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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced that its efforts to improve play at Ash Brook Golf Course, located on Raritan Road in Scotch Plains, will continue this fall.
Following a three-phase plan, designed to minimize inconvenience to the public, the second phase will include reconstruction of five of the courses 18 greens.
"The front nine holes at Ash Brook will not be available for play," stated Freeholder Vice Chairman Daniel P. Sullivan, who also serves as Liaison to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
"The greens on holes Numbers 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 will be undergoing restoration. However, golfers will still be able to enjoy regulation play because the back nine will continue to be available to them and starting times structured to allow for an 18-hole experience," he added.
"Our goal is to allow those golfers who particularly enjoy playing at Ash Brook to continue to do so," added County Manager, Michael J. Lapolla.
"However, I would like to remind the public that 18-hole play is also available at the countys other two golf courses, Galloping Hill in Kenilworth and Oak Ridge in Clark, through Monday, December 15," he stated.
Weather and ground conditions permitting, Oak Ridge will be open throughout the winter months. Galloping Hill will be closed for the winter and will re-open on or about Sunday, March 15, again depending on weather and ground conditions, according to a spokeswoman for the county.
When Galloping Hill re-opens in the spring, phase 2 of its reconstruction will be completed which means it will feature all new greens. The countys recently installed computerized reservation system will be continually updated to reflect the changes in play at all three courses, officials noted.
Freeholder Sullivan noted, "I think our golf course patrons have been great. They know that some inconveniences are unavoidable as we work to improve the quality of play on our courses, and that once we are done, Union County will feature some of the finest golf in the state."
Specific questions concerning any of Union Countys golf courses can be obtained by calling that course directly, or by calling the Division of Parks and Recreation at (908) 527-4900.