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.