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Golfing Magazine and Summer on the Course a Perfect Combo In this issue of Golfing Magazine, we give you the lowdown on Jumping Brook Country Club, designed by A.W. Tillinghast and Willard Wilkinson, the pair crafted a superb test of playing ability that stands the test of time. Opened in 1925, the classic routing, with its sod faced bunkers, grass mounds, and elevated and undulating greens, still befuddles and delights the best players in the game. What makes Jumping Brook great is that the atmosphere is very laid back. Golf as its only amenity (no pool or tennis), so the focal point and common denominator is golf, with the course a challenging, old school layout. Jumping Brook will be launching a program for new members coming whereby if those individuals place a deposit on Oct. 1 for next season, they will be able to play the club as a member for the months of October, November, and December of this year as well. We also visit Raritan Valley Country Club. Raritan Valley Country Club has deep-rooted traditions. The H.H. Barkerdesigned golf course’s gently rolling terrain, and beautiful views of the Watchung Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for both well-seasoned players and occasional golfers. The club’s tennis and squash courts, resort-style pool, first-class dining and elegant banquet facilities, offer complementary amenities that make Raritan Valley a unique family-friendly country club experience. You can check out Crystal Springs, located in the Sussex Skylands area of northwestern New Jersey, just south of the border with New York State and fairly close to the rolling farmlands of eastern Pennsylvania, has its golf spread among six courses. The resort’s Ballyowen Golf Club is a superb Celtic link-style course created by master architect Roger Rulewich. The Crystal Springs course is regarded as one of the sternest tests in the region. The ninehole Cascades, also designed by Rulewich, formally opened for play in the spring of 2009. Wild Turkey Golf Course is also located on the property of the luxurious Grand Cascades Lodge, and Black Bear Golf Club is just a few miles away from the resort’s main property. In addition to the above layouts, there is the nine-hole Minerals Golf Club, where adults and youngsters can enjoy the game together without feeling intimidated. Enjoy our digital magazine, take advantage of our Course Play Stimulus offer, and keep playing golf. We hope you enjoy this issue and hit ‘em straight and long. Cheers,

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Private Eyes …………….………………………….………… 6 Learn about a Private Facility in our area This Month- Jumping Brook CC and Raritan Valley CC

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Jumping Brook Country Club A Very Special Private Experience



umping Brook Country Club Par 4 17th in Neptune, New Jersey is one of the most storied and unique private courses in the Central portion of the state. Designed by A.W. Tillinghast and Willard Wilkinson, the pair crafted a superb test of playing ability that stands the test of time. Opened in 1925, the classic routing, with its sod faced bunkers, grass mounds, and elevated and undulating greens, still befuddles and delights the best players in the game. “What makes Jumping Brook great is that the atmosphere is very see on the scorecard as well. There’s a great laid back,” said Mark Bryson, PGA Director mix of holes that play differently depending of Golf Operations. “What with golf as our on which way the wind blows…and it blows only amenity (no pool or tennis) the out here…just ask our regulars! One of the focal point and common denominator is best compliments I receive from our members golf. The golf course is a challenging, old and I hear it a lot is `I never get tired or bored school layout. We have very tricky green of playing here”’. complexes that makes missing Like all golf course in our region, Jumping the green a big penalty if you Brook opened late this season because of don’t work on your short concerns over COVID-19. “The challenging game. The course plays part early on was just the unknown, nobody longer than what you had ever seen anything like this and for it to

affect everything that is great about the golf experience was thrown upside down,” said Bryson. Our members were great however and we survived that initial crunch. Players were requesting a 10 a.m. tee time and in some cases getting 2:30 p.m., but they were thrilled just to have the opportunity to play.” Bryson said the New Jersey PGA and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of New Jersey were “on top of things from the start”, sharing best practices on removing rakes, keeping flag sticks in without touching, etc.. And the superintendents association deserves a ton of credit for having the lobbyists confirming the orders and explaining them in layman terms for us to implement. Our ownership group, Epstein Family Properties, has been outstanding too. They were very upfront from the beginning that they would find work for anyone that wanted to work and the number one goal from the beginning has been to make sure that our staff and members remained healthy.”

