WAYNE, NJ – At a press conference on July 24, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders cut the ribbon on a newly renovated and rehabilitated golf shop to serve the Preakness Valley Golf Course.
Formerly a caddy house erected in 1932, the new golf shop will be the new location where golfers can check in to pay for greens fees and purchase golf equipment and apparel. Along with the rehabilitation of the shop, work was recently completed on a complete renovation of the practice facility, including new targets and tee areas. The practice facility hosts a number of events, including junior golf clinics and lessons from the PGA professional and assistant professionals hired at the beginning of the year by the county.
“Over the last ten years, the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders remained committed to investing in parks and recreation, including a complete restoration of the Preakness Valley Golf Course,” stated Passaic County Freeholder Deputy Director Bruce James. “The renovation and repurposing of the old caddy house into a new, state of the art golf shop to service Passaic County golfers is another step towards making the Preakness Valley Golf Course one of the best public golf facilities in New Jersey.”
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Earlier this year, the board hired PGA Professional Marty Vybihal to operate the Preakness Valley Golf Course, the first time in recent history in which the golf facility was operated by a certified Class “A” PGA Professional. Vybihal has over 29 years’ experience as a golf professional at public and private golf course across the country and had a distinguished playing career, including being voted one of the top ten New Jersey Junior Golfers of the Century in 2000. Since taking over, Preakness Valley has seen a 20 percent increase in revenues with greens fees up nearly 24 percent.
“The Preakness Valley Golf Course Golf Shop is another example of the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders re-purposing historic structures and breathing new life into them for our next generation,” stated Passaic County Freeholder and Chairman of the Public Works Committee Theodore “TJ” Best. “The Preakness Valley Golf Course is offering our residents a private golf experience at a public rate. Likewise, the new practice facility is going to allow us to continue to grow our junior golf clinic and new programming to young golfers so we can continue to grow the game.”
The improvements to the golf shop and driving range were funded out of the Passaic County Open Space, Farmland, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund.