Combining the expansive layout of Ballyowen with the multi-elevated design of Crystal Springs, Wild Turkey is one of the most unique golf courses in NJ, made up of two distinct types of terrain. The topography is best described as basin and ridge, providing golfers with the type of variety rarely found on a single course. Roger Rulewich’s design includes wide fairways and moderately contoured greens that make the course playable for high handicappers, while smartly placed tee boxes add challenge for experienced golfers. One of the best public golf courses in NJ, Wild Turkey was named among the state’s “Top New Public Courses” by NJGCOA.
The basin area of the Wild Turkey course — consisting of holes 3 and 12-17 — is reminiscent of the treeless expanse of Ballyowen. The par-3, 14th hole affords golfers a view of the entire hollow while challenging them with a long iron shot to a deep green. Many of the par-4s feature limited aprons that require both strategy and precision on the approach shot. The features protecting the green on the picturesque 15th hole are indicative of this prevailing design concept. The par-3, 7th and signature hole at Wild Turkey shares much in common with Crystal Springs’ signature hole. It too features a forced carry over a quarry lake to a well-protected and intimidating green. Similar to Crystal Springs and Ballyowen, playing Wild Turkey is considered a real challenge that avid golfers will relish.