Pine Valley Golf Club

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Pine Valley Golf Club

Architect: George Crump & H.S. Colt
Year: 1913

East Atlantic Avenue
Pine Valley, New Jersey 08021
(856) 783-3000

Course Access: Private

driving range available
walking only - caddies available
on-site accommodations

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Often the top rated golf course in the United States, Pine Valley Golf Club is widely considered by many to be the best golf course in the world.  Successful Philadelphia businessman George Crump set out to build a golf course and ended up creating a timeless monument to the game.  Not only is Pine Valley considered to be one of the best courses in the world, it is also considered to be one of the most difficult.  The terrain at Pine Valley challenges players to test their games with a variety of shots over fairways surrounded by wild and unkempt hazards.  It’s worth noting that the bunkers at Pine Valley do not contain rakes which certainly adds to the difficultly when one must play a sand shot out of another player’s heel print.  Best advice here are to avoid the bunkers all together . . . especially the ones they call Hell’s Half Acre and The Devil’s Asshole.

Local Knowledge: Pine Valley is its own stand alone municipality complete with its own police department.

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The Itinerant Golfer

Pine Valley Golf Club

It was surprising to me in the weeks leading up to my trip to Pine Valley Golf Club how many golfers I ran across who were not familiar with the club. The most common question I get these days from my golf friends is “Where are you off to next?" When I would respond with “Pine Valley" more often than not I would receive a blank stare and the question “Where is that one?" To answer that question once and for all, Pine Valley is in Clementon, New Jersey right outside of Philadelphia and it is, at the time of this writing, not only the #1 course in America, but also the #1 course in the World. Because there has never been a PGA tournament held at Pine Valley the course is little known outside of golf course fanatics and aficionados. Among those who know the course it is widely considered the greatest test of golf on the planet. The course is a par 70 and plays to a rating of 72.7 and a slope of 153 from the member tees. For those of you following along at home, that not only makes it the #1 course in the World, but those slope and rating numbers also mean it is the hardest course in the World as well. Lets make that the greatest and most fearsome test in golf. Pine Valley is so hard there are legendary stories about the course. Some certainly are true and some are probably just… More >