Bayonne Golf Club
Both Bayonne Golf Club and its neighbor, 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.
COURSE REVIEW BY: CHRIS MAVROS, GOLFADELPHIA
A lunch long ago. In a hotel amidst snowy Boston, my travel companion and I deep in discussion on the subject of golf. I was still in the beginning stages of learning the game and course architecture. My companion, much more well traveled. The lunch was first recounted in my review of Wilshire, where my companion praised Wilshire and proclaimed it was much better than the more generally acclaimed Riviera. I had played neither course at the time, but filed away such enthusiastic declarations. I have since played both Riviera and Wilshire, loving them both....Click Here To Read Hole By Hole