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Jumping Brook opened on May 2 and Bryson said “it was a big relief ” to re-open because the weather was ”getting really nice and the demand for play was very high”. He added, “When we re-opened it ran smoothly because a lot of the directives that needed to be implemented, we had in place for early March right before we had to shut down.” Bryson reported play as being “unbelievable” one the course opened. “We have been very active and our memberships have increased greatly. When golf was able to come back, I knew we would be in a position to potentially have seven-day weekends. Most of our members were working from home, so it afforded them the opportunity to come over to the club at anytime of the day. Without commute times the free time that they had was spent at the golf course. It has been awesome.” Ownership decided to take advantage of the closure by renovating the entire top floor of the clubhouse since there would be no banquets indoors for an extended period. Said Bryson, “They took advantage of what would have been a long lingering project to knock out a great improvement.” The flooring in the main lobby and the flooring leading to all the banquet rooms has been replaced; and the main bathrooms and the central lobby with a fireplace were all modernized. “When we are able to open back up indoor activity, people will be very excited to book here with the changes that were made,” said Bryson. “In terms of the course, the work that Tom Higgins and his assistant Ron Simpson and their staff continue to do every year to make our course outstanding each and every year. Sometimes it is detail work, sometimes it is major projects but we continue to improve year over year.” The staff at Jumping Brook is well seasoned, with employees in all departments having been with the club for a long time. “This provides us the opportunity for continuity and familiarity with not only the operation and what is expected of them but also getting to know our members and their expectations as well,” Bryson said. My assistants, Steve Gref-

from short par-fours, like the 292-yard first that lets you unwind and put a small number on the card, par-fives that can be reached in two and demanding, long par-threes that are laced with trouble. Yardage from the tips is just over 6,619 yards. The 11th, a 180-yard parthree, is indicative of the difficulty you’ll face on the short holes at Jumping Brook. The green is on a plateau with sand short right. The slope is severe from back to front and a false front guards entryway onto the putting surface and kicks balls hit short away. The 14th is a reachable par-five and is another wonderfully designed hole that both teases and intimidates. Your drive must steer clear of two grass mounds that surround the fairway landing area, Par 4 10th and a water hazard snakes up the left side and reaches out into the fairway to catch too fen and Louis Hampton, have both been here bold a tee shot. The second shot must negotiwith me for over 12 years, and Steve Staubach ate another grass mound in the center of the our food and beverage manager has been here fairway and a cluster of three grass mounds in 12-plus years. Both of our support staffs are front of the green. The putting surface again repeat folks too that come back year after year. slopes from back to front, although the grade It has been a tremendous place to work.” is not severe. This hole can reward with birdie or eagle or disappoint with bogey or worse if not played properly. One of the best compliments The 17th, another short, 330-yard I receive from our members par-four, is a simply superb hole. The and I hear it a lot is `I never get tee shot must negotiate a grass mound that guards the left side of the fairway tired or bored of playing here’ landing area. And a small sod-faced bunker penalizes a longer shot down -Mark Bryson, PGA Director of the right side of the hole. The best Golf Operations play is a fairway wood or long-iron to around the 150-yard mark, because anything crushed with a driver might Jumping Brook will be launching a profind a pond at the end of the fairway. The gram for new members coming whereby if water also comes into play on the approach those individuals place a deposit on Oct. 1 shot and a greenside bunker and small grass for next season, they will be able to play the swale surrounds a small, narrow putting surclub as a member for the months of October, face. There is a subtle tier running across the November, and December of this year as well. middle of the green to further complicate Bryson proudly said Jumping Brook has matters. “18 signature holes”, adding “each hole is For membership and other information played with the same goals in mind to; hit the about the club, call Bryson at 732-922-8200, fairway at all cost off the tee and be below the extension 17, or email him at mbryson@ hole on your approach shot…always!!” jumpingbrookcc.com. The course has a pleasing mix of holes,




Ken Green

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onnecticut professional golfer Ken Green is still standing tall these days, thanks to the use of a prosthetic right leg. He vowed after the accident that occurred in Mississippi in 2009 while travelling to and from golf tournaments that he would once again swing a golf club in competition, even as he lay in a hospital bed after doctors had removed the lower portion of his right leg. Well, Green, who lives part time in the Nutmeg State and Florida, made good on that vow and built himself physically and mentally to return to competitive golf, playing in Champions Tour, regional and state tournaments. And, playing well, we might add, with his low score being a 69 on the Champions Tour, a laudable score for any golfer let alone one playing with a prosthetic leg to go along with the physical and emotional scars that Green carries with him every day. He finished fourth at the Connecticut Senior Open at Shennecossett Golf Course in Groton in 2019, and tied for second at both the 2018 and 2016 state Senior opens. “I’ve have had so many crazy things happen to me,” said Green, who splits his time between West Palm Beach, Florida and New Fairfield. “I guess it’s the Ken Green reverse one percent law. I don’t think many people have had things happen to me, good and bad, like I have.” Green was born in Danbury and moved to Honduras with his family where his father, Martin Green, whom he claimed was an alcoholic, was principal of the American School in that country. Having to choose between soccer and golf, young Green chose the latter and he wound up quitting school at the age of 16, telling his mother that he wanted to pursue his dream of playing professionally. He wound up finishing his high school education and attending Palm Beach Junior College in Florida for a year before he was recruited to play for the University of Florida, earning second team All-Southern Conference honors in 1979. Green indeed did turn professional in 1979 and joined the PGA Tour the following year. He became a proficient player, known for his all-out style of play and fierce competiveness. He posted five wins on the PGA Tour, lost two tournaments in 10

