23rd & Long Beach Blvd.
Ship Bottom, NJ 08008
Price: $8.50 after 5pm/$7.50 before 5pm
The Jersey Shore has a lot of unique miniature golf courses, and The Putting Penguin was excited to play The Sand Trap the night before our ‘Can You Beat Biggie?’ challenge in June 2021. We were surprised to hear from the owner, Larry, that the course, established in 1975, is a Harris course. It looks nothing like the ‘new’ Harris Courses we’re familiar with like Jen’s Links down the road.
Immediately noticeable is the effort put into maintaining the course. The carpets are replaced every three years, and the flowers and landscaping were impressive. Larry told us his strong feelings about “New balls, new pencils, and new clubs,” and all this hard work made for a very enjoyable round of minigolf.
There really isn’t much we didn’t like about this course. While it has the metal cups and rubber tee mats, they did not necessarily deter from the enjoyment of playing. The hole designs were unique, and of course we liked the seaside theming. The 19th hole had a variety of prizes that could be won, which always allows for some added excitement at the end of the round for the kids. The scorecard also had the hole length on there which is always a fun extra touch on courses.
We definitely recommend this course whether you’re a local or a summer vacationer. This course is in great shape, fun to play, and will entertain your kids when they get bored with the beach.
Reviewed by Mandy, Pat & Putt
Reviewed in 2021
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