New Jersey township authorizes $12M to buy golf course

Six weeks after voting to pursue buying the former Rock Spring Country Club, the township of West Orange, N.J., approved a $12 million financing plan on March 19. The vote will keep the 138-acre former country club as open space – with the 18-hole golf course to be opened for public play for at least two years.

Rock Springs Country Club merged with the Montclair Golf Club three years ago. However, the merged club decided earlier this year to sell the Rock Spring property, according to The Star-Ledger.

Seth Raynor designed the par 71 course, which opened in 1927.

The township council voted Feb. 5 to approve negotiating to buy the land — approving the hiring of an appraiser, real estate attorney, and an environmental consultant, as well as preparing a bond issue. The purchase price was announced as $11.2 million.

That bond sale was approved on March 19, finalizing the deal.

Township officials are now looking for an operator to run the course as a public track for the next two years while it determines long-term plans for the property.

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