playoffs, and captured five international events. His selection to the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1989 was a highlight of his career. Even after his life and golf game began to break down in the late 80’s and 1990’s, Green could occasionally rise up. He finished seventh at the 1996 U.S. Open. “I had a great run during the 1980’s and I felt like I was getting better every year,” said Green, now 61. “I was winning tournaments on the PGA Tour, was on the Ryder Cup team, and winning overseas, which I am equally as proud of as my wins in the states. I would love to have been able to see what I was capable of if I didn’t lose my focus. I was still young and probably had another six or seven really good years ahead of me when things broke down.” Green’s sister, Shelley, caddied for him for several years while on Tour. “Things broke down”, he said, because of a nasty divorce with his first wife and losing custody of his children. He began drinking more than socially, gambling, fell into the deep hole of depressions, started missing cuts and continuing to pile up fines from the PGA Tour. He had over two dozen fines levied against him, some of them for seemingly rather silly and harmless antics, like sneaking friends

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into The Masters in the trunk of his car, toasting Arnold Palmer with a beer while playing in The Masters, swearing on the course, burying or flinging into the water several putters, and signing autographs for fans while playing. In June 2009, Green was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident when his motor home left the road. Green was in his recreational vehicle traveling on Interstate 20 near Meridian, Mississippi when the right front tire blew, causing the vehicle to veer off the road and go down a deep embankment before hitting a tree. The accident killed the passengers: William Green, his brother; Jeanne Hodgin, his girlfriend; and his dog, Nip. The following year his estranged son, Hunter, died of a drug overdose in Dallas, Texas. Green used golf as a way to keep himself going, although his journey back to the golf course was one filled with pain and long hours of therapy and rehab. But back he came, the guy whose life has had more twists and turns than a double dogleg hole. He was fitted with a prosthetic and basically taught himself how to play the game again. He began hitting balls on the range, playing practice rounds and then got himself fit enough that he was able to play several events on the Champions Tour, as well as local and regional events. Green authored a book released in 2019 entitled, Hunter of Hope: Life In, Outside and on the Ropes, in which he details his life in honest fashion, the good and the bad. “The book gave me the opportunity to show what I went through and maybe it can help people out there that have gone through or are going through similar things as I have; the loss of a son, a nasty marriage and divorce, depression, and the tragic accident. I can give my point of view and maybe help people and get them back on the right track. If I can do it then people reading the book may say that they can do the same thing.” When at his home in New Fairfield, Green spends much of his golfing time at Danbury’s Richter Park Golf Course and Ridgewood Country Club, “courses that I grew up playing.” He added, “The pros around the state are very kind to me, probably because I was a former Tour pro, and I can play pretty much anywhere I’d like.”





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Private Eyes

Raritan Valley Country Club Delights a Growing Membership with an Historic, All-Inclusive Country Club



aritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater, New Jersey is bustling with action on its stunning and historic course. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and government-ordered shutdowns of many businesses, including golf clubs, Raritan Valley did not open until May 2. But the wait was worth it for members and their guests, as the course was groomed to be a great shape once the season finally kicked off. “The course is the best shape it’s ever been in,” reported General Manager Patrick Boucher. “Not having play for 45 days in the spring allowed for a lot of maintenance practices not usually done during that time.” Boucher said the club’s and staff ’s biggest challenge during the year of COVID-19 has been reacting to the ever changing guidelines. “In spring, it seemed like it changed every day. Play at the course overall is up, a lot of people are looking for an escape and being outdoors has offered that.” Raritan Valley has a number of guidelines in place for golfer safety, including cleaning protocols per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines utilizing Federal Environmental Protection Agency-registered disinfectants, masks and gloves required for

all employees, masks required for players and visitors while walking through the clubhouse and social distancing on the driving range, patio and pool areas. Raritan Valley, Boucher said, is a great place to play and to be a member of because, “It’s the people, our atmosphere and a feeling of community, camaraderie and genuine belonging.” Said Membership and Club Communications Director Jennifer Panaia, “Our members feel a sense of security during these times; they enjoy coming to their own private oasis where they know the staff and fellow members and can feel comfortable and safe as a result of the safety protocols we have in place.” Panaia said Raritan Valley, which is Managed by Troon Privé--Private Clubs of Distinction, had a large influx of new members this summer after extending the club’s spring promotion, which included no initiation fee. “We also offered a pool membership this summer since so many pools in the region elected not to open. For the fall, we are offering pro-rated dues for the remainder of 2020 and half off initiation fee.” The club was founded in 1911 and the private, member-owned facility is sweetly nestled in the middle of Somerset County. With an impeccably manicured course,

