Northern New Jersey and metropolitan New York area golfers now have a welcome new option for affordable daily fee golf in the area. After a year-long closure during 2014 and a transitional year in 2015 in which the golf course was open for play while an extensive renovation was taking place; the golf course restoration is now complete! Feedback from golfers indicates that it was well worth the wait.
Noted golf course architect Stephen Kay, who has designed such New Jersey gems as Blue Heron Pines, Harbor Pines, Scotland Run and The Architect’s Club, oversaw the restoration. He was supported by an expert team consisting of golf course superintendent Juan Casiano, Turco Golf Construction, Maser Engineering and Marziani & Associates Architects.
The restoration included:
· Building two new golf holes
· New practice/driving range
· New putting green
· New irrigation system
· Resodding of all greens with improved bentgrass variety
· Rebuilding of all tee boxes
· Redesign and rebuilding of all sand bunkers
· New 6,000 square foot clubhouse and Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge (to be completed later this year)
“The goal of the renovation was to restore the old-fashioned charm of the golf course and make it appealing to players of all abilities,” said Kay. “We have re-created a player-friendly and aesthetically appealing golf course that is affordable and allows for a relatively brisk pace of play.”
“After years of neglect, the golf course is now a source of pride for the City of East Orange and the Millburn/Short Hills area in which it is located,” said East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor III. “We are pleased and excited to welcome back golfers to East Orange Golf Club, and are confident that they will find it to be an enjoyable golfing experience for people of all ages.”
East Orange Golf Course was originally designed in 1926 by Tom Bendelow, an architect renowned for making golf accessible and affordable for the public. Bendelow’s most famous design was Medinah Country Club in Illinois.
Season Passes are now available for East Orange Golf Course. They range from $500 for Juniors to $1,500 for Individual Unlimited. Senior Unlimited Season Passes are $1,000 and Individual Weekday Season Passes are $1,200. East Orange residents and employees receive a 25 percent discount on Season Passes, or a flat daily fee rate of just $18 for weekdays and $20 for weekends.
The course is located at 440 Parsonage Hill Road in Short Hills in the Township of Millburn. For more information, contact the pro shop at (973) 379-7190.