If you’ve always wanted to play a round at Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club without a membership, you finally have the chance to try out one of New Jersey’s most beautiful and naturally blessed courses.

Limited public play is one of the perks of the club’s new ownership, Spirit Golf Management, which took over last fall and in May opened its private doors to the public for the first time.

Trial memberships are now available, offering 10 rounds of play for $700. After five rounds, if you decide to join the club, the fee will be put towards full membership, says Mike Attara, president of Spirit Golf and general manager at Hopewell.

Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club is also refocusing on family, which is why Attara and Spirit Golf have added the phrase “and Country” to the name. Spirit Golf has lowered membership fees to provide for family-oriented programs so more people can enjoy the benefits of this great athletic venue.

Memberships are now available for golf and sport programs including pool, swim/dive team, tennis, paddle tennis, and other activities and instructional programs. Prices, in fact, have been reduced by nearly 30 percent from the prior year and are now age-based.

Family options, Attara says, start at $600 a year, plus annual membership fees.

“Family is First!” is Attara’s motto for Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club. “Leisure time is about having fun and enjoying the company of family, friends, and fellow members,” he says. “Our goal is to provide amenities that suit the modern family.”

Along with the new focus on expanded membership options and family fun, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club is putting a lot of effort into upgrading the grounds and clubhouse. The goal, Attara says, is to keep the look and feel of the buildings ‒‒ which date back to the early 20th century ‒‒ but still meet the needs and demands of life today.

The original course dates back to 1927, when Scottish architect Thomas Winton was commissioned to design 18 holes on the site of a Colonial-era farm dating back to the early 1700s. Attara decided to keep the original farmhouse, which has served as Hopewell’s clubhouse for 200 years.

Renovations include upgrades to the famed Baron Dillon Grille, the club’s main dining room for lunch, dinner, and private functions. The room boasts a generous patio for alfresco luncheons or dinners overlooking the 18th green, a full-service bar, and the latest in audio-visual technology.

Although modern in look and feel, the room — named after its former “resident,” a champion trotter from the early 1900s — maintains its history. A bronze statue of the horse greets members outside the clubhouse, and upgrades to the deck and ballroom make an even more spectacular venue for weddings and events, worthy of the its history and an elegant complement to one of the most natural beautiful settings in central New Jersey.

Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club is nestled in the shadow of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed, just off Route 31. Stony Brook itself runs through the course, offering members more than just a round of golf with lush views. A round at Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club is also a living, breathing picture of the delicate ecosystem Hopewell Township houses.

Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club is a recognized “River Friendly” business by the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed and is a certified Audubon nature site.

Today Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club is a mature tree-lined, 190-acre golf course, lush with green fairways and rough, that offers a tranquil retreat from today’s hustle-and-bustle world.

So whether you are an avid golfer, tennis enthusiast, swimmer, a bride-to-be, or are simply seeking the perfect atmosphere in which to enjoy the quiet pleasure of elegant dining at its finest, Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club has what you’re looking for.

To find out more about membership packages, trial memberships, or special events, visit www.HVGC.com or call 609-466-3000.

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