Tavistock Country Club: Tavistock, New Jersey
You don't have to worry about running into Tavistock Country Club; it's well hidden. Similar to Pine Valley, this exclusive club is also its own borough, the Borough of Tavistock. Carved into a small neighborhood, the club is perfectly manicured and provides some of the most challenging greens in the area.
Tavistock Country Club - The Course
It's not an long course. From the Black Tees (the tips), it only plays 6,823 yards but still packs a solid rating/slope of 73.4/139, a challenge for almost any golfer. The next level down is the Gold Tees which play 6,348 yards, which is pretty short. That's where Tavistock became creative.
In an effort to please the members, they came up with a combination of Black & Gold (which we played) making the course 6,589 yards and a rating/slope of 72.3/133. It's a great combination and something I have not seen at any course I have ever played before. The key is looking at the scorecard to make sure you play the right set of tees on any given hole.
What the course lacks in length, it makes up for with challenging greens and big bunkers. I hit 11 of 14 fairways but missing the green or leaving a long putt proved to be troublesome. How tough were they? I managed a 4-putt for the first time in my golf career. The greens were quick but not unfair. A misread could cost you a few feet and leave you with a difficult comeback putt. Watch for putts running away from the hole after they pass by, which seemed to be a recurring theme here.Continued on the next page