If you want to conduct business at the Nassau Club in Princeton you’re going to have to do it without a cell phone or laptop. The club, located in a historic building on Mercer Street, just off Nassau Street, espouses a more subtle way of doing business and does not allow cell phones or laptops in the dining areas, which makes the atmosphere more conducive to conversation.
“Business is done in a social way, through communication and not with pressure,” says general manager Stephen Pieretti. “It’s more elegant, more cosmopolitan this way. And people are engaged in conversation on all subject matters.”
Carolyn Sanderson, a working mother of three, a managing director in private wealth management at JPMorgan Chase on College Road East, and longtime member of the Nassau Club, says she uses the club as a convenient place to meet specifically because of its location in the center of Princeton.
Encouraged by her colleagues to join about 10 years ago, Sanderson, who says she uses the club “all the time,” especially likes to hold breakfast and lunch meetings at the club. “I find that in the Princeton community, my fellow professionals really enjoy starting their workday early, so meeting for breakfast is very convenient. The Garden Room, the main dining room, is very attractive and the tables are well separated. You really feel that you have the privacy to speak with people, so you can have a real business meeting at a location that is very accessible. They also have private rooms that are available for different group meetings, and that has been helpful.”
Sanderson notes that Pieretti, who was named general manager just under two years ago — and previously served as a consultant to the club — and the facility’s new executive chef, Brian Dougherty, have made a lot of positive changes. “The general manager has done a lot to re-invigorate the club,” she says. “They’ve done a nice job of improving the menu and the quality of the food, and that’s another reason I use the Nassau Club all the time. It seems to check every box. Over the course of time, I’ve also done larger group meetings there. If I were to have a presentation, the club is very good for accommodating speakers and doing banquets.
“For example, in April, we had Robert Weiss and Barry Berger, both managing directors at JPMorgan, in to speak. They gave a presentation for about 35 of us,” Sanderson says. “It was a breakfast meeting and well-attended. It was very well-done, a successful event for everything that we were trying to do.”
As a testimony to the value the Nassau Club offers working professionals, Sanderson has sponsored two people so far this year for membership, with another potential sponsorship popping up just recently. “I had a breakfast meeting at the club, and as we were leaving, my client said, ‘I love this club, I’d love to be a member,’” she says. “So I said, ‘I’d love to sponsor you for a membership.’ People are responding to the fact that the facility has been redone recently. It’s always been attractive and elegant, but it looks really fresh, and people appreciate that.”
The Pennington resident says she chose the Nassau Club for its location as well as its privacy and joined expressly to entertain clients. Although she has used it for personal events, the bulk of her use is professional. “I have younger children, so when we entertain, it’s usually at home,” Sanderson says. “I pay for my annual membership myself, but it’s quite reasonable — $1,000. It’s been well worth it, and I say this from a personal standpoint.”
The Nassau Club is an example of a private club that 50 years ago might not have given a journalist the time of day, let alone a tour, and would not openly suggest it was looking for members. But times have changed and “private” clubs are more “public” than ever. Case in point: Cherry Valley Country Club’s chef routinely appears on national television, and when one of its members recently hit two holes in one in one round of golf, the club issued a press release.
Established in 1889, the Nassau Club was originally located at the corner of Nassau Street and University Place. It moved to its present location at 6 Mercer Street in 1903, in a house constructed in 1813-1814 by Samuel Miller, the second professor to be appointed to the recently established Princeton Theological Seminary. Miller’s wife, Sarah, was the daughter of Jonathan Dickinson Sergeant, and her family had previously owned the property. Sergeant was noted for being a member of the Continental Congress and the Provincial Congress of New Jersey.
The Nassau Club was once exclusively for men but has welcomed women since 1990. “We are now running about 30 percent women as new members this year,” says Alison Lahnston, president of the club and formerly the director of planned giving, now retired. at the Peddie School, Explaining how membership works, she says, “You have a current member propose you, and two other members each write a letter recommending you to the admissions committee. You meet with the admissions committee at their once-a-month meeting over a glass of wine, and in three weeks a committee vote takes place.”
Past members include Presidents Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson, whose portraits adorn the lounge. Framed letters written by both hang near the entrance hallway. There are some 600 resident members (living within 15 to 20 miles of the club), and about 600 non-residents who live as far away as Hawaii, according to Lahnston. It’s a diversified membership that includes men and women in business, various professions, and academe. Although not limited to college graduates, members represent several hundred colleges around the United States, including a large number of Princeton University graduates.
