WARREN, NJ - Is the Plainfield Country Club discriminating against women, or do they have a right to keep certain aspects of their club exclusive to men?
The Plainfield Country Club, which straddles the Edison, South Plainfield and Plainfield borders, has an 18-hole golf course for members and a nine-hole course — the West Nine — for the public.
The Plainfield County Club, the private Edison golf club that hosted The Barclays PGA tournament in 2011, allows both men and women to be members, however the majority of males at the country club are active members, and their wives, who also pay dues, are considered associate members. Active members are granted special access to privileges that associate members are not, including special tee times, and a private grille room.
One Warren couple felt that this was discrimination against women, since the majority of women members have an associate status. Joseph and Liza Garrubbo pushed for equal rights for women in the club, and were effectively expelled from the club for their actions.
The Garrubbo’s are now going to court, and filing a gender discrimination suit in state court, claiming they have lost most of their privileges because they pushed for equal treatment for female members.
The Plainfield Country Club, founded in 1890 as the Hillside Tennis Club, “is a family oriented club providing premier golf, racquets, swimming and entertainment facilities.” It is ranked among the top 50 golf courses in the United States, according to the club's website. The club is scheduled to host the prestigious Barclays tournament again in 2015 and 2019.