West at Tamarack Golf Course

2.8817666667 2.9 stars from 5 (36)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6226 yards
  • Slope: 111
  • Rating: 69.4
  • Layout

  • 97 Hardenburg Ln, East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816, Middlesex County
  • (732) 821-8881, (732) 821-8884
  • (732) 821-3191
  • www.mciauth.com

Year built: 1973
Architect(s): Hal Purdy, Malcolm Purdy
Type: Public
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice hole: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6226 yards 69.4 111
White 71 5809 yards 67.6 107
Red 71 5346 yards 69.4 103

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 2.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.7 stars from 5
Value: 2.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 36 Reviews
5 stars:
3
4 stars:
11
3 stars:
7
2 stars:
10
1 stars:
5

recommend this course

18 out of 36 reviews


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"Always fun"


u528369885's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

The course is in good shape looks great and is always fun to play I’m a county card holder and I love playing both east and west!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Greens"


bruey55's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways nice. Some tee boxes chewed up. The worst was the greens. Full of what looked like sand!!! Rooster tails when u put!!!

The guys at the desk should be up front when u call or go there about the conditions


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Terrible condition"


u500652382's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

The course was in terrible condition and it wasn't because of the rain. Greens had a ton of sand on them and no grass they were completely unplayable. It looked like nobody has cut the grass all year. The only upside is staff was understanding and refunded our $ when we quit after 6 holes. Layout is nice it could have real potential.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"OK course, but overpriced"


John5420629's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This review is for the East course:

I heard this course was easier than the West course, but that it had drainage issues. Both are true. Although the fairways are quite narrow on many holes, it's short enough to come away with a low score. The water problem was evident on many holes. Some were cart-path only and some that weren't left me slogging my way through fairways.

The front nine is not great. The first two holes made me feel lost in the wild and the fairways were in terrible shape. The back nine, however, is much nicer, with some nice views and wide-open fairways.

Overall, it's not worth the money unless you're a county resident and maybe even a senior. Marshals are hard to find, especially when you're stuck behind a slow group.

The skinny: The West course is much nicer and has more bang for the buck.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



"Nice tract."


htbear's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2019
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Heavy rains led to cart path only and the conditions were very wet. Other than that, it was a nice, inviting course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u000004259422's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Jun1005285's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Tammy West"


bruey55's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice layout. Greens were fassst but consistent. Fairways cut perfect. There were a few T boxes that need work.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Tamarack East"


jnsbill's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the front nine greens were like playing at the beach - completely sandy - fairways mediocre and tough rough - its only May whats it gonna be like in July & Aug


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Course needs a marshal. Round too 4 1/2 hours"


John5420629's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I like this course -- even though it's a bit expensive -- but I had an awfully slow round because the group ahead of us was very slow and there were no officials to be found to tell them to speed things up . On a weekend.

We asked the guy who was filling up the water dispensers to find a marshal, but he said he didn't think they had one.

We hesitated to approach the group ourselves because one of the players was constantly scream and throwing his clubs after bad shots. He even slammed a pin into the green in frustration at one point.

I was actually playing OK, but this took a lot of the fun out of it.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



"Good County course"


u926981593's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We choose this course so we could use the golf boards that they advertised. Went to the course the night prior to make sure they were available and were told no problem. The next morning we were told everything from they are being used to putting new tires on to not charged. Clearly lies but we had fun anyway.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course



u000004259422's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2019
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Like the course, but it's a bit pricey"


John5420629's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Decent course that's fun to play,but should be priced at least $10 less per round. I play there because it's convenient for my group to get there.

Course layout is good, lots of doglegs and shots over water. Some holes are challenging.

18th was a swimming pool in certain spots. Expect to go home with wet shoes after a round there.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Terrible!!!"


u810191663's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Purposely made an afternoon tee time so that I could get the West course, When I get there they tell me they are only letting people out on the East. After discussing this for a while I relented hoping that the course wouldn't be that bad. The East course sucks! It holds water like a swimming pool, there are ruts in the fairway from people driving their carts on wet ground and most of the greens were terrible. Stick to Somerset County courses. They are much better and competently managed.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2019
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u000004259422's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2019
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



Joseph1983255's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Dog Track"


Dpensabene's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

I’ve played the west before and always had a great day playing golf .

This is the 1st time I played the East and it was a disaster.

They had no business letting people play on a course that was quite literally a swamp . There are dog tracks in better shape then the front 9 was in !!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Stay Away"


FV5JIvv64PFqHTZyrdhS's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/03/2018

Reviewed on

If you’re not a resident, stay away. Ridiculously priced for the way it’s maintained. Tee boxes are “good”. Roughs look like they’re cut once a month. Most holes are open, great to practice your long game.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



u000005201439's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways in poor shape and grass in rough ridiculously high


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



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