Facilities include six dining rooms, which can accommodate up to 400 guests, and guest rooms available to members and their guests for overnight or long-term stays. There are a plethora of special events, such as themed parties and banquets (Seafood Evening, Jersey Fresh Evening, “Lobstah” Night, and Bastille Day Buffet, for example), wine tastings, and group outings. “We also have a large variety of programs such as a chess club, a poker club, an investment club, a backgammon group, and a bridge club,” Lahnston says. “Many private groups such as Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce meet at the Nassau Club, as well.
“We also have continued our speaker lunches on every Wednesday from September to May,” she continues. “Some of our speakers have included Robert Hillier, J. Seward Johnson, Shirley Tilghman, Chris Christie, Doug Forrester, Freeman Dyson, and the former Senator William Frist.”
General manager Pieretti says with the economy the way it’s been, clubs have had to become more in tune with their members’ needs and wants. “It’s important that a club touches its members in a very positive way,” Pieretti says. “The club experience is branded to show consistency and recognition, with recognition probably being the most important asset.
“For example, people who go to a restaurant say recognition is the number one thing they wish to achieve when they go out. All our members are greeted by name, and we know where they like to sit, what they like to eat, where they’ve been on vacation — all these things bring a sense of belonging to the club. We provide various other things that they think are important, such as a table they are not rushed away from or menus that are done in an elegant way. That’s why the club business is positioned so well in these times: we are able to meet the unexpressed wishes of our members. This is what we’ve done to ramp up the ‘member touches,’ or member satisfaction.”
He recognizes the reality of the weak economy of the last two years and notes that dining clubs have had an easier time than sprawling golf clubs, with all their land to be cared for. “We are a little more agile so we’re able to make changes but still preserve the heritage of the Nassau Club,” Pieretti says. “We are one of the oldest, largest dining clubs in the country, so we have a very high bar, and we reach for that.”
The initiation fee for a resident member (one who regularly resides for more than 90 days per year or has a place of business within a 20-mile radius of the club) is $2,650. Annual dues are $1,020.
The Nassau Club, 6 Mercer Street, Princeton. 609-924-0580, www.nassauclub.org.
#b#Forsgate Country Club#/b#
Richard J. Malouf Jr., vice president of the Malouf Auto Group in North Brunswick, says his impression of the Forsgate Country Club is that it’s like an extended family. That “family” extends not only to guests he brings to the golf course, but to other club members who might become future clients. “When you become a member, you meet people you wouldn’t normally meet, people you wouldn’t know otherwise, so that helps to expand your network,” Malouf says. “You might meet them in the Grille Room or over appetizers and they’ll say, ‘what do you do, what line of business are you in,’ and the next thing you know, they’re coming to your place of business. They’re looking for somebody to trust, someone to talk to.
“If I had advice for someone thinking of joining a club, I’d say, that’s where it’s worth your while — networking with other club members, especially with a club like Forsgate where they have hundreds of members,” he says. “Of course, you have to weigh the pros and cons, but as long as it’s smart for their business, I would say club membership really allows you to reach out to people.”
A member for more than 16 years, Malouf was encouraged to join Forsgate by his father. He says he was not terribly interested in golf, but when he got out of college, his father strongly advised him to join and see what it was all about. “He told me what a great way it was to meet a lot of people,” Malouf says. “We have a corporate membership, it’s for the entire corporation to use. I’ve taken people out who use our services, or, on the other hand, we use their services. For example, I go out with our bulk oil clients or people who do our payroll. We sometimes take our employees out. And we take our reps out, representatives for Ford or General Motors, for example. To me, Forsgate is phenomenal.
“It’s in a great location for us and caters to everything we could possibly want,” he continues. “To me, it’s really the only country club in central New Jersey that has everything at your fingertips, and the staff is great to work with. It has two golf courses (the original Banks course and the newer Palmer course), so if one is filled, you can use the other. The courses and facilities are always in beautiful shape. There’s a new restaurant called 37, which has modern American cuisine, a bar and pub area, a pool and recreation facilities, big ballrooms where they host proms and sweet 16 parties, those kind of affairs. We’ve not only had business events there, we’ve also had personal functions.”
