I played Shore Gate on 9/13/14 with an 8:00 am tee time. My twosome was paired up with another two some who was also visiting the course for the first time. The starter was more than happy to give us a few pointers on trying to navigate the course successfully.
This course is quite a difficult set-up with undulating fairways, lots of sand, and lots of water. The greens had been aerated about a week before and the fairways the weak that we played but the course was still in greatly condition. I was shocked at how quickly the greens had recovered, how true they rolled, and how fast they were.
A decent amount of the par 4's force you to consider hitting something other than a driver off of the tee which is the type of course I really like but there always seems to be bunkers or water lurking off to the side of the fairway. The par 5 13th hole is a beast.
I really enjoyed this course and would rate it slightly higher than Sand Barrens as Shore Gate is a more difficult course. I would be more than happy to play either course again and can't wait till I get the chance.
The only negative about this course is that they had a gentleman selling magazines on one of the front 9 par 3's. I hate when courses do this and always rubs me the wrong way.
The man who works the phones was incredibly rude and hung up on me 3 times while trying to get directions. When I got there the place was a dump. Went to the bathroom and there was feces smeared on the wall. This place is disgusting, The people who work here are the most classless rude people I've dealt with in a long time.
Played course and conditions okay, but greens horrible as loaded with sand all over them. And not consistent as some spots a ton of sand and others none. Ate chicken salad sandwich at turn and had the runs within 45 mins and ruined my back nine ... It smelled funny when I opened it and should not have eaten, but who would think a nice course would sell bad, unfresh chicken salad? I play a lot of nice, daily fee courses throughout mid atlantic and new england, and do not mind paying for quality, but this place just not well run all around. Be warned.
Moving this South Jersey golf course from 3 stars to 4 stars as conditions ahead of Sand Barrens, and it's on par with Harbor Pines and Twisted Dunes.