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an elegant clubhouse, racquet sports, and a resort-style pool, RVCC has something for every member of the family. But, raising the bar is what made and continues to make Raritan Valley Country Club what it is today; one of the jewels of the New Jersey golf world. Raritan Valley Country Club has deeprooted traditions. The H.H. Barker-designed golf course’s gently rolling terrain, and beautiful views of the Watchung Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for both wellseasoned players and occasional golfers. The club’s tennis and squash courts, resort-style pool, first-class dining and elegant banquet facilities, offer complementary amenities that make Raritan Valley a unique familyfriendly country club experience. Raritan Valley has a core group of long standing members that value the club and all it affords its members and guests. With recent enhancements to the golf course and clubhouse facility, as well as the expansion of the club’s junior programs, the club has experienced a resurgence that continues during these uncertain times. The Raritan Valley implemented an extensive enhancement plan for the golf

course that was launched several years ago. RVCC completed a full greenside bunker restoration on its 18-hole, 6,808-yard parkland-style course. Work has also taken place to enhance the fairways and greens, upgrade the course’s irrigation system, and incorporate more modern equipment into its agronomic practices. James Rusnic serves as golf course superintendent and oversees a talented and dedicated crew. The course at Raritan Valley CC is a strong test for accomplished players yet approachable for all golfers. The layout starts off in stern fashion, with a 570-yard par-five that is the longest 5 on the course. Three good shots are required here. Finding the fairway off the tee is crucial. The fourth is a short par-four with out of bounds protecting the green left. Hit a driver off the tee to leave a short iron or wedge into the green. The signature hole is the par-three seventh. It demands a challenging 173-yard shot over the water to an undulating green surrounded by several bunkers. The hole is best played a bit long, as there is only a short landing area forward of the green and the ever-present water to contend with. The finisher on the front side is arguably the easiest par-five (493 yards) on the course. A well-played tee shot and second will likely place you on or near the green.

The back side begins with a sweet, short par-five playing 151 yards from the tips. Three bunkers and an undulated green guard errant tee shots. Accuracy is key. Hit the green and be rewarded with a look at birdie. The 12th is a 528-yard dogleg right par-five that is framed by two trees and a

creek that must be overcome on the second shot. It’s all about the tee shot here. Find the fairway and options open up. The 15th is a long (205-yards) par-three where you are hitting through a shoot of trees. When in doubt about club selection, elect to play long as this will afford the best opportunity for par. The 18th is a masterful, 400-yard parfour with appropriate bunkering off the tee and a two tiered green. Hug the left side off

the tee as the green opens up from that side of the fairway. RVCC’s tennis facility boasts four resurfaced Har-Tru tennis courts, and a first-class tennis program offers leagues, clinics, and lessons. Also, RVCC is the only private club in the area to offer two indoor squash courts. RVCC has open-air entertaining to a new level, constructing an awning above the clubhouse patio that overlooks the picturesque golf course. Also on the patio, the club added intimate fire pits surrounded by cozy lounge furniture, and a big screen television. Members can enjoy a full season of outdoor relaxation and entertainment. Maria Rathjens is the club’s Food and Beverage Manager, and Filomena Lombardi is its Executive Chef. There has never been a better time to become a member at RVCC. To learn more, contact Membership and Club Communications Director Jennifer Panaia at 908-722-2000, ext. 207 , or email her at membership@rvcc1911. org. “Like” the club on Facebook, and follow RVCC on Twitter and Instagram (@ rvcc1911). Raritan Valley Country Club Bridgewater, New Jersey 908-722-2000 www.RVCC1911.org





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he “wow” factor hits you when you arrive at Crystal Springs Resort if you are an avid golfer, and even if you are not. Crystal Springs, located in the Sussex Skylands area of northwestern New Jersey, just south of the border with New York State and fairly close to the rolling farmlands of eastern Pennsylvania, has its golf spread among six courses. The resort’s Ballyowen Golf Club is a superb Celtic link-style course created by master architect Roger Rulewich. The Crystal Springs course is regarded as one of the sternest tests in the region. The ninehole Cascades, also designed by Rulewich, formally opened for play in the spring of 2009 and turned the Crystal Springs Golf Club into a 27-hole facility. You can choose from three different options when playing an 18-hole round by using any of the nine-