Membership is most definitely worth it, Malouf says. Sharing an afternoon of golf or a round of drinks “helps you get a better understanding of whom you’re working with,” Malouf says. “It’s easier to do business with people you feel comfortable with.”
He considers the club to be a great marketing tool. “We can build relationships, especially with other members, and when you are buying a service or product from another member, you see these people all the time, and you know they’re going to take care of you.”
Established in 1931, Forsgate began with Scottish immigrant John Forster’s vision of a self-sustaining community for his employees, away from the grind of the city. The co-founder of the insurance company Crum and Forster, he first looked over land in Monroe Township in 1913. He decided to build a town, experiment with different types of agriculture, and provide entertainment for his friends and relatives. The name Forsgate is a combination of his name and his wife’s family name, Gatenby.
In building the golf course, Forster enlisted Charles “Steamshovel” Banks, who reproduced many of Forster’s favorite golf holes from his European golfing tours. The Palmer course was originally created by Hal Purdy in 1961 but was redesigned in 1995 by the Arnold Palmer Group and again in 2007 by Steven Kay.
The historic clubhouse features the Highlands Ballroom, noted for its floor-to-ceiling windows. The Forsgate Sports Complex includes an outdoor junior Olympic pool, a children’s pool, and gym.
Membership director Carol Rutherford says, while the average holder of a golf membership is male and in his mid-40s, with the opening of the sports complex, families and children have also been enjoying what Forsgate has to offer. “A golf membership automatically includes a spouse and children under 24,” she says. “Most of our members live within a 15 or 20-mile radius of the club, and we mostly have CEOs of corporations, executives, business owners, doctors, lawyers, and other professionals.”
For a golf membership, the current joining fee is $17,000, a portion of which is a refundable deposit (if the member leaves the club), and the monthly fees calculate to about $7,500 a year. (Forsgate does not offer an annual membership.) Different levels of membership include senior, sports, and social memberships. Membership is by application.
Forsgate Country Club, 375 Forsgate Drive, Monroe Township. 732-521-0700, www.forsgatecc.com.
‘I use the membership for business purposes, to entertain clients and friends, and they appreciate the invitation,” says Jasna Polana member Paul Shur. “They look forward to going, to the overall experience, and that furthers my business relationship with clients and other people I bring.”
An attorney of 30-plus years, specializing in commercial and finance law, Shur is with Sills, Cummis and Gross, and splits his time between the firm’s offices at 650 College Road East and New York. He graduated with a bachelor’s in history from Rutgers in 1974 and earned his law degree from Rutgers Law School in Camden in 1977.
Shur, an East Brunswick resident, says even in this economy his membership at Jasna Polana is worth the costs, and has been beneficial to his business for years. “When I put together a foursome, I go to great lengths to put together groups of people I think will benefit from the experience, and sometimes the furthering of the relationship isn’t with me, but with someone else in the foursome,” he says. “I have established new relationships several times. People have done business with me, or introduced me to someone else, or I’ve been introduced to people I didn’t know.”
Golf is a sociable game, with a polite tradition of socializing and networking, so it’s natural to be invited to someone else’s club and experience their course. “When you invite people to play golf at your club and they have memberships at their own clubs, they reciprocate, and then I’m introduced to even more people in that round of golf,” Shur says. “So yes, I meet new people, yes, I further relationships and then I also bring people back to Jasna Polana, people I already have a relationship with. You can never take for granted a business relationship. People have to know that you respect and care about them, and we show this by playing golf and then spending time afterwards.”
A Polish phrase that means “bright meadow,” Jasna Polana in Princeton came into existence in a dramatic, almost operatic way. In 1983, the widowed Barbara Piasecka Johnson was left with a massive neo-Classical villa on an estate of almost 150 acres, when her much-older husband, J. Seward Johnson, died. The native of Poland didn’t care to remain in the United States but knew the rambling estate and lavishly decorated home couldn’t go to waste. She decided a golf course would put the land to its best use and would also ensure that the integrity of the house would remain.
