Old York Gets New Owners

A new ownership group has taken over Old York Country Club in Chesterfield, N.J., just south of Trenton. The course was designed by Gary Player and opened in the mid-'90s.

Soon after, it was ranked among the top courses in the state. In recent years, the death of the original owner cast doubt on the club, until a quartet of investors stepped up and purchased it.

Four New Jersey residents - Dr. James Rockwell, a dentist from Columbus; Dan Wheeler, an IT consultant from Cranbury; Gene Stravinsky, a mortgage banker from Robbinsville, and William Miscoski, a former golf course owner from New Egypt - comprise the new ownership team.

"We all realized the past greatness of this club and are dedicated to an even higher degree of greatness in the future," said Rockwell. "Old York inspires a special feeling among golfers and we look forward to perpetuating that for years to come."

The new owners will bring much-needed resources to the club, and improvements to the course have already begun. A new member's grill debuted last August and a new executive chef is coming on board this year.

The new management is offering affordable memberships - with and without initiation fees - and a Casual Golf membership for under $1,000 has been developed.

Jack Lutz, who managed the club on an interim basis last year, has been retained as general manager. He brings years of experience in many phases of the golf industry. Lutz is currently working on a program that will engage a few other private clubs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in a reciprocal program to allow members at those clubs to visit Old York on a special-access basis.

"This is a bit of a unique program that we will develop with selected clubs," explained Lutz. "Our goal is to allow limited visits so that guests can enjoy our club and our members can enjoy some of the other great clubs in the area."

For more information about Old York CC, visit http://www.oldyorkcc.com.