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Green Tree retains good golf value for the budget-conscious golfer

County ID card holders also access special rates

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Pick your pleasure.

Green Tree Golf Course offers a package of nuance and novelty. This Egg Harbor Township facility, located on Somers Point-Mays Landing Road, is the official Atlantic County course, enabling a discount for county residents.

And it just got better: Under a new arrangement, county ID card holders can also access special rates in Ocean and Mercer counties.

Recent market circumstances benefit this establishment.

Green Tree was long known as a “short” course at 5,574 yards from the back trees and 4,429 from the mid-tees, which most people use. It was a confidence-boosting layout and a good niche in an area filled with splendid, yet difficult, high-end courses.

The niche became more pronounced in the fast-paced Internet age. Players gravitate toward shorter rounds, which has boosted both nine-hole facilities and those which won’t punish a beginning player. Golfers also changed habits, selecting tee boxes that provide shorter course lengths to make birdies and pars more possible. Less had become more.

In its unique layout, Green Tree has several short par 4s and yet the area’s longest hole: How about a par-6? This is one few such holes in the entire Northeast and is the third hole playing 676 yards from the back tees.

Don’t feel intimidated.

Pros advise chopping the distance up into four shots, even five, to reach the putting surface.

Your tee shot is 275 yards from the creek that runs two-thirds of the fairway from the left. A long iron, hybrid or fairway wood will decide whether you go for the green in three or four shots.

Break the hole down into two phases: Getting past the water; and then coming into the green, which is wide open in the front. Bunkers protect the right, back and left.

The short distance on the par-3 fourth hole is deceiving. It is less than 100 yards from the front tees and requires a precise pitch over a water hazard with woods guarding the green back and left. The tricky part of this shot is that it often does not require a full swing. This can mess up a player’s technique

The fifth and sixth are novel because they are drivable par 4s at 236 and 250 yards, respectively.

On the 5th, players need to clear water. If they do that, the green can be reached off the tee. On the 6th, the water is on the front ride side of the green and will discourage many attempts to drive the green. A safe shot down the left side will actually provide a view of the green that won’t require a player to clear water.

The back nine is not long and has scoring opportunities to reward good shot placement. It is only 2,559 yards. Just get a reasonable tee shot off and enjoy a good chance to seek pars or birdies.

Here’s a fun three-hole package:Holes 11 to 13 run 268, 250 and 229 yards and feature different challenges. All are short par 4s.

A drive down the right side works well on 11, a dogleg left. The 12th is a dogleg right with the green protected on the right by water. Go as far left as possible to get a good view of the green for the second shot.

The 13th is drivable, only for the most aggressive players. The ball will have to clear water on the left and hold on the green. Most players will place the ball right and try to hit the green with the second shot.

Tap-Ins: Here’s a financial birdie. If you live in Atlantic County, buy the county ID card for $22. It provides enough price reductions to easily pay for itself. The Resident ID Card is valid from March 16 through March 15 of the following year. Residents must show the ID to obtain the discount.

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