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PARAMUS GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB
HIGH MOUNTAIN GOLF CLUB
Yardage: Blue: 6,347; White: 6,101; Red: 5,426
Features: A semi-private club. High Mountain offers a bit of everything, including a fair amount of water and hills. The signature hole is the par-5, 579-yard 16th, where a double dogleg makes it difficult to play. Phone: (201) 891-4653
HILLS GOLF COURSE
Par: 36 (nine holes)
Yardage: White: 2,879; Red: 2,694
Features: A small, interesting course that makes the most of its surroundings, Orchard Hills has its share of troublesome holes. For starters, the par-4, 277-yard first hole, a dogleg right, has a tree entrenched in the fairway that makes an approach shot a chore. From there, No.4 (par 3, 166 yards) is perhaps the toughest, with its elevated tee shot and tiny green tucked behind a water hazard below.
Phone: (201) 447-3778.
DARLINGTON GOLF COURSE
Features: An interesting, challenging, but forgiving course that allows the average golfer to post decent scores. The front nine is long, but relatively wide open. The back nine is tight in spots, the last five holes can be fun. The course is in great shape. New carts have been added and the locker room has been redone within the last four years.
Tee times: Recommended: Call five days in advance for weekend tee times.
Phone: (201) 261-1100
OVERPECK GOLF COURSE
Yardage: Blue: 6,866; White: 6,329; Red: 5,816
Features: Overpeck is a level course and easy to walk. The fairways and greens are well-tended. Most of it is wide open, with a number of water hazards, particularly on Nos. 14, 15, 16, and 18. A lake sits in the middle of Nos. 5 through 7. There are 10 par 4s and four par 3s and 5s. The par-4 14th hole is the toughest to play, as it is a double carry over water. The par-5, 551-yard 10th hole is the longest, with a hill that blinds your tee shot from the fairway.
Phone: (201) 837-3020.
RIVER VALE COUNTRY CLUB
Par: 72; Women: 74
Yardage: Blue: 6,470; White: 6,196; Red: 5,293
Features: Smith, a Donald Ross protege, designed short layouts with tough, targeted greens and narrow fairways. A stream cuts through Nos. 1, 4, 5, 9, and 18. There are ponds on 14 and 15. The signature hole is the sixth, a beautiful par-4, 475-yard test that is straightaway to an elevated and bunkered green. It was voted one of the best holes in the state by New Jersey Golfer Magazine. It's also the No. 1 handicap hole on the course. A new irrigation system and cart paths, installed three years ago, are among the additions to assure quality golf.
Tee times: Up to two weeks ahead for any day. Phone: (201) 391-2300
ROCKLEIGH GOLF COURSE
Par: 72 (27 holes)
Yardage: White: 2,961 (men), 2,701 (women); Blue: 3,127 (men), 2,872 (women); Red: 3,282 (men), 2,910 (women)
Features: With a Trent Jones design, you can count on getting your money's worth from one of the great master's creations. It's a comfortable and roomy course, with average greens. But expect delays. It's estimated the course handles about 100,000 rounds in nine months. What's more, it's not uncommon for 600 people to play in a day. The Red Course is the most challenging, highlighted by the tricky, par-3 fourth hole. New Jersey Golfer Magazine voted Red No. 7 one the nicest fairways in the state two years ago. The White is not quite up-and-down (No. 3 is an unusual green shot). Blue is flat with No. 7 (par 5, 528 yards) the longest hole of the three courses.
TAMCREST COUNTRY CLUB
Yardage: Men: 6,056; Women: 4,734
Features: This is a very tight course with small, undulating greens. Perhaps the most difficult hole is the 440-yard par-4 first. It's a dogleg left with a tough, two-tiered green.
Tee times: Open from 7 a.m. until dark. Call five days in advance for tee times.
VALLEY BROOK GOLF CLUB
Yardage: Blue: 6,100 White: 5,600; Red: 4,600
Features: The course, formerly known as Pascack Brook, was renamed this spring. Along with the name change comes a facelift. The course is currently undergoing a major redesign and won't open until the late summer at the earliest. All greens and tees are being rebuilt. Drainage has been added and all new grass will be laid. A warm-up range is also under construction.
Tee times: Call no more than five days in advance for both weekdays and weekends.
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