MERCER COUNTY PARK COMMISSION ACQUIRES HOPEWELL VALLEY GOLF CLUB
The County of Mercer and the Mercer County Park Commission have completed the acquisition of the Hopewell Valley Golf Club. This 186-acre, 18-hole course includes a clubhouse, ballroom and pro shop along with additional offerings and amenities that will be a first for the Park Commission.
“This latest acquisition furthers our commitment to protect Mercer County open space, and successes on this scale are the result of years of behind-the-scenes collaborative efforts of our Planning Department, led by Director Leslie Floyd, and the Mercer County Park Commission, led by Executive Director Aaron T. Watson,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “This investment will offer the public a new active recreation destination in a section of the county known for its passive parks, and I take great pride in transitioning this property into a place for public enjoyment.
The formerly private golf and country club, designed by Thomas Winton in 1927, provides a championship golf course, locker rooms and driving range. The clubhouse features a patio overlooking the 18th green, indoor dining and a full-service bar, which will be open to the public once the facility is operational. Visitors will also have the option to play tennis at the facility with the addition of three Har-Tru outdoor tennis courts and three platform tennis courts. As a first for the Park Commission, the pool will be a new offering for the public during the summer months and includes a diving board along with a wading pool for children.
“This facility opens so much potential for the Park Commission and we are thrilled to have acquired this property,” Mr. Watson said. “Expanding upon our golf and tennis offerings, the addition of a pool gives us the opportunity to provide something new and exciting in the County and opens the door to new programs and events at this location.”
Maintaining the value of the course, native tree and shrub plantings will be placed in proximity to the Stony Brook. As a river-friendly golf course, native plantings will benefit the natural habitat, manage water quality, and contribute to the golfing experience.
Hopewell Valley Golf Club, located on Pennington-Hopewell Road, is currently closed to the public. Over the winter months the property will remain closed as employees and contractors begin work on the buildings, greens and courts. The Park Commission anticipates opening the facility in spring of 2021 for golf, food and beverage. Tennis courts and pool will be open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Currently most, but not all, County parks and facilities are open in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order. Given the restrictions with COVID-19, some of the offerings listed at the Hopewell Valley Golf Club may be altered with state requirements, social distancing guidelines and capacity limitations.