n what may strike golfers as more appropriate in Arizona than New Jersey, the 27 holes at Sand Barrens feature 7,100 yards of a wind-assisted adventure among 30 acres of bunkers. Built by the Midwest partnership of Hurdzan and Fry, Sand Barrens made Golf magazine’s Top Ten You Can Play in 1998.
The layout ranges from 6,885 to 7,092 yards, depending on the combination of nines you play). And they demand distance and accuracy, unless you’re the type to appreciate extra work on your sand game. Greens are fast, large and undulating. And check this out: The double green that connects 2 North with 4 West is 55,000 square feet, with 150 feet of combined depth. Overshoot on either and you may need a fairway wood for your first putt. While fairways are generous and mostly flat, the presence of sand along and through the fairways can give the average ball sprayer a terminal case of claustrophobia.