BASKING RIDGE, NJ – When Basking Ridge Country Club says they are a family friendly golf course, you don’t have to take their word for it – ask their family of golf pros.
Tom and Sue Delaney were recently named co-head PGA Professionals at the Basking Ridge Country Club, located at 185 Madisonville Road.
“Golf is getting to be more of a family sport, but there aren’t that many courses in the area that allow the little ones to play,” said Sue, who has students as young as four. The club even has a new clinic that is parent-child.
“We had noticed there were parents who were just standing off to the side while their children took lessons, even though it was obvious they were into it,” Sue said. The course offers other youth clinics as well. Junior programs include Scramblers Clinic (ages 4-8); Aces Clinic (ages 9-18); Masters Clinic (ages 9 and up); half-day one-week summer camps (ages 6-8); and full-day one-week summer camp (ages 6-18).
Adult programs include Ladies Instructional Clinic, a Ladies On-Course Clinic, Day with the Pro; and TPI Strength and Conditioning Golf Boot Camp.
“We’ve always been a family-oriented club,” said Sue, who met Tom at the Piping Rock Club on Long Island where he was an assistant golf pro. While their daughter, Jen , does not love golf quite as much as her parents, she does love kids, which makes her a great asset during the junior programs. Tom and Sue each work with golfers of both genders, although Sue said there are women who are relieved to find out they can work with a female golf pro.
Tom started playing golf at the age of 10. He played golf as an amateur at the local and national levels. While attending Richmond College in New York, he captained the golf team and lead them to the regional championship.
After graduating with a BA in Arts and Education, Tom decided to turn professional and began working at the LaTourette Golf Club in Staten Island. He followed that up by attaining a top Assistant Professional position at the Piping Rock Club.
For more than 20 years, Tom provided senior men’s, ladies and junior clinics along with a large junior amp of more than 200 students and gave an average of 600 individual lessons a year. While Tom played in local and state professional tournaments throughout the seasons, the winter months allowed him time to travel. He has not only played golf in England, Ireland, Scotland and Peru, but also played the South African Tour.
Tom continued to gain experience at the equally prestigious Arcola Golf Club in New Jersey and soon became the Head Professional, a position he held for 13 years, at Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club in Virginia.
Sue’s success as a junior golfer in the New York metropolitan area lofted her to a top amateur player winning local and interstate events, as well as consistently finishing 15th or better in National Amateur Tournaments. The New York Metropolitan Golf Writers Association honored Sue for her outstanding play in winning the Metropolitan Match Play Championship and for her top finish in the United States Mid-Amateur.
After graduating from Winthrop College in South Carolina with a BS in Business Administration, Sue turned professional, spending the winter months playing the mini tour in Florida and the summer months teaching and merchandising at the Piping Rock Club in Long Island, along with National PGA Teacher of the Year, Jim Albus.
Sue’s continued interest in both teaching and merchandising was broadened as she continued her career at Montclair Country Club in New Jersey and Eastern Shore Yacht & Country Club in Virginia, where she holds the women’s course record of 66.
Basking Ridge Country Club membership, which this year is introducing an all-inclusive Family Membership (golf and swim for all immediate family members), is surprisingly affordable. Membership includes many social events throughout the year, ranging from poolside barbecues and children’s events to formal cocktail parties. The club also has extended the ages of its Junior Membership category (all inclusive) through age 22 and its Associate Membership category, up to 29 years of age. Their Corporate category remains an affordable way to entertain clients and includes a number of complimentary services and guest passes.
For more information on the Basking Ridge Country Club, visit www.baskingridgecc.com.