Vineyard National Golf Club in Egg Harbor, New Jersey is located about 20 miles from the Atlantic City Boardwalk. The course, an onsite amenity of the Renault Winery Resort, was originally private, but tee times are fully open to the public and you need not stay at the resort. In 2007 Ed Shearon designed a stunningly attractive playing field that weaves through a winery with a long history--it began cultivating grapes and producing American Champagne and other wines back in the 1860s. The winery, resort hotel, and golf course have all benefited from a 2018 renovation project that upgraded every facet of the property. Vineyard National Golf Club spreads out over 225 acres, about 25 of which are amidst the vineyards and orchards of the winery. The nicely varied, user-friendly, par-72 layout extends from 4,983 yards to 6,746 yards. Players can choose an appropriate distance for their skill level from among four sets of tee markers plus a hybrid option. Though pinelands ring a portion of the perimeter of the course, for the most part the layout is open and exposed to the wind. Vineyard National Golf Club s rolling fairways are wide with inviting landing areas. With its bailout areas and multiple ways to get from tee to green, Vineyard National Golf Club is a fun, unthreatening layout that all types of golfers can enjoy. An indication of the player-friendly nature of the game is that the fairway bunkers are generally somewhat distant from the preferred line of play, and even the greenside bunkers are often positioned slightly away from the edge of the putting surfaces. Water hazards only enter the fray on four holes at Vineyard National Golf Club and players have the option of playing around the water rather than flying directly over it. Meanwhile, skilled golfers will enjoy the wind-battered links-like nature of the layout and a number of holes that present high intrigue. The round begins and ends with strong holes. On the opener, a bunker sits 200 yards out in the middle of the fairway to complicate the tee shot, while the approach is uphill to a green defended at the front and back by bunkers. Eighteen is a par 5 with bunkers and trees infringing on the left side of the fairway and a final approach that causes trepidation with a bunker short left and a pond to the right of the putting surface. Some of the most memorable moments of the round occur when the layout passes right through the vineyard. The coolest example of this is the 7th hole, where grapevines completely encase the tee box. Note that Vineyard National Golf Club does not have a driving range. The only practice area is the putting green (players are welcome to do a little chipping on it). While the golf course offers some snacks and drinks out on the patio, Renault Winery Resort s tasting room, restaurant and champagne garden are immediately next door. Vineyard National Golf Club is a great place to hang out and it rates as one of the most unique and enjoyable golf experiences in Southern New Jersey no matter your skill level.