Affiliated with the PGA Tour, the Tournament Player’s Club (TPC) network was hired to manage the club, and famed golfer Gary Player was selected to design the course. (The Johnson family still owns the land.) Although it is a relatively young course, Jasna Polana is considered among the top private golf courses in New Jersey, with a challenging course orchestrated amidst rolling hills, hardwood trees, lakes, and ponds. Player, who is known for working with the natural environment when designing, crafted a course that supports the habitat of the existing land.
A charter member of the club, Shur says the golf course is “an interesting course and well-developed for as young as it is, and it’s remarkably well-maintained. I love being outside, and I’ve taken to bringing my son to Jasna Polana on weekends. It’s such a comfortable environment.”
According to Peter Angerame, TPC/Jasna Polana director of sales and marketing, there are several types of memberships: golf corporate, golf charter, and social. A golf corporate membership is a $95,000 initiation fee with 75 percent refundable, or $55,000 non-refundable; a golf charter membership is $80,000 with 75 percent refundable, or $45,000 non-refundable. Golf memberships include golf privileges, dining and lodging. A social membership is $12,000 and includes social and dining privileges. Annual fees are additional.
Shur holds a corporate membership. “That allows me to send guests to the course without my being available to play. (My membership) helps me with my business marketing.”
To become a member, Angerame says a potential member need only call him to arrange a meeting. No letters of recommendation are required.
While Shur allows that the fees are substantial, he says “other clubs are much higher, $100,000 or $200,000 for an initiation fee, and then you pay dues on top of that. But is it worth it? I would give a resounding ‘yes.’”
What sets Jasna Polana apart for Shur is the warmth and attentiveness of the staff. Despite the palatial surroundings and size of the venue, he says it’s a warm, friendly place. “At Jasna, there’s an effort by the management and firm to be professional and to create a very business-friendly environment,” Shur says. “They try to make clients and guests feel welcome, and they can’t do enough for me. The club house is immaculate and well-maintained, Jasna has excellent dining facilities, and just in general, it’s a real treat to go to this club. Even for me, someone who goes all the time, every time I’m there, someone at Jasna does something special, goes out of their way.
“When I take clients for a round of golf, it’s a whole day,” he says. “I get E-mails back from them thanking me effusively, saying what a great time they had. You don’t see this at every golf course.”
Golf is not the only attraction for Shur, who has also hosted business meetings at Jasna Polana. “My clients come for the food and the meeting (experience), and the people at Jasna do a great job with this also,” he says. “When I first joined the club, I only used it for business, but now I’ve started to use it for more personal reasons, like I said, bringing my son. I think one of the best things I’ve done was to join Jasna, and I plan to stay as long as I can.”
Angerame says that in the last decade the demographics at Jasna Polana have undergone a subtle change. “When we first opened, we attracted an older, high-end clientele,” he says. “Now in our 11th year, we find that we have a younger type of member, the average age would probably be in their 40s. It’s C-level executives (CEOs, CFOs, etc.), as well as professionals — doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and financial professionals. It’s a bit of a cliche, but we like to say that Jasna Polana still possesses the ‘wow’ factor. But it’s also a nice place to relax.”
The clubhouse occupies the Johnsons’ former home, built in the early 1970s by famed architect Wallace Harrison. The villa features luxe interior details and appointments such as antique flooring, 18th and 19th-century marble mantelpieces, bronze casement windows, antique tapestries, and 18th and 19th-century paintings from the Johnson’s collection of European works. At the focal point of the Grand Foyer is a suspended travertine stone staircase, Flemish tapestries, and original George II furnishings.
The estate also offers overnight and meeting accommodations at the Annex, a 10-room Georgian-style mansion built in the early 1900s, adjacent to the 14th tee. There, guests will find Persian rugs and a decorative fireplace in each room. The more modern Beata’s House, built in 1987, has six rooms.
Jasna Polana’s landscaped grounds include an orchid house, an amphitheater, herb garden, and reflecting pool. Dining can be an experience that ranges from casual to formal to intimate, with the main dining room suitable for upscale dining and banquets or the Oak Room for a more laid-back lunch or dinner. Then there is the Wine Cellar, where guests can enjoy a private dinner for just 10 people, with a wine list numbering in the thousands.
Jasna Polana is also noted for its environmental awareness and stewardship and has strived to preserve and protect native wildlife habitats as well as conserving natural resources. In recognition, Jasna is certified as part of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Systems by Audubon International. The club has been honored with numerous environmental awards, including the Golf Digest/Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards.
