Editors' pick

Cross Creek Golf Club

Golf Course
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Editorial Review

Beyond its generous fairways, Cross Creek will challenge every aspect of your game. It throws a tough test right out of the gate: a dogleg-left par 5 with a tee shot over water and seven sand traps. With fairways winding through thick woods and plenty of water hazards, each of the 18 holes presents its own test.

Hole 11 is a 407-yard par 4 with water down the entire left side. The ninth hole doglegs right, around the edge of a pond. Hole 14 is a mammoth, 447-yard par 4 that features a huge mound to the right and a Jersey wall of the Intercounty Connector to the left. Too far left and you're out of bounds; too far right and the large hill presents a blind approach to the green. The 18th provides a beautiful finish: a 396-yard par 4 with a green guarded by two bunkers and a pond that wraps around the front and back.

Cross Creek certainly presents a challenge, one we might not recommend for golfers just starting out. But if you're looking for a dazzling track at the right price, look no further.

-- Brandon Weigel (June 15, 2012)