Welcome to Trout National - The Reserve, an awe-inspiring collaboration between MLB All-Star and Millville native Mike Trout and local partner and businessman John Ruga, with design by golf icon Tiger Woods' TGR Design. Boasting 18 holes of championship golf and world-class amenities, Trout National will quickly become the premier destination for even the most discerning golfers.
The opening hole at Trout National - The Reserve is a long par 4 hole that offers a daunting first look at the golf course, though golfers will find it plays less difficult than it presents. From the tee, golfers get a glimpse of the drama that is in store throughout the round as tee shots play over a lake surrounded by exposed native sand areas to a sweeping wide fairway with interesting and varied topography. The first hole will also set the stage for the strategic nature of the course as the hole offers multiple routes of play to an undulating green complex with intricate contouring that will emphasize shotmaking.
The first of many risk-reward holes golfers will find in the round, the par 5 second hole plays around a dramatic sand quarry that will protect the inside of the dogleg. The daring golfer can play over the quarry in hopes of reaching the green complex in two, but this line of play is fraught with risk. The safer play is around the quarry as a true three shot hole. Regardless of the route taken, the distinctly contoured green will require a very precise short iron for those looking to score.
The third hole offers another risk reward opportunity, this time as a short par 4. Playing around the same sand quarry as the previous hole, the tee shot offers a myriad of options with its width and strategically placed hazards. A pocket of bunkers crosses the centerline that will prompt players to decide whether to lay up or try to carry the ball closer to the green. The narrow green which is angled left-to-right will lead many to feel the smartest play is to position the ball to the left side of the fairway, but it will be very tempting to throw caution to the wind and take the direct line towards the demanding green.
The fourth hole is a long and challenging par 4 that features a large green site perched just above the deepest quarry on the site. Golfers are in for a treat with this very dramatic golf hole featuring bunkers framing the landing area to the left and the quarry framing the approach on the right. In many ways this hole is all brawn, but still requires skillful shot execution. Longer hitters will have a green light to really advance the ball down the hole with its vast fairway that is guarded by the quarry to the right and two fairway bunkers to the left. Crafty shorter hitters may look to aim short of the fairway bunkering to utilize contouring on the left to catapult the ball further down the fairway. Regardless of positioning from the tee, this hole is all about the second shot into the well-protected green. Par will be a good score here.
The first and longest par 3, this is yet another hole that is going emphasize shotmaking and precision. Playing over a large, exposed sand area from tee to green, the fifth hole is visually stunning but also deceptive. Golfers will have more of a target than might be perceived. Running shots will be able to find the green surface as the green flares up in the rear to contain many lower trajectory shots. Nestled into a former mining area, the hole has a sense of privacy more so than the previous four holes. Once again, par will be a good score here.
The par 4 sixth hole is a sharp dogleg left that places an emphasis on strategy from tee to green. The line chosen by golfers off the tee will be important as its capes around an exposed sand area. Golfers that successfully take a more aggressive line will be rewarded, while those playing more conservatively will face a longer approach shot. The green is positioned in an interesting setting that is framed with landform remnants from mining operations on the left and long as well as by wetlands on the right and long.
When approaching the seventh hole, golfers will be looking to score on one of the round’s shorter par fives. While the fairway offers width off the tee, the hole begins to show its teeth leading into the green site. Set on an old quarry pond, the green will need to be approached cautiously as bunkering is strategically placed at the right rear while sandy waste area and water guard the front, left, and rear portions. Bailing out to the right, away from the pond, will not leave an easy recovery for golfers as the green slopes back towards the pond.
The eighth hole is sure to be one of the most dramatic and formidable holes of the round, playing across the quarry pond to a green that is nearly surrounded by sandy waste areas and water. With many teeing locations, the hole can be set up in a variety of ways, but golfers will always be cognizant of finding the green surface with their tee shot. Once they find the green, the putting surface itself is bisected by a ridge so playing to the proper side of the green will be crucial. This par 3 is sure to see its fair share of great scores as well as disconcerting higher numbers.
The front nine concludes with a fun, short, and quirky par 4. Golfers will face a strategic decision off the tee – the conservative option plays to a more visible fairway off to the left that sets up a short approach to a narrow green from that angle. Alternatively, golfers can opt to challenge the blind section of fairway to the right, playing over a ridge that is protected by sand scape and bunkers to gain best angle into the green. The green itself is protected by a prominent lion’s mouth bunker that will underline the importance of a precise approach regardless of the route taken.
Perhaps the most challenging hole on the course, the tenth hole features a plethora of hazards testing second shots into a well-protected green. From the tee, players will look to position themselves in the generous fairway to set up their approach shot that contains all the theatre on this hole. An ample bailout area exists to the right of the green but a heroic carry over a naturalized pond, wetlands, and native sand area will be the play for any well-struck and well-placed tee shot. The green is guarded by the expansive and tiered sandy waste area at the front and low-cut green surrounds will have any wayward shots bound away from the putting surface.
A fun, yet formidable short par 3, the eleventh hole plays to a highly contoured green engulfed by a vast sandy quarry site. For a short hole, measuring 119 yards, the hole will appear to be very exacting from the tee – because it is. Players will need to find the green’s surface on their tee shot and look to avoid lengthy putts here to score well.