“We’re very supportive of the community, and we like it here,” Angerame says. He notes that TPC/Jasna Polana is also known for its charity, specifically its Birdies for the Brave golf event, which celebrated its fifth year last October. The event will be held this year on Monday, October 25. “100 percent of all charity money goes to support men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he says. “We’re always looking for sponsors and players.”
TPC/Jasna Polana, 4519 Province Line Road, Princeton. 609-688-0500, www.tpcatjasnapolana.com.
#b#The Bedens Brook Club#/b#
Established in 1964, the Bedens Brook Club, located between Princeton and Hopewell and overlooking the scenic Sourlands, provides golf, recreational, and social opportunities to its members in the Greater Princeton Area. “At the Bedens Brook Club, members enjoy a welcoming environment, beautiful setting, and exceptional facilities,” says Craig W. Campbell, general manager of the Bedens Brook Club, in an E-mail. “We offer a challenging and meticulously maintained Dick Wilson-designed, 18-hole golf course with competitive and instructional programs for all skill and age levels and no tee times. Our professional tennis staff provides competitive and recreational opportunities on our five Har-Tru tennis courts.”
Amenities include four heated platform tennis courts, pool and cabana, club house, and outdoor patios. Like many clubs, cell phone use is strictly limited, with the exception of the pool cabana, the parking lot, and the clubhouse phone room.
The Bedens Brook Club is a private, member-owned club offering a variety of membership categories through invitation. Management declined to state membership fees for this article. The size of the club is limited to ensure convenient access to all facilities at all times.
The Bedens Brook Club, 240 Rolling Hill Road, Skillman. 609-466-2646, www.bedensbrook.com.
#b#Cherry Valley Country Club#/b#
Four miles outside of Princeton, Cherry Valley Country Club is known for its 18-hole championship golf course designed by Rees Jones. There is an extensive tennis program at the club, as well as an Olympic-sized pool, cabana, and children’s wading pool.
According to Tom Hurley, CVCC’s general manager, the club is upscale and family-oriented, and definitely not stuffy. CVCC’s membership is diverse and reflects the demographics of business people, high-level executives, and entrepreneurs in Princeton, Hopewell, and especially Montgomery.
“Cherry Valley Country Club is experiencing a banner season,” says Hurley. “Our membership categories are virtually full with the exception of a few social memberships that remain available. We encourage prospective members to contact us to explore what we refer to as ‘Awaiting’ memberships, a form of waiting list which allows prospects some limited use of the club while they await an opening. I attribute our success to our incredible golf course, tennis facilities, dining and social events, as well as our diverse membership and our unique family and social environment. Our members know how to have a good time, and our staff knows how to provide it.”
Cherry Valley can celebrate one for the record books: one of its members, Donna Cortina, basketball and golf coach at Stuart Country Day School, accomplished the near-impossible on Monday, July 12. As a guest in the TPC/Jasna Polana summer member-guest tournament, Cortina, a Skillman resident and mother of three, aced on the second hole, where she used a gap wedge, and the 17th hole, where she used an 8-iron.
“I checked on Google,” says CVCC’s director of golf, Allan Bowman, “and found that this has only happened on four other occasions in history. The odds of making two hole in ones during the same round of golf are 67 million to one.”
Cortina’s feat comes directly on the heels of fellow Cherry Valley member and Bowman student Peggy Ference’s fine showing on national television where she competed in Golf Digest’s U.S. Open Challenge at Pebble Beach alongside actor Mark Wahlberg, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. Ference is the regional business director at Allos Therapeutics at 302 Carnegie Center. Bowman says: “I wish I could take the credit but, let’s face it, Peggy earned her way to Pebble by winning a contest against 30,000 others.”
Cherry Valley has other stars in its midst: executive chef Michael Giletto (michaelgiletto.com) is constantly on television and has appeared on the Tyra Banks show, Chopped, Iron Chef America, Ultimate Recipe Showdown, and more. On Wednesday, July 21, he can be seen on the Food Network’s “24 Hour Restaurant Battle,” and he just wrapped being a panelist on “The Next Food Network Star.” He recently created a five-course meal for a wealthy family on “The Millionaire Matchmaker.”
