The Union League National Golf Club

1765 Rte 9 N,

Swainton, New Jersey 08210

  • Office

    +1 (609) 465 3555
  • Pro shop

    +1 (609) 465 3555
  • Golf pro

    Dan Redolphy (PGA, Director of Golf Operations)

About the course

  • The Course:

    27 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:


  • Designer:

    Original design by Hurdzan/Fry Design (1997; lead designer Dana Fry); major renovation by Fry/Straka design (Dana Fry & Jason Straka) (2019/20).

SSS or slope

At the same location:

Above distances are for the Grant-Meade combination. At 3376 yds from back tees, the Sherman-nine is slightly shorter than the other two nines.






How to get there:

o.5 mi N of Swainton / 31 mi SW of Atlantic City.

The Union League National Golf Club

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.

Est. 1997

The Union League National Golf Club (formerly Sand Barrens GC) is home to a well-rated 27-hole layout. The early 2020's revamp of the course pays homage to New Jersey's best known layout, Pine Valley, with huge meandering sandy waste areas much to the fore.

Bought by the Union League of Philadelphia in 2017, the renamed club comprises the Grant (formerly North), Meade (West) and Sherman (South) nines. The Sherman-nine is reputedly the prettiest of the three, while the Grant is considered the toughest. The Meade, with its testing water-flanked par-3 finishing hole, is often said to be everyone’s favorite.

The "Pine Valley-esque" golfing challenges presented by the course are to be found in its woodland setting, undulating terrain, prodigious bunkering and sweeping waste areas.

List of courses: Around Philly & Atlantic City


Who can play and when?

Private club - guests may only play if hosted by a member.

Green fees

Outside visitor fee not applicable; course exclusively for members and their guests.

Other information

Walking permitted at all times.

Practice facilities

Excellent (including a double-ended driving range)

Did you know?

Originally planned for this site was a traditional parkland style golf course, lined with evergreens and oaks. This all changed in the winter of 1996 when lead designer Dana Fry discovered a significant layer of sand while tree clearance was in progress. Fry proposed a "rethink" and a switch to a "sandbelt" style layout characterised by dramatic bunkers, fairway hugging sandy waste areas and significantly undulating greens. And so the Sand Barrens layout came into being. was created.

In 2017 the Union League bought the Sand Barrens golf course and converted it from a public-access facility to a private club for its members. The three nines, North, West & South, were renamed after three generals, Grant, Meade and Sherman, who led the Union Army during the American Civil War (1861-65).

The Union League of Philadelphia, a top-ranked City Club, was founded in 1862 as a patriotic society to support the Union and the policies of President Abraham Lincoln. Today, the Union League has over 4,000 active members who keep alive the League’s traditions.

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