Every golf course goes through a rebellious phase, sprouting water hazards, obnoxious sand traps, or an anchor tattoo on its back nine. Enjoy age-mellowed links with today's Groupon: for $39, you get 18 holes of golf and a cart rental at Knob Hill Golf Club in Manalapan (up to a $79 value).
Designed by PGA Tour veteran Mark McCumber, the semiprivate Knob Hill Golf Club showcases an engaging, par 70, 18-hole course nestled amid 145 acres of rolling woodland. The par 4 fourth hole presents little room for error: an unforgiving fairway lies beyond an initial water hazard that is followed by multiple bunkers and a tight green. On the back nine, the par 3 15th is a welcoming straight shot that prepares golfers for the final three holes, all of which incorporate strategically placed bunkers, daunting water hazards, and unruly chipmunks wielding foghorns. To ensure proper aerodynamic driving behind the wheel of the included cart, the course requests proper attire, asking club wielders to refrain from wearing T-shirts, denim, and multicolored dreamcoats.
Knob Hill Golf Club's rates vary by time, day, and season.
Knob Hill Golf Club
Designed by 10-time PGA Tour winner Mark McCumber, Knob Hill Golf Club’s 18-hole course bobs and weaves through 145 acres of scenic, dense woodland terrain. The first McCumber course to grace the American Northeast, the 6,408-yard layout seamlessly incorporates imposing tree lines and 15 manmade, natural, and caddy-tear ponds into an elegant, golf-clap-worthy fairway chain. The course’s most difficult hole—the 464-yard, par 4 fourth hole—showcases characteristic challenges with a tee shot that must carry a pond and bisect a tree-ensconced fairway on its path to a green fronted by a sandtrap. After rounds, duffers can replenish with a sudsy drink and a nosh from a menu of casual, gourmet fare at The Sycamore Grill, named for the 185-year-old sycamore that casts its shadows on the clubhouse and sheds celebratory leaves for players who score under par.
Course at a Glance:
Designed by Mark McCumber
18-hole, par 70 course
Length of 6,408 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 71.6 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 135 from the farthest tees
Three tee options
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1 Shinnecock Dr.
Manalapan, New Jersey 07726