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hole layouts--the Cascades, the Classic and the Villages. Neighboring favorite Wild Turkey is also located on the property of the luxurious Grand Cascades Lodge, and Black Bear Golf Club is just a few miles away from the resort’s main property. In addition to the above layouts, there is the nine-hole Minerals Golf Club, where adults and youngsters can enjoy the game together without feeling intimidated. The Resort’s courses reopened in early May after closures due to the COVID19 pandemic. Michelle Abate, Director of Marketing for Crystal Springs, stated that guidelines per the direction of the N.J. Governor and local Board of Health are in place to safeguard visitors, golfers and staff against the virus. Included in those protocols are: Staff members wearing masks; carts being cleaned with disinfectant between uses; cart attendants not touching golf bags: and hand sanitizer stations being located around all facilities. In addition, tents are

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erected to accommodate guests for outings. “We are promoting our popular fall golf and stay packages (https://www.crystalgolfresort.com/golf/stay/) and we have also launched a beginner golf clinic that began on August 5th (www.crystalgolfresort.com/ golfclinic),” enthused Abate. In addition, the Resort offers group golf outings for groups from 16 to 360 golfers with its six championship courses, award winning catering and PGA professionals to assist with event execution. (https://www. crystalgolfresort.com/golf/outings/). The Resort offers a variety of overnight packages https://www.crystalgolfresort. com/golf/stay/, and offers FootGolf, two sports rolled into one. FootGolf provides precision, power and passion found in both golf and soccer. FootGolf can be played on Cascades and Minerals Golf Courses. (https://www.crystalgolfresort.com/golf/ footgolf/). You can take your game to the next

level at the Leadbetter Golf Academy, with the Region’s best golf instruction for all ages and skill levels. https://www. crystalgolfresort.com/golf/crystal-springsgolf-academy/. A little about the outstanding golf at Crystal Springs. The fairways at Ballyowen and at Wild Turkey are rather generous and the greens undulating, though not tricked up. The biggest hazard you’ll run into (usually) at Ballyowen is unseen--the wind. This is a treeless course that sits on a bit of a hill with nowhere to hide when the breeze kicks up, as it did during the second nine holes of our round. The wind can make a two-club difference on some of the approach shots. Better pick the right club because three par-threes play across water. And when the fescue grows tall during the summer months, you will have trouble playing errant shots out of the rough. Crystal Springs is a beautiful beast, especially if you play it from the tips (around 6,900 yards). The fairways here are narrow and there is trouble all around, you name it, water, quarries, woods, wetlands and plenty of bunkers. Wild Turkey is a beautifully routed layout. Rulewich, known for wise use of existing terrain, outdid himself on this track. The tee shot on the first hole is from a severely elevated tee to a massive fairway below and it’s a visually fun way to start the day. Wild Turkey has maybe the second most impressive hole at the resort. The seventh plays close to 200 yards from the tips and the tee shot must clear another yawning quarry lake. The hole is very similar to the 11th at Crystal Springs Golf Club, although this one plays straight across the quarry and not from an elevated tee. A lake sits about 60 feet below. Wild Turkey (the Cascades nine was designed to emulate this layout to some degree) features holes laid out along a ridgeline and those located in a sunken, or basin, area. The “basin holes” of Wild Turkey, holes number three and 12 through 17, are reminiscent of the classic American links style of Ballyowen. There are enough bunkers in the fairway landing areas and around the greens to grab your attention. Black Bear, a very playable 6,673-yard layout, was co-designed by Jack Kurlander and David Glenz and offers diverse holes. Some 65 bunkers are scattered about the track and water comes into play on three holes. The

Minerals nine is an “executive-style” layout and has a number of interesting holes.

The Grand Cascades Lodge, a stunning stone and wood structure that sits atop a hill and affords views of the area. It has 250 well-appointed, state-of-the-art accommodations and is only a few steps away from 45 holes of golf (the Crystal Springs, Wild Turkey and Cascades golf courses). There is also a real-grass 18-hole putting course at Grand Cascades. The laid back sophisticated Crystal Tavern, an upscale pub located in the Grand Cascades Lodge, features views of the practice range and mountains in the distance. If you are into upscale dining, a visit to 4-star Restaurant Latour at Crystal Springs is a must. Annual winner of the Wine Spectator Grand Award and rated “Excellent” by The New York Times, Latour is a culinary phenomenon and considered one of the finest restaurants in New Jersey. One of the coolest (literally and figuratively) places at Grand Cascades Lodge is the Wine Cellar. You start your journey by walking down a winding staircase, and then in front of you lies the sprawling Cellar, where 45,000 bottles and more than 3,640 labels lie protected against the elements. The resort’s owners are so proud of The Cellar they offer free self-guided daily tours. No less an authority on the fruit of the vine than the Wine Spectator gave The Cellar its stamp of approval. The Lodge’s “Biosphere” is one of the most unique features at the Resort. The indoor pool complex has an underground aquarium, vortex pools, caves and tropical foliage, as well as a 140-foot water slide enjoyed by kids and adults alike. The glass enclosure allows for

