The Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club reopened this week under new management, and for the first time since the country club opened in 1927, its members are welcoming limited public play. The club was recently purchased by Spirit Golf Management.
Mike Attara, president of Spirit, is also the new PGA general manager and CEO for Hopewell Valley. “The response to the new club has been outstanding from golfers and families in the region,” Attara said. “We are getting calls from members and prospective players who are chomping at the bit to get on the course and are excited to learn about all the improvements planned for the course, pool, and clubhouse dining and event facilities.”
One of the new additions is a life-size sculpture of a horse, Baron Dillon, on the circle outside of the clubhouse. This is a nod to the property’s 19th-century history as a horse farm with Baron Dillon being the most prominent and successful sire.
Hopewell Valley offers various membership levels as well as league play for men, women, and juniors; and summer camps and clinics for children. For the first time these programs are open to everyone in the community.
P.J. Ulanich, PGA professional and Hopewell Valley golf pro, and a member of the professional staff for 16 years said there were more upgrades planned for the facility.
John Goeke, COO and Hopewell Valley partner, is responsible for overseeing and creating the food and beverage ambiance of the club and the Baron Dillon Grille and private dining at the clubhouse.
Rich Rutzler, commercial artist and owner of Future Signs in Hamilton, joined Attara in the purchase of Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club LLC, along with a small group of investors.