WEST ORANGE, NJ – Nick and Pat Galante will take the ceremonial first drive at the municipally owned Rock Spring Golf Club in West Orange on Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m. Beginning at 6 p.m., Mayor Robert Parisi invites the public to come for the golf but stay for the view of the Manhattan skyline during a grand opening ceremony.

Guests will have the opportunity to walk and explore the grounds of rolling green fairways in open space. Light fare and refreshments will be served at this free event.

The Galante brothers are both avid golfers who served for more than 40 years in the West Orange public school system, with Nick serving as the high school golf coach for many years. They will also both be honored at this year’s West Orange High School Scholarship Dinner to be held at the golf club in a few weeks.

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The golf course will be open for play the following day on Friday, May 10.

The 6,600-yard, par 71 course sits on 138 acres along the first mountain ridge in West Orange. It was founded as a private country club in 1925 and showcases unique design elements created by the legendary golf course architect Seth Raynor.

The Township of West Orange purchased the golf course in April and contracted with the prestigious golf management professionals of Kemper Sports to oversee daily operations.

Click HERE to learn more about the purchase.