As I pulled into the parking lot something was odd at Heron Glen Golf Course. There were only two other cars in the lot despite the time being 11AM and a sunny sky. I was not surprised though as my car told me it was 38 degrees outside. I wondered if I missed a call, text, or email that the golf course was closed. This seems plausible as there were still small snow piles here and there. I went into the soon to be “old” club house and found a few souls there. I was told that tee times were to begin at noon which was my tee time. Sweet! I bought a large bucket of balls and began to warm up over the next hour. I would need it as I had not swung a club since Christmas in Georgia.
Heron Glen Golf Course Overview:
Heron Glen is fun golf course that offers subtle challenges. The mild elevation changes but some fairways tilt to one side favoring drives to the other side. There are several environmental areas to carry but the golf course provides drop areas on the other side for shots that do not clear them. The back nine plays a little easier that than front with three each of Par 3s, Par 4s and Par 5s.
Tee times can be booked through the golf course’s recently updated website which looks great with beautiful overfly shots of the course in bloom. Residents of Hunterdon County receive discounts on prices. The golf course also offers a Frequent Fairways plan that offers discounts for golfing at Heron Glen and earns points toward free round of golf.
Condition of Heron Glen Golf Course:
I can forgive a lot today as the cold weather has not yet let the greens to wake up from their winter slumber. That being said, the golf course is in good shape. The traps were still fluffy and allowed for good sand play. The greens were both slow and fast at times but to expected at this time of the year.
The golf course played cart path only so I decided to walk after ditching several unnecessary clubs in my car trunk including my Momentus swing trainer. Heron Glen is walkable except for the walk between 17 and 18 but you are on the home stretch so excitement carries you home. Grounds crew is nice to walkers by mowing short cuts between a few greens and tee boxes.
The new clubhouse is said to opening in May 2018 which will be a great addition to the course. The porch will offer a great view of the 18th green to cheer golfers home. There will also be a restaurant inside to offer post round meals.
If I Ran This Heron Glen Golf Course:
There are few improvements I would make to Heron Glen except adding GPS to the golf carts. That is small request since there are yardage markers on the sprinkler head covers.
Pace of play slows down on the 11th hole, as this par 4 is reachable with a good drive that hits the ground in just the right way. The 12th hole is a par 3 and then the 13th hole is long par 5 with a tricky drive landing area followed by smarter players laying up short of an environmental area. Not sure how the rangers could keep play moving but that is my one area of needed improvement.
Favorite Hole at Heron Glen Golf Course:
The 16th hole is the best hole on the golf course, hands down. This par 5 requires thinking and strategy from the tee box to the green. The drive is from the bottom of a hill and needs to crest the hill but beware as the hill slopes down toward an environmental area so don’t use your driver. A good 200-yard shot down the left side will put you in good position for your approach shot.
A dead tree blocks greedy shots that try to reach the green in two shots. I am convinced the pro shop can remote control the branches to grab balls flying by the tree like the Whopping Willow at Hogswart. If you make it through the branches, bunkers along the right side of the fairway guard the green after the environmental area.
The more patient you play this hole the better your result. The key is setting up your third shot in the fairway after clearing the environmental hazard. Find the middle of the fairway and you are in range of the hole with 100 to 120 yards to go. The green slopes down from the back to the front so you do not want to over hit you approach shot. A par is a solid performance and double bogeys are more common.
My final say:
I’ll back. This is a golf course I can play over and over again without getting bored. It is run well and has a loyal following.
Heron Glen Golf Course Scorecard:
|Price Paid||$63 (non-resident off season rate)|
|Pace||4:20 walking in a threesome with few other players in sight.|
|Beverage cart service||Yes (not today)|
|Scorecard paper quality||Laminated|
|Scorecard course layout||Yes|
|Driving range hitting surface||Grass and Mats (today mats)|
|Putting green quality||Great|
|Sand Bunker range||Yes|
|Golf cart quality||Good|
|Golf cart GPS||No|
|Divot repair tubes on cart||2 plus a drink cooler|
|Hole signage overview picture||No|
|Tee box markers||Plastic|
|Tee box grass condition||Good|
|Tee box divot repair box||Yes|
|Quality of rakes||Good|
|Greens grass quality||Good|
|Flag pin placement indication||Yes – colored for location|
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