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Buena, NJ  08310
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Buena Vista Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 6,864 yards | 127 slope

71.8 rating

Recommend this course: +0 -0

Buena Vista Golf Course


The 18-hole "Buena Vista" course at the Buena Vista Country Club facility in Buena, New Jersey features 6,864 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.The course rating is 71.8 and it has a slope rating of 127. Designed by William F. Gordon, ASGCA, the Buena Vista golf course opened in 1957. Eric Asadorian manages the course as the Owner.

Course Reviews


This course is one the best in the Southern New Jersey area. Although there weren't too many unique holes, barring the 10th, which is beautifully line with sand traps the entire length of the hole, it still provides every other attribute a golfer would ask for. The maintainance was great and the greens were of average speed, fair, and true. The value, $25 to walk twilight weekday, still isn't that bad for the quality of course you are playing. The scenery is the best attribute of the course, surrounded by woods, with deer coming out onto the fairways on a good number of holes. They do have logo balls for the logo ball lover like myself, a huge plus. It's not overly difficult, but challenging enough to make for an enjoyable round. You'd have to search for awhile to find a true flaw. An A would be the overall rating.

As one enters Buena Vista CC and walks to the pro shop, you will pass plastic swans in an artificial pond that is backing the 9th green, presumably for an unfortunate wedding photo. As you continue on your journey you might notice plastic cacti that appear randomly around the practice green; how anyone could think this is good landscaping is beyond me. However, it is a harbinger of what is to come; on the course you will find stone retaining walls and crisp bunkering that have as much a place on a rugged Pinelands course as a plastic cactus does next to a practice green.

For years I had heard of Buena Vista, and always in a positive light. It was consistently mentioned as one of the best public courses in South Jersey prior to the construction boom of the early 90’s. Always included in a discussion of Buena Vista was the (in?)famous tenth hole. Add to that, the pedigree of its designer, William Gordon, and it was enough to get me to make a drive south to check it out. Sadly, I have to say, it really wasn’t worth the trip.

Buena Vista is a perfectly fun golf course, but there really is nothing here that is worth a drive to see. It’s a narrow course, heavily treed, with many sharp doglegs that have not stood the test of time in the face of new equipment. Better players will be laying up on a lot of holes, and hitting driver only on straight, unremarkable holes. Truly, many of the holes look the same.

The greens have some movement and interest, and the bunkering is bold and flashed up high on many holes. However, the course appears to have some serious drainage issues, so much of that movement in and around the greens is put to waste as the aerial game is really the only option with soft, slow turf and greens eliminating the ground game. It is possible, however, that I played the course during a bad time. If it typically plays firm and fast then that would certainly elevate the experience.

Aesthetically, the course seems to be out of sync with its surroundings. Cut through a pine forest, with plenty of unkempt sandy soil, the crisply cut, scalloped bunkering looks totally out of place with the rough hewn edges that are inherent in the NJ Pinelands. If anything, the bunkering would fare well with some benign neglect. If they focused more on draining the water from bunkers, and less on cutting them with razor sharp edges, they would go a long way toward improving the look and playability of the course. The stone retaining walls, precise landscaping, and spouting fountain that highlight the signature 17th are equally appalling and perhaps the best evidence of this course’s visual schizophrenia.

Since no discussion of Buena Vista ever seems to ignore the 10th, neither will I. Even after forgiving the totally unnecessary bunker that wraps around and the tee box, the 10th is really nothing more than an average par 5, with some aggressive fairway bunkering, that has been made difficult by the encroachment of large trees on both sides. There is no real strategy on the hole, only the need to make the counterintuitive play to the right side of the hole on both your tee shot and second shot. Doing so gives you a clear line of play on subsequent shots, rendering the hole as little more than a narrow par 5 with a well bunkered green.

Buena Vista has its moments, but they are fleeting. After laying up your tee shot into the narrow dogleg on the par 5 13th, the meandering fairway that rolls into the green, with the land falling off to a riverbed that lies in the forest below, is a beautiful sight and makes you think you are someplace else. However, you are not. You are at Buena Vista, a very average golf course buried in South Jersey; far away from anywhere, including someplace else.

Great course for the money, staff was friendly and the course was well maintained. Lots of large fairway bunkers and fairly steep greenside bunkers kept it challenging. I would recommend it to anyone.

Solid

This course is one of the better courses in the area. While you have to knock the ball a good ways on some of the holes, the shorter holes provide a nice break. The food is very good, the staff friendly, and when getting a tee time(reccomended)they dont stack you ontop of each other. Play is kept at a good pace. The course is normally in good to very good condition. The value to course amenity ratio is better mid-week. I find this course enjoyable and always recomend it.

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  • Overall
  • Latest Scores
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 perry A. 23 86 63 08/04/11
2 Jim K. 19 87 68 09/03/10
3 perry A. 23 92 69 05/27/11
4 mike F. 23 92 69 10/04/08
5 John P. 28 97 69 07/30/08
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
149 John M. N/A 99 99 03/31/14
29 Christopher B. 13 87 74 08/30/13
113 Mike M. 21 107 86 08/29/13
14 Christopher B. 13 85 72 07/07/13
62 Christopher B. 13 91 78 07/01/13

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About Buena Vista

Buena Vista Country Club

Golf Only facility

15 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Eric Asadorian, Owner
Pete Wentz, Golf Professional
Benjamin Dunn, Superintendent
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