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Bayonne Golf Club

Bayonne, NJ Private

Overview

Both Bayonne Golf Club and its neighbor, No. 197 Liberty National G.C., were built at the same time, part of a massive transformation of the Jersey shoreline along the Hudson River and New York Harbor. Bayonne was built on an old sanitary landfill covered with 7 million cubic yards of fill, much of it dredged from the harbor to efforts to make the harbor deep enough for supertankers. The deposits were piled up to 10 stories high, which developer-designer Eric Bergstol then shaped into towering faux sand dunes. The course is an ode to Irish links, with no trees, cart paths or level lies. Fairways flow down narrow valleys, edged by steep slopes laden with tall, wavy fescues. Bunkers are deep and often fearsome. A few greens sit right above the harbor and all putting surfaces have confounding humps, bumps and rolls. Tucked away down a bumpy, unpaved road past a strip mall in blue-collar Bayonne, N.J. is this private, walking-only enclave.

About

Holes 18
Length 7120
Slope 145
Facility Type Private
Designer Eric Bergstol

Awards

100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2011.
2023-'24 ranking: 177th.
Previous ranking: 158th.
Highest ranking: 126th, 2013-2014.

Best in State: Ranked in Top 10 in New Jersey since 2009.
Current Ranking: 9th.
Previous ranking: 8th.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.6

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.2191
Character
7.3435
Challenge
7.3614
Layout Variety
7.3492
Fun
7.0708
Aesthetics
7.3935
Conditioning
7.2369

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