Every Wednesday we profile another place to play. Today our destination is Williamstown, NJ, and Scotland Run.
Architect Stephen Kay did a fabulous job in turning an old sand quarry into Scotland Run Golf Club, and it is always a blast to see if your swing can withstand the test as you weave your way around the property. There’s great variety and just the right amount of quirk to entertain you, large waste areas to avoid and some in-your-face challenges that will force you to man-up (or woman-up as the case may be).
After you man-up, chow down. The Highlander Pub & Grill is a nice bonus, along with a short-game practice area and large range. This is a great place to spend a day.
Here’s my Scotland Run Report:
Fees: $58 – $99. Peak Season (May 25 – September 30) $89 M-Th, $99 weekends
Tees: 5 sets, from 5,810 up front stretching to 6,810 from the tips (and it plays longer than that). Par 71.
Best Hole: There are many good ones, but just about everyone will name the par 4 16th, where the tee shot must carry a quarry, and you’re faced with a decision on how much risk you want to take on. A tremendous gut check, and then a test of whether you trust your decision as you make that swing. 17 and 18 are also strong holes… so it is a great way to finish.
Tempo, tempo, tempo on 17. You might be feeling good if you escape the 16th without too much damage, but the long par 4 17th can bite you big-time. The left side is best off the tee, but pull it left and there’s trouble. Lose it right and you’re in the hazard. The tendency is to try to hit your shots hard here, leading to all kinds of bad things. So don’t try to do too much on this hole. Stay within yourself, and accept a good chance at an up-and-down for par if you can’t quite reach the green in two.
From the Menu:
In the Highlander Pub & Grill, the 5-Alarm Burger is a big hit, with blue cheese and a special hot sauce.
Ed Abrams anchors mornings on KYW Newsradio, and you can hear his Golf Reports there on Fridays and Saturdays. He has also created a pair of websites: www.DealTrackerGolf.com, featuring leads on the best golf equipment deals… and www.TeeItUpPhilly.com, with video course tours, audio swing tips and local golf deals