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Ballyowen Golf Club was named as the #1 Public Golf Course by New Jersey Monthly and one of the Top 50 Public Courses in the US by Conde Nast's GolfWorld Magazine. More than 21,000 individual golf courses were evaluated based on 13 different performance criteria, including quality and condition of the course, reputation/prestige, food/dining, and service. Ballyowen has continually received outstanding critical acclaim since opening in June 1998, rated the #1 Public Golf Course in New Jersey by Golfweek, PubLinks, Zagat, NJ Golf, and The Jersey Golfer and 15th among the 50 Most Popular Courses in the US by Zagat.
Ballyowen has been masterfully sculpted out of the local landscape by renowned golf course architect, Roger Rulewich. Situated on 250 sprawling acres atop a plateau, Ballyowen is surrounded by rolling farmland and craggy knolls, overlooking the spirited Walkill River. Virtually treeless, with plush green fairways, Ballyowen reflects the Celtic-style characteristics of this most unique golf site.
The links-style layout provides golfers with a kaleidoscopic array of verdant fairways, pristine white bunkering, and wheat-yellow native rough grasses. Tee shots flow into unique valleys amidst towering mounds. Glimpses of surrounding golf holes recede and vanish as golfers meander from fairway to fairway. Interestingly, the 360-degree visual perspective is relieved only by play of the individual holes.