RARITAN TWP., NJ – It isn’t every day that Suzanne Lagay gets to wear her pink hardhat.

But yesterday was no ordinary day for Lagay -- or for the other Hunterdon Freeholders as they gathered at the county’s Heron Glen Golf Course here to break ground for its new clubhouse.

“This golf course has made the county taxpayers money,” Freeholder Director John Lanza said at the event, adding that it has “a positive average cash flow since its opening of more than $300,000 a year.”

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Building the new $2.1 million clubhouse is “sound business judgment,” Lanza said. “We will actually increase the productivity of this golf course.”

The Freeholders awarded the contract for the project to A. B. Designs Contracting of Summit in April.

Kemper Sports manages Heron Glen, and its General Manager Tim Ward, called the event “one of the proudest moments of my life ... this will take Heron Glen to the next level.”

He noted that the course is considered one of the best public golf courses in the Garden State. New Jersey Monthly magazine rates it ninth on its list of the state’s 40 best courses.

County architect Frank Bell said he expects construction will be substantially finished by the end of this year. The golf course will remain open during construction.

The golf course and the clubhouse have been controversial. In particular, Freeholder Rob Walton disputes Lanza’s claim that it has been profitable.