GLADSTONE, N.J. – The New Jersey State Golf Association’s first championship of the 2023 season will be contested at one of the state’s most illustrious venues when Hamilton Farm Golf Club plays host to the 91st Four-Ball Championship from May 16-18.
The Four-Ball will mark the first NJSGA major championship hosted by the Gladstone-based private club. Notorious for its tricky bunkering and treelined fairways, Hamilton Farm will provide a true test of golf for the best duos in the state.
“Hamilton Farm is going to be a great test in golf,” said Drew Jordan, Director of Golf at Hamilton Farm. “All of the bunkers have been redone over the last two years and a lot of fairway bunkers have been relocated, making it much more challenging.”
A championship layout that spans over 7100 yards, Hamilton Farm requires competitors to strategically place their golf shots in order to avoid large numbers on their scorecard.
“If anybody can get out of the gate hot and keep it around par or a couple under par through the first three holes, you’re setting yourself up for a good round,” said Jordan.
Although some of the toughest holes are right at the start, a player is not out of the woods as the home stretch is also a threat to players.
“16 is a long par 4, 17 is a long par 3 and 18 is one of our signature holes,” Jordan said. “It's a long par 4 that plays up the hill that always proves to be a good test to test of golf for a finishing hole.”
Hamilton Farm is equipped for the long hitters. Over the last few years years, Hamilton Farm has made adjustments to their tee boxes, adding significant length to the course.
“There's several new tee boxes that have added a lot of distance and made some of the holes that have been good or mundane, really good and on the verge of very difficult now,” Jordan explained.
Designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, Hamilton Farm will reward a players iron game.
"It's a relatively big golf course when it comes to the tee ball, so I think with the level of talent that's playing, the tee ball won't be as big of a deal, but it's a big time second shot golf course," Jordan commented. "If you miss in the right spot, you have a great chance to get up and down. If you hit a lot of greens, that certainly makes it easier, but if you miss is on the wrong side of the hole or wrong side of the green that at Hamilton Farm, certainly makes that golf course a lot harder."
Last year Michael Brown and Peter Barron claimed the Ridgewood Country Club Trophy at Deal Golf & Country Club.
Entry & Qualifying Details
Two Four-Ball qualifying sites have been announced, Cedar Hill Country Club (April 24), and Oak Hill Golf Club (May 3). A third is to be announced at a later date. Entries open on Wednesday, February 15 and can be found HERE.
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