The Sand Barrens is the creation of one of the nation’s finest golf course design firms, Hurdzan/Fry of Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Hurdzan is an internationally recognized authority on golf course environmental issues. He was presented the prestigious Old Tom Morris Award in 2013 by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America; he was also the recipient of the American Society of Golf Course Architects’ 2007 Donald Ross Award and the 2002 Golf Course Builders Association of America’s Don A. Rossi Award. He was also Golf World Magazine’s 1997 "Architect of the Year." Some of golf’s most famous courses were designed by Dr. Hurdzan, including Devil’s Pulpit and Devil’s Paintbrush in Caledon, Ontario. Golf Digest named these two masterpieces the Best New Course in Canada in 1991 and 1992. Other award winners are Naples National in Florida, Lassing Point in Kentucky and Erin Hills, site of the 2017 US OPEN.
Dana Fry worked with Dr. Michael Hurdzan from 1988 – 2012 and was a full partner from 1997 – 2012. With Jason Straka, he has since formed Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design. He is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and a past president of its Board of Directors. GolfWeek magazine selected Mr. Fry among the Top Five in their 2001 "40 under 40" list of people in leadership positions within the golf industry who are likely to shape the business for years to come. Mr. Fry learned his craft working as a field designer for Tom Fazio, and was instrumental in the creation of several award-winning courses for the Fazio organization. Included in his portfolio are the Wade Hampton Golf Club in North Carolina, selected by Golf Digest as America’s Best New Private Course in 1988; Barton Creek in Austin, Texas; Lake Nona Golf Club in Orlando; and Black Diamond in Lecanto, Florida
The Sand Barrens layout is located in the Pine Barrens region of New Jersey and was designed as a public nod to its northern cousin, Pine Valley. Sweeping waste areas, punctuated with native vegetation, are set against tall pine trees and rolling bent / fescue fairways. Undulating greens add to the beauty and challenge of the golf course, while a five-tee system provides every player a chance to feel comfortable at Sand Barrens. Golfers enjoy playing various combinations of the three nines: the North, the South and the West. As the name Sand Barrens suggests, the dominant features of the course is SAND! The 35 acres of sandy scrub waste areas that meander throughout the 27 holes are not considered sand bunkers. These native waste areas are partially vegetated with all types of indigenous grass, plants and trees, giving them a more rugged and aged appearance. The sand, that is so prevalent, did not have to be imported from a gravel pit, but only needed to be uncovered to form the natural waste areas in strategic locations. The Sand Barrens Golf Club was strategically designed to offer a challenging yet enjoyable round of golf for the experienced, intermediate, and beginning golfer as well.