work but again not to the extent as the previous reviews have said. The course needs some TLC but don’t be turned away because it needs a little help.

The layout of this course is great. It’s wide open and has strategic bunkering on the left and right. The course is forgiving and the greens hold nicely. You really can’t get into too much trouble on most holes. Would love to come back in a few months in the cooler temps and hopefully some less play allows the course to heal.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

Disappointed. Course fell off

Usually play this track once a season. It's always been in great shape, until now. Fairways gross and dead in many spots. Tons of crab grass everywhere. Staff that is completely infelxible-- charge us extra 25 for a cart because we want to ride seperate due to covid.. on a day with tons of carts available due to rain cancellations. Tee boxes and greens chopped up on some holes.

It's a great layout, but no where worth 100 to play in those conditions. Save money and get better bang for your buck at neshanic, heron Glenn, crystal, Riverview, or just about anywhere else. Won't be coming back

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Not same as picture showed on site.

I booked by tee off at this golf course. I recognized they did not deal with tee off or golf now site any more. I’ve driven almost two hours from city. I had not much choice later day what if I want to play golf. I had to pay double price at the course for playing. I saw the review of this course as most favorable course in NJ but it was not most playable golf course. It seemed like just common golf course. Crystal Spring golf course is much more better than this Architect golf course in low budget. I strongly not recommend this course to anyone who wants to play.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Not Worth th Money

I am rating tis course based on expectations and its current rating as the number 3 nest public course in NJ. Base don that it is not worth the money. Overall conditions was not great T boxes where chewed up, many fairways had dead spots with just dirt showing, the greens were also chewed up. I have played cheap muni course a few weeks ago that had greens in better shape.

Staff is inexperienced (very young) and they wold not honor the golf now reservation because they only want you to pay them directly and their clubhouse is not open. SOP OI had to pay an additional $59 to play and then contact Gofl Now to get a refund. There was no manager on site only the Pro Shop Manager who was maybe 22 years old and made no attempt to promote the course of good will by giving us a break an honoring the Gofl Now T time that we paid.

Having said that I really do like the course and the layout ti just a shame that they have an inexperienced staff with no knowledge and that the course conditions are not up to the # 3 rating that they currently hold in the top 10 list of best NJ public courses. If you want o play a very nice course for the same amount of money do yourself a favor and play Neshanic. .

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
2.0

Terrible Staff

Do yourself a favor if you want to play a nice course for about the same price point as Architects go a head and play Nechanic. It s in better condition and the staff is much more professional. If you care to read they details of why I recommend Nechanic over Architects the details are listed below but in a few words, playing Architect was a big let down.
First the Staff sucks they are a bunch of inexperienced children. Secondly the current policy due to covid are wildly inconsistent. No one in the club house means that you can only pay online. I booked a T time via Golf Now that was paid in full Architects only wants to golfer to pay the T tiem fee to them. Normally this means that Golf Now would only change the reservation fees and the T time would be paid at the course directly to the course which is fine. But Architects will not allow a single person into the clubhouse even with a mask which seems insane since they force you to ride two per cart even during covid. In addition the so called Manager refused to work with us in any way. It was pay us what we want and we do not care if you were inconvenienced because we did follow up with Gofl Now to see if they removed us form their web site. I have booked 8 to 9 T times via Golf NOW during covid and this see the first issue I have had with a course. The young Pro Shop manager distention that we pay them $59 to play even thought we already paid Gofl Now $37.49 to play. They made no accommodation other than to get us on the course basically said it was our problem not theirs.

As far as the course it is a very unique and fun course to play however for the money and its reputation it is in what I would call mediocre shape. T boxes were all chewed up, greens looked like they have no maintenance many many pock marks/divots and in some cases spots. Put it this way I have seen better greens on many municipal courses. Many of the Fairways had patches of dead grass where only dirt was visible. Now these are conditions that you can see on many golf courses I just do not expect to see them on what is supposed to be the number 3 public golf course in NJ.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Customer Service disappointing

Booked thru GolfNow prepaid. Arrived at course and told they no longer honor GolfNow? Staff was rude and said we have to pay to play and contact GolfNow for refund. This was not our fault and the course should have made sure their course was withdrawn from GolfNow asap verse players not knowing and booking tee times. The staff were a bunch of kids who are rude. We wanted separate carts due to covid 19 and they said no. Also, we waited past our tee time to start when there was no backup. Customer Service is terrible.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 08/02/2020

Hello thank you for your review and feedback! Due to COVID the course is not currently accepting GolfNow or 3rd party bookings. You can book future tee times directly with us by visiting our website! Sorry for any confusion that GolfNow might have caused due to posting tee times that were never authorized to be posted to begin with! We do offer separate carts but only if they are available. A cart fee would apply if available and is dependent on how busy we might be on any given day. Sorry for any inconvenience you might have experienced and hope to see you back at the club in the future!

Played On
Reviews 3
1.0

Did not play

The course management refused to honor Golfnow reservation

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Commented on 08/02/2020

Keith thank you for your review! Due to COVID the course is not currently accepting GolfNow or 3rd party bookings. You can book a tee time directly with us by visiting our website! Sorry for any confusion that GolfNow might have caused due to posting tee times that were never authorized by the club!

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Reviews 10
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
First Time Playing

Not worth it

Disappointing experience considering it is (or as I’ve come to realize, was) supposed to be a top course. The bunkers were cement traps with loads of rocks in them. For the amount they charge it is unacceptable. Some of the tee boxes had grass so long it bordered on rough.

The range system was annoying and frustrating and their clubhouse was COMPLETELY closed.

Not worth the movie.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 170
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 25 Contributor
First Time Playing

It was fine but missed out on a lot

Playing this course during covid was not the best time as the clubhouse was completely closed and most of the employees acted like they didn’t want to be there, especially the starter. As for the course itself it was in good condition, some burnt out spots but for the most part it was fine. The gimmick didn’t work for me on some of the holes, especially the Ross holes. There weren’t really any of the signature shelf greens you see on a lot of his courses. I’d recommend it for the novelty of playing it as the Old Tom Morris and Tillinghast holes are solid. I will say that the gentleman running the outdoor food stand at the turn was really great and engaging.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Over priced and bad policies

Overall the staff is friendly, so not a review on them. The course was meticulous when I started playing it a decade ago. Was overpriced then, but worth it on occasion. Now it is not worth the pricing, and to make it worse some even the range (was great) is not worth it anymore. AFTER putting hundreds of dollars on the card, they changed the natural grass area to members only and put a dirty old mat on a cement walkway for anyone else. I can't imagine paying a membership for a course not worth the $118 they are charging individually. After the range cards are done, and a few gift cards remaining, I am more than likely done with this course. I can play courses just as nice, some better manicured, twice for that price by driving 3 miles to Easton PA. I can hit off a mat on my patio and save the range card as well. One positive, through the covid they have absolutely done a good job managing the carts/staff/distancing etc. And again, always friendly. Shame on the policy and pricing.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very nice course.

The course was in good shape for this time of year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Walked

Good winter conditions

Good winter conditions, greens were very slow, can't complain being that it is the 1st week of March.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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