Hanover Golf Club in Wrightstown, N.J. has always been considered by golf aficionados a gem in hiding.
The course had slowly faded from its initial fine conditions of the 1960’s. But improvements begun during the last decade have greatly enhanced the overall aesthetics of the layout and dramatically improved playing conditions. Irrigation and drainage was updated and the course and grounds were landscaped and beautified. Infused with a new spirit and care, Hanover has taken its place as one of the best public courses in the area.
Matrix Golf and Hospitality manages the facility.
Conditions are now very good and the improvements have been well received by the public. Word quickly got out about the changes
“Our course has always been sort of a hidden gem,” says General Manager Christopher Brock. “We are located 8.5 miles west of Six Flags Great Adventure on Route 537. We have an exceptional staff that attempts to give our daily fee golfers a private club experience at a daily rate price. We also allow children to play for free seven days a week with an accompanying adult after 4 p.m.
He continued, “We have added a new tap system in the clubhouse bar, as well as a new outdoor eating area. So far, our season has been great and we are off to our best year ever from a revenue basis.”
Robert Trent Jones, Sr. had a hand in the design of the back nine of Hanover, which was constructed a few years after the original nine and is different in character from the more open, flat front nine. The back nine features some elevation changes with ponds and a creek coming into play on several holes.
Hanover offers a fun test of golf. It’s a course that won’t necessarily beat you up, even from the back tees that measure around 6,700 yards. But there is danger if you stray off the tees and on approach shots, and enough hazards to make you think. Indeed, water comes into play on no fewer than 10 holes.
The sixth hole is a nice, 350-yard par-four that has large fairway bunker guarding the left side of the landing area and water farther to the left. Number 10 is a superb, 379-yard par-four that has water dissecting the fairway. Big hitters can ponder shortening the second shot and taking it over the water off the tee. But the wiser play is to lay up and have a mid-iron into the large green.
The 11th hole is a delightful, 303-yard par-four that can be reached by the longer hitter, and number 12 is a 418-yard par-four that demands an approach across a pond.
Numbers 13 and 14, par-fours measuring around 400 yards from the tips, have water guarding one or both sides of their fairway landing areas and to the left of the putting surfaces.
And number 18 is a monstrous finishing hole. It’s a 621-yard par-five that calls for steering clear of a pond on the second shot. A par here will lend a very sweet feeling to your round at Hanover.
The Hanover Golf Shop offers a wide selection of apparel, equipment and golf accessories. Hanover has a practice facility on the premises, and the Hanover Grille is open seven days a week and features a selection of burgers, hot dogs, freshly made sandwiches, wraps and a breakfast menu.
All in all Hanover Golf Club is affordable public golf at its best.
The highest rates are $64 for 18 and a cart on the weekends, $54 Monday through Friday. The club offers various discounts according to time of year and time of day in addition to a senior rate.
Says Brock, “Tee times are easily booked and there are specials on our website. Anyone wishing to make a tee time can also get special rates by booking on www.golfnow.com using our zip code, 08562
Hanover Golf Club