Top Rated Golf Courses in Princeton, New Jersey

On the search for golf courses in Princeton, New Jersey? There are only four golf courses in Princeton, New Jersey proper and one is a municipal course. But there are another 60 golf courses within 20 miles of Princeton and plenty of golf communities in New Jersey to explore.


From some of the top courses in the area to over 55 communities in Princeton and the nearby area that offer exclusive access to onsite courses, here are many things worth exploring for active adults in New Jersey. Here are just a few of our favorite places.


Bunker Hill Golf Course

Managed by Distinct Golf and one of the most highly reviewed, Bunker Hill is an 18-hole course at the Bunker Hill Golf Club facility. With a total of 5,965 yards of golf from the longest tees, for a par of 72, the course rating is 67.9 with a slope rating of 111 on rye grass. It was originally designed by Hollis Yarborough and opened in 1972. According to other golf fans, the fairways and greens here are in good shape. Rumor also has it that the staff is pretty funny.


Princeton Golf Course

Only two miles from the center of Princeton, this 18-hole golf course in Princeton, New Jersey is located at the Princeton Country Club facility. Rated at 68.8 with a slope rating of 113 on rye grass, it offers over 6,000 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70.


The course was originally designed by William F. Gordon. A founding member of ASGCA, he served as ASGCA President in 1953-1954 and in 1967-1968. He was also the first chairman of ASGCA’s Historical Committee and was a known figure at golf course communities in New Jersey and across the East Coast. During the Depression, Gordon worked as owner and manager of Marble Hall Golf Club in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania. But it wasn’t until after World War II that he picked up golf architecture.


According to guests who frequent golf courses in Princeton, the greens are long but fast. They also have an indoor practice facility too.


Heron Glen Golf Course

If you’re up for taking a drive from Princeton and looking for a well-ranked golf course in New Jersey, it’s worth considering the Heron Glen Golf Course. Built in 2002, it’s newer than the golf courses in Princeton that are mentioned above. Cut through the rolling hills of Hunterdon County, it offers five sets of tee boxes that can accommodate all levels of play. You’ll also enjoy bent grass from tee to green, surrounded by mature trees and rolling vistas, in addition to an onsite restaurant.


Need to fit some practice in? No problem. Heron offers a practice facility featuring a driving range with both grass and mat hitting areas, and a large putting green and practice bunker. And if you’re in search of over 55 communities near Princeton, you can gain easy access to the Heron course from Hunterdon Creekside, a new construction 55+ community built by new home builders in the area.



If you don’t already live on the East Coast, or haven’t consider senior living in the Northeast, there are a few reasons you should definitely take a look—including a wide variety of over 55 communities. With gorgeous four seasons, access to some of the nation’s most famous cities, and of course many golf courses throughout the region, a new 55+ community in New Jersey, or throughout the Northeast is certainly worth an exploration.


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Published  11.01.21 

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