(at Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex)
West Orange, NJ 07052
Cost: $10.00 Other Activities: Snacks
This course recently opened and we’re glad it did! The theming is very good as it takes you on a journey (a safari even) through three different atmospheres – Desert, Grasslands and Congo. The theme of the holes within each section matches their description including excellent use of multiple colored carpets such as tan for the desert holes and blue for Congo river holes. There’s a lot of variety in the type of holes on the course and there’s a few ace opportunities through none seem to be too easy. The course uses changes in elevation well and the landscaping is nice and not obtrusive. With the course being relatively new everything seemed to be in good condition and about every other hole there was a shaded hut where people could sit out of the sun while waiting.
The only thing we really had to complain about this course is the way their handicap holes are set up. We’ve played many handicap accessible courses before and have never had the problems we had on this course with the ball rolling right out of the handicap entrances. They were positioned right were the balls needed to go and didn’t have much of a lip at all to keep the ball in. This was especially noted on hole 10, which is a double decker hole. The middle pipe (the one you want to hit into to head towards the hole) shoots the ball out right at the handicap area and both our balls went out.
Other than that one item, which kept our score from being a 10, the cost is a tad high but they delivered on the atmosphere and the kids cost is a couple dollars less so it’s still reasonable. We would definitely recommend this course to people in the area or driving by on the Garden State Parkway since it’s only a few minutes off that highway.
Reviewed by Pat, Liz, Mal and Skipper
Reviewed in 2016
See our Flickr set for pictures of all 18 holes.