While spending a week on the South Jersey shore with my extended family, I had the opportunity to play a couple rounds of golf in order to truly make it an official vacation. The first of those courses was Laguna Oaks, a Par 3 course that is short on distance but long on style, located in Cape May, New Jersey. The course was originally meant to be an 18 hole Par 3 course, but opened as a 9 hole course due to lack of funds. Nevertheless, the 10 hole course (the extra hole was added in 2009) is well maintained and has a lot of very aesthetically pleasing features that makes it worth at least one visit if you are a golfer on vacation. If you have some time, be sure to visit the large putting and chipping green as well before your round to get your short game sharp and get a feel for the speed of the actual greens. As a quick tip, leave any club that travels over 185-190 yards in your trunk, you won't need them and if you're walking they will be dead weight in your bag.
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Excellent value for family golf and even better players will enjoy it for a quick par 3 round not far from Stone Harbor or Avalon. Greens are slow, maybe about a 9 or 10 in July, but reasonably true and consistent. There is not much change in elevation other than near greens and the course relies primarily on water, trees and bunkers for resistance to scoring. Three of ten holes would be vastly improved if they cleared trees that are encroaching the fairway and make no sense in terms of strategic value. Island hole closer was fun and there are others with similar features.
Hard to know the general speed of play, but it was quite good when I was there despite steady flow of golfers on a Friday morning. Appeared to be friendly to women and juniors as well. Staff among the most friendly and welcoming, but this is not a place with a lot of amenities or stocked pro shop.
If you are looking for high-end country club conditions - this is not the place. But for a 10-hole par 3 near the beach the place is fantastic and a bargain. Very walkable course and agree with other review that a cart is not necessary and no more than a 4 hybrid is necessary. About 185 to 190 on longest shots if breeze is against..
Good layout. Well kept. But overpriced. $29 to walk. $37 with a cart. Shouldn't be more than $25. By the way don't get a cart. Completely unnecessary. And no need to bring anything more than a 5 iron.