year-round tanning given its unique roofing structure. Outside, there is an adjacent swimming area, an oversized, marble chessboard, ping pong and other table games, the Chef ’s Garden restaurant featuring an expansive herb and vegetable garden, and ample space for merely lounging about and enjoying the view of the hillsides and a practice area. The resort also features the Reflections Spa at Grand Cascades Lodge. The interior of the spa contains such unique features as thousands of quartz crystals in its ceiling, water features in each corridor, red fire art glass throughout the interior and exterior of the space, and a relaxing foot soak.

Sister property Minerals Hotel, which features 175 comfortably appointed guest rooms, features the tranquil Elements Spa, multiple indoor and outdoor heated pools, a massive sports club and casual dining at Kites American Grille. So, if you are into golf and the good life, check out Crystal Springs Resort. It’s one of the few places in the Northeast where you can drop your bags in your room and be a few minutes walking time of 45 holes of championship golf, a great practice facility, a putting course, and a plethora of other fun stuff to do. Heck, you don’t even have to go outside to get to the clubhouse for Crystal Springs and Wild Turkey. A covered walkway will take you from Grand Cascades Lodge to the starting point in comfort and style. Crystal Springs Resort Hamburg, Vernon and Franklin, N.J. 844.205.1857 www.CrystalGolfResort.com




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Must Play

A New Era of Public Golf Begins at

Rock Spring Golf Club By, JOHN TORSIELLO


hese are exciting times for Rock Spring Golf Club in West Orange, N.J. After years of operating as a private facility the club has opened its doors, fairways and greens to the public. “The transition has gone very well, as the course has been very well received by the local community and golfers from all over the region,” said Jerrod Wittman, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for KemperSports. “The volume of play has been outstanding and we are very pleased with the local support from both past members and local golfers.” Wittman explained why the change was made from private to pubic. “The Town of West Orange stepped in to purchase Rock Spring to preserve the golf course as green space and create an amenity for the entire community to

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enjoy. The property was destined for development into a residential community, which would’ve removed a beautiful golf course and quality of life amenity from the area.” Aren’t we golfers the lucky ones, indeed? Rock Spring Golf Club features one of only two public golf courses in the United States designed by legendary architect Seth

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Raynor, whose highly-ranked work includes Fisher’s Island in New York, Shoreacres on Chicago’s North Shore, and Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda. Twelve of Raynor’s courses are on GOLF Magazine’s list of the Top 100 in the U.S. Rock Spring’s 6,600-yard par-71 course sits on a rolling, tree-lined site and features many of Raynor’s trademark design elements with unique and creative green complexes. Founded in 1925, Rock Spring Golf Club has played host to the New Jersey State Open (1981, 1990, 2000 and 2009), the US Healthcare Classic, and many state PGA and USGA qualifying events. Located just 15 miles west of Manhattan, Rock Spring Golf Club also features a clubhouse with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline, Cable Lake and Second Mountain.

The club had to hire and train an entirely new staff, as the existing employees returned to Montclair Country Club after the purchase and was closed in October of last year. At this time, the primary operation included the golf course and bar and grill-style restaurant. However, when requested the banquet rooms and patio are available for special events, parties and banquets. (I don’t quite understand this???) “We have not made any changes to this Seth Raynor masterpiece and have enjoyed introducing it to public golfers for the first time,” said Wittman. “It took some time and hard work to catch up on maintenance practices coming out of winter and we are happy with the golf experience our team is providing. As we work our way through this first golf season, we are also very excited to continue enhancing the courses natural features and beauty.” One of the aspects that makes Rock Spring such a great place to play and be a member of its storied history and link to the past. Said Wittman, “This is a rare opportunity to play premium public golf that very few golfers in the United States get to experience. In addition to enjoying this historic design, our staff thrives on delivering unmatched customer service that makes every public golfer feel as if they have been a member of Rock Spring for many years. It’s very rare to find this quality of golf experience without having to join an expensive country club.” Being in its initial year of operation as a public course, Rock Spring is slowly ramping up its marketing campaigns. Therefore most of its initial play has been from the local towns and communities surrounding the course. Offering special rates for West Orange seniors and residents on Tuesdays and Thursdays respectively, along with military and first responder discounts, was important to build a sense of ownership of the course amongst the local golf community, according to Wittman.

