Take Your Game to the Next Level at New Jersey National Golf Club
By Laurie Pellichero | Photographs Courtesy of New Jersey National Golf Club
Nestled in the lush meadows of the Watchung Mountains, New Jersey National Golf Club in Basking Ridge is a premier private golf club featuring 18 holes of championship golf and the highly-rated Red Oak Grille restaurant. It is a special place to play, entertain, and relax in a family-friendly atmosphere. It also serves as the perfect venue to host corporate and charity golf events on Mondays only.
Designed by noted British architect Roy Case, the course is set on more than 260 acres of rolling terrain and mature woodlands. New Jersey National Golf Club is one of only 20 golf clubs in New Jersey that has received certification in Environmental Planning from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System. It has also received numerous accolades and a reputation as one of the finest courses in the region.
With its unique layout defined by distinctly different holes, New Jersey National is a championship-level course that provides a true test of golf. Each hole offers five sets of tees, so members can play at any level, from beginner to intermediate.
A hole-by-hole aerial view of the course can be found at www.newjerseynational.com, along with scorecards and handicaps.
Practice facilities include a full-size, 300-yard practice range; both grass and mat surfaces; an oversized putting green; and a short game area with practice bunker.
New Jersey National offers full memberships, weekday memberships, and junior executive memberships. Full and junior executive memberships include Club Max benefits, with membership privileges at championship-caliber private golf clubs including Pine Barrens Golf Club in Jackson, N.J.; Hollow Brook Golf Club in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.; and Twisted Dune Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Pacific Links reciprocity also provides members with access and discounts on green fees at more than 140 additional courses around the country and around the world.
“Our members like to play the championship courses in Las Vegas, Florida, and California,” said Pierre Bohemond, general manager of New Jersey National Golf Club.
Bohemond said that New Jersey National features skilled PGA professionals who can provide expert instruction for men, women, and children. Junior programs include a series of camps and clinics as well as participation in the Club’s Junior Club Championship and the PGA Junior League. The camps and clinics are designed for the beginner-to-intermediate junior golfer ages 7 – 17. Weather-permitting, all the clinics and camps include an on-course play day.
Members can also enjoy all the comforts and conveniences of the New Jersey National Clubhouse, which features finely-appointed locker rooms, a fully-stocked Pro Shop, and a private members’ patio.
New Jersey National Golf Club is now welcoming new members, with a mid-season discount of 50 percent off for members joining after July 1, who can then enjoy all the privileges of membership through the end of the year.
At the Red Oak Grille, which is open to the public for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, Chef Julio Castellanos offers diverse menus featuring American cuisine with international influences. There is also an extensive wine list and beers from around the world. The spacious restaurant and seasonal decked terrace provide lovely settings to enjoy a delicious meal, with beautiful views of the course and Somerset Hills.
“We don’t compromise with quality,” said Bohemond of the array of offerings at the Grille. “We use all fresh, farm-to-table ingredients.”
The Red Oak Grille also features a Happy Hour Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m., live music from local bands on Saturday evenings, and Sunday Brunch, along with special dining events such as a Seafood Extravaganza in July. The restaurant is also available for banquets and private parties. Check the website at www.redoakgrille.com for the calendar and menus.
New Jersey National Golf Club
579 Allen Road, Basking Ridge