Another very dramatic risk-reward par 5, the twelfth hole is going to be fun and scorable for players executing their shots. From the tee, the hole plays over the same deep quarry that golfers first experienced at hole four. Players wishing to go for the green in two will want to play over the right side of the quarry where they will face a longer carry but look to find a speed slot that awaits to gain additional yardage and ideal positioning. A more conservative route is to the left but will certainly make the hole play longer. A large river of sandscape crosses the fairway near the green but does so at an angle further emphasizing the importance of the line of play for both the layup and the attempt to reach in two. The green is angled from right-to-left and protected by bunkering short and long underscoring the importance of accuracy into the putting surface.
The thirteenth hole is a rather straightforward par 4 that will test players looking to score from tee-to-green. Playing downhill, the hole forces players to challenge the bank of fairway bunkers on the right in order to gain the best angle of approach in the green. Those playing to the left side of the fairway will be left with a daring approach shot over the large greenside bunker fronting and cutting into the significantly undulating putting surface. While the hole allows for runup shots onto the right side of the green complex, any shots that are even slightly offline may find the undulating low-cut green surrounds projecting balls away from the green.
The fourteenth is a long, downhill par 4 that plays along a native sandy area down the entirety of the right side. Finding the fairway will be crucial off the tee, but the key to scoring well here lies in the approach. Should players find themselves with out of place tee shots, they can still recover utilizing the sloping fairway approach that will propel balls towards the left-to-right angled green. A pesky bunker guards the runup approach off to the left while the sandy native area sweeps in front of the green on the right to protect the aerial approach.
The fifteenth hole will present a true scoring opportunity late in the round. A short par 4, the hole offers risk-reward opportunities from the tee as players may be tempted to drive the green. Playing slightly uphill to a vast fairway, the hole begins to neck down as sandy waste areas infringe on either side of the approach. Players will look to challenge the right side of the fairway for the best angle into the tiered, undulating green.
The sixteenth is a strong par 4 that plays to a difficult angled, narrow green. Precision and power will be important here. Golfers playing down the left will find the best angle of approach, but the fairway, though wide, is well-contoured and shot shape will be a factor to successfully holding the left side. The green will be a tough target and recovery shots tricky due to the green contouring. Par will be a delightful result for many here.
The penultimate hole continues the spectacle of the final stretch with a par 3 playing over a sweeping native sandy waste area. The small, yet dramatic green is perched over the massive sandscape. While players will not want to miss left and find the waste area, a collection area is situated short and right of the green where shots offline will be presented with a variety of options on their recovery. The green will offer an assortment of pin positions that will drastically alter the strategy.
The finishing hole encapsulates the strategic and risk-reward nature of Trout National – The Reserve with an exciting par 5 conclusion to the round. The longest hole on the course, the eighteenth will present players with a final risk-reward hole traversing over sandy waste areas to an expansive and undulating fairway. From the tee, players that may look to go for the green in two will look to challenge the left fairway bunker for the best angle of approach over the pond and onto the green. Whether looking to take advantage of the scoring opportunity or not, the strength of the closing hole comes on the second shot. Those taking a more conservative route will find their second shots must contend with a bank of bunkers protecting the outside of the dogleg on the approach. The well-protected green demands shotmaking and precision as the putting surface features multiple tiers and drastic contouring.
TGR Design will bring a unique championship golf course experience to southern New Jersey with Trout National – The Reserve.
Set among gentle rolling hills, the course will seamlessly weave between two distinct settings that include a former quarry and rambling farmland. The sandy site was once home to a silica sand mine which will be evident throughout the round with ample playable sandy waste areas strategically found throughout the routing, giving a distinct character to the course.
Trout National – The Reserve will be highly strategic in nature as sprawling fairways will offer multiple routes from tee to green. Undulating green complexes with low-cut surrounds will further emphasize the challenging, yet fun-focused design where risk-reward opportunities will be presented throughout the round to create an ideal match play environment.
Accompanying the 18-hole championship golf course, the golf offerings at Trout National – The Reserve will also include a flexible short course and expansive putting course along with world-class practice facilities and performance center. Other club highlights include a modern state-of-the-art clubhouse, five-star lodging, innovative amenities, a chapel and more.
When he’s not adding to an already impressive collection of baseball accolades, Mike enjoys escaping to the golf course with friends and family. He takes immense personal pride in bringing Trout National - The Reserve to southern New Jersey. A graduate of Millville High School, his earliest golf memories include trips to the driving range with his father, Jeff.
John and Lorie Ruga
Fellow South Jersey natives, John and Lorie Ruga are local business owners of Northeast Precast, a residential and commercial building firm headquartered in Vineland. One of the nation’s largest precast operations, the company currently employs more than 475 people locally.
Since turning professional in 1996, Tiger has built an unprecedented competitive career. His 106 worldwide wins and 15 majors mirror his success off the course. He serves as Founder and CEO of TGR Ventures, a multibrand enterprise which includes TGR Design, a team of highly qualified golf industry leaders combining nearly 85 years of global experience in all facets of golf course design.
Combining a lifelong passion for the game with more than 20 years of industry expertise, Ian joins Trout National - The Reserve as its first GM and COO. In addition to similar roles at several of North America’s most prolific private clubs (most recently at La Gorce Country Club in Miami Beach, Fla.), Ian brings a wealth of golf experience across business, media, and as a winner on both the PGA TOUR and Buy.com Tour (now Korn Ferry Tour). Ian also proudly supports numerous charitable initiatives benefiting children, cancer research, and mental health awareness.