Overall: Sand Barrens is one of the best public courses in New Jersey. Course has taken a proverbial beating from the hot summer and several holes were definitely showing some damage.
Positives: Course has a great layout with 27 holes; pro shop and starter were friendly and helpful. Starter warned us that the course had taken a beating because of the month-long heat wave and was apologetic. Plenty of ice water stations. Carts have GPS.
Negatives: Wasn't thrilled about the cost given the conditions; for over $100 you should expect a bit better. Played the South/West nines; the South was in much worse shape than the West. They charge for range balls...I see their point but again-for over $100 free range balls would be nice (at least until the course comes back). Waste areas are extensive and have small rocks in them. Be warned; you'll also want to bring bug spray if playing in the summer.
Overall: The "value" was the only area I would knock them down due to course conditions. It's still a great layout, and in several visits have always found the staff to get it in terms of being friendly and service-oriented.
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