DEAL GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB & SUNEAGLES GOLF CLUB
Men's and Women's Golf
The 6,277-yard, par-71 Deal Golf and Country Club will serve as the home course of the Monmouth Hawks men's golf team for the eleventh consecutive year.
The first-ever golf course built along the Jersey Shore, a railroad financier and shipping magnate named George Washington Young purchased 135 acres in West Deal where he built a magnificent estate along with a nine-hole course designed by Lawrence Van Etten. Three years later, Young and his associates formed the Deal Golf Club in 1898 and built a clubhouse that remains the oldest in continuous use in New Jersey.
In 1899, the golf facilities at Deal were expanded as a short nine-hole course exclusively for ladies and a second nine were added a year later. By 1903, the Deal Golf Club comprised 600 members, including summer visitors and was regarded as the busiest in the country.
Designed by Donald Ross, Deal is known for its bunkers and highly-contoured greens which come in a variety of configurations. Most of the greens are tightly bunkered, including a number in the front. Most noteworthy is the hidden "Valley of Sin" green on the par-three eighth hole, which is angled right-to-left away from the shot with a deep swale through the middle.
The very picturesque dog-leg fourth hole calls for a 200-yard tee shot to the right side of the fairway, eliminating the copse of trees on the left-hand side. The hole then drops sharply down to a green set in a hollow behind a deep bunker.
In 1903, Deal, which was considered the second-longest course in the country at the time, played host to the Met Amateur. Long-hitting Scotsman, Findlay Douglas overpowered the field to win the title.
Two men figure most prominently in Deal's history. Francis Arend, the Club president from 1916 to 1942 also served as golf chairman (running tournaments and assigning handicaps) and Vic Ghezzi, an inductee in the Professional Golfers Association Hall of Fame and a member of three Ryder Cup teams. Ghezzi represented Deal when he beat Byron Nelson on the 38th hole of the 1941 PGA Championship.
Among the more notable names to the grounds at Deal were Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of the 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln, who was also a member of the club. Also, legendary college football coach Knute Rockne and his Notre Dame squad featuring the fabled "Four Horsemen" appeared prior to their game with Princeton during the 1924 season.
The Monmouth University's women's golf program is proud to call the Eagle Ridge Golf Club its home golf course for the second consecutive season.
Golf enthusiasts for years have raved that the Eagle Ridge Golf Club has widely been known as one of the best courses to play on. That's because of its challenging fairways, interesting elevation changes and unique topography not usually found in most shore golf courses in New Jersey. In fact, Eagle Ridge has been voted one of the best courses in Ocean and Monmouth Counties.
Eagle Ridge Golf Club is a semi-private club located in Lakewood, New Jersey, that features a spectacular 27-hole Championship Golf Course with generous fairways and bent grass greens. A natural pinelands look is maintained throughout the course. This meticulously manicured course offers breathtaking views and rolling bluffs.
A 25,000 square-foot clubhouse is home to a well-stocked golf shop, men's and women's locker facilities, private member lounges, and a superb full-service restaurant and bar - The View Restaurant.
This golf club has also been the host site for the highly regarded Hawk Invitation that MU has hosted each of the past two springs and for many years to come.