Basking Ridge Country Club in Basking Ridge, N.J. has had a long and storied existence and has been a major player in the New Jersey golf scene for over 90 years.
The club began as Pennbrook Golf Club in the summer of 1926, opening during the 1920’s. After the onset of World War II forced the course back into a cow pasture and cornfield, Edward V. Murray brought Pennbrook back to life in 1953. It remained open to the general public until 1977, when a group of businessmen purchased the property and took it semi-private. The club was purchased by the Mahan family in 1986 and it became a fully private golf and swim club.
The new owners made the club a first class private facility, spending millions to upgrade the facilities and golf course with additional bunkers, trees and drainage improvements, and began offering annual memberships. About 300 yards has been added to the course’s overall distance, bringing it to around 6,906 yards from the back markers and 6,423 from the members’ tees. The course was originally designed by Alexander H. Findlay, a Scot who came to the United States in the 1880’s and had a hand in designing more than 500 courses throughout the country.
“Basking Ridge Country Club has an extremely warm and welcoming feel to it,” said Lauren Treich, the club’s Director of Marketing and Memberships. “The club is very family oriented, whether you’re on the course, warming up at the practice facilities or soaking up the sun around our 25-meter swimming pool. Membership does not require a bond, initiation fee, assessments or monthly food minimums. Members enjoy not only a great course, but also extensive practice facilities, a golf academy, and a family-friendly swim club’
From the very first hole, you discover, there’s something special about playing on holes that are framed by majestic trees. The Mahan Family spent millions to upgrade the facilities and golf course with additional bunkers, trees and drainage improvements and began offering annual memberships. At Basking Ridge Country Club, you’ll immediately commune with nature on the 257-acre property.” Treich said Basking Ridge has added an after school clinic geared toward students looking to play the sport in high school, or take the sport to the next level in college.
The club is offering a fall membership promotion, whereby if individuals join for the 2018 season they receive the remainder of the 2017 free of charge. As always, the club has many membership categories to choose from based upon age and how often one will play, with something for everyone, from beginner to avid golfer.
For the 2018 season there will be new events, both social and golf related that will spark interest of all members, young to old and everyone in between
The Golf Academy at Basking Ridge is open to the public and offers junior and adult clinics, junior summer camp programs, and private lessons from a PGA professional staff.
The restaurant, called “Delicious Heights”, is also open to the public as well, serving lunch and dinner seven days a week It has spectacular views and patio dining overlooking the golf course.
A little more about the golf course. One of the best holes on the front side is the 184-yard, par-three third. Water borders the left and back of the green with a nasty bunker short of the putting surface. The fourth is a demanding, 464-yard par-four that has out of bounds on the left side. The green welcomes run up shots.
Big hitters can cut the corner on the 350-yard, dogleg left par-four 11th and go for the green. Again, the smart play is a fairway wood or long iron off the tee because a stream dissects the fairway about 220 yards from the tee. Basking Ridge’s 18th is a par-three that is almost 200 yards from the back tees, with a massive green protected by five bunkers.