Blue Heron Pines East course debuts

COLOGNE, N.J. -- A second 18-hole championship daily-fee course, the Blue Heron Pines East, opened in this Galloway Township village.

The property, created by Ole Hansen & Sons, developers of Blue Heron Pines Golf Club, was designed by Steve Smyers.

The Blue Heron Pines East Course features a clubhouse that is to be expanded in order to offer a full-service facility that includes a hotel and conference center.

The Blue Heron Pines East Course, which is 7,300 yards from the championship tees, is a "links" style course and offers wide fairways, generous tees and greens, as well as challenging bunkers.

The West Course at Blue Heron Pines measures 6,810 yards from the championship tees.

According to Smyers, Blue Heron was designed to play "fast and firm," and to "encourage the use of slopes and contours to advance the ball toward the hole," encouraging the "discovery of shotmaking."

According to Ole Hansen & Sons' chairman Roger Hansen, Smyers' courses feature an "excellent use of grass textures and uneven terrain that make golf both challenging and enjoyable."

Further development includes a home for Laurelwood, a continuing-care retirement facility.

Blue Heron Pines -- which has become a popular venue for corporate outings and weddings due to its restaurant, banquet facilities, a golf shop and PGA professionals -- received both a four-star rating and a quality-service rating from Golf Digest in its 1998-1999 edition of Places to Play.

Last year, it was recognized for the third consecutive year as one of the top women-friendly facilities in North America by Golf for Women.

Also in 1999, the golf shop for the third time was named one of the top 100 in the U.S. by Golf Shop Operations, an industry trade publication.

The sales department offers travel agents several package deals or will design plans for specific needs.

Blue Heron Pines
Phone for agents: (800) 4-STAR-GOLF or (609) 965-1800, Ext. 109
Fax: (609) 965-5140
E-mail: [email protected]

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