“As we have expanded our marketing campaigns, we are also seeing a vast number of golfers from New York City and other major metro areas.” The club has launched a Golf Pass for the rest of 2019 for a reduced rate. In addition, there are the special rates for seniors, military and first responders. “We anticipate other specials and promotions as the year moves

along, which will be exclusively offered to our email subscribers and social media followers. Anyone can join these lists by visiting our website (www.rockspringgolf.com<http:// www.rockspringgolf.com).” For those who familiar with the history of Raynor they will experience many of the “template holes” holes brought over to the U.S. by his mentor C.B. McDonald, who studied the most famous courses and holes in the United Kingdom. Many of the holes at Rock Spring have been heavily influenced by these great designs that have stood the test of time to challenge golfers of all skill levels.

“Amongst the most notable would be the par-three third hole,” said Wittman, “which presents golfers with a very challenging tee shot over a ravine to a traditional Seth Raynor redan green. The smart play is to play to the right side of the green to minimize the risk and still have a chance to make a solid par.” Another wonderful hole is the par-four 11th, which offers golfers a risk/reward tee shot on a challenging long hole where taking on three fairway bunkers provides a great advantage on the second shot if successful. “If driving the ball is your strength, then going for the corner can result in a great advantage for the approach shot,” said Wittman. “If not, then there is plenty of room left to play the hole, but with a very long and challenging second shot.” With a very steep drop off behind the green, this hole takes golfers back to the home of golf, as it was constructed from the same template as the famous 17th “Road Hole” at St. Andrews in Scotland. A few other of the template holes at Rock Spring are: the 4th called “Double Plateau.” At first glance the green appears to be one very large target, but a closer inspection reveals two raised portions. As a result, the hole plays very different depending on which section is pinned, more akin to three tiny greens sandwiched together; the 6th, “Short”, modeled after a hole at Royal West Norfolk (a club which is not reachable at high tide), a short hole that is an all-or-nothing shot to a green that is essentially an island of green surrounded by a sea of sand; and the 18th called “Eden”, a rendition of the famous 11th hole at St. Andrews. There are bunkers left and right with a steep back to front slope on the green, so keep it below the hole. To sample these classic holes, and many more, visit Rock Spring Golf Club soon. Rock Spring Golf Club West Orange, N.J. 973-731-6466 w w w. R o c k Sp r i n g G o l f . c o m




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Company Profile

A Bevy of Fabulous Courses in the

Ron Jaworski Golf Portfolio By, JOHN TORSIELLO


he golf, service and ambiance at Ron Jaworski Golf properties keeps getting better and better. Jaworski’s impressive portfolio of daily fee courses includes Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Galloway, N.J., Valleybrook Country Club in Blackwood, N.J., Ramblewood Country Club in Mount Laurel, N.J., RiverWinds Golf and Tennis Club in West Deptford, N.J., Downington Country Club in Downington, Pa., and Running Deer Golf Club in Pittsgrove, N.J. Jaworski, a former National Football League star quarterback, football analyst par-excellence, and avid golfer and fan of the game, has built a superior stable of courses. His solid and well-known name, reputation and likeability factor has no doubt helped his golf company maintain a high level of success over the last three decades. He plays as much as he can and is a single digit handicap. Said Jamie Riley, Director of Marketing and Promotions, “Ron Jaworski Golf offers a wide variety of course styles to play at an amazing value for the everyday golfer in our area. Whether you are new to the game of golf or find yourself to be an established golfer we have a course for you. All of our properties are open to the public, we offer memberships at each property, and our

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Eagle Pass Membership is one of the best deals in the country. The membership gives you playing privileges to six courses for the price of one. Talk about a great value and variety of golf.” Let’s take a look at what’s going on at each of the six courses and clubs. New for this year at Valleybrook, the club is hosting Nike Junior Camps this summer, and Blaise Carabello, a former Division I golfer from Mississippi State University, has joined the golf staff. Valleybrook Country Club is a player friendly course with one of the best practice facilities in South Jersey. Most of its customers and members come from the surrounding area of South Jersey and Philadelphia. The club runs weekly specials on its website, along with holiday specials. The signature hole at Valleybrook is the 13th. It is a picturesque uphill par four. You need to favor the left side of the fairway because it slopes to the right, and you need to make sure to put the ball on the correct level of the two tiered green. Downington Country Club has senior and ladies day on Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s only $39 for 18 holes with a cart. The course also offers a number of different options for membership. With the addition of Andrew Braun, the club’s member services director, Downingtown continues to

