Links Magazine — September/October 2008

“Even for the most jaded golfers — those who have stood over majestic bodies of water like the Pacific Ocean at Pebble Beach, Lake Michigan at Whistling Straits, or the Irish Sea at Royal Count Down — the view of New York Harbor from the 16th tee at Bayonne Golf Club elicits far more than a passing glance. Beyond the green of the 486-yard par 4 that tumbles from the elevated tee, past the Statue of Liberty and overlooking the cruise ships heading for foreign ports of call, the skyline of lower Manhattan offers one of the most memorable backdrops in golf, and you will want to linger longer on the tee box long after your drive has come to rest on the fairway.”

The Golfer Magazine — Summer 2007

“To the critics who insists it’s not a real links, who cares? That is irrelevant. Of course it isn’t by any strict definition (neither is Bandon Dunes or Pacific Dunes), but the heaving terrain offers an endless array of uneven lies, it drains like a sieve and because Bob Wolverton [course superintendent] let’s it burn to a crisp in the summer, balls bound down the fairways and onto the ‘fast kittle’ greens just as they would at Cruden Bay or Portrush.”

Golfweek — 100 Best Modern Courses 2008

“On the waterfront, here’s a real contender. Golf impresario Eric Bergstol is the designer/developer/builder/owner of this private club with a golf-loving membership. The course sits on 7.5 million cubic yards of dredge hauled from the bottom of New York Harbor, then sculpted into dunes that look as if they were airlifted from Ireland. The contrast with the working industrial landscape of an active port makes for an unusual and powerful setting.”

Sports Illustrated — November 2007

“The fairway on the 10th hole of the most audacious golf course in the world is nestled in a dell, a sanctuary lined with hillocks that are dotted with fescue and potentilla and juniper bushes. The caddie, Chris, says hybrid; the mind says Ireland. If golf is rooted in illusion — that man can master nature through a fivemile walk as he whacks a little white ball, that a driver resembling a toaster on a stick can add 10 yards and change your life — there is internal logic to the quixotic idea that a man named Eric Bergstol could take 7 1/2 million cubic yards of harbor silt, almost 10 years and $130 million, and create a work of golf and engineering and environmental art.”

Travel & Leisure Golf — January 2007

“A round at Bayonne can seem like Alice’s fall down the rabbit hole. The location — only four miles across the Hudson River from Wall Street — is unreal. Who would have thought that these 150 flat acres sandwiched between waterfront industrial parcels could have been transformed into such a fun rendition of an Irish links? Developer and architect Eric Bergstol fashioned a collection of golf-smart holes that twist and tumble through man-made dunes. Some holes are so compelling they overpower the competing visits of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty.”

The New York Post — July 2007

“The place is dramatic, as unique a find as you’ll uncover in American golf given the dune-like mounding, the huge undulating greens, the views of lower Manhattan, both the Verrazano and George Washing bridges, the Statue of Liberty, cruise ships slowly milling in and out of the harbor and Staten Island.”

Golf & Travel Magazine — July/August 2006

“Despite the fact it is man-made, Bayonne feels as if it was shaped the way most layouts in the British Isles were: by Mother Nature. There’s no better proof than in the strong winds that whip off the harbor most afternoons and onto fairways which are as undulating as deep-sea swells. Other hallowed features include plant varietals similar to those across the Atlantic, sand traps that looks as though they’ve been wrought by 100 years of ferocious storms, and quirky landscape elements, such as the mound in front of the green on No. 1 that completely blocks a player’s view of the pin from the fairway.”

The Met Golfer — October / November 2005

“If you think you’ve seen everything in golf, let me just say this: You haven’t. Not unless you’ve seen the Bayonne Golf Club. There is nothing remotely like it. Correction: There are several golf courses like Bayonne, but they are on the other side of the Atlantic, adn they have names like Royal County Down and Ballybunion. They are links courses exposed to the wind and water, courses known for their towering sandhills, shaggy bunkers and wild heaving fairways. Bayonne Golf Club has all of the above — plus dramatic views of New York City.”