New Jersey township authorizes $12M to buy golf course

Six weeks after voting to pursue buying the former Rock Spring Country Club, the township of West Orange, N.J., approved a $12 million financing plan on March 19. The vote will keep the 138-acre former country club as open space – with the 18-hole golf course to be opened for public play for at least two years.

Rock Springs Country Club merged with the Montclair Golf Club three years ago. However, the merged club decided earlier this year to sell the Rock Spring property, according to The Star-Ledger.

Seth Raynor designed the par 71 course, which opened in 1927.

UK, Irish golf community to host first ‘Golf and Health Week’

A new social media effort to promote the health benefits of participating in golf will be held April 15-19 in the United Kingdom and Ireland. “Golf and Health Week” is jointly sponsored by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the European Tour, the Ladies European Tour, the PGA, and the Golf Foundation. The national golf associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland are also participating.

Local investors revive closed Mississippi course

Pine Burr Country Club – which includes the only golf course in Stone County, Miss. – will reopen in the coming weeks now that a group of local investors purchased the facility.

After previous owner Preston Carpenter announced earlier this year that he could no longer afford to run the club, and would auction it off in foreclosure proceedings, Brent, Roger and Whitney Hickman stepped in and bought it to maintain it in its current use.

DuPont Country Club to convert one of three courses to practice facility

The longtime home of the LPGA Championship is heading toward a revamped look as one of its three 18-hole courses is to be converted to a practice facility.

The DuPont Country Club – which hosted the LPGA Championship from 1987 until 2004 – is in the midst of converting the full-length Monchanin course to a par 3 course and practice area. The other two full-length courses, Nemours and DuPont, will remain intact. (The LPGA Championship was played on the DuPont course.)

County wants state-owned course reopened

County officials in southern Ohio are set to meet with state parks officials this week to try to get answers about last summer’s closing of the Shawnee State Park Golf Course.

Scioto County Commissioners have been trying for months to get a meeting with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Commissioner Bryan Davis told the Portsmouth Daily Times newspaper.  “The commissioners have been steadfast in our desire to keep the golf course open from day one,” he said.

New Mexico muni to close unless new operator found

The Aztec Municipal Golf Course in Farmington, N.M., will be closed by the city if a new operator can’t be found by the end of the year, it was decided on March 12.

The current lease with operator Randy Hodge is costing the city $117,000 over the course of the three-year agreement – the contract calls for the city to make up any shortfall in operating costs vs. income. At the March 12 City Commission meeting, officials said while they want to be able to keep the course open for residents, they can’t justify the public subsidy.

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