SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union County Freeholders joined with Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, golfers, KemperSports and other elected officials on Thursday to cut the ribbon on the new state-of-the-art Ash Brook Golf Course Clubhouse, which will open to the public in a few weeks.
The new, 21,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, which cost an estimated $9 million to build, has plenty to offer golfers and non-golfers. It houses a full-service restaurant and bar called The Tavern At Ash Brook with a terrace and capacity for 120 people. The restaurant features American comfort classics with specialty cocktails, wines and craft beers. The clubhouse also features a full retail pro shop, administrative offices and public restrooms, as well as an underground cart barn for a new electric fleet of 90 carts, and a full service return stand.
"Union County is a statewide leader in this sport, and has earned a reputation as the home of public golf," said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. "The opening of the Ash Brook Clubhouse solidifies our standing, as our courses are well-known for their playability, customer service and top-notch restaurants for all to enjoy."
Freeholder Al Mirabella, who is also the Scotch Plains Township Manager, said: "Today, Ash Brook takes its place alongside our Galloping Hill Golf Course as one of the top courses in the state. This opening completes a nearly decade-long transformation of our once-decaying golf operations into a profit center for the County. I am proud of what our vision has been able to accomplish, and our residents have another regional destination for recreation and dining."
KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner said: "We are very excited to include the clubhouse as a new offering for the already stellar golf at Ash Brook. The new addition to the course will only add to the outstanding golf experience at Ash Brook."
In recent years, Union County completed a golf course renovation project at Ash Brook with famed architect Rees Jones. The scope of work included updating course drainage, tree work and bunkers, which were renovated and rebuilt to industry standards. The end result is a golf course that is amenable for golfers of all skill levels.
Ash Brook Golf Course features 7,040 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course was designed by Alfred Tull and opened in 1953. Ash Brook is a parkland style golf course with tree lined fairways and large greens. Ash Brook has four sets of tees to accommodate golfers of all skill levels.
In addition to the 18-hole facility, Ash Brook offers a Pitch & Putt course for players of all ages that has proven to be a family favorite in the community. The Pitch & Putt course features 673 yards of golf for a par of 27.
In January 2010, KemperSports began managing Ash Brook Golf Course as part of the Union County Golf Properties. KemperSports is recognized as a leader in the golf course management industry and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the facility.
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