Played in northern Jersey today. Rained a lot. Even the air in NYC is getting to me now.
Liberty Corner, NJ- Harry Dunham:This is a nice city park course, extremely open though. Has dual ashpahlt tees and good signs. Nothing really challenging even from longs, but has length. It has one real nice hole that is more like you'd see on a tourney level course. Nothing rough, well maintained. Not worth stopping by for because of it's easiness and openness, but a good one to have for beginners and families.
Bridgewater, NJ- Chimney Rock:Pretty much opposite of Harry Dunham yet so close-by. Much shorter, one hole is 100', another is 140'. Extreme rough on half the holes, lost a disc on the first shot that looked parked! So much ivy off fairway I didn't even look hard for it. The 3 woods holes very very short and not too tight, with a creek in play. Today it had just rained so the creek was huge and actually was flowing over a tee pad out of it's banks. Pretty well designed, just not a desirable piece of land. Dirt tees and there are signs medium difficulty to follow.
New Brunswick, NJ- Rutger's:This is an oldie from 1978, looks like most of the original layout. There are good signs but the tees are dirt and today were mud so slippery had to stand still on several shots. Very well designed testing all shots. Nothing long or very open, no need for a driver beyond side-arm shots. Goes in and around a sparse setting of tall trees and mowed grass. #1's basket is behind power box and tee is near largest building. #9 is beyond building in front of #8-walk past main entrance. #18 is behind building to left of #17, and the basket is hidden behind a tree. There is an alt. layout we could play without a guide. Great course for it's age and type.