“CVCC offers a range of membership categories starting at $1,000 initiation fee for a social member with no food minimum,” Hurley says. “For a full privilege membership, there is currently a $10,000 initiation fee or an option to pay $2,500 per year for five years. Annual dues are additional, and there is a waiting list for full privileges. Membership is through current member invitation, then through recommendation by a membership committee and the board of trustees.”
Cherry Valley Country Club, 125 Country Club Drive, Skillman. 609-466-4244, www.cherryvalleycc.com.
#b#Greenacres Country Club#/b#
A walk through the course at Greenacres Country Club in Lawrenceville is like a tour of a botanical garden, with more than 150 species of flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees. There are specimens well over 100 years old scattered throughout the property, as well as those found from all over the world.
The 6,400-yard course, designed by renowned golf course architects Devereux Emmett and Alfred Tull, is nestled among rolling hills and natural wetlands.
The course was updated in the 1970s by George and Tom Fazio, then in 1982 by Ryan Ault, and more recently by Steven Kay. Greenacres was voted “club of the year” in 2008 by the New Jersey chapter of the National Golf Course Owners Association.
Founded in 1938, the club has a long tradition of and commitment to the principles of family and fellowship. According to a press statement, members share a common bond of social, civic, and charitable responsibility.
The founders of Greenacres Country Club felt so strongly about giving back to their community that the governing documents of the club mandate that, in order to be a member of the club, one must make an annual donation to either United Way or the Jewish Federation. In addition, the membership of Greenacres supports a variety of sports and civic organizations and foundations, including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Race for a Cure Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
In addition to its golf course, Greenacres offers a state-of-the-art tennis venue with terraced spectator areas, an aquatic facility with oversized pool, secure kiddie pool, spa pool, and a fully equipped fitness area.
Dining is offered indoors or out, and members and guests can enjoy cocktails and appetizers in the living room lounge with mahogany bar, casual lunch or dinner in the Grill Room, or a more formal dinner in the main dining room.
Greenacres’ facilities also include a sun room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a grand ballroom with panoramic views of the golf course. Management declined to give membership fees.
Greenacres Country Club, 2170 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville. 609-896-0259, www.greenacres-cc.com.
#b#Springdale Golf Club#/b#
Like the Nassau Club, Springdale is located in the heart of Princeton, nesled among the buildings of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary near McCarter Theater. Established in 1895 by alumni, faculty, and undergraduates of Princeton, it is one of the oldest golf clubs in New Jersey.
The par 71 golf course, designed by Gerard Lambet, dates from 1915 and was revised in 1926 by William Flynn. The clubhouse, originally a circa 1860 farmhouse was a gift from the Princeton Class of 1886 and in 2007, underwent an extensive upgrade and renovation.
Springdale is a private club and serves as the home course for the Princeton University men’s and women’s golf teams. The club includes a professional golf shop and a state-of-the-art practice facility that includes a short-game area and full-length driving range. Management declined to give membership fees.
Springdale Golf Club, 1895 Clubhouse Drive, Princeton. 609-921-8790, www.springdalegc.com.
#b#Pretty Brook Tennis Club#/b#
One area club that is decidedly not focused on business doings is Pretty Brook Tennis Club, a small, private club with a primary focus on racquet sports. With a strong sense of tradition, PBTC is strictly for social purposes and discourages any business activity. Cell phones, Blackberries and PDAs, iPods, and other electronics are not allowed.
An E-mail to one member, asking about the club, received the response “PBTC is a small, private, members-only tennis and squash facility. We do not allow photographs of the club or its facilities to appear in news media and the facilities are completely off limits for business meetings, the display of business papers, cell phones, or any BlackBerry or similar device. It is a social club. Vis a vis your article, we would prefer to have no reference to our existence. If you want to print something, we do now have a website with limited public information. We would best like to be quoted as saying, ‘No comment.’”
Founded in 1929, the facilities at PBTC include four outdoor Har-Tru tennis courts, one outdoor tennis hard court, one indoor tennis hard court, two indoor squash courts, two heated and lighted paddle tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and deck area with gated baby pool and lawn, and a kids pavilion for table sports. The historic clubhouse serves casual lunches and social and athletic activities are offered year-round.
Pretty Brook Tennis Club, 229 Pretty Brook Road, Princeton. 609-924-0062, www.prettybrook.com.