The 18-hole Pine Valley golf course at the Pine Valley Golf Club in Clementon, New Jersey has long been attracting superlatives. Golf enthusiasts and experts continually judge it as one of the finest courses in the world. Why not? It has more top-class holes than other courses and the finest 18 green complexes of any course. It also has the finest collection of one shot holes, two shotters (particularly those under 370 yards), as well as three shotters. Pine Valley additionally possesses the finest three hole start and three hole finish.
Pine Valley used to be a gathering point for architects during the Golden Age of golf course design to analyze and discuss design features. When George Crump bought the property in 1912, the architecture world’s who’s-who came and contributed to the design of the golf course. They included Charles Alison, Harry Colt, William Flynn, William Fownes, Robert Hunter, Charles Blair Macdonald, Alister MacKenzie, Perry Maxwell, Donald Ross, George Thomas, A.W. Tillinghast, Walter Travis, and Hugh Wilson. This 18-hole golf course features many of the hallmarks of New Jersey golf.
The golf course is widely praised because of its consistent level of conditioning and challenge on each hole, which will require you to carefully place the ball from tee to green and correct the placement on approach shots to the green because of major undulations and swales. It also boasts of a 155 slope from the championship tees, providing a very tough challenge to even the best golfer in the world.
Trademarks include the par three 5th, the famous “hell’s half acre” (a bleak wasteland on the par five 7th hole, probably the world’s largest non sea-side bunker), and “the devil’s asshole” (a very deep bunker on the par three 10th). Also popular is the par four 18th hole, which integrates various golf course elements into an impressive finishing hole.
Pine Valley is a nice golf course for experienced players as well as the beginners. In addition to its being a long course, it also offers a lot of challenges like tight fairways and small greens. Many golfers – novices and professionals alike, and even handicap players – enjoy playing in this excellent course.