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see growth in its membership family. “It’s all about having fun and great course conditions at Ron Jaworski Golf,” said Braun. “Whether you are playing 18 holes with friends or having a cold one and some food in 7 Tap Tavern it’s always a great time. Most of our customers are from Chester County, but since DCC has been part of the RJG family we are seeing more and more of a draw from Philly and South Jersey. Word spreads fast when course conditions are great.” The club offers live entertainment and games every Thursday night. A patio and beer garden overlooking the 18th hole is a perfect place to enjoy the evening. The club also offers new discounted rates on weekend mornings. Be sure to book on www. golfdowningtown.com up to two weeks in advance to get the best rates available. Starting Sept. 1 the club will be running a “Buy Now Play Now” membership special. Join now for next year and get the remainder of this year free. Contact Andrew Braun for details at 610-269-2000, extension 636, or email abraun@golfdowningtown.com. The 12th hole at DCC is a beautiful 170-yard par-three over water. The green is narrow and guarded by bunkers. Club selection is a key here. A member tip is to look at the flag pole by the bag drop. It’s hard to

tell wind direction from the tee which can leave you short and in the pond. Blue Heron Pines Golf Club has a new daily special board in the pro shop to get deals on select merchandise. The club introduced “Dynamic Pricing” this year, so guests who book early can possibly get a deal on their rounds. And a Senior rate was added to weekday mornings. A new Superintendent, Derek Carter, and a new assistant, Larry Ferguson both come to the club with great experience under their belts. “Being a member to the Jaworski family of golf courses allows you access to six of the best courses in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area,” said Steve Marini, General Manager. “Customer and member experience is paramount among the friendliest staff you will find anywhere. Our 7 Tap Tavern has some amazing food and a great atmosphere, perfect for hanging out after the round or stopping by just for a bite. Our members are residents of the Atlantic City area, and our guests range from all over the world with a focus on the transient Jersey shore vacationer.” Blue Heron’s signature hole is the parfour 15th. There is a large bunker to the right of the landing area and it narrows at a dogleg left 90 yards from the green, with water on the left from 120 yards to the green. Longer hitters can carry the bunker but the pond may come in to play. There’s also a new Superintendent at Running Deer Golf Club, Jason Smith. “At Running Deer Golf Club we are

proud of our 1st Team in GAP Team Matches (Golf Association of Philadelphia), one of the oldest team match events in our country, and we are headed into our second season in the top division AA, which is 16 teams of the most elite players in our section,” according to Klay Kneer. In our brochure we have `You Don’t Join, You Belong!` Our Eagle Pass Membership is second to none in the TriState area.” Located off the beaten path, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, players enjoy the peace and tranquility of one of South Jersey’s finest golf courses. Running Deer provides a truly unique experience where membership is accessible to all while retaining a private club atmosphere. The Seven Tap Tavern offers a perfect pre-and post-round hangout. Enjoy a cold beer on draft, signature cocktails, and exceptional traditional pub fare. Experience all the daily sports action on TVs everywhere while surrounded by an amazing staff. At the outdoor Beer Garden, relax by a gas burning fire pit, enjoy the occasional live music under the stars, and try on one of the club’s patio specials from a rotating menu, featuring fresh seasonal dishes paired with a variety of craft beers. And at the club’s Private Event Space, discover one of the highest reviewed and most sought after social event spaces in the South Jersey area. With award-winning food and service, the event space is the place to hold your next private event. The club’s members hail from the

Tri-State/Delaware Valley area, from Philadelphia to Atlantic City. Again, starting in the fall the club offers a Buy Now, Play Now deal. The offer gives first year members with Ron Jaworski Golf extra months to play when they sign up early for next year. Running Deer Golf Club’s 12th hole is by far one of the hardest holes within the Jaworski portfolio, as well as South Jersey. It was voted by Jaworski social media Followers as the number one hole in Ron Jaworski Golf. It is a par-four that plays 480 yards from the back tees and 390 from our middle tees. It’s a dogleg right with water and hazard all along the right side. A second shot is then hit to an elevated large undulating green. The fairway slopes downward right. Long hitters can attempt to cut the corner, but we aware that you may end up in the hazard. Typically, a longer second shot is played into the green and make sure you are accurate with your shot. Running Deer Golf Club’s third hole is a short par-four that plays roughly 300 yards from our forward tees, 380 yards from the back tees. It is protected by a hazard/ quarry that runs along the left side, and an accurate tee shot will leave you around 120 to 150 yards to the green. Longer hitters have a higher risk reward in attempting to go for the green with a connecting fairway up to the green. The green has several tiers that are undulated, so make sure you notice what tier the pin is located to leave yourself a makeable putt.



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