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GETTING THERE: Golf House is in Far Hills, N.J. Take Interstate 95 north to the New Jersey Turnpike and get off at Exit 10. Follow Interstate 287 north to Exit 26. Take a right on Mount Airy Road. At the first traffic light, turn right onto Lyons Road, then right onto Liberty Corner Road. Golf House is 1.8 miles ahead on your left.

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USGA MUSEUM: The museum (908-234-2300, http://www.usgamuseum.com) is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7.

WHERE TO GOLF: Nearby public golf courses include Flanders Valley Golf Club (81 Pleasant Hill Rd., Flanders, 973-584-5382) and Green Knoll Golf Course (587 Garretson Rd., Bridgewater, 908-722-1300).

WHERE TO STAY: I stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott in Somerset (250 Davidson Ave., 732-271-4555, http://www.marriott.com), where my room was $170. Consider bunking at the Neighbour House Bed & Breakfast (143 W. Mill Rd., Long Valley, 908-876-3519, http://www.neighbourhouse.com), which features a huge front porch and four guest rooms. Rates start at $85 a night.

WHERE TO EAT: For breakfast, try the Butler's Pantry Trackside (Route 202 south, Far Hills) across the street from the Far Hills train station. For lunch, try the grilled eggplant panini ($9.95) at Ciao , a cozy Italian cafe in the Riverwalk Village Center (665 Martinsville Rd., Basking Ridge). And for dinner, order the chicken parm ($17) at Focacceria (26 Church St.) in Liberty Corner. Ask for Table 28 so you can watch sports while you dine.

INFO: Somerset County Web site, http://www.co.